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Hey,

I've recently been looking at maps for a trip from London to Istanbul. Obviously space on the bike is pretty limited and I was wondering if people had any advice on what were the leading contenders. As detailed as possible is wanted but that is balanced by my carrying capacity.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Kyle.

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I'm planning a trip to

I'm planning a trip to Istanbul as well and have gathered all my info in a custom google map. I was thinking to buy maps at local tourist info's or gas stations as soon as I enter a new country and plan the detailed route from there. This way you only need to carry one map at a time. Ofcourse you can also buy all maps (e.g. Michelin) in advance if that works for you.

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Thanks a lot! When are you

Thanks a lot! When are you leaving then?

The Google plan is a good idea but I am not going to have very much access to the internet on my trip as I am going to be camping most nights. The local maps is a very good idea though and hopefully they will be cheap!

Kyle

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Lift-off is April 1st! I will

Lift-off is April 1st! I will be camping as well but remember you can preload the maps to your phone. Anyway, i can also understand if you don't want to be limited by digital tech and enjoy the freedom of your bike. There are some threads going on in the looking for companions section of these forums if you are interested in meeting up with other people heading east.

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Another alternative is to use

Another alternative is to use Open Street Maps data offline through an app like OSMand (for android) - there are probably similar options for other OS's - see the links section:
https://www.warmshowers.org/links

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Some local or regional maps

Some local or regional maps may be available free! Look at the tourist info points and town halls. For Bavaria there is a free 1:500 000 scale map with its cycling network. It can be picked at town halls or ordered from http://www.bayerninfo.de/bike. From that website also free apps for mobile phones can be downloaded. Something alike may be available for other counties as for instance Hesse - http://www.radroutenplaner.hessen.de/rph_mobil_01EN.asp