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OK, you're at the stage where you have a ton of questions. I'm in a similar position about long distance walking actually, but that's a different story for another time. Firstly, I should probably plug our Bicycles.Stackexchange.com site. For the actual bicycle questions part of your trip, they're going to be a handy resource. One of the biggest cycling ...


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This is definitely a good idea. Cycling in Amsterdam is such an experience and can be a bit stressful in rush hours in the city center; hence, riding it through the country side can be more pleasant. There are many companies renting bikes in Amsterdam. In general, the longer the opening hours and the more central the location, the more expensive they will ...


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Before I answer you Before I answer your question, please read this advise as I did cycle through Patagonia and I can tell you this: The roads are not that easy, sometimes given the roads surface it was challenging doing 50 km in a day; When the roads were alright, then the weather was very very difficult. When the wind blows strongly in the Argentinian ...


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It depends on what you consider 'special skills'. With some excercise, paddling should be feasible for most people. For the English Channel, you can easily find operators and boat charterers offering planning support or equipment rent: http://www.fullthrottleboatcharters.com/kayak-across-english-channel/ Crossing the Øresund may not be much more than 5km ...


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Most bikes can take you 70km, that's not a very concrete criterion. There are two main classes of bicycles: "race" bikes and everyday transport bicycles. The difference is that on a transport bike, you sit much more upright and go much slower, racing bikes are mainly used for sport, have thin wheels, et cetera. Rental bikes are typically the slow type. The ...


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how to start: Start small. Don't think you can cycle long distances without getting in shape. Even across town may well be a challenge for you right now. So start on that, set yourself REALISTIC goals to get in shape, not just your legs but your arms and lungs as well. Start with say 10km trips, then gradually increase that until you can comfortably drive ...


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As of July 2014, bicycles were not allowed on the Øresund Bridge. Check back in 55 years: It's currently forbidden to cycle across the Öresund bridge, a part-bridge, part-tunnel connection between Malmö and Copenhagen, which was made famous by the hit television show The Bridge. But if new proposals by Sweden-based construction company Skanska and ...


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No, taking a bike on the bus is not allowed with any of the bus operators in the area: RET, Veolia and Connexxion, except for folded foldable bikes (IIRC the bus from Rotterdam Centraal to the airport is currently operated by RET). There isn't that much space in the bus either. In fact, bikes are so ubiquitous in the Netherlands that it's simply impossible ...


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I work in Reading and regularly cycle in the area and also use the station. I can tell you that no such provision exists for secure bicycle storage. The station is a known hotspot for cycle theft so I would not risk leaving a decent bike there. But...if your bike isn't particularly expensive and doesn't stand out you'll probably be OK. Just remember to ...


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No policeman is going to arrest you for riding in a park. I'd be surprised if you can't ride in all the parks in Glasgow (or almost any other city in the UK) for that matter. Give pedestrians the right of way and be considerate and you'll be fine.


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VIA Rail no longer sells bike boxes. The baggage staff at Toronto Union Station has confirmed to me orally that VIA Rail has stopped to sell bike boxes. Travellers who wish to take their bicycle as checked luggage do not need to pack their bicycle in any way. Greyhound does still sell bike boxes at 10$ each, to travellers or non-travellers. Dimensions ...


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As I have only ridden through Reading on a through train, I can only give the answer as Internet allows me. But from the lack of information I would say that the parking is not safe enough to leave an expensive bike for 3 days. The railway station information page gives 'stands' as main option for parking the bikes, the car parks are given as extra without ...


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I checked the Belgian railway site for you and they mention that folding bikes are free of charge. The Flanders railway company 'de Lijn' has a mention of bikes on their Dutch language site, in short you can take a folded bike for free if you do not bother other passengers but no full size bikes at all. Als u de andere reizigers niet hindert, mag u wel ...


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Sections 5.4 and 5.5 of NS's General Terms & Conditions for Travellers ("Algemene Voorwaarden Reizigers" - Dutch document) contains the rules for transporting bikes and luggage. This is what they say: Folding Bikes (and rollators, mobility scooters and wheelchairs) Count as 'luggage' and are always allowed on the train for free, regardless of travel ...


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Traditional renting Most bike rental shops are local bike shops that also do renting so it will be hard to rent in a city and leave it in another city. If there is a renting company that also accepts bycicles in another city I am not aware of it but your best bet would be with the big players (Macbike and others. just google for bike rental amsterdam) ...


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Check out the map option on booking.com. To start with, zoom in to Bariloche, you'll see that there are more options in the nearby towns, such as El Bolson, Lago Puelo and Esquel. Now zoom in even further, the towns will disappear from the map while you're scrolling downwards, but if the map is zoomed enough, you'll see individual hotels/hostels every once ...


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If you have a bike that can support your luggage (i.e. you are bicycle touring, which I assumed initially) or you have a single item such as a backpack you can carry while biking you should just ride to the airport from Rotterdam centre. Less than 20 minutes, cheaper and easier. All routes google maps suggests are fine and will get you there over bike-paths ...


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1. Give it a tug. If your bike hasn't docked properly, you should be able to pull it out again. But don't use excessive force. Even if it doesn't come out, it's no guarantee that it's correctly docked. 2. Check your journey history. Go to the docking station and press the option to print a journey history receipt. You have to insert your bank card so it ...


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The train part of this question hinges on the question whether a bicycle packed in a box should be considered as a bicycle or as large luggage. You can argue a lot about this (https://forum.ns.nl/overige-producten-6/meenemen-fiets-doos-de-spits-vanaf-schiphol-8640), but I think it will depend on the opinion of the conductor you meet on the day. If it's ...


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No Non-Foldable Bicycles on Buses Looking on the English version of the RET website, I found the General terms and conditions urban and regional public transport 2014 which explicitly mention bicycles on trains and subways, but not buses. I think it is safe to assume that non-foldable bicycles are not allowed on buses, since these are not mentioned in the ...


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Speaking of Poland, where I live, I'd say there's nothing to worry about regarding safety. No wild tribes living in the forests, no pirates and no horse stealers gangs are there nowadays :) Of course if you leave your expensive bike outside without any lock, it can happen that someone will pay more interest to it and eventually take it, but I'm sure it's ...


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Difficult to give an answer with hard data on this question, but I can talk from personal experience of cycling multiple Eastern European countries (not Romania, but Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo...) Traffic, especially out of the cities, is in general pleasant. This is mainly because the traffic is less dense in Eastern ...


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Most Dutch bikes will be capable of travelling 50-70KM easily. I have personally travelled that distance on a Mac Bike (3 gear) last November. Obviously you need to be physically up to it but because of the Dutch bike network and geographically flat lands, racking up the mileage is relatively easy in my experience. I am not aware of a rental shop that will ...


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It seems the answer is maybe depending on if the train has checked baggage service or not and if your bike is a folding bike or not, according to the website from your post. http://www.viarail.ca/en/travel-info/baggage/checked-baggage The following articles can only be transported if checked baggage service is available on your train. If there is no ...


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There is no shortage of campgrounds in Europe, so it should be pretty easy for find a place each evening. But don't think you will be able wild camp along the bike routes (except maybe at a few designated areas). Much of the land along the bike routes is developed. There are many marked (and mapped) long distance bike routes throughout the area. Actually ...


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There are quite a few sites aimed at bicycle tourers. For example: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/classifieds/ (the whole site is good, this is just where people post ads for companions). https://www.warmshowers.org/forums/general/looking-companions http://www.reddit.com/r/bicycletouring http://www.adventurecycling.org/adventure-cyclist/companions-wanted/ ...


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As others have said, start small. That's good advice. You won't realize how badly untrained hands and arms can feel after a relatively short ride (not to mention good saddles your butt might not be accustomed to...). The next bit is comfortability on the bike itself -- and this really means understanding what you like, not what The Right Formula has to say ...


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This may sound a bit a too phylosophical answer for such practical questions, but it's all about what you want and your will. Of course being in shape helps, of course having a more expensive / light bike helps but not allways. Except for being in shape every advantage you may have may turn to be a disadvantage in one or another situation. (Eg.: If you buy ...


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Yes you can rent bicycles around the airport hotels. This depends on whether you are a foreigner or Chinese national. Most hotels around the airport offer bicycle rentals to Chinese citizens as they only accept an ID card. Other places close to the airport also offer bicycle rentals though some are a bit far, just a few stops from the airport by subway. ...


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Well you most likely won't get kicked off because of the bicycle unless you just bring it on board without permission. According to the Amtrak Policy there are a few routes that offer "walk-on" bicycle service but none of them travel through Albany. You can reserve space on the bicycle rack or put it into baggage in Syracuse and pick it up in Albany, so I ...



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