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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! 

Ride on! ��

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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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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Sure no worries Brian �

Sure no worries 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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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