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How to find routes

For Germany, the go-to answer is to buy the ADFC-Radtourenkarte for your region, and use that to get ideas where nice bike routes are located. The advantages of these cards are numerous: They use a ...
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How to find routes

You could use Komoot, which is an app and a website which can give you recommended rides around your area and you can plan your own. On the discover page of Komoot you can search routes in your area ...
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Power and climbing speed

The answer to your "is that roughly right?" question is: yes, roughly. You're essentially asking for a relationship between watts/kg and VAM (velocità ascensionale media, a term coined by ...
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How to find routes

An approach that works well if you have a good memory. Just go out and ride. Memorize the route while riding. When you feel like you don't want to ride more than the same distance again, just turn ...
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How to find routes

I don't know about Germany specifically, but I used to use Strava for finding places to ride. If you have an account, you can go to Explore and select Segment Explore. You can move around the map and ...
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Cycling into tunnels

Will you be in Hokkaido? We toured there extensively this summer and cycled through several dozen tunnels: here our findings. They might apply to other parts of Japan. Newest tunnels on big roads ...
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Power and climbing speed

Here is a calculator where you can play around with these numbers. At 85 kg rider+bike and 200 W output, you'd be moving 14.4 km/h on a 5% grade (assuming no wind), and 8 km/h on a 10% grade. You are ...
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Find out where long distance/endurance riders stopped to sleep, from spot trackers?

If you look at the riders who do well in these events, of course they don't sleep much, but beyond that (and not wasting time*) they don't have so much in common though I can think of a few examples ...
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How to find routes

I would like to add CyclOSM to the recommendations: https://www.cyclosm.org/ This layer for Open Street Maps will show you a lot of useful information for planning your own bike tours. If you also ...
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Find out where long distance/endurance riders stopped to sleep, from spot trackers?

It will take a lot of work, but you can get the data you need from trackleaders.com First you bring up the live tracker for the year you are interested in for example for Mike Hall's record run http://...
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Power and climbing speed

Your main problem here will be pacing a climb such that you can get up it without "popping" part way up. Given you're not racing, then your goal should be simply to achieve the climb. It's ...
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Touring on meal replacements (Soylent or alternatives). Anyone tried? Thoughts, impressions?

Just living off that stuff requires your digestive system to adjust, so if you try it you should build it into your diet well in advance, and as a major component. Don't forget to take into account ...
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Cycling into tunnels with claustrophobic person

This is how we did it, for all tunnels longer than 150 meters (ranging from 200 meters to 4 km): before the entrance of the tunnel, the leader slows down or even stop, allowing the follower to get ...
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Resources for finding cycling partners

Go to your local bike shops and ask them about group rides, local cycling associations, that sort of thing. If there's not one really "local" to you, find the best one you can find in your part of the ...
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Cycling into tunnels

Japan has relatively modest vehicle emission regulations - certainly not to EU standards. The worst that I experienced is diesel soot from buses and trucks. Luckily, rural Japan has depopulated to the ...
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Do you need to change your rear derailleur if you want to upgrade your bike from 7 to 9 speed?

Shimano has used the same rear derailleur pull ratio on all 7 to 9 speed groups and on most older road 10 speed groups too (with the exception of very old Dura-Ace and new Tiagra 4700 / GRX). So, you ...
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Bike touring: looking for climb per day boundaries

There are many variables but you might also do some math based on cycling power calculators, for example http://bikecalculator.com/ I just fed it with a 75 kg rider, 20 kg bike + baggage and your ...
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How to find routes

When I got back into cycling, I would find a destination with some reason for going there, and as long as I wasn't moving something large/heavy/fragile, then the bike was a valid solution. With a ...
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How to find routes

Two websites I use to find routes are RideWithGPS (for road and off-road rides) and TrailForks (for mountain biking). I've also used RideWithGPS to plan my own routes; I'm not sure if TrailForks can ...
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How to find routes

I suggest you to have a look at brouter.de . Not immediate, but extremely useful and based on OpenStreetMap data, it allows you to correctly consider (possible) heavy traffic and ground quality (...
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Topography aware route planning

For the BRouter-web frontend and BRouter Android application, there is also many script based custom routing profiles that calculate with SRTM based elevation of supposed routes. The fully offline ...
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Topography aware route planning

https://bikeroll.net shows you a nicely colored altitude profile where you can easily spot out the difficult part of the route.
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Resources for finding dirt roads for planning gravel grinding rides

For those still interested, there's a pretty solid map site available now covering the US. Not everything is on there, and you can add more gravel roads as you find them. https://gravelmap.com/#9.57/...
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How to find routes

Openrouteservice has a function for "Round trip routing". This service will suggest a randomly generated (roughly) circular route. The user states where they want to start, how for they ...
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Bike touring: looking for climb per day boundaries

Below are some numbers, as promised. I'm a distance rider, and not much of a climber. My touring bike is also really heavy (Genesis Tour de Fer XL, weighing in at about 18kg) First though, what I ...
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Bike touring: looking for climb per day boundaries

I don't have an easy answer to this, but just to make things more complicated, another factor to consider is how fully you'll recover after each day's ride. On a multi-day ride where you push yourself ...
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Cycling into tunnels with claustrophobic person

I know someone who suffers panic attack on bridges so it would be a similar situation. A good workaround is to push really hard physically in these times, e.g. do a sprint race in tunnels (or bridges)....
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Finding DISTANCES on longer bike/hike paths

All the services I've used (Strava, Google Maps, Bing Maps) seem to be essentially the same. They're route planners, so they want to plan your route for you. When you have a specific route you want to ...
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Finding DISTANCES on longer bike/hike paths

I use Google maps (set to 'cycling mode') and Strava to plan routes. Both try to find the 'best' route between the start and end points but allow fine control of the route by setting intermediate ...
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Is there a route-planning tool that clearly indicates tunnels?

None of the bike routing services I have tried or asked about know about tunnels. They don't even mention them on route/cue sheets (unless presumably the road name has "tunnel" in it) so a text-...
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