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    Tirelessly Awesome ALEXIS_DH's Avatar
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    the girl with the tireless bike

    the other day, a few guys were riding their bikes in the andes.
    As they rode the singletrack, they noticed somebody else was riding the trail. they got closer, and they noticed it was a girl, 12 or 13 years old.

    she is a local girl, whose family lives from subsistance farming and herding in the andes. she says she rides her bike often, but living so far from the city (3-4hr walk) she does not have access, nor money for spares. still, she likes to ride her bike, and has kept riding the bike until, literally, the tires fell off.

    its quite sobering, as we usually spend endless shuttle-hours arguing where saints are better than codes, or whether the ccdb upgrade is worth the money. this little girl keeps it real, going on joy rides on her bike.





    obviously, one cannot remain untouched after seeing this pictures. we have made a small pool of money to buy her a new bike.
    hopefully it will be delivered next week. the tricky part, is that she lives in the highlands, and it takes about 5-6 hours to get there from Lima. her village is not accessible by road, so there will be some porting involved.
    We are working on the logistics, and how to take the bike with us next time he hit the highlands.

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    That's awesome. Best post in ages.
    Why are you getting all defensive, Hitler?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eaterofdog View Post
    That's awesome. Best post in ages.
    Agree 100%. Pos rep coming your way!
    www.straycatbicycles.com

    "Dante is wise, and also loves bacon."

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    Amazing.
    You'll have to speak up, I'm wearing a towel.

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    So much awesome in this post, good on you guys/gals.
    Good day to you.

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    Wow dude, thats too damn cool!
    Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.

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    Best post on here in ages.

    Makes me feel like a bit of a heel for whining about needing new stuff for my bike.
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    Nice work. Keep us updated on the new bike, ect.

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    That's rad.

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    First of all, that is awesome. Kudo's..

    So this bike you are getting her, I hope you are getting her one that is more functional/durable than it is "nice" (ie, something that doesn't place a higher value on weight vs things that will LAST.) One that is simple to wrench on... Single speed, nice strong chain, thick hard tires that won't wear out etc.
    Dirt, its whats for dinner!!

    I try to convey what you strive to condone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by -BB- View Post
    First of all, that is awesome. Kudo's..

    So this bike you are getting her, I hope you are getting her one that is more functional/durable than it is "nice" (ie, something that doesn't place a higher value on weight vs things that will LAST.) One that is simple to wrench on... Single speed, nice strong chain, thick hard tires that won't wear out etc.
    thats the idea.
    we will put stans on the tubes, and give her a small pump. hopefully she wont puncture in a long time.

    we will tell her, if she has any problems, to stop anybody with a bike for help. am pretty sure most bikers will gladly help her out if she has any problems in the future.

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    Did you bring tires and grips for the current bike? I'm sure another kid would love to have it.
    Why are you getting all defensive, Hitler?

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    not yet. delivery is scheduled for next week.
    we will try to work something out for the current bike

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