You’ve probably managed to catch a couple glimpses of the bike I was riding in Tibet. The last chance we had to attend this race, we all used bikes borrowed from other racers. Although a wonderful gesture of sportsmanship, there was one major dilemma. Most of the racers were a good head shorter than any of us. As you may have figured out, we find bike fit super important. It’s a large reason that beyond our large selection of stock-sized frames we offer full custom frame geometry.
Now, anyone who’s attempted a long ride on a bike that’s three sizes too small knows it’s tough. Top that off with other trying factors including the length of the race, the terrain, the altitude and the competition and you find yourself staring at several hours of grueling, uncomfortable riding. No bueno. So this year round we decided to put our minds to the drawing board.
Lhasa was a super chilled out reprieve from the previous days anticipation and racing. Having rolled into the city late at night, everyone was dying to curl up in bed and zonk out. After a full breakfast we set out to explore the city. Most everyone decided to take the tour of the fabled Potala Palace: home to 10 of the 14 dalai lamas. The place was insanely beautiful and aromatic. Rich in history and crowded with tourists it was easy to get lost in the simple beauty of the palace. Light filtered into the cool spaces of its interior giving it an otherworldly spiritual vibe. Cats played in the rafters. The décor was heavy with all kinds of vibrant natural colors and an obscene amount of gold and other gems: relics of over a millennium of practitioners donations. Our guide gave us a rough break down of the customs and traditions of Tibetan people while we discussed the very basics of the Buddhist faith. Continue reading Racing Tibet re-cap: Day 6.
We’ll be spending the next week in the rooftop of the world, Tibet, racing mountain bikes with our buddies at Factory Five. We’ve put together a special bamboo race whip, but we’ll talk about it more later. Check back in for ride updates, videos and more coverage of our travels.
Spring bike rides can mean so many things – the start of a new year after a long winter, a fresh beginning, the first steps into a new plan to get fit. Whether you’re just getting out of the house to enjoy nice weather, or you’re pushing yourself to start your interval exercises on transitional days of snow and sleet to be ready for spring racing – bike rides in the first days of Spring can be wonderful. The window is now wide open for getting in shape, and unless you live in paradise, the weather can be a bit tenuous, so here are four recommendations for orienting yourself towards spring bike rides.
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I finally got around to building up a bike that suits my recent riding style. I haven’t been inspired to do long grinds on the road bike, nor have I wanted to throw myself into the thrum of city traffic. Instead I’ve taken to searching for those backroads, broken and muddy, to find a little solace on the bike.
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