Turkey, Iran, Azerbaidzjan

Turkey, Iran, Azerbaidzjan

Last update was from April, a lot has happened, of course. Turkey was great, and Istanbul was the most insane city I have ever seen. In Turkey I have been a ‘special guest from Holland’ at a primary school, have slept in the courtyard of a mosque, and have partied with gas station clerks.

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

The process of boarding the ferry across the Caspian was silky smooth. We, I met a french cyclist in Azerbaijan, were informed the ferry would depart from Alat. The 18th of June we arrived at the ferry around two in the afternoon, and were told the ferry would leave the same evening. Great news. In fact the boat left the next morning, but it could have been worse, we have heard horror stories of people waiting a week to board…

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Tajikistan

Tajikistan

Well, that was the Pamir Highway allright. And the route was everything I hoped it would be. Through narrow valleys the route went, through wide valleys, mountain passes and high plateaus the route went.

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan maybe was the most beautiful country of the trip. The Pamirs were spectacular, but it was a rather hard environment. No trees nor grass, either hard wind or musquitos, either rain or sunburn. In Kyrgyzstan the landscape turned green again, and from the vilage of Sary Tash the view towards the Pamirs was incredible.

A cycle trip to China; the packing list

A cycle trip to China; the packing list

I have always had this idea, leaving home and cycling east. Just leaving everything behind and vanish. The vanishing part might not be very practical, for reasons of girlfriend and family, but cycling east and continue doing that for a half year is very possible. Heck, people have done crazier stuff on two wheels. Plan is to start 13 March 2017, so I am in full swing preparation modus. This is my packing list: Front Eureka Moonshadow xp 1p tent:…

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Nevache, backpacking nirvana in the Alps

Nevache, backpacking nirvana in the Alps

Past summer holidays were spent in the touristy season, in the touristy places. Resulting in midnight music bonanza’s of the neighbours and, well, pretty much the rest of the campsite. This year my girlfriend and I had the opportunity to go in September, and we were looking for peace and quiet. We found just that in Nevache, a small French village in the Alps, on a road towards a dead end. From there we started walking. The area of Mont Thabor…

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Trek Multitrack drop bar conversion

Trek Multitrack drop bar conversion

I love drop bars. In a windy country like the Netherlands a drop bar will allow for a much more aerodynamic position. What I also love are big tyres, to devour forest paths and cobble stone roads. Third, I love steel frames. Mostly for the looks, I can hardly say I notice the extra comfort but experts say steel frames provide. So a bike with a steel frame, drop bars and big tyres, that was what I was after. I…

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Bike trip nostalgia; a Scottish adventure in the spring of 2015

Bike trip nostalgia; a Scottish adventure in the spring of 2015

From 30 April to 6 May, my girlfriend and I went cycling in Scotland. We planned on going from Inverness to Ullapool offroad, and back on the tarmac. And we succeeded. Day 1: Groningen – Amsterdam – Inverness I don’t like airports. I always have the feeling everybody knowns their way except for me. Luckily Suzanne, my girlfriend, is a good guide in these situations. Getting the bikes and boxes to the airport by train was difficult. And we had…

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Gazelle Champion Mondial G Frame: a new project

Gazelle Champion Mondial G Frame: a new project

A fast tourer bike, a real bike, made of steel instead of aluminium. That was wat I was looking for. Gazelle’s top model was the Champion Mondial, made of Reynolds 531 tubing. Most of these bikes are classic road bikes but the, rather rare, G-type frame is a touring frame. Happily I could get my hands on one of those. It’s date of construction is 1976. Next weeks, or months, I will be building this lovely frame into a bike….

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The Beast

The Beast

I like to go just about anywhere a bike could go. Tarmac, gravel roads, jeep tracks. And to get there, I figured I needed a fast bike to go the distance, and big tyres to cope with bad roads. Hence my creation; the beast   Frame: Cube Aim Pro 29er Fork: Exotic aluminium rigid Wheels: shimano lx hub, DT Swiss Alpine iii spokes, rigida sputnik rims Drivetrain: shimano slx 2×9 Cranks: Shimano FC MT60 with 36 and 24 tooth chainrings Brakes:…

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