• Chasing wolfs in Bale Mountains. 6 day brake from cycling.

    But it is all about money, or maybe about not knowing what to do with one’s money, or maybe nothing is complete, or maybe… Our guide Mohamed knows a thing or two about money and about the meaning of life. He definitely knows about Bale. Born and raised in Bale. Now I am blanking on how many years he works as a guide, definitely more than 7. I believe he told once that 10 years. He is 33 years old. Bale Mountains National Park is a vast plateau with its peaks and valleys that was our next destination. We wanted to hike, to backpack far and deep, to loose people,…

  • Cycling from Adama to Bale Mountains National Park

    As we move further towards our next destination – Bale Mountains National Park – we discover a completely different Oromo. Same Ethiopia, even same federal region (Oromo), but our cycling experience changed with each kilometer we pedaled South. We took Adama – Dinsho highway that goes straight South via Asella town. It is a very good quality paved road. It’s elevation profile is much friendlier for cyclists than our previous route to Harar. You still get hills and plenty of climbing but as you cross the Rift Valley you also get stretches of flat(ish) riding via lush farmlands and some distant mountains in your side view. It reminded us pretty…

  • Cycling from Addis Ababa to Ethiopia’s East and highlights of Harar

    Captain’s thoughts We are little over two weeks in this unique country. First thing – cycling is really hard here. It is a very mountainous terrain. Every direction which is further than 100 km you will have to do some continuous climbing. On a loaded tandem bicycle climbing is always slow, on your lowest gear. This slow speed inevitably allows all the local children to not only run by your side but also to investigate what is in your panniers, or have a lot of fun while trying to provoke you for racing with them. If you happen to be sensitive to touching and constant attention, well, this might be…

  • Droplets of Addis Ababa /Addis Ababa trupineliai

    1. Visa. We land from Istanbul on Monday, just around midnight, so it’s nearly Tuesday. We had 7th row seats so we’re pretty much the first to get off the plane and come to the visa-on-arrival windows. Well, guess what, we overlooked that Lithuanian passport is good for e-visa but not for one at the airport. We are nicely asked to fill out the electronic application using a great Wi-Fi at the airport. Then we are taken to their office to wait for approval. The problem is, it’s midnight and consular officers are asleep. After several call attempts to their main office, we’re being told it may take until 12…

  • İstanbul güzel

    After just two hours of sleep and eyes wide open you wander if the day has started already? It’s just a little bit after midnight. It’s pitch dark outside, most of your 17 million neighbors are still asleep. Do you follow their call for some quiet and rest? Should you tamper with almost uncontrollable flow of ruthless reciting of everything what happened yesterday, day before yesterday? Just 4 days ago you were kneeling on the Lake Shore Drive bike trail, looking closely at the bike’s crank arm and trying to figure out how to mount the pedal back. Kindness of the universe was already manifesting itself in newly acquired friend,…

  • Kokopelli Trail: rigid tandem and soft so(u)les. November 2017

    Igna and I finally bought ourselves train tickets. The train will take us to Grand Junction, Colorado. From Grand Junction we are going to bike to MOAB, Utah – arguably mecca of the mountain biking. From Grand Junction we are going to take Kokopelli Trail all the way to MOAB. I will be doing a series of updates to this page to document this coming adventure. At the same time, I will post these updates as a separate post for the ease of navigating. I do not write much on this blog nowadays but this trip, in particular, is a good place to start. Let me briefly introduce you to…

  • Giving your Dynamo hub the new color. Shutter Precision SV – 9

    You have probably noticed that in regards to bike component color choice 8 time out of 10 this will be Black or Silver. Here is my little example how it is relatively easy to give almost any color to your favorite bicycle component. I mind you –  this is possible only to the components that are not exposed to the direct physical wear and tear. Like hubs. Or..  Dynamo Hubs in this particular case. I was looking for a WHITE Dynamo hub. Certain models have limited variety of color choices. Non of them comes in white though. Here is how I have turned silver Shutter Precision SV-9 silver dynamo into…

  • Shapes of my tandem bike

    What do you think about step through frame bicycles? Do you like the convenience of getting on and off it? Do you like their usually curvy lines? Do you think that the step through bikes are a poor compromise between convenience and performance? For many many months now I have this idee fixe – what if I could have a step through, touring ready yet elegant tandem bicycle? What if this bicycle can accommodate up to 3″ tires if needed and still feel and steer nimbly? What if this bike could be split in a half  for a transportation convenience? And many more what ifs… Kudos to Evelina and Bike…