The bike in focus

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What can I say...???

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Front suspension. Xinjiang, China.

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Icy Sprockets. Katara Pass, Greece.

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Mud. Laos.

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A way to cycle on a cable over Tsangpo River. Sit on the handlebars and pedal with your arms. China

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A close up of the construction. China.

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A more sensible way to cross the river. China.

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When you don't have any alternatives, anything has to do. Had to stop and twin the spokes every 10-15km. On top of what you can see on the photo, it's a 36 hub and a 32 rim. It was a bit hard to true that one... China, Russia and Sweden.

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Metal against metal. Ecuador.

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When it's really wet for long periods of time, your feet can get damaged and almost rot...Shoes as wet as the surroundings...the only solution. China.

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Bike decoration. Tajikistan.

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The bolts to the back rack broke and...Kirghizstan.

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Don't know what happened that time, but the back derailleur got into the back wheel and bent the drop out almost 180 degrees. Managed to bend it back. Pakistan. 

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One way to fix a front rack. A section of a broom stick and some bolts. Colombia.

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Mori's cockpit. He was on his way from Japan to South Africa. Every way is a good way. China.

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Wooden sticks are always handy. China.

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The middle front sprocket was shot. Had to put the big blade in the middle to get better alignment. Everything was actually shot. Also had to flip the front sprockets, which was an ok operation, to split the back cassette (with rocks and a screwdriver) was a completely different matter...China.

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When a tire doesn't fit, this is probably one of the possible solutions. China.

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Wooden handle bars. Laos.

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If I finally get hit by one of those crazy bus drivers, this may be the way to have the final rest. I guess this guy died on his motor cycle and was buried on the spot. Kirghizstan.


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