One tour bike that I bought in Malaysia.
I have been asked by a few people to write a little bit about the kind of bikes that I use when I go tour cycling in various countries around the world. So here is a few words about my preferred kind of bike.
I prefer mountainbikes.
Mountainbikes are easy to fix.
Even if I am not an off road cyclist, I prefer mountainbikes for tour cycling. This is simply because they do not break as often as other bikes do and because they are easier to repair. I know I could also use a specific tour bike, but I kind of like to have fairly fat wheels, as I am often cycling in countries with a rough road surface.
Also, specialised tour bikes are often quite expensive.
My Brazilian tour bike on a beach in Bahia.
I ride bikes that are not too expensive.
Cycling with another locally purchased bike.
When I am tour cycling, I prefer to ride bikes that are not too expensive. I prefer not to be too worried about getting my bike stolen. And I like to sometimes leave a bike behind if I am returning on an airline that wants a lot of money to transport my bike. Of course, I am not buying the cheapest crap from the Walmart kind of places, cause I do not like a bike that falls apart. But I find that mid range priced mountainbikes can easily do 2-3 long trips of 2000-3000 kilometers before they start to be worn down.
I often just buy a bike locally.
I have bought a bike locally several times, in countries like brazil, Malaysia, The Philippines and Vietnam and taken it for tours of several thousand kilometers. In the 3 countries I mentioned here, I paid less than 300$ for the bike and had no major issues with them The XDL bike I bought in Malaysia for 275$ actually took me more than 10 000 kilometers through countries such as Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and Norway, before it was stolen upon my return to Denmark. Buying a bike locally saves me the hassle of transporting a bike to the country here I will be cycling, so I often do that, especially if I fly with an airline that charges extra for sports equipment. Not all airlines charges for bicycles by the way. I am flying to India next week with Qatar Airways and I get the bike on the plane there for free. That bike is actually the one that I bought in Brazil last summer for just over 300$.
Tour cycling the Philippines.
My bike is not a prestige symbol and not my girlfriend either.
I sleep with my bike, but it’s not my girlfriend.
I know that some people almost treat their bike as their girlfriend and give it a name. And they hang it up on the wall when it can not ride anymore. I do not that, first of all because I travel 365 days a year and do not have a home. And for me a bike is just something for transport and not a prestige symbol. I actually think it’s kind of funny when I meet cyclists on bikes that cost several thousand dollars, who have cycled far less than I have, even if I am usually younger than them too.
Now, I do not mean to talk bad about people who ride different types of bikes than I do. I just put down what i ride and why I ride the kind of bike I do, because a few people have asked me to do so.
Happy cycling to everyone 🙂
Take it easy and cycle the globe.