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    Hey everyone, I'm a newbie to this forum. I'm not a probiker by any means, looking to get more serious. Was thinking about taking a big to into europe this summer and blog about my experiences. If anyone has done europe before by bike I'd like to know your experiences, how far you got and how much training you had to do. Cheers!

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    also if anyone knows any good bike blogs or has done one themselves i'd like to read it.

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    Welcome to TE k.b.!

    A lot of us have links to our blogs in our signatures, I've definitely seen some from Europe. You might search for Europe under the forum's search engine, and then check individual posts.

    What kind of bike and riding do you plan? Bike Packing? Or credit card tour in a hotel?

    Sounds exciting!
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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    Surly Krampus!

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    Hey! Well that's the thing.. I ride a vintage peugot px-10. I'm wondering if I should get something else for a longer journey, definitely going bike packing though! I want to travel as light as possible! Just me, a friend or two, some clothes and my iPad for blogging.

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    Maybe you could post a separate thread under Open Topic, Cycling Related or the Touring sub-forum and specifically ask for bike-packing suggestions. there are a few on here who really know what they are doing. You aren't really a new cyclist, so likely won't get the attention you need under this posting.

    Seems like 26 inch tires and tubes are easier to get in Europe, that is one of the reasons the Surly Troll exists. It doesn't have drop bars, though. I suppose you could have it built that way. (Troll Gallery).

    Or maybe get a standard touring rig. What is your budget?

    Do you have bags? Revalate makes great stuff for bike-packing. Attaches directly to the bike, and has little effect on handling. I've got quite a few of their products.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 05-06-2015 at 05:52 AM.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

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    Yes! I have something by Revelate! It's just a bag that runs along the bar. My ex gave it to me it's awesome, it's not massive but I suppose a little extra space always helps. I've also got something that attaches under the seat too. I've also got a backpack by hyperlite which I'm thinking of bringing, it is so light. Yeah that looks much more like the type of bike I need to be using - those tyres! My budget for a bike.. If I got a new one I'd sell mine. That's probably 350 euros. I could go up to 600 for a new bike. I know it's not much compared to some but.. I'm poor! Haha. I'm a Canadian working in Europe. Also I wanted to see blogs becuase I want to do like a live blog / vlog sort of thing, I'm only taking my iPad though - camera is amazing! What's good for live blogging? I've heard wordpress is good, but my friend had a live blog and she was with these guys - but it's not free hosting and I'd prefer not to pay (poor! lol). Not a techie girl AT ALL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k.b View Post
    Yes! I have something by Revelate! It's just a bag that runs along the bar. My ex gave it to me it's awesome, it's not massive but I suppose a little extra space always helps. I've also got something that attaches under the seat too. I've also got a backpack by hyperlite which I'm thinking of bringing, it is so light. Yeah that looks much more like the type of bike I need to be using - those tyres! My budget for a bike.. If I got a new one I'd sell mine. That's probably 350 euros. I could go up to 600 for a new bike. I know it's not much compared to some but.. I'm poor! Haha. I'm a Canadian working in Europe. Also I wanted to see blogs becuase I want to do like a live blog / vlog sort of thing, I'm only taking my iPad though - camera is amazing! What's good for live blogging? I've heard wordpress is good, but my friend had a live blog and she was with these guys - but it's not free hosting and I'd prefer not to pay (poor! lol). Not a techie girl AT ALL.
    Unfortunately, that bike is about 1600.00 Euros, and I'm not even sure if you could get it in Europe. Hmmm. It's a rigid framed mountain bike with 26" tires. There should be plenty of those to choose from in Europe for a decent price. Check out Ribble Cycles, and Wiggle, places like that. Really, it's an old school bike. You should be able to find something similar for a decent price if you know where to look. Perhaps a used but good condition bike.

    Edit: the Kona Dew Plus has Disc brakes, and retails for about $679.0 US, or $603.00 Euros according to Google. Kona makes affordable, solid bikes. It would be a nice little adventure bike. They have a lot of other options. The Dew is pretty popular as an all-around bike. It has 700c wheels, though, not 26". 700c are usually preferred in the US, but if the tubes and tires are harder to find where you are riding, that would be a consideration. Anyway, check out Kona's offerings in general, looks like they have distributers in Europe.

    I like the looks of this Kona, too.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 05-07-2015 at 06:33 AM.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

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    The px 10 is a legendary bike. I'd keep it even if i got something else for touring. Are there better bikes to tour Europe on….sure….but I’ve used a similar Rene Herse with a big canvas handlebar bag for lots of riding throughout France over the years since I was a teen and enjoyed the adventures. Hoping you have a great trip!!!!!....and let us know about your blog before you leave!!!!....wordpress is a good choice too, you can also embed vimeo or youtube videos to it and save the bandwidth of uploading directly to wordpress.

    Anne Mustoe wrote some wonderful books about her riding adventures. “A Bike Ride” and “Lone Traveller” are my favorites.

    The Women on Wheels site has some inspiring moments of world bike journeys by women.

    Crazyguyonabike has some good journals and a women’s section
    Last edited by rebeccaC; 05-07-2015 at 07:52 AM.
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    Oh this is great thanks so much guys! Yes! I know Anne Mustoe - very good. I've not heard of women on wheels nor crazyguyonabike but that seems like exactly what I'm looking for I'll check it out asap!

    With regards to the bike.. I know.. my budget is just so small! But I love love love the Kona Dew Plus - I've got a friend who's really into this stuff and he'll know what to do, I've sent him a link. Be a real change from my current ride, but it's good to shake things up

 

 

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