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How would I travel by bicycle with a travellers backpack?

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Planning long distance cycling trips.
6 years ago, June 8th 2013 No: 1 Msg: #171588  
Aside from the obvious fitness requirements to ride a bike long distance, what do I need to know about carrying my luggage with me across countries?

I'm thinking of doing a few bicycle trips across Europe. Specifically, I am thinking of starting in Milan, and riding along the coast of Italy - or another route; riding from Milan, along the French coastline past Monaco, Nice, Cannes, and eventually ending up in Barcelona, Spain.

How would I go about doing this trip by bicycle? I would need a good quality bike obviously - what price range would allow for a decent bike? And the other important question - how do I carry my hiking backpack with me? It's not a good idea to wear it on my back while riding, so I'm wondering if there are some kinds of mounts or racks I can install on my bike that would allow me to ride with a 65L backpack.

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6 years ago, June 8th 2013 No: 2 Msg: #171591  
B Posts: 11.5K
Hi Saki,

Here's a couple of 'bike blogs' to get you started;

Banchory to the Bosphorous by Bike

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6 years ago, June 8th 2013 No: 3 Msg: #171602  
Have you started categorizing Travelbloggers...backpackers, flashpackers, bikers, divers, hikers, mountain climbers, cruisers, food afficienados, mobile home/caravaners, RTW and long duration travelers, students on a year or semester abroad, annual travelers on one month or less vacations, those who have written books about their travels, etc? It would be great to have a Forum for each category with a list of applicable travelers...an easy place to find those with similar interests. It would be easier on the Moderators if TBers could categorize themselves (perhaps on multiple categories) through a TB link. Reply to this

6 years ago, June 14th 2013 No: 4 Msg: #171778  
I'm with you on that Bob, I think it'll be a great idea to have categories for the bloggers. Have you suggested it in the moderators forum?... I've no idea if it could be done but I think it'll worth it to mention it to Ali

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6 years ago, June 14th 2013 No: 5 Msg: #171779  
B Posts: 11.5K
That was mentioned at some point, but other things were higher priority at the time. Reply to this

6 years ago, June 15th 2013 No: 6 Msg: #171792  
Oh!... I've missed that post then! 😞 I'll have a look 😊 Reply to this

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