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Hello!

My name is Lars and this a bike nerd blog about mountain biking, bikepacking, bicycle touring, bike building, DIY gear making (MYOG) and generally about getting away from all the noise and enjoying the great outdoors.

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Bikepacking in the Quantocks, England (Aug 2015)

 

I was gifted a Trek Antelope 800 for my birthday in 1991. I rode that bike to death, memorising the local trails and logging roads. I progressed through a series of 90s hardtails, sometimes joining local XC races in WA State with my Dad and high school buddies.

Since moving to England in 2002, I’ve gone through stages of ‘not riding bikes at all’ *gasp* to riding everyday. Around 2008, the bike bug took a strong hold of me and I’ve been fairly obsessed ever since.

Tour in Tune

In 2013, my partner Jenny decided she wanted to go travelling. She pleaded with me that we should both take a career break and go on a big adventure. I was reticent. All I could think of was sitting on trains and planes and listening to loads of other tourists ask dumb questions whilst playing with their iPhones on selfie sticks.

Jenny found my weak spot. She started researching ‘bicycle touring’, something she’d not even heard of previously, and cunningly used bikes as the carrot to get me excited about planning a long bicycle touring adventure on the backroads of Central America.

We set off from Mexico to Colombia in 2013. It was an adventure born out of our mutual love for music, culture and travel, and obviously my obsession with bikes. We travelled slowly, mostly on dirt roads, practicing Spanish and meeting all kinds of people along the way.

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Jenny ponders a massive cow on the dirt roads through the Magdelena lowlands of Colombia, still lugging the children’s guitar that we picked up in Mexico (Nov 2013).

Since finishing our bicycle tour, we’ve both refocused our energy into our careers and bought a house. Consequently, this blog now serves as a photo journal for my micro adventures – especially bikepacking, ITT events and ‘making your own gear’ (MYOG). I’ve posted some accounts of bikepacking in WalesEngland and Spain, and I’ve completed the Bear Bones 200 ITT in 2014 and 2015. I completed the Highland Trail 550, Scotland in May 2016. Check out the post here.

 

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