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A New Rear Tire For My Travels In Eastern Europe

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During my 10-day bike ride from Istanbul, Turkey to Varna, Bulgaria I started to get a little worried about my bicycle tires. I wasn’t worried about them because there’s anything wrong with them. I just started to worry that if something were to happen to them in this part of the world, it might be very difficult for me to find a replacement tire. So, when I got to Varna, Bulgaria about a week ago, the first thing on my to-do list was to purchase a new tire for my bicycle. Amazingly, there was a bicycle shop just one block away from the apartment I rented through, and for 30 Bulgarian Lev ($20 USD) I was able to purchase a new Continental tire for my bicycle. But rather than carry this new tire as a spare (it’s much larger than my existing tires and therefore more difficult to carry), I decided to put the new tire on my bike now and keep the old tire with me as a backup. Romania, Moldova and the Ukraine… here I come!

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My goal as the Bicycle Touring Pro is to give you the confidence and inspiration you need to travel by bicycle anywhere in the world. I do all of the work on this website by myself. Since 2007, all of the articles, books, emails, interviews, photos, podcasts and videos have been created by me in my spare time. Thanks to the generous donations I receive from readers like you, I'm able to focus on creating regular, high-quality content; invest further in developing the website; and cover the costs related to my bicycle touring activities.

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1 Comment


    September 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Am enjoying your blog and your pictures. It certainly looks like you’re having a fun and getting some good cycling in. BTW, don’t call Ukraine “the Ukraine”, especially in Ukraine — they don’t like that, as using “the” before the country’s name makes it sound as though it’s a region rather than a proper country. In any case, “Ukraine” is the name of the country – officialy without the “the”. 🙂

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