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Leo

Leo

Slow bicycle traveller with a passion for writing and photography. If he's not traveling he loves to get lost along the thousand paths that run through the beautiful mountains of Trentino and Lake Iseo surroundings where he lives, both on foot and by mountain bike.
Eternal Peter Pan who loves to realize their dreams without leaving them too long in the drawer, has devoted much of his life to cycling, traveling in New Zealand, the Balkans, Norway Argentina and many other countries. Lately he spent ten months by bike in South East Asia and crossed the Andes by bike.
I don’t know if you have ever experienced a travel by bicycle in a foreign country and, to reach it, you had to embark your faithful companion on a plane. Now this situation has happened to me several times, but it has always been the most irksome task to complete during our cycling travels. After many attempts I think I've reached a good "technique" so to be able to complete the packaging and manage to transport my bicycle on a airplane without spending my travel being obsessed with the idea of seeing my vehicle destroyed once arrived at the airport.
With this article we try to fill a gap which hits a wrong note on a web-site about bicycle tourism! So far I haven’t found the “courage” to deal with this subject, especially because I am aware of its sensitivity and subjectivity. The question, however, is among the most frequent among cycling travelers and hereafter I will try to answer to it: how to choose the right touring bike?
How does it feel like to travel 3,200 km by bicycle through the Andes starting from Nazca, the town made famous by the lines traced on the ground in pre-Inca times, and reaching Salta, also known with the nickname “la Linda” (the beautiful)?
It feels like the sweet taste of a steaming coca mate at 4,000 meters, it feels like the intense flavor of the dirty, sandy and stony roads of Bolivia, it feels like the harsh taste of the traits of the Andean campesinos, ageless and with sunburned skin, it feels like a taste that leaves you breathless, like the climbs to reach the plateau and the passes that almost arrive at an altitude of 5,000 meters.
Yashar is a cyclist from Azerbaijan. He is traveling across Asia, Europe and Africa to reach Capetown, in South Africa. Cheerful, adventurous and curious Yashar is waiting for to leave Nairobi after an "accident" in Sudan...
Nothing of what we wear in everydays' life is suitable to go mountain biking: from head to toe. Indeed, there is a specific mtb clothing evolved over the years to ensure comfort and safety. Each part of our body is stressed differently and requires special attentions, ranging from protection to agility: so much that it would be more appropriate to speak of equipment instead of clothing.
Choosing a tour MTB is not a simple thing: it requires time, patience and moments of introspection. A poorly through-out or rushed choice could make you miss this important and involving activity, and maybe discover to have wasted a lot of money. The first question that any good dealer will ask you is: “do you know yourself?” a question about your inclination, your cycling ability. Also evaluate the proportions of your passion: if it is something slowly maturing or if it is only a temporary infatuation. After this brief examination of conscience, let's clear up any commonplace: the saying “cheapest is dearest” in this case is not accurate. We take for granted that we are looking for a vehicle to be used, not a object to be shown.
I have to start by saying the saddle position, both on a mountain bike and on a road bike, is a serious matter that should be carefully considered especially by those who spend many hours in the saddle of their bikes. So there are many specialists who – through appropriate bio-mechanical analysis – can evaluate the best posture and also design a perfect bicycle fitted to your needs. Having said this, there are a lot of cyclists who maybe have just approached the mountain biking or who runs just a few hundred kilometers a year and then are not going to spend exorbitant sums to adjust their position in the saddle.
This brief article is addressed to this kind of passionate cyclist and tries to sum up briefly the steps to better adjust your seat in the saddle and avoid some boring consequences such as backaches, stiff neck, muscle pain every time you saddle up.
Magic sunset on the Dolomites from Vallandro hut, with Cristallo group first and Tre Cime of Lavaredo on the background
Contact with the ground, this is the main function of MTB tires: an appropriate choice will determine your safety and fun. But there are many characteristics which will define a right or wrong choice of a mountain bike tire. There are both subjective factors such as your approach to driving, and objective such as soil and bicycle type. About the firsts, no one could understand your needs better than yourself; instead about the objective factors we would like to make some broad considerations.
It is one of the most popular loop around mount Pasubio between Trentino and Veneto. One goes through Strada degli Eroi (heroes road) that was built to recover the bodies of fallen soldiers after WWI, and Strada degli Scarubbi. Between them there is the strada delle 52 gallerie (and gallerie in Italian stands for tunnels, so as you can understand it's rightly forbidden to MTB) that makes one relive the tragic conditions in which soldiers fought. Besides the history, also nature and alpine landscapes are good companions in this simple but pleasant excursion on mount Pasubio by mountain bike, fit for trekking lovers too.
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