Random things


Yesterday I went to have my bike checked at my usual garage. As a side note, I think bike maintenance is just as expensive as maintaining a car since I do a major service every 1000km and that can be 2 weeks. Well, maybe half the costs. But that is a by the way. So while at the garage there was this young Dutch male I think in his late 20s or early 30s who has been riding since March last year.

Someone asked why Africans are not doing such long tours. And it got me thinking.

First there is the big issue of money. How do you finance the trip? The good fellow told me he had worked for 3.5 years & saved enough for the trip. The average Joe in Nairobi would need to work maybe 2x as long, live with his mother and save 0.67 of his salary.

The next hoop is visa requirements among African nations. One has to show proof that he loves his grandmother enough to return home, has enough money in the bank and other such loops before you can get a visa. Now, who wants to deal with all that stress.

Say you have saved enough to marry Leah or is it laboured to marry Rebecca and have visas taken care of, you need to convince your employer that it is a good idea to give you a vacation for 1year to go biking adventures. Good luck with that.

Having said that, I think if I were 20 and I had bills taken care, I would do something this fun. See the world while on a bicycle. I think the only thing that would beat this is seeing the world on foot, but this takes much longer & I don’t want to have blisters.

What, if you could, stopped you from doing a world tour say on a boat or a glider?

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

27 thoughts on “Random things

  1. ladysighs says:

    “Old Rocking Chair’s Got Me” and stopping me. That’s what!

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  2. Only if I could maintain internet access throughout most, if not all of it. (Yeah I know, I’m sick.)

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  3. renudepride says:

    What has prevented me from being so adventurous? Time and patience. I have neither! Good post, my Kenyan brother! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. Nan says:

    In my (much) younger days, I really never had a desire to “see the world.” I did, however, yearn to visit Australia and was able to do just that about 20 years ago. The trip included Fiji and New Zealand. Transportation was, naturally, by air and once on land, by car.

    So although there were no grand biking or walking adventures, we did do a river tour on a boat. ๐Ÿ˜„ Does that count?

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  5. basenjibrian says:

    You need to monetize your blog, Maka! That will fund your amazing bicycle touring.

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  6. john zande says:

    I did it on foot, with a tent, a sleeping bag, and a good camp stove.

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  7. Before my teens I’d been to 4 continents. By my 20’s I was exhausted of travelling. Now if I can avoid leaving my property, I do ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Ron says:

    Major service every 1000 km? Judas Priest! What are you doing to your bike? Throwing it over cliffs?

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    • makagutu says:

      Haha Ron. You should ride on our roads for a week my friend you might service after 5reds

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      • Ron says:

        I don’t have to. The roads here are equally bad. That’s why I swapped my road bike for a mountain bike and encourage others in similar situations to do likewise. “Function over style” is the motto I follow.

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        • makagutu says:

          Maybe I should get a single speed 700 for my short rides and a mountain bike for city riding and a cross bike for my out of town rides

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          • Ron says:

            A bike for all circumstances sounds like an excellent plan, because one can never have too many bicycles. ๐Ÿ‘

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            • makagutu says:

              I agree with you, Ron.
              I will consider it. At the moment all my rides are on road so I find the road bike quite sufficient

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            • basenjibrian says:

              I am really resisting the idea of electric bikes. It just seems like giving in to age and achy knees. But I have to admit an electric city bike with room for panniers and a sturdy lock seems appealing to me for short to medium practical trips. The American ideal of using a 5,000 pound 3-row SUV for even local trips seems almost…immoral…to me in this age of climate change.

              And I want a gravel bike, of course. Just because. You will never find me barreling down single track (far too timid and my eyesight and bike handling skills are just not good enough) but I would love to have a fatter tired bike for interesting gravel and dirt roads.

              And..of course…I want another Italian bike. Even if it is ultimately Ch-Italian. (Willier-Triestina, Colnago, if I lose weight, or Pinarello, or SARTO..)

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              • makagutu says:

                I will wait out electric bikes for a while. But as you say, a gravel bike isn’t a bad idea.
                A pinarello dogma would be nice too, for those days you just want to ride 2km in a good bike

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