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Seeing so many requests for tips about buying a touring bicycle we have received this summer, I decided to make a brief (and not exhaustive) online search to figure out which touring bicycles are more popular on the market and which make bike travelers more satisfied. Following I will recommend you 5 models that seem to give satisfaction to their owners. Personally, I have always traveled with a MTB by choice and even from necessity and in the last bike trips, in Norway, in North-Eastern Italy and during our ten months in South-East Asia we have ridden a Viner VR 5.5.
I had never done a bicycle trip before this one, but I have always been fascinated by those brave bikers I occasionally meet on the road, with their huge bags on both sides of the bicycle, their worn clothes and a little flag indicating their native country. For me they are the most significant image of freedom. I have always admired and respected them. So I had a dream in mind for many years, a solo bicycle tour. The itinerary choice has not been difficult: the classical Way of st. James by bicycle was everything I was looking for, and even more.
During the organization of a bike trip, I often ask myself if it worth to buy a bike trailer and fix it behind my bicycle to carry my luggage or if I had to keep using my bike bags, with which I have done my previous trips. In this short article I'll try to explore these two alternatives, itemizing pros and cons, trying to help you bike travelers choosing one of the two solutions.
I am recently endowed with a smartphone (thank you, Santa!) and between the first applications I tried there are the outdoor apps. In this article I will make an overview of the first impression about some of them (they all are rigorously free), positive and negative. I am not an expert, as you have guessed, but I own a GPS device for many years and I was curious to discover whether and how it could be integrated in a mobile telephone to track (or follow) paths. Then this is my judgment at present:
This is the first time that I interviewed a cycle traveler in english. It's an experiment but I hope it could be the first of a long series.
Frank is a dutch bike traveler. He started to travel around world with his bike in 1971 and from that year Frank explored many countries in all continents. Here you can read his story...
Another mountain bike trail that gave us great views of Lake Garda and the northern basin of the Benaco. This path is intertwined with other trails we've already undertaken around Lake Garda, but introduces, for us, the novelty of Rocchetta pass. After the effort of the climb rewarded by breathtaking views, the descent leaning over Leano is just right for those who love speed.
1600 kilometers travelling by bike from the Anglo-Saxon territories to the capital city of Italy, the Via Francigena is the itinerary that the Archbishop Sigeric traveled in 990 to reach Rome after leaving from Canterbury 79 days before. Sigeric described in detail his long pilgrimage in his own diary and thanks to his precious testimony nowadays it is still possible to follow, at least in part, the ancient Via Francigena by bicycle, together with the thousands of pilgrimscycling travelers and wayfarers every year.
Short white hair, clear look, piercing eyes, Dervla Murphy is a Irish woman, nearly 82 years old and she's made so many bicycle trips... often from home, from his green Ireland. She grew up in Dublin, she spent his childhood studying in a convent school and then start taking care of her sick mother. Up to 30 years Dervla lived with his mother taking care of her, and sometimes devoting to short bicycle trips on the continent, but then something changed quickly...
With this short article I will try to explain how you can create  a GPS track, directly on your PC, to upload on your device and then follow it during an excursion in selected locations. This could be especially handy if you have not been able to locate on-line tracks that meet your needs created by other users. In this way, you can draw a custom path, to study short cut or deviations from the main track and assess elevation gain and distances to fit our training. Expect always some unexpected and plan therefore an emergency alternative, especially if the area of interest is located high on the mountains. At the end of the article you will find a video tutorial (unluckly only in Italian) that shows you the steps to follow once you've loaded Google earth.
One of the three wolves in a wildlife park in Trentino stops peering curiously those strange animals that observe her taking photographs.
1200 km of asphalt between the highest mountains of the world, the Karakoram Highway is one of the most dreamed by travelers... on foot, by bicycle, by motorcycle, hitchhiking! From Pakistan to China, we'll try to travel on Karakoram Highway, which, since 1978, when it was finished, tells the story of hundreds of workers who lost their lives during the construction and the story of countless travelers that walked, and still walk along it in all seasons and by any transport.
We decide to travel to Slovenia during a long holiday week end. Slovenia is a young state next to Italy and it surprised me by its vitality, but also for its ability to progress while keeping intact its own assets, cultural and natural. The visit began at Postojna Caves, magnificent natural works of art throughout the subsoil of the area, made up of thousands of stalactites and stalagmites that emerge from the rock; we then proceed directly to the quiet capital Ljubljana, and finally, turning to North West, we are back in Italy pausing for a night in the Triglav National Park, on the shores of Lake Bled.
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