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Bike Touring with a folding bike

Hello lovely people, I'm new to this site. Never done any major touring with my folding bike -Dahon Vybe before, I usually cycle around 20-40kms per trip... so, here's the idea, I plan to cycle from Malaysia to Taiwan/Japan early next year with a friend who's been traveling on the bike for more than 2.5 years now... together, we plan to cover countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan & Japan.

My question is, is it a crazy idea to tour with my folding bike (20inches wheels, 7-speed)? My estimated luggage weight would be around 7-10kgs. Any thoughts and suggestions are welcome!

Thank you very much!

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Can be done.

People have done it before. Check out the site Path Less Pedaled (http://pathlesspedaled.com) and the corresponding youtube channel for Path Less Pedaled m(https://www.youtube.com/user/russroca), especially the section "Big Adventure Small Wheels." They are a couple who have toured on their Bromptons (also a folding bike).

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Hello Thuan,

Hello Thuan,

Yeap, I was aware of this Brompton cycling duo, they gave me an idea of strapping a backpack to the seat post instead of having panniers.

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I have a lady friend who

I have a lady friend who travelled all over the world on her Brompton and she loved it.

I only hope your friend is also on a bike with small wheels.

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Hey Steve,

Hey Steve,

My friend will be traveling on his full-sized bike...

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You will just have to sort

You will just have to sort out a pedalling rhythm between you. It wont be a problem. There are lots of people doing BIG tours on folding bikes. Its easy to just fold them up and jump on trains and buses if they want to take a break from pedalling.

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Yeh, great advice! Appreciate

Yeh, great advice! Appreciate it :)

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Folding bike is more fragile when in plane

Hi,
SHould be fine if the hills are not too hard but you really should avoid to travel by plane with a folding bike. There are more fragile and the joints which link the two parts of the frame could brake and that couldn't be repaired!
Enjoy your ride!
Phil

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Hi Phil

Right, our plan is actually not to travel by plane, but yeah, you're right about the hills climbing. I reckon if my bike does ever break or something, I might just get another one along the way.

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Great topic.

Some time ago, this year, I was thinking about traveling with folding bike cycling and hitchhiking from time to time. Planinng to begin in january towards spain/portugal. For know I have to buy a bike, hopefully enough cheap :D hah. In case I will get tired of cycling I'll probably going to hitchhike, if not possible use buses/trains. Before, I have cycled with 28 inch trekking bike. Let's stay in touch! And keep updating.

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Touring Japan on a Folding Bicycle

Hi, I've toured Japan , like many people , on a Bike Friday 20" folder. With a handlebar bag and two small rear panniers (twice) covering 4500kms over the two trips. Also have 26" folder that has covered 9000kms over three trips to Japan. I have carried both on one trip each in a Rinko bag on trains .