A tour of western Costa Rica

A loop ride starting in San Jose, Costa Rica, mainly to see the Nicoya Peninsula, one of the world’s “Green Zones” (where many people live to be 100). Crossing the gulf at Punta Arenas, around the coast, up through Nicoya, Playa Flamingo, Liberia, Casnas and back to the capital. First impressions count a lot and…

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A tour of Hanoi and its surrounds

A ride around Hanoi and surrounding districts. In the 2008-11 period Vivente had models with frame coupling. This is the Ritchey Breakaway and is, in effect, the same as the alternative S&S coupling. It is intended to allow the bike to be packed in under the 62” IATA limit for normal baggage. The trouble is,…

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A ride on the north island of New Zealand

We’ve resolved to do four tours in New Zealand over four January’s. This is the first. From Auckland, heading generally down the east coast of the North Island. Through the Hawkes Bay region, discovering a number of bike trails and eventually arriving in Wellington. It’s summer and fresh fruit is plentiful. Kiwi fruit here. But…

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A ride through central Europe

A ride from Zurich, through Lichtenstein, across southern Bavaria to Salzburg in Austria, to Linz, over the Danube into the Czech Republic, to Pilsen and then to Prague. Heading south east out of Zurich. There are two long lakes (Zurich Obersee and Walensee) with excellent paths and classic (amazing) Swiss scenery. Crossing into Lichtenstein. I’m…

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A ride southwest from Vizag, ending in Bangalore

A ride southwest from Vizag, zig-zagging to turn 970km into 1,400km. We fly out of Bangalore 19 days later. In the first week we were in the delta areas of Andhra Pradesh. We crossed the Godavari and the Krishna rivers. Moving inland, the ghats in central AP are scattered. The tribal presence seen in northern…

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A ride in Spain

Tour of Andalucía. Flying into Malaga and heading out SE and then inland to Granada to see La Alhambra. Then further north to Cordoba and then west to Sevilla and then north on a bus to Merida, an old Roman city before riding down back through Sevilla and on to Cadiz. On the way to…

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A loop ride in Malawi.

A loop ride in Malawi. We rode to Sydney airport, bought Qantas cartons, packed and flew to Jo’burg and then Blantyre. We rode a 1,250km anticlockwise loop, via Monkey Bay, Nkhata Bay, Mzuzu, Mzimba, Kasungu and Lilongwe. Back at Blantyre we retrieved our cartons at the lodge where we stored them. Malawi is the sixth…

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A ride in Switzerland and France

A ride from Zurich south west trough Switzerland to Geneva and then down to the Med trough Grenoble and Provence to finally ride along the coast from St Raphael through Cannes to Nice. In this part of the world, in Google maps, the “Cycling” option really works. It makes use of tracks through forests, vineyards…

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An urban tour of NYC

A two week urban tour of one of America’s, indeed the world’s, great cities. The ride was timed to include the NYC Century, a 100-mile ride, organised by Transportation Alternatives (TA) that attracts thousands. It also included a four-day ride in Boston. It is very difficult to take your bike on the train so, on…

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An urban tour of Vancouver

An urban tour of Vancouver and the surrounds. Particularly looking at the cycling infrastructure and the level of bicycle use. A test ride with the Ritchey Breakaway Coupling system. The intention was to be able to pack the bike in a small enough space to measure no more than 62” (W+L+H). This is the limit…

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