Itchy-wheels

I’ve got the power! Zzing…

Hi all,

As I am preparing my next project I’m also looking for better ways to charge the batteries for all the electronics I carry. The home-made battery charger is OK but very fragile and I had lots of problems during the trip.

Not anymore! Thanks to kind sponsoring by Zzing I now have a very fancy, beautiful battery charger! Thank you Zzing team :)

So how does it work? The package is delivered in a stylish wooden box and contains the Zzing and the components to install the Zzing on the bicycle. The Zzing itself can be easily removed using a mounting system so you can take it with you.
The Zzing contains an accupack (5x 2400 or 2700 NiMh) which charges all kind of equipment by using an USB-Out located at the left side on the front. In the middle you can find a bright LED light so you can use it as a torch. On the far right it has a power-in, which connects to the dynamo (hub -or rim).

When you’re cycling the power can be used directly to charge all kind of equipment but because of the accu you can also charge when you’re not cycling. Additionally the Zzing can be charged using an AC-adapter so it is also very neat to have when you stay in hotels irregularly when backpacking :)

The following weeks I’ll buy the cables etc to charge my mobile phone, camera, AA batteries and GPS over USB and start testing. I’ll also torture the Zzing in Bayreuth the coming months on offroad tours to test if it would survive the harsh conditions encountered during my journeys.

So stay tuned!
Marc

Recordings

Hi all!

During my travels I always use a voice recorder as I am to lazy to keep a diary. The last week I finally listened to all of them and I want to share some of them with you. They show the hardship and adventures (including bureaucratic ones) I had during my travels and my opinion about the people and countries I travelled through. It is all very personal and sometimes my opinion is very colored (see India) so don’t feel offended. I hope you all get an idea what makes me ‘tick’ as a world cyclist and what kind of experiences you get when cycling over the world. The recordings are in dutch.

Have fun :-)

Why I prefer to cycle:

Russian soldiers at the Afgani border:

Fighting my way up through the storm on the Kyzal Art pass (4289m):

Small sample of the incredible Chinese Buro-crazy ;-) :

Beautiful hell of Tibet, climbing the Lhakpa La (5252m!) in an ice-storm:

First impressions of Nepal-paradise after 1.5 months icecold and remote Tibet:

Crazy India, an example after 24h waiting on the train and finally getting my bicycle:

Cycling in Mombay, India, on a big road and how to find a hotel ;-) :

Some cycling

Hi all!

There’s not a lot of news on the cycling front at the moment as I am working hard to finish my PhD.
I still had a little time to cycle however, and I attended various world-cyclist meetings in the weekends to give talks and to gather information for my next journey. I won’t tell you my destination yet but it’s going to be very sandy, very hot, very dry and very though :-) Oh, and camels will likely be involved at some point, too…

Last week I received the travellog of Toon (thanks!) and I am now working on the roadbook of my journey with detailed information for future travelers. It’s a lot of work so it will take some time to complete as my PhD thesis has priority at the moment.

However, the moving of the website is going well. Thanks to kindly sponsoring by Solid Hosting I now have my own domain at http://www.itchywheels.nl, hoooray! At the moment you’ll get linked back to this site but that will change within the next months (insallah).
I also added a link to the (german) website of the dynamo battery charger. It is a great piece of equipment to have as it makes you independent of power sources when traveling remote places on earth. You “only” have to cycle to charge the batteries. Have fun building one and don’t blow the fuses please ;-)

In the meantime enjoy the pictures of the German world-cyclist weekend in Dahn and the Dutch world-cyclist weekends in Twente and Leersum. The pics are not that special but now you’ll see that I’m not the only looney out there ;-)

Marc