In 1991 I (Harald
Mevåg) was introduced to touring cycling. The first trip went to Scotland together
with Gøran Zettervall
who has been touring
biking for many years. Since then we have been traveling once a year.
Typically, we travel on Thursday / Friday and return home back the
, Ståle Andersen. Bjørn Tore Holtet
We normally use liners. It usually very good, and then we’re not
depending on traveling 7 or 14 days. The bikes have occasionally received
some rough treatment. The airliner prefer hard plastic suitcases, but when
you cycle from A to B it isn’t practical to have with them. We pack the
bikes in plastic bags. (SAS and Norwegian have someone who is reasonably
solid) These bags covers crank and rear wheel. Moreover, the rear gear
changer should be protected from impact during transport. You can use a
plastic box and adapted it to the frame so that it rests against the wheel
and cover the rear gear system. Furthermore, let the air out of tires, the
handlebar turned and pedals removed.
Until 2006, we got the bike for free as long as we stay within weight
limits, but check the rules for the airliner before you book. Stay far away from Lufthansa! They take $ 500! To put it simply.
They do not want bicycles. Also check who is actually flying the leg. We
ordered Air Canada, but it turned out that it was Lufthansa that flew on
the return leg, and then it you have to pay Lufthansa price. You also need
to book a reservation for your
bike on the plane.
Some bike manufacturers produce pure touring bikes. The prices for these
bikes are from NKR 9000,- and up. There are for sure cheaper bikes sure,
but it is beneficial that the bikes can withstand some weight and that
it’s possible to attach a front and rear carrier.
Packing light is an art. The weight of the luggage should not be more
than15 kg. We'll manage to get down to about 11 kg. For someone of our
package list will probably seem fairly spartan, but it is not a good idea
to have a heavily loaded bike. In addition to all equipment, you need to
carry food and fluid. It can be a few kg, if you biking in uninhabited
areas. All baggage is packed in plastic bags to protect it against rain.
Although many panniers with rain cover, water has a unique ability to
penetrate everywhere. We'll spread the luggage evenly on the bike using
handlebar bag, front and rear bags.
The trips have varied from 400 to over 2000 km. In recent years there
tours have been about 1000 km, and 8-9 days of cycling. We start biking
around 8:30 in the morning and we often don’t arrive before 6:30 p.m. in
the evening. The average speed is from 18 to 25 km / h. For us a day trip from 100 to 170 km. Is the topography much up and down, the
daily stage should be reduced, and as well when it’s headwind. Each
individual must find the distance that suits them, and plan their trip
after the person who is in worst shape. We try to plan trips something in
advance. In recent years it has become much easier to fly to a destination
and return from another. It might be a good idea to know proximately how
far you have to ride each day to reach from A to B. But there is always a
train, although the threshold for using it is high. Moreover, Be aware
that some trains do not take bikes, and when they take bikes, they may be
limits numbers of bikes each train. Almost all trains have limitations in
rush hours. It also a good idea to include one rest day, when you planning
It is important to take with you enough food and drink, when the legs are
longer than 40-50 km per day. A good rule is that you eat before you're
hungry and drink before you're thirsty. If you first run empty, it is
difficult to recover the same day. We usual eat normal food and drink
water and juice along the way.
We rarely book hotel in advance. It has never offered any problems, but
then we usually travel of season.
In recent years we have begun to navigate using GPS, but a good map does
the job. If you use the GPS, one must not forget that there are still road
signs! It is not always the shortest route on the map that is the quickest
way in time. Moreover, one can wonder whether those with GPS have the same
nature experience as those without!
You get more out of a tour, when you read about it before you go. There is
a lot of literature available at internet. I usually choose Lonely
Planet's books, if they are available for the destination. Lonely Planet
also publishes pure cycle books. Otherwise there are numbers of other
books that deal with touring cycling.