Friday, February 10, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
|Turn the handlebars to the right and the front wheel turns to the left|
He then went to the Netherlands, where he tried to ride a normal bike, after learning to ride a backwards bike. It took him 20 minutes before he was able to ride it. Here's the video, which is about 8 minutes long:
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
|Bicycle Touring in Cuba|
I found several sources for information on cycling in Cuba:
- Traveling Two (Visited Cuba in December of 2012)
- While Out Riding (Article posted December of 2010)
- Crazy Guy on a Bike (Visited Cuba in March of 2009)
- Avoid hotels. Instead stay at what we would call a bed and breakfast. In Cuba they are called "casa particulares" or just "casas". They also offer dinner for a modest charge. It's a good idea to check the shower in a casa before paying for the night. Some of them don't have much water pressure.
- Food is okay, but nothing special. Rice and beans are served at most casa dinners, which are reasonably priced. Restaurant meals are more expensive. Pizza is available on the streets for lunch and very cheap. They advise not passing up food if you are the least bit hungry, since it may be hard to find.
- Roads are okay, and traffic is not bad. Because of the embargo, many cars in Cuba are ancient, from the 1950s. Not surprisingly, many of these belch out a lot of smoke.
- Many locations are noisy at night with the sounds of dogs, pigs, music and cars. Ear plugs are recommended.
- Some basic items, like soap, are hard to find in Cuba.
- A basic knowledge of Spanish is a big help.
Friday, January 27, 2017
|One of those guys would make a nice lunch|
Thursday, January 26, 2017
|This looks like a pretty easy trail|
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
|The Bird of Prey Bicycle (Photo courtesy of Bird of Prey Bicycles)|
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
|I hope the downhill isn't that steep (photo courtesy of Ginger Ninjas)|
Continuing the theme of warm weather touring, our southern neighbor of Mexico fits the bill. According to the Ginger Ninjas, all their friends wanted to know if it was safe to bike in Mexico. They reported that they didn't really have any problems, although they were stopped by cops a few times and police cars sometimes followed them for a while (Turned out they were just protecting them from other vehicles). One thing they caution against is riding at night. Enforcement of drunk driving laws are apparently pretty lax, and 90 percent of Mexico's highway accidents occur at night. The folks over at World Biking reported that their bags were searched three times by police officers, but they were always "friendly and professional." There is a drug war going on in Mexico.
The Ginger Ninjas said they generally took the secondary highways when they were available, where they encountered less traffic. They have a map of their route, which ran from Oakland, California to Mexico's border with Guatemala. Their recommendation is to not count on the locals for good directions or information about the steepness of hills. They went south through the Baja Peninsula and then took a ferry over to the mainland. At World Biking they said their expenses averaged only $7.50 per day in Mexico (This info dates to 2010), and that included 5 days in hotels. The rest of the time they camped, stayed at churches, or spent the night in private homes.