Roads, repair and maps
For a detailed account of road conditions in Uzbekistan, see driving in Uzbekistan. If you’re looking for bicycle repair, look no further than our list of bicycle shops in Central Asia. Quite a few bike freaks in Uzbekistan.
Cycle routes in Uzbekistan
TravellingTwo cycle blog wrote a useful account of the central route from the Turkmen border via Bokhara, Samarkand and Tashkent to Shymkent and Almaty in Kazakhstan. If your blog has a useful addition to this chapter, let us know.
Traffic in Uzbekistan
Traffic in Uzbekistan is not bicycle-friendly. Especially Tashkent is well-known for an aggressive driving style. On the highway, some people drive absolutely insane. It’s hard to say which is safer: cycling next to them or sitting in the car with them. Regardless, you should watch out.
Bicycle on train
Taking the train in Uzbekistan is a good way to travel if you feel you are lacking in time: trains are cheap and you don’t need to pay extra for the bicycle.
There is no hard and fast rule: you need to bargain with the train conductor, he decides what it will cost you. The fee will be reasonable, perhaps you can get on for free. It’s generally not a problem, just don’t believe anyone if they say it is not possible. Not possible in Central Asia means: you haven’t tried hard enough.
Cycle touring race
Here’s something cool: the Silk Route 1200. A randonneur competition along the sights of the Silk Route, every year in October. The site explains the route and entry requirements well.