Travels in China


Our 2007 season is well and truly over, so we’ve now loaded up the trailers once more and headed off for our own travels around SW China. We’ve been a bit slack on the blogging front of late, so I hope to ‘retroblog’ some posts and pics…

We kicked off with a week of R&R in the hustle and bustle of neon Hong Kong, where we had headed on a visa procuring mission. A huge thanks to Martin and Clarence, both of whom have joined us on trips in India, for taking us on a whirlwind tour of the city’s alternative sites, from the choicest mountain bike trails sinewing through the islands, to the best places to fritter our profits on electronic goodies, via some truly fantastic eating endulgences- be it the humble, steaming, street-staple Won Ton noodles, Thai delicacies that took me back to SE Asian travels, or even incredible, elborate Japanese sushi of the kind I’ve rarely tasted. And of course our introduction wouldn’t have been complete without a thorough rundown of all the bike shops, tucked down every narrow sidestreet…

Riding singletrack through HK’s bamboo forests…


The world’s largest buddha, as long as it’s outdoor, sitting, and bronze…


After draining my lip of a large cyst I’d collected in India (sadly, I forgot to snap a photo), we hopped on a plane and headed into mainland China, emerging in Kunming, Yunnan, to begin our travels on the Tibetan Plateau… 


4 Responses to “Travels in China”

  1. 1 stijn November 8, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Cass,

    What have you done to that Extrawheel trailer, to be able to fit four standard panniers onto it? Looks very good!

    Happy cycling,


  2. 2 otbiking November 12, 2007 at 3:46 am

    Hi Stijn,

    Actually, it’s a ‘prototype of a prototype’ trailer that Extracycle lent us to try out. Basically the same frame as the standard model, but welded with pannier racks instead of the plastic subframe and netting. Which means it also fits 29er wheels too (-:


  3. 3 stijn November 16, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    I’m getting confused now, Xtracycle or Extracycle/wheel? 😉 Up till now I’ve always been an racks and panniers man, but this set-up might just swing me around. Thanks again for the iodine tablets you gave me in Manali in ’06.

    Happy cycling,

  4. 4 otbiking November 17, 2007 at 1:07 am

    oops, I mean Extrawheel. I’ve been looking at the Big Dummy recently, so had that on my mind!

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