Biking tours usually take you to the nearest lake or ice cream parlour. A tour of this scale might be reasonably fun for Nina and Simon, but it’s no challenge. That’s why their own tour was just a bit further away for them than your usual day trip. The first destination of their bike tour (if you can call it that) is Asia, followed by Australasia and South America. As trusted bikes, they have two my Afram Speedhubs with them, which are great for cycling long distances.
But first of all, who are the two and how do you even come up with such an extraordinary travel idea? Nina and Simon are originally from Graz in Austria. They have known each other since school and decided to go to Berlin to study. In 2013, they went to the United States together for a year. This ignited a desire in them to travel. Driven by this desire, they have explored many destinations together across the globe. They took a break from these travels to resume work and study in Berlin.
They quickly realised they were missing something. Together, they came to the conclusion that life is too short to spend in one place. That’s why they have chosen several destinations for their bike trip. They want to embark on a journey of self-discovery and find out what the world has to offer. My Boo Bamboo Bikes are produced fairly, is an environmentally-friendly mode of transport and makes for a relaxing and slow tour guide. Therefore, the pair can fully enjoy their adventures and not miss out on the beautiful landscapes of the destinations that await them and, at the same time, reduce their ecological footprint.
The time had finally come; Nina and Simon picked up their bikes from us in Kiel and cycled to Berlin, then to Austria.
After this test ride, Nina, Simon, and their bikes went to Vietnam. The tour of the four started in Hanoi. From there, they went to Cat Ba, Ninh Binh, Phong Nha and Hue. Now they are in Hoi An and even made it to the top of the Hai Van Pass with their bicycles. This is also called Cloud Pass and forms the natural border between North and South Vietnam. Not only are the bikes very popular with the two, but also with many tourists and locals they meet along their way. Although the travel at a modest pace with the bikes and the travel is more exhausting than with conventional means of transportation, they can gain a much more extraordinary experience away from tourist hotspots. For example, they have been driving through Hoi An with a student organisation, learning how to weave their own mattress and how wooden boats are built.
If you want to know how Mind and Pedals are getting on, then you can follow them on Facebook or Instagram. You can also find out a lot about their trip on their website, plus lots about their current and future missions and many tips about a sustainable lifestyle and travel style.
We wish Nina, Simon, and their bamboo bikes a great journey and we look forward to hearing more from them!