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Gary Hopson Jul 12, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Read the comments below and found some useful info. . .I've done one other Road Scholar bike trip, so feel fairly comfortable with the biking details. Any comments from riders for the Sept., 2015 trip?

Jerry Hendel May 06, 2015 at 04:23 PM

Is there a list of participants for this ride?

Jerry Hendel May 03, 2015 at 05:01 PM

Who is going on this ride?
I am 73, semiretired, working just one PM per week.
I have tried to ride a lot at my in the MN winters.
Only in the past week has it been warm enough to get out on our bike trails.
And I was surprised to find that spinning classes at the Y didn't seem to prepare me for biking on my upright bike.
Because of neck issues I usually ride my recumbent bike or trike.
When I hit the outdoor trails, I was amazed at how poor my stamina is. I have worked myself up to 10 miles per day.
I am worried about my stamina for the trip, but I still have almost a month to continue to build up my endurance--I hope it will work.
I am traveling with Bob Hargrove, a ~72 yr old retired friend from Macon, GA. We have traveled a lot with the Hargroves. But the ladies decided this trip was not for them. They will meet in NYC while we are in Austria.
I am arrived Munich Tuesday, May 26th and staying in central Munich. I will meet Bob and the rest of the crew the AM of Fri, May 29th.
After the trip Bob and I are staying in Vienna still Mon, June 15th to tour and we have tickets for Don Giovanni at the StatsOper.
I am definitely not one of the Lycra clad speed riders.
I will bring my bike bag for the back rack. It attaches via Velcro straps.
Who else is going?
Jerry Hendel

Thomas Kelly Apr 05, 2015 at 11:39 PM

I'm departing for Europe a day early to adjust to the time change. Will anyone else be arriving in Munich on the 28th?

Pamela Brown Jan 16, 2015 at 01:48 PM

Thanks everyone for all of the help information and sharing of your experience. I sure wish the gym bikes had a way of tracking the mileage, but they don't. I want to do 11 miles in an hour before I sign up so I know I can do it. I get that it's a much longer biking day than I have had in decades, so am being thoughtful about that too.

Jerry Hendel Dec 26, 2014 at 09:10 PM

I am concerned about all the 'don'ts' I read about.

I am a 73 yr old guy who bikes at the Y 3 days per week. Here in Minnesota our bikes went into the shed 1-2 months ago. But there was a thaw recently and I found I could successfully ride my upright 'comfort' bike. Usually I ride a recumbent bike or trike.

Now I see that mirrors are either discouraged or not allowed.
Following an extensive cervical laminectomy/fusion I am not able to 'turn and look over my left shoulder as the Europeans do'.
Is at least my helmet mounted mirror allowed??

No water bottle cages allowed.
No panniers allowed.
What about my bringing my bike bag?? It attaches to the rack with velco straps. The bag could hold my water bottle, extra shirt, pants legs, sunscreen, and rain parka. Is the bike bag allowed??

Seems to me there are an lawful lot of don'ts.
I am not a 30 yr old svelte guy in tight Lycras. But I am an experienced cyclist.

I am signed up for the May 28-June 10th trip.

Jerry Hendel
Gerald Rape Dec 27, 2014 at 01:00 AM

Jerry, as I recall our bikers did attach bags on the rack behind the seat over the rear fender. Some of the bags came close to being panniers but weren't actually. I didn't bring a bike bag and went to a camera shop and bought a water proof bag and used my bungie cords to attach it to the rack. worked fine. you will need rain protection. the rides take place rain or shine. as to the mirror question in your circumstance, I'd suggest contacting International Bicycle Tours, Inc. Perhaps directing your concerns to Road Scholar would be a good place to start?? The bikes are Raleigh 'comfort bikes'? I think 7 speeds with front and read drum brakes. Perfectly adequate for this terrain but not kitted out like your bike with accessories.
Moria B Dec 27, 2014 at 08:50 AM

In our group of 23 riders, we all had something to put on our rear rack, but some of the bungee cords were worn out, so the bags slipped (in some cases). I had a shoulder bag that I could put into a 2 2/2 gallon ZipLock bag for rain. My bungees worked great and held it fine. My husband had sling bag that he simply wore the whole time and loved that convenience for cameras, money, etc. Also, I suggest getting a few Euros before you leave, just in case. That way you aren't nickle and diming coffee stops. And lunch is always up to you on this ride. We loved that aspect, because we loved going to the local Spar (grocery) and buying stuff there for lunch. Those who had not gotten Euros ahead of time had to borrow some from others until they got to a bank to convert their US$. Alls the "don'ts" really aren't that restrictive... except for turning your head. I agree with Gerald that you should see what they say about a helmet mirror.
Conny Jamison Feb 05, 2015 at 06:52 PM

Jerry. A cyclist on a trip with me got permission to use a helmet mirrror due to issues with his neck..

Gerald Rape Dec 25, 2014 at 02:53 AM

Hello, Pamela,

It might be a good idea to get some training rides prior to the trip. Yes, there are frequent stops, but being in the saddle for 4-5 hours can make for some sore bones for a few days until the body gets used to it. Try 5 mile rides then 10 mile rides, then 15 mile rides and see how your recovery day feels after each outing.
Moira's comment about the terrain is correct and it is a relatively easy ride...but one wants to be ready for the long-ish days at the handlebar.

It's a great trip, so don't miss it. The guides are very careful about safety and the riders look out for each other and you'll make new friends very quickly as the duties rotate through the group on a daily basis.

The scenery is incredible and the day stops are very exciting outings. I'd did the trip for my 70th birthday. It was the trip of a lifetime. Go for it!
Pamela Brown Dec 25, 2014 at 01:18 PM

Thank you both for this information. It helps a lot. My only hesitancy has been wondering about the speed and long days, as you both note. I'll figure out a way to start training. Again, thanks so much!

Pamela Brown Dec 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Thanks, Moria, I had read all of your and other posts. My questions are a bit more specific. I'm a biker rider all my life, but I bike slowly, sort of an enjoyable pace. I've never cycled 20 miles in a day, let alone 40. But then I've not ridden all day either. I've done cycle/spinning classes for 10+ years & rode to work for many years. Would you be able to give me info on the 2 questions? If so, I'd be grateful. AND Happy Holidays! Sorry about the 3 posts, the electricity went out here twice when I was trying to post.
Moria B Dec 25, 2014 at 08:35 AM

Pamela (and Gerald), I agree with Gerald. There were three 40 mile days. One began after a morning lecture, so on that day we did have to push it a bit more than the other two longer days. We rode about two hours, had lunch for about 45 minutes to an hour, rode again, took a break for either coffee or beer, etc. It says you should be able to ride 11 miles per hour on average, but our group rode about 7 mph, making it necessary to stay on the bikes much longer than if we had ridden 11 mph. I took a gel seat and was glad I had it, even though I'm seasoned, because it was a long time in saddle.

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