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Surfing Indo by bike for 3 months - Help!« on: February 20 2008 16:02:00 »
Me and a mate are traveling Indo by bike. We are going from Banda Aceh to Nias to Padang and Mentawai's. Then on to Java and Bali.
We're just looking for any advice on road conditions, places to sleep each night, and camping.
Visas are sorted, surf breaks are sorted, boat trips are booked, just more so curious about the lifestyle and what we can expect by riding a bike searching for the wave!
Any help would be much appreciated - if you over there in June, July August 2009 and you see two blokes on bikes with boards, say hello!!!
RE: Surfing Indo by bike for 3 months - Help!« Reply #1 on: February 20 2008 20:02:00 »
hi mate. good on you. you're going to enjoy this one. you can sleep anywhere, just ask for the village chief and sleep and eat in his house if there's no losmen available. bring an indonesian phrase book as nobody will speak good english outside the tourist area. you can go everywhere, load your bikes on boat, there's always a supply store, you'd better like rice though ! 3 months is not enough. enjoy
RE: Surfing Indo by bike for 3 months - Help!« Reply #2 on: February 27 2008 01:02:00 »
When you are around Sumatra,Just be nice with the local people there, mostly they are very welcome with foreigners..try to learn their language and speak with them..so when you can not find any hotels or bungalow's around..then you can stay at their house..for few days..they would be very happy.
the lifestyle is quite normal life..people are so simple and smiling..
You would enjoying riding in Sumatera...beautiful views and nice people.
RE: Surfing Indo by bike for 3 months - Help!« Reply #3 on: February 27 2008 13:02:00 »
How many board are you taking?
I cant imagine a quiver being able to fit on those side racks.
Maybe get a bike with two sets, one each side.
I would like to do something similar if this was possibel.
How hard is it to find bikes with side rack or two?
RE: Surfing Indo by bike for 3 months - Help!« Reply #4 on: February 27 2008 14:02:00 »
Well, we're taking mountain bikes. On each bike will be a number of bags that hang over the front and back wheels. A small bike trailer which trails behind each bike will carry the bulk of our stuff including our boards. There are other options apart from the side racks for the boards.
All the equipment we are using is stuff widely used for long distance bike riding. Mind you we will be spending most of our time surfing.
We just got our maps today and have started planning our route. We start learning Indo next week as well. This will be vital.
RE: Surfing Indo by bike for 3 months - Help!« Reply #5 on: February 29 2008 06:02:00 »
mountain bikes.... no motor.... most of your time will be spent pedaling not surfing!! good on ya though
RE: Surfing Indo by bike for 3 months - Help!« Reply #6 on: February 29 2008 20:02:00 »
well we've worked out distances and how long it takes to ride a bike on their terrain. we should be ok. we've marked off all the good spots we wanna go and how long we can spend at each break. there will be some boat trips in there as well. should be good. just got my bike today.
RE: Surfing Indo by bike for 3 months - Help!« Reply #7 on: February 29 2008 21:02:00 »
ho man, mountain bike ! I thought you were taking your motor bike ! you're going to suffer and you'll go nowhere on push bike. it's too hot, the terrain is too rough and distance too big except of course if you are some kind of expert and used to ride in sauna like conditions. I don't think you'll surf much. you still can load your bikes on the buses, it'll just cost you a few extra. good luck, you'll need it.
RE: Surfing Indo by bike for 3 months - Help!« Reply #9 on: April 03 2008 14:04:00 »
The guys do have some points about Trucks and busses on the main roads, but that will mainly be when you leave Medan. Banda Aceh south will be no problem as the road is being rebuilt and its a slow trip, watch out for the crazy minivans there though. Id'e just follow the coast down from Banda and you will have a great time, just always smile to the locals no matter how pissed you are and take plenty of puncher repair kits, though many of these are available by locals on the road. Simeulue and Nias are great islands to bike around..... Enjoy aja !