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  • #7699
    El Cic
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      • City: Newport (but heart is in India)

      Anyone out there who has cycled from Delhi to Bikaner?  If yes, then I would be grateful for your advice on the most traffic free route.

      Also tips on overnight accommodation in places with zero hotels (e.g. camp in somebody’s compound, dhaba for amall fee?). This scenario  can happen when you have a mechanical and end up at nighfall in a small rural town, rather than the planned destination.

      Finally, is there anybody in South Delhi who is willing to store 2 empty bicycle bags and 1 empty suitcase while we are on the cycle tour?

      #7700
      Avinash
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        • City: Kanpur

        Hey

        My advice would be to not ride from Delhi to Jaipur. The main road is a 6-lane traffic infested road, which is not worth spending time on.

        But if you still to choose to take a back road, then go via Alwar. You will still have to spend some time on the main roads.

        Cheers!

        #7737
        El Cic
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          • City: Newport (but heart is in India)

          Sound advice, Avinash. Took a bus from Jaipur to Delhi last year so I know that route is fit only for 4 wheeled vehicles.  That route via Alwar is promising.  Quiet roads for slow plodding is what I manage at my age.

           

          #7738
          Avinash
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            • City: Kanpur

            Have you tried using Maps.Me application on your phone?

            It gives some crazy good suggestions for bicycling routes. But one must use discretion, because sometimes it can get a bit too crazy!

            #7741
            El Cic
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              • City: Newport (but heart is in India)

              Not yet, but I’ll install Maps.Me to see what it throws up on routes.

              But I know what you mean about crazy routes from my experiences with routes given by Google maps.  The funniest of these where the routes took me to an Army or Air Force base – because Google maps had not realised that the relevant region has been procured years back for defence use. The looks on both sentries and myself when these two encounters occured was priceless 😂 The photo – a still from cycle video camera – below is an example of google map route craziness (photo altered to prevent jawan sentry being identified)google map route error

              • This reply was modified 9 months, 3 weeks ago by El Cic.
              #7743
              Avinash
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                • City: Kanpur

                Haha, yes this is what i meant. Some of the backroads are actually paths going through somebody’s fields and backyards 😀

                Another useful and less crazy option i recently found is Strava Route Builder. You need a paid Strava subscription to use this feature though.

                You can build your own route, by just giving a general direction you want. It will then build a specific route using heatmaps created by cyclists using Strava. The end result is you have a good route, which has surely been ridden by some cyclist or the other. So you never find yourself staring down the barrel of a sentry’s gun!

                #7748
                El Cic
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                  • City: Newport (but heart is in India)

                  Thanks for the Strava info, Avinash. That Strava route builder looks very promising.

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