I would like to buy a bike in South East Asia or South America and bicycle around.

Buying a bike while traveling?

What countries are bike friendly ? I would like to bicycle around in the third world but I am not a serious cyclist. I would take trains and buses for the longer treks . I know that in some places you can take a bike on a train or ferry.
How realistic an idea is this for say South East Asia or South America ?

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I live abroad and travel full time. I have brought my bike to Brazil and Colombia. Colombia is amazing for cycling, but also very difficult. a normal ride is at 5k feet elevation (in my city--Medellin) and then climbs up to 8k. A lot of other cities are similar because they're all mountainous.

Brazil stufftier for cycling in my opinion especially because there are way less cyclist. there are tonnnsss of cyclists in colombia, it's pretty incredible.

Remember that a lot of these countries in SA and SEA are really hot. my city in brazil and some of the cities in colombia are elevated so it's better. people who bike in SEA get up at like 5am to do so.

desu anywhere in developing world is going to have worse traffic, worse roads, stufftier drivers who cut u off or pass with 1 ft of room. sometimes it's a bit scary desu haha, but you'll get used it it. other ppl do this their whole lives.

note that is this advice specific for road cycling

Intresting. How hard would it be to fly your bike from europe to south murica?

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I live abroad and travel full time. I have brought my bike to Brazil and Colombia. Colombia is amazing for cycling, but also very difficult. a normal ride is at 5k feet elevation (in my city--Medellin) and then climbs up to 8k. A lot of other cities are similar because they're all mountainous.

Brazil stufftier for cycling in my opinion especially because there are way less cyclist. there are tonnnsss of cyclists in colombia, it's pretty incredible.

Remember that a lot of these countries in SA and SEA are really hot. my city in brazil and some of the cities in colombia are elevated so it's better. people who bike in SEA get up at like 5am to do so.

desu anywhere in developing world is going to have worse traffic, worse roads, stufftier drivers who cut u off or pass with 1 ft of room. sometimes it's a bit scary desu haha, but you'll get used it it. other ppl do this their whole lives.

note that is this advice specific for road cycling

Just as a thing to mention:

Would anyone be interested in a website where you can hire stuff peer to peer?

I went to Bulgaria last year but couldn't find anywhere/anyone to hire a bike from so i made a website where locals can hire stuff out to people in exchange for a little bit of money. Its pretty good especially if you don't use whatever your hiring out often, just easy money.

Do you think anyone would be interested in this?

I built the site 6 months ago but its just languished in the testing phase while ive been at uni for the past 3 months.

Should i push ahead and make it public?

Doesnt this exist already?


Not worldwide. Some minor or pay websites exist but nothing that;s actually useful and has more than a few locations on it.

I found it annoying hence why i put some time into making it it. All that needs to be done is some user testing and then some promotion to get the ball rolling.

I'm happy for it to be free so long as people benefit from it.

should set up a thread on for it

try to set it up wherever you're based, there's going to be a lot of legal issues

should set up a thread on for it

Will do.

try to set it up wherever you're based, there's going to be a lot of legal issues

Was trying to circumnavigate this issue by remaining fairly personymous and it being a free service. Ill get a proper TOS written up when i have the time.

Its more of a social networking website, instead of facilitating any actual trade it merely gives you the details of who to contact for what items in what places. I'm personally not insuring anything or claiming that all people will tell the truth, im hoping the rating system that has been built can self regulate that kind of stuff.

Hey dude, if you are intrested we could cykle in morocco and go down the west coast. I'll leave my contact info if you are.

Are you the super cool person who is always willing to help us out in morocco?
I have to say, if you think this is safe for a small middle aged white man, I think it sounds like tons of fun!.

Sorry to break your heart, but I'm not.
I'm in my early twenties, and defently safe. I'll be in morocco early in october and stay there the visaperiod. Let me know if you wan't my whatsapp


There is about a 15 percent chance I will be in morocco in november .Would love to get your contact info person, sound like a fun adventure.

This link is only for this person. Pls do not open this.
https://privnote.com/Yecas5Ru#hbG43kC64

Let me know if you got it!

https://privnote.com/Yecas5Ru#hbG43kC64

I swear I only check in a few times a day but just happened to catch this at the right time,

I must confess I do not have whatsapp but will install it if I end up going to Morocco and will give you as much notice as possible.
This sounds like good times.
We will have to make a thread here with pics if we end up doing this.

Why marocco and whats your bike??

Starting i morocco (or spain) but will travel from morocco to s.africa and up to ethopia. As far as i can go annyways

You'd have a tough time finding a collectible MTB in some random third world country, better to just become a bromptonaut

wow, is that the first rear-suspension cannondale? That's super collectible.

Why not a motorbike? Their ubiquitous.

Is it easy to buy and sell one when you are done?


First of all, sorry for my embarrassing mistake. And to address your question, yes, they are. You could either rent, or buy a cheap(ish) functioning one to get you through your journey, depending on the amount of time you plan on using it.

There is a thread right now about 2 guys in Africa doing something like this, going through countries on motorbikes and having all sort of mechanical malfunction adventures.

From my impressions scooters/motorbikes are the way to go in SEA because they're small, everywhere and much, much cheaper than cars.

I'm also posting on that popular Africa thread and the persons let me know it should be plausible to do this, if I don't manage to, I'll resort to a bike, desu.

Be smart and aware when driving motorbike/bike and you're good.

First of all, sorry for my embarrassing mistake
what mistake?

Their ubiquitous.
Their

Should be "They're".

no cyclists here?

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