The Rising Tide.
In the last year, there’s been a growing trend in bike-to-climb and bike to (fill in the blank) adventures being pursued by professional climbers and athletes and making it into the media. I don’t claim to have any influence over this occurance, it’s an awesome thing, a sign of the awareness our generation is bringing to the table. Seeing this type of stuff in the media is truly inspiring, getting people stoked for bicycle powered adventures is only a good thing. There are also trends going on in the bicycle world I have been trying to influence. My generation is among those who helping to define a new era by choosing to not own a car or hold a drivers license. We are in a unique and optimal position to be able to go car-free, use a bike for transportation, and take part in extended adventures. Although I’m not often obnoxious about getting friends to change their habits or get rid of their car, when I see an opportunity, I capitalize. Engine troubles, transmission problems, and maintenance issues are great times to encourage friends to drive their shitty rig’s off a cliff. For the most part this is received with polite laughter, as in, I’ll laugh at your joke you crazy car-less psycho, but if done well and to the right kind of individual, even this technique can reap rewards. Other angles and tactics can be effective as well, the most useful of which is truth. Looking someone deep in the eyes and telling them the truth has proven to be very effective. “Yo bro! You’re blowing it!” This site is simply a mouthpiece for my musings, a journal in which I feel too critical to even write often, but one I try and keep up to date none the less. But this is also another way that I’m trying to spread the word, to provide a positive and encouraging example of what a bicycle life could look like. With that in mind here’s a look into the current adventure-bicycle scene, and the smaller world I’ve been able to affect. Cheers! Continue reading
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking with Kyle Dempster about his 2011 trip to Kygyzstan and the resulting film, The Road from Karakol. In 2011 Kyle took his bicycle and cycled around the mountains of Kyrgyzsan climbing and adventuring, eventually riding through China and into Pakistan to climb some more. Kyle is an award winning alpinist who’s at the leading edge of modern climbing. It was a treat to get to talk to him about his experiences in Kyrgistan and what he thinks about the environment’s role in the evolution of alpinism and the incredible miracle of Cycling Alpinism! Enjoy!