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Next year, 2020, Europe, A cycling buddy, preferably female

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Next year, 2020, Europe, A cycling buddy, preferably female

 

Hello! I am a 50 yo Belgian-born female, been living in Australia for nearly 30 years. 

Im seriously thinking about cycling self supported (camping) through Europe not too sure yet as to which route exactly, I will probably have 4 weeks, I’m thinking the month of May next year, 2020. Starting near the border of Netherlands/Belgium, riding east.

Anyways I am now only at the stage of researching this concept and seeing whereabouts in Europe I would like  to cycle-tour. I have never done a cycling holiday or an extended cycling trip before in my life! I am reasonably fit, I exercise everyday and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. 

Also; where should I purchase this bike? What kind of bike? I was even thinking it’s better to buy this bike in Holland or Belgium on my way through when I visit my family in Holland/Belgium? Do they make good strong touring bicycles in Australia? I live in the remote Kimberley, so too hard to purchase & test-ride here! 

Please any feedback or any information is welcome! 

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Thanks heaps ! Hartelijk dank��✨�

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Hi

of course the Netherlands have some very wellknown brands of really good bikes.

Think about Santos which is a high-end brand. Of course not cheap but worth the money.

Type is depending what you wanna do. You should go to an experienced bike dealer. Don`t buy online.

https://www.santosbikes.com/nl/

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Thank you Peter. Any

Thank you Peter. Any recommended bicycle dealers near the border with Belgium (eg Eindhoven, Breda)?   Thanks heaps 

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At Rotterdam Bike4Travel

Hi Martine,

At Rotterdam https://www.bike4travel.nl/ you will find a very good store which sells very good brands and have all the neciscarry stuff for bicycle travelers. They travel themselves with bikes and are experincied even undertook two long worldtrips in the past, friendly and very good quality. Dont buy a santos, you will get more buck for your money with other brands. Its also very heavy.  Bike4travel celss several brands to choose from. Including their own brand which we cycle, the avaghon. http://avaghon.nl/nl/

From Rotterdam you could travel the coastel route through seeland into Belgium. I would have prior contact with the shop via mail. 

Enjoy your trip in Europe!

 

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Hi Martine,

Hi Martine,

Good for you! Tell me though, what will you do with the bike when you are through with your tour?

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2020 EU Bike tour

Hi Martine

I too have lived in Oz and am on day 3 of Cycling EuroVelo 12 from France along the North Sea coast to Norway. I've heaps of suggestions and thoughts for you but haven't much phone battery and no WiFi in thus campsite. Can I PM you in 2-3 weeks when I return home?

Keep well 

Brian 

 

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2020 EU Bike tour

Hi Martine

I too have lived in Oz and am on day 3 of Cycling EuroVelo 12 from France along the North Sea coast to Norway. I've heaps of suggestions and thoughts for you but haven't much phone battery and no WiFi in thus campsite. Can I PM you in 2-3 weeks when I return home?

Keep well 

Brian 

 

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Yes please reply Brian. Thank

Yes please reply Brian. Thank you.  Enjoy the ride!

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Croatia 2020

I’d love to ride with you, but I’m thinking of going late March or early April for 10 days to Croatia. Doesn’t doesn’t sound like we’ll be there at the same time 

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Buying a bike in Amsterdam
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Hallo Martine,

Hallo Martine,

It might be better finding your bike locally and getting used to it. Take it out for a few long cycles. It is not just the bike but also finding your own saddle, the pedals you like and cycling shoes. You would hate to be so sore or uncomfortable after a week that you feel like giving up. You will also need panniers and camping gear and see how to fit it on the bike. I was in France for a race and did see a number of Australians that had brought their own bikes over. I have a fuji touring limited, See below for a couple of cool touring/trekking bikes. Also consider lights and whether a dynamo hub is required which is not standard on bikes. Today I came across this website with routes. http://www.eurovelo.org/

https://www.bikeexchange.com.au/a/touring-bikes/kona/vic/fitzroy/2019-sutra/103805785

https://www.trekbikes.com/au/en_AU/bikes/adventure-touring-bikes/520/520/p/24000/?colorCode=red

https://surlybikes.com/bikes/long_haul_trucker

https://www.bikeexchange.com.au/s/touring-bikes/fuji

http://www.eurovelo.org/

 

Goood travers/Goede reis,

Hendrik

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Riding in Europe this summer too!

Hi Martine,

Your post was exactly (well almost) what I am on here looking for! I'm a (soon to be) 42 year old who also lived in Australia. I was there for 11 years and developed a liking for cycle touring. I'm still pretty new at it so can only offer limited advice and guidance. It appears that you have already received tips from other riders which I think are all good points. I bought my touring bike in Oz and I still have mixed feelings about it. I have a Vivente World Wander, It's a great bike and one of the best for long cycle touring which is probably why my feelings are mixed...my touring only lasts about 2 weeks at the most so I'm not making the most out of it. It's also a heavy bike made for long journeys but I haven't ridden much in the last 3 years which is when I bought it. I moved to China and didn't ride at all there. I did manage one cycle tour in Thailand. I have just now arrived in South Africa and moved the bike with me. I plan to ride in Europe this summer and have not decided on where (which is why I hopped on Warm Showers). I was thinking places that are mostly flat and easy accessable. I have heard Holland and Belgium are good places to start. I have friends there I could stay with for the start of the ride which is another reason I was thinking it would be a good spot. I work at an international school so won't finish until June 5th. So planning to start my adventure somewhere around that date. 

Please let me know if you are interested in traveling together and if you are flexible with your dates. I am planning to ride for 3-4 weeks if not longer with some side adventures, I haven't worked out anything final yet.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Tiwana

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Hi Martine,

Hi Martine,

 

I'm on a beginning stage of planning a bicycle trip somewhere in Europe, May next year for 4 weeks too, was thinking Scotland or France, but I can be very flexible on the itinerary, I'm Brazilian but I live in Tokyo and I ride a Surly LHT.

I'm also not experienced, had only travel with other women for three weeks in Iran.

Sorry i can't give you much advices on the bikes.

Silvana

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Hi Martine,

Hi Martine,

My name is Kattina. I am an American living in Vietnam, and I have lived in Asia for 9 years. I would love to join you on part of your Eurotrip! I am a teacher, and my school is finished in the first week of June, so I would be able to join you after that, if you like. I haven't cycled very much of Europe, but I am keenly interested in Norway and France. I am hosting a lovely french couple right now who are from Burgundy. They will host me next summer, possibly.  Let's connect!