I am a rural cyclist and have already met hundreads of dogs in my way. Here is some advice
collected from experince.
Dogs are defending something
For thousands of years dogs have been artifically selected by humans
to be domestic. There is hardly any remaining wild dog around. Food is provided by their owners, so they won't attack you for meal.
They are ...
I'm not going to tell you what to buy. I'm going to suggest you look beyond a heavy tourer if you can truly pack light, despite liking mine (a Genesis Tour de Fer with dynamo lights, similar to some you're thinking of).
I'd planned on touring, which is why I bought it, and have ridden with full camping gear, wetsuit, hiking gear etc. for a total of 35kg of ...
I've been looking at a few bikes, the Trek 520, the Surly Disc Trucker and the Kona Sutra seem to stand out.
Those are some of the most reasonable bikes you can buy today. The optimum material for bicycle frames and forks has long been butted chromium molybdenum steel (chromoly) and with recent "inventions" such as aluminum and carbon fiber it's ...
For the brand and type of bike you want to use, consider one that is available and in use in the countries you want to cross. And if it is not the same for all countries, go for the one where you think it is the hardest to get service and replacement parts.
My parents always went on cycling holidays in France, bought Peugot bicycles and the first time they ...
There are a few factors to consider.
How much luggage do you want/need to carry?
Stopping in hotels, or carrying a tent etc?
Is speed/efficiency important?
Can your flexibility/core strength support long periods in a more aerodynamic position?
You certainly can't go wrong with a traditional touring bike like the ones you mentioned, but there are other more ...