As most of my friends and family already know, I have been living mostly on the road for the last 10 years or so, traveling not only by bicycle, but always taking my bicycle with me. In the last five years I have been traveling by bicycle in North America, South East Asia and Northern Europe. There have also been quite a few train rides, the occasional bus (only when necessary), some rides on pick-up trucks, a number of long distance air journeys, but the bicycle has most of the time been very close by.
As for the title of this post, I turned 70 in June of 2018, and traveled to my home town of Oldenburg, Germany in late 2017. It was actually the first time I have been to my home town in 60 years, but I have been traveling West for 60 years (with many back and forths and zig-zags), but finally managed to circumnavigate the globe.
My bicycle in the town of Ofenerfeld, just outside of the city of Oldenburg. My bicycle in this yard which I played in many times in my childhood. My family lived and operated a Gasthaus (a Pub, Restaurant, hotel, etc) just a short walk from this house for over 100 years, it stopped operating a while back though and only the memories are left. This house is now a museum to our old friend Heinrich Kunst, a well known stage and film actor in the Plat Deutsch (Old German) dialect of this region.
To be continued ……….. this story is not finished, this is just a place holder ….
Starting on January 1, 2019 – George Lienemann (the Old Man on a Bicycle) is available for Individual and Small Group – Bicycle Touring Workshops. These Bicycle Touring Worshops will be available in South East Asia, Northern Europe and North America.
All Bicycle Touring Workshops are designed specifically for the client.
All 2019 Bicycle Touring Workshops will run for a minimum of two weeks and be designed specifically for the client. Participants should be over 60 years old, and should know each other well. Specific locations will depend on the client, I can travel anywhere. Costs are also dependent on the client, locations, distances traveled, hotels, camp grounds, all are possible but have to be discussed with the client before a budget can be set. I am very flexible in this regard, but I already know from experience how expensive a bike tour can easily become.
PURCHASING or RENTING a Bicycle for the Workshop
Purchasing a bicycle at the Workshop location and then taking it home after the Workshop is also an option. I am very open to discussing any and all options regarding what type of bicycle you would like to use (or test). Bicycles can be rented, purchased, and if needed can be transported to various locations, by boat, bus or train. At the end of the Workshop any bicycles purchased can be shipped back to your home.
Germany produces some of the best (and most expensive) Touring Bicycles in the world. Steel, Aluminum, Titanium and Carbon are all available in various configurations and as e-bikes. Just ask and I will let you know what can be arranged.
Skills that will be learned at the Bicycle Touring Workshops
Learning to set-up and maintain your bicycle properly.
Fixing a flat tire and other basic repairs, while on the road.
How to travel by car, train, airplane, boat, etc.
How expensive is it to travel with your bicycle?
Why not just rent a bicycle in Europe or Asia?
Why not just buy a bicycle in Europe or Asia?
Getting your bicycle through Immigration, Luggage and Customs.
Disassembly and Assembly of your bike in an airport.
Riding your bike out of the airport, or taking a taxi?
Safely riding down an unfamiliar road.
Where to ride on the road when there is no bike-path.
Where to ride on the bike path. Every country seems to have a different set of rules.
Increasing and decreasing your speed with the bicycle gears and your pedaling rhythm and speed.
Learning how to deal with hills, uphill and downhill.
Controlling your intake and supply of water.
Finding good places to eat on the road.
Where is the Bathroom? In every country there is a different solution, to this very basic question.
How to deal with bad weather situations, rain, heat, etc.
My seat is hurting me, what am I going to do?
My feet are hurting, what am I going to do?
Buying the right pants, shoes, gloves, etc., before the ride.
Packing your bags, attaching them on the bike and heading out on the road.
Contact for more information:
Please send me an e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org – and we can discuss your requirements and all options available.
About a month ago I started to seriously look for a new handlebar mount for my iPhone. I bought one last year, but it was too heavy and clunky. A bicycle is not a car or even a motorcycle, it needs something strong, but as small and light as possible.
I already had a GoPro type of handlebar mount that I had bought in Germany last year, but I was missing the part that held the phone, either on that mount or a tripod.
After searching every phone and camera shop in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, I finally narrowed it down to a cheap four armed claw type device and a very slick small clamp with a tripod mount from Manfrotto, an Italian tripod and lighting stand company, that is familiar to all serious photographers.
The final mount that I am now using was made out of the iPhone tripod clamp from Manfrotto, a GoPro type mount adapter from Rollie (German camera manufacturer), and a well designed Velcro and plastic handlebar mount made by SP, that I also bought in Germany.
By: George Lienemann (aka George Mann Photo) – email@example.com