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Touring usually means very long multi-day (or multi-week) rides carrying a lot of gear (camping, cooking, clothes, etc) on the bike. Can also apply to unloaded/creditcard touring involving using hotels/motels instead of camping.

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NCN 9 between Halden and Vestmarka routing alternatives

Between Halden (Østfold) and Vestmarka (Eidskog, Innlandet) in Norway, Norwegian National Cycling Route 9 (Villmarksveien) has a main route following County Road 21 via Fjell, Aremark, Ørje, and ...
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What are the advantages of a trekking bike versus a touring bike?

I have been travelling on a trekking bike for some time now. When I bought it back in 2020, the salesman said that trekking bikes are the better touring bikes. Now a friend wants to buy a bike for ...
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Reasonable daily distance for cycle touring?

Planning a bike packing with a friend immediately after finals, meaning we have no time to train. Will be cycling for around a month through Europe, on road bikes. I ride a lot but my friend hasn’t ...
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what considerations for safe storage/use of electronics in cold weather?

If touring in coldish weather (UK, circa 0degC), electronic equipment will get cold. How best to ensure everything continues to function? Dynamo lighting should presumably be largely unaffected by ...
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CNC'ing Strong Hub Shell (Kindernay Swap Cage)

The Kindernay Swap Cage is a removeable hub shell that is a bit delicate for loaded touring. The HD (Heavy Duty) Swap Cage never made it to market. I'd like to make one that's near indestructable. It ...
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different front and rear tires for bike packing

I plan to do a 1000 km bike packing/touring around West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The route consist of 70% tarmac (transition between towns through jungle mountain pass) and 30% gravel (Smooth,chunky ...
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Bike touring: looking for climb per day boundaries

I am planning a trip to the balkans through the mountains. The total distance I want to travel is not a lot, but there is a lot of climbing and I am trying to get a better grasp on the limits the ...
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Upgrading 2021 Giant Roam 2 Disc (wheels, groupset, chain) [closed]

I'm planning to upgrade my 2021 Giant Roam 2 Disc. Not looking at high-end components. Hope someone could verify if these parts will fit? Also appreciate recommendations for wheels. In case I missed ...
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On road repair for hydraulic brakes

What are the possible on-road modes of failure for hydraulic bicycle braking systems, and what can a touring cyclist do to be prepared for their eventuality? What can one carry as an emergency backup ...
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How do I find charging stations for an e-bike tour in France?

I have to travel to a village in the northern Vosges, and I want to go by train to somewhere close to the German-French border and do the last leg of the journey by e-bike. A convenient station would ...
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magazines/webpages about city/commuting/folding bicycles

In any shop you can find magazines about sport road or MTB, same about webpages or forums. However, I find really difficult to find good pages about bicycles focused in daily mobility/transportation. ...
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Where can I get this style handlebar?

Does anyone know where I can get handlebars like this? Thank you. Note - the stem is clamped to the lower "top" and not the normal one.
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Touring bike with good support network in India

I am planning to tour India. And I have heard many of the US brand bikes don't have support in Tier-2 cities in India. I am worried, if I get struck with out being able to get any spares or a good ...
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Maps for cycling routes in Scotland and Yorkshire

I am starting to plan my next cycling vacation, with finger crossed that it can really take place. My intention is to cycle in Yorkshire and Scotland. When using Google Map, cycling option, how much ...
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I'm an absolute beginner in bike touring, about to buy a bike. Is it worth it to hire a bike fitting service before the purchase?

I'm an absolute beginner in bike touring, about to buy a bike. Currently I'm using local shared bikes and I always wanted to start my adventures on a bike, camping and so on. Given this, is it worth ...
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Is Touring in a highway more safe than travel in a Car, Autobus or Motorbike?

Please share your past experience on touring. I have my own past experience but running only on my city. I am on bicycle since I was 11 years old. I used it for moving in my city and I still do. ...
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Are there safari cycling experiences in South Africa?

I am looking for first hand experience with cycling among wildlife. Preferably in South Africa but answers from anywhere in Africa would be suitable too. Is it even possible?
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Can I use mtb rigid fork in touring frame?

I am looking to change my fork because of some issue(broken). My problem is my headtube is the standard ec34, which is why I can't use tapered fork. So, I am looking at some mtb rigid fork, which have ...
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Drop barends on cruiser handlebar

Suppose you take a cruiser handlebar: And attach drop bar-ends like these to the middle section: What are the problems that might arise? Assume this is for touring long distances.
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Most effective way to improve cantilever brakes

I have a Dawes Super Galaxy touring bike with cantilever brakes, and I'm a bit worried about the stopping power of the brakes when I start loading the bike up with kit to go touring. But I don't know ...
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I’m intending doing the UK C2C and wondered what would be the most suitable bike to buy? [closed]

Bike choice £1000 Coast to coast ride in the UK. Been riding a Ridgeback Voyage but too heavy.
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Cube Travel Pro - First Tour (HELP)

I need a bike for my first ever bike tour, and desperately need some help... I'm quite new to the "bike world", and have a hard time understanding all the technical jargon. After some ...
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How to mitigate the risk of riding on highways

I'm planning a single-day ride between the cities of West Palm Beach and Orlando, Florida: roughly 180 miles. I'm trying to plan my route for safety. However, there are no routes to Orlando free of ...
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Narrow or comfort saddle?

I have just purchased an e-bike that came with a wide "comfort saddle". I am used to riding a hybrid with a narrow saddle, and that seat was very comfortable on long trips. Should I replace ...
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Aspects for choosing a bike to ride across Europe

I've been planning to do an "Orient Express" tour for a while now and I realised it would be a good idea to ask for advice regarding choosing the bike. I was born in a mountainous area and ...
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Touring tires and fixing flats

I am riding the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT) in February 2021. There will be flats. The ride is unsupported. Most riders say they have at least two flats on the ride, some riders have ...
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Bike transport while touring - would a folding bike be better?

So I’m thinking of touring with my lovely self made diamond bike with 28” wheels that I built from used bike parts. I love to ride on something that I built but I wanted to be able to tour a lot and ...
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CDF touring build with mtb crankset and road shifters

I want to build a genesis croix de fer bike. The usage of this bike will be touring, with rear and front panniers, for an approximately 6 month autonomy travel. I am starting from zero, so there are ...
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What's the idea behind the no-feeding-in-the-last-20-km rule?

I'm trying to understand the reasoning behind the no-feeding in the last 20 km rule. In the Tour de France 2020 Julian Alaphilippe lost his lead due to an infraction of this rule. Might it be: The ...
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Has a BMX bike ever been transformed for touring?

BMX frames are notoriously small and nimble for acrobatics. I was curious if the same frames and the same 20" wheel bikes were ever used for touring. Obviously the single-gear and the low-seat ...
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How can I prevent bicycle theft while bikepacking?

I’m planning a multi-day gravel ride with a few friends. We would have to sleep in public campgrounds, which are also full of people because of the camping season. What is the best way to secure our ...
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Should I use a Trek Domane SL5 for touring?

I am planning for one week/ two weeks long bike touring, mostly on the road with a moderate amount of riding uphill (mainly in Japan). My weight is around 60kg. All of my touring gear won't exceed 10 ...
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How hot / humid does it have to be for cycle touring to become unenjoyable?

This November, if restrictions loosen enough to allow it, I am planning on going on a month-long cycling trip from New South Wales to Queensland. That would mean I would be going deeper into the humid ...
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Why do cyclists use thin bottles?

I got very frustrated when shopping for bicycle bottle holders because I almost wasn't able to find thick ones (ie, larger, longer, or higher capacity). I just found some and immediately ordered them, ...
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Alternatives to cycling shoes for touring with big/wide feet

There are loads of questions on here about cycling shoes for wide feet, but most of the links are years old and broken, and most of them are suggestion for cycling specific shoes. I've all but given ...
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Too heavy for Trek Checkpoint SL5?

I've been doing some reading about all-road / adventure-ready bikes and I'm leaning toward the Trek SL5. I weigh 265lbs and the official specs say the total weight limit for bike, rider, and cargo is ...
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What bag should I buy first for my gravel-touring kind of bike?

I have bought a new bike, and I would like to start equipping it with bags, as I plan to do bicycle tours in the future. At the moment, however, I only do day tours, and I would like to buy a bag that ...
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Using an 8 speed cassette on an 10-11 speed Tiagra FH-RS400

I'm trying to build a new set of wheels for touring trip (2 months) I have planned and can only find a Tiagra FH-RS400 hub. The issues is that my shifters are Claris 3x8 ST-2403-L and cannot support ...
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Best E-reader for a touring bike? [closed]

OK, folks, since today is April 1st and April 1st is pretty much the start of the cycling season here in Tropical Southern Minnesota, I figure it's the ideal day to ask this question: What is the ...
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DT Swiss Revolution spokes for touring?

I’m building a set of bikes for my wife and I. Both are Surly Bridge Club frames, and we’ll initially be running WTB KOM Tough i40 rims with 2.8in Schwalbe tires. I purchased some DT Swiss ...
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Are Deore trekking / MTB groupsets compatible with cyclocross frames for touring conversion?

I have a pre-disc-brake vintage 10 speed cyclocross bike that has already seen me through some tours, however, I find the compact chainring is sometimes not geared low enough. I'm also growing ...
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Touring with kids - tag along and kids trailer behind same bike

I am wondering if anyone has experience of pulling tag-along and then kids trailer? Would that be possible to tag a kids trailer to a 20 inch tag along?
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Bike spare parts in South America

I'll soon start a rather long trip from Ushuaia in southern Argentina to Alaska in the north of North America. As I'm from Europe (France), I don't really know what to expect about spare parts for my ...
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UK - Help me find my ideal bike [closed]

My employer's cycle to work scheme (Cycle Solutions) allows a max spend of £1k for a bicycle. Ideally I want a bicycle that fits the following criteria: Drop bars Frame with eyelets (I can transfer ...
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Have I forgotten anything?

Doing a London - Brighton run on Saturday morning, so far in the backpack I will have : Spare inner tubes, Jet pump, Multi tool kit, Tyre levers, Gel bars, Fluids, Cash & Card incase, Am I going ...
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Trek Domane panniers

I have a 2018 Domane SL5. I would love to get into bike touring and I love this bike. It is very comfy to ride and I can imagine that it would be great for the distances I'm planning to cover on my ...
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Is "touring bike" a common term in the USA?

Just researching some bikes online and, being from the UK, I cannot find any bikes on US websites called 'touring bikes', as we'd commonly call them in the UK. By this, I mean bikes which come with ...
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Good way to stop electrolyte tabs from turning into powder?

I carry electrolyte tabs on multi-day bike rides, especially in hot weather. I use a container like this (though not necessarily this brand — the picture is just for illustration): What I find is ...
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50km for someone who has no experience cycling long distance [duplicate]

I'm considering cycling along a sand dune which is 50km. The bike path is mainly flat. The longest I've riden on a bike is probably less than 1 hour. I do occasionally cycle within the city but it's ...
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Riding Loveland Pass, Colorado

I'll soon be attempting Loveland Pass west of Denver unsupported and would like to hear of any experiences and/or recommendations from others who have done it or another high mountain pass in the ...
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