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Ebike touring

Started by Dunsobarky. Last reply by puddle jumper Aug 2, 2015. 4 Replies

I'm planning a week long camping tour of SE Queensland later this year on my Ebike. It's a Trek 6300 I've converted and modded for touring. See attached photo. Looking to do about 60km to 80km per…Continue

Packing lessons from a 43 day cycle tour of NZ

Started by Taezar. Last reply by Taezar Jan 14, 2015. 5 Replies

Hi allI thought I would share what I learnt.I've blogged about it on my…Continue

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Planning New Zealand

Started by Taezar. Last reply by Taezar Nov 28, 2014. 16 Replies

UPDATE:Work approved my 6 weeks leave - 43 day holiday!!So …Continue

It's official! I bought a tourer

Started by Taezar. Last reply by Paul Martin May 29, 2014. 14 Replies

So my holiday is suddenly feeling very real after I bought the bike I am taking with me on our month's touring holiday of NZ. She'll be delivered mid-may hopefully, which will give me 6 months to get…Continue

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Comment by MattG on January 17, 2016 at 8:49pm

Had a tour of Russell Island last weekend with my 8 year old. We took the ferry over with our bikes. Me loaded up with enough very basic camping gear, food, fishing gear for the two of us on my hybrid tourer bike and him on his 24" bike. It's an 8km ride from the ferry to the free camping ground at the other end of the island. My sone cycles quite a bit so the fairly flat 8km ride wasn't too much of an issue. After the initial 1km or so of footpath riding though the main 'town' part of the island we had to ride on very quiet roads. I was still a bit nervous with him but with instructions to get off the road whenever I saw a car coming in the mirror it worked ok. We had a good night adventure together. We drove to the ferry from Brisbane West but older riders could ride out there from Brisbane for a bigger adventure.

Comment by Taezar on December 14, 2014 at 9:21am
Relaxing on a rest day pretty pleased w what I packed. Only item unused (other than bike part spares) are my third pair of nicks. Couple of items only used once though, but when I needed them I needed them.
Comment by Taezar on December 6, 2014 at 3:59am
One week into our 6 week tour. Check it out.
Comment by puddle jumper on September 3, 2014 at 10:01pm

Was changing some parts and experimenting with difference ways to load the panniers and it occurred to me that to non-cyclists it may seem a little extreme riding down the road looking like this.

Comment by AndrewO on June 16, 2014 at 9:40am

Okay, it looks like they are being quite literal. They don't mention any maximum size, nor do they mention removing or deflating wheels. It looks like your bike doesn't need to be covered at all, except for the drivetrain.

I would be prepared to remove and fold down my own handlebars and pedals, and use rags, gladwrap, newspaper, or whatever, to wrap and protect the drivetrain, including the chain. Between your group, you should carry a set of proper hex keys (multitool ones are rubbish) and a pedal spanner.

This page has a pretty casual attitude suggesting that it's probably not a big deal.

His idea of using a groundsheet is a good one, as they weigh next to nothing, and are very helpful for camping on wet ground as well. My friend and I frequently used ours as a picnic blanket, and I even used one as a blanket when the wind was blowing strong and cold across South Australia.

Probably the best option is to call New Zealand Rail to clarify.

Comment by Taezar on June 16, 2014 at 7:15am
Hi Andrew. It is what is listed on the inter city rail FAQ for bikes page in NZ. Thankfully it doesn't mention a bike box.
Comment by AndrewO on June 16, 2014 at 1:21am

It might help a little if you gave the exact context, ie. who is requesting? Is this from a tour operator who will be packing your bike for you? These seem like fairly odd requests beyond the standard request to be within certain dimensions.

The normal way of 'folding' handlebars is to remove them at the stem, and laying them parallel to the frame. Handlebars that actually fold do exist, but I think it's unlikely that anyone would request that you actually have them.

I would imagine that if your bike is in a box, or a bag, then that would mean that the chain is covered (along with the rest of the bike). I consider it unlikely that they want you to have a full Dutch chain-case.

Comment by Taezar on June 15, 2014 at 12:33pm

There is one bicycle per passenger. Bicycles need to have removable pedals, folding handlebars and chains to be covered.

Hi team - how do you cover a chain? And what does folding handlebars means?

Comment by AndrewO on June 4, 2014 at 9:06am

I should say that I tied them back-to-back so that all hooks were on the inside of the package and protected from damage.

Comment by AndrewO on June 4, 2014 at 9:04am

I put my small front panniers in my bike box, and tied my rear panniers together with the tie-down straps I'd been using for my rear bag to make one large bag. I didn't bother with cling-wrap. My front bag was filled with stuff and then put in one of the rear panniers, being awkwardly shaped, but really quite light and hollow.


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