Category archives for Cycling

Biking the Slow Road from China to Laos – Part 5/5

With additional writing by Will Stauffer-Norris  In five or ten years, we will come back to this place and zip from Kunming to Luang Prabang in mere hours on the new train. Maybe we will take a houseboat out for a spin on one of the Nam Ou dam reservoirs, or a zip line from peak…

Biking Along a Soon-to-Be-Dammed River in Laos – Part 4/5

With additional writing by Will Stauffer-Norris  Running the length of remote northern Laos’ Phongsali Province, the Nam Ou River is one of the Mekong’s largest tributaries. But the river that provides vital dietary protein and transport to people throughout this largely roadless watershed is about to be transformed. The Lao government has contracted a Chinese company…

Pedaling Along Power Lines in Northern Laos – Part 3/5

What would Daohu think? This question stuck with us through the days and weeks after meeting such an ambitious and inquisitive Hmong youth, at 3,600 feet, on the side of a mountain. We were seated in miniature plastic chairs, eating cucumber, the only alternative to the ubiquitous processed Chinese snacks sold in rural roadside shops…

Biking on Laos’ Future High Speed Rail Route – Part 2/5

With additional writing by Will Stauffer-Norris Following the proposed route of a high-speed rail—by bicycle, in the uplands of Southeast Asia—proves to be a challenging prospect. But our trek is necessary to truly understand how the massive new railroad would change the region’s cultural and physical landscape—its friction of terrain. We gawk at the landscape,…

Biking the Course of Southeast Asia’s Future High-Speed Railway – Part 1/5

It was 7:30 in the morning, and we were already blanketed with a thin film of fine red dust. Any relief the high-altitude provincial capital of Phongsali had given us from the mid-May heat was long gone. Our jet-black bicycles, gear piled atop them, were orange and silty as we rolled up, unexpectedly, to the…

Afghan Cycles: Pushing Gender and Cultural Barriers on Two Wheels

I didn’t go to Afghanistan to ride a bike. Yet six years ago, I started mountain biking in various parts of the country. I was working in the country with women and girls and discovered that despite the flood of bikes that swarmed the roads in cities and villages across the country, girls were not…

Video: The Power of Bicycles

Do you remember your first bicycle? Maybe it appeared on Christmas morning under the tree, or in the living room on your sixth birthday. It had a basket and streamers…or racing stripes…or both. It was your rocket ship, your ride to a new world. The neighborhood was your galaxy. Your parents convinced you to ride…

Smith Overtake Road Cycling Helmet

You wouldn’t think that you could shake up the bike helmet market all that much, but Smith did it this spring with its amazing Forefront mountain biking helmet and now it’s looking to do the same thing in road cycling with the Overtake. Weighing a scant 250 grams, the Overtake is constructed of a polymer…

Florida: Bike Big Shoals Country

Tour the diverse terrain along the Suwannee River on bicycle. What Is It? This ride combs through the hidden gem of Big Shoals Conservation Area and can be 5 to 25 miles, depending on your energy level. We definitely recommend cycling at least the ten-mile loop along the Suwannee River that starts from the Little…

Fatbikes Are for Beaches, Too

With fatbike sales anticipated to double in 2014 and macro manufacturers like Specialized jumping into the market, it’s safe to say the fat revolution is here to stay. Originally tagged as a winter bike relegated for those with a kennel of Huskies in the back 40, the plus-size ride opens opportunities for people living in…