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Hi all, I have just read Peter's blog about how it all started for him and my riding was much the same,Starting with a racing bike in the 70's then a Grifter (my favorite bike ever),Bmx's and now the mountain and racing bikes and I have 1 of each. I have not done any touring but I am just getting into it and I feel like I've come alive. Its as if there was something missing or something I need to do and this is it. The hesitation to start was my age (45). I thought I was too old to start trekking through countries and camping and all the gear you need until this morning when on a short 20 mile run I was doing in Hertfordshire I was coming up a hill and see a distant figure on a bike. When I caught up I was amazed to see this gentleman in his 70's pacing along gently with all his gear (panniers,front and back-etc). I had to chat to this fella and turns out he'd been doing it for years and he was 100 miles from home just moving through the home counties. Wow, I'm now trawling the internet going through the maze of forums and reviews of gear to buy and what's best blah blah. I will get there and eventually start a short 2/3 night ride all thanks to meeting that man and waking me up to the fact that you are actually never too old.
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Hey Kev I did take a look. Fantastic. I'm so Jel....
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Andrew, got out on that bike yet ? I'm back home in Australia after the epic 3500kms Lisbon to Holland. You can see posts on http://www.bicycletouringpro.com with a lot of You Tube footage as well. I'm going to write a blog and post on this www in the next few days. Best, K.
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Yeah thanks Kevin, Your another inspiration. Enjoy.
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Never too old Andrew. I'm 68 and start this week riding from Lisbon to Amsterdam via pretty much everywhere. Spending some time with Darren from http://www.bicycletouringpro.com and riding a brand spanking new Van Nicholas 'Deveron' Ti touring bike...can't wait. I'll post on BTC as we go. If we start limiting ourselves due to age, we'll end up in a chair with a blanket over our knees...sod that !
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I have always found a solar charger strapped to my pannier works fairly well. And I also have a power pack that gives me around 10 charges of an iphone and sat nav. Normally enough for a week away. Just top up in local cafe or similar if the weather doesn't charge the solar pack too well. I user Powerbee units.

Hubs are nice, but can be expensive. On my wish list :-)

cheers
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Yeah thanks Stevie, I've been slowly converting my Trek MTB to a tourer just to practice on for now. Im stuck on the recharging issues with the devices you need.
The hub one looks complicated and solar sounds like it won't work. Battery pack maybe but hey ho, why take any devices anyway because its all about getting away from that rubbish right?
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You are never too old to go bike riding! Been riding all kinds of bikes for the past 30 years and still going strong! Take at your own pace and have fun is key.
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It is great to read about people being inspired to go out cycle touring. I hope I'm still out there at 70 years old! I certainly plan to be. As you say, you are never too old to go cycle touring. In fact the more cycle touring you do, the younger you feel! That is what I tell myself when pedalling up some silly hill fully loaded up :-)

Enjoy hunting for new gear. You really don't need much to get started. When I first started, ebay and the local Milletts (now Blacks) were my favourite places. Never hurts to go searching in the loft or ask friends too. Most people have an old sleeping bag and other treasures hidden away. As for tents, there are always sales on these days. I started with a Eurohike Backpacker tent for less than £30. Perfect for first time tourers just getting into it and seeing if camping is for them. I have just finished writing a post about it which will go live next week once I have taken some photos.

Hope your first tour goes well and you have fun. Maybe pop back in the forums and let everyone know how you got on.
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