I`m in Tokyo right now. Hurray! That`s all well and good until you fall sick with a high fever, inability to eat, inability to get up out of bed for more than a few minutes and a definite inability to pedal a bicycle, much less walk under my own power. Maybe I should invest in a grandma walker/suitcase apparatus that I see all the Japanese grannies carrying.
In the meantime, enjoy the vid, as I am currently doing from my ill coma.
Stumbled upon this great video while forum surfing about randonneuring. Randonneur bicycles are essentially a touring bike made for traveling long distances while loaded down with gear. In the world of heavily supported rides with “SAG” support vans and mechanics constantly a few minutes away, many riders do not even know how to change a simple flat. This sort of riding is completely self sufficient. You need a rack, all the gear to fix you up and keep you warm in any sort of weather you might encounter and often a tent to sleep in.
This well equipped Rivendell Atlantis exemplifies the “breed” of randonneur bicycle.
In this video, the author chooses a mountainbike style frame to do his trip on. Also a feasible choice.
“Many people don’t understand why some choose to travel on a bicycle. I was one of them… then I tried it. Now I don’t want to do it any other way.
This video is an attempt at providing a glimpse into the challenging, exciting, and incredibly rewarding world of cycle touring.
The clips are from a Summer 2007 trip, about 4500kms from Kashgar, Xinjiang, to Dali, Yunnan (in China) crossing Tibet along the way.” -“Dave A.”
Wandered onto this video on YouTube. It shows a bicycle wheel being built from rim to complete entirely by machine. While technically neat I honestly don’t think anything will compare to a high quality, hand laced, hand built wheelset.