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Cyclers of Seoul - April 25

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This week we met up with Cho Bin for our weekly edition of Cyclers of Seoul; 
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Q: Where are you from and how long have you been in Seoul?
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A: I'm from Korea and been in Seoul for 22 years.

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Q: What bicycle do you ride? (brand, model, style)
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A: I ride a road bike from Specialized; Amira sports and I cycle almost everyday.

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Q: What is the best thing about Seoul?
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A: Idk .there's a lot delicious food and easy access to get a few hours of cycling.

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Q: Where is the best place to ride?
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A: I think uhm.. Jeollabukdo. But I often ride around Seoul on weekdays. The wind on the Han kind of sucks when it's not to your back...sometimes I feel like it is the Hellgang ^^.

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Q: You have a lot of cool tattoos,..
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A: I do have lots. I just really love them. They are all about me and my pet.
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Q: Anything else you would like to share? 
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A: In springtime, don't forget to carry an outer shell and a sweater. I did a fleche for 371 kilometers which had to be done in a max of 24 hours...it started to rain and so much wind. I felt so cold. Be ready for weather.
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Go Bunwolli! Course is like camel's back and it is very fun to ride.

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Our Cyclers of Seoul QnA are from everyday people who ride their bicycles in and around Seoul. Seoul Cycle releases a new one each Mondays and Cyclers of Seoul can be seen on Seoul Cycle’s Facebook page and on our blog on the seoulcycle.com website.

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Cyclers of Seoul - April 18, 2016

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Seoul Cycle is starting a weekly Monday release of Cyclers of Seoul. Where we have a short QnA with people who ride their bicycle in Seoul.

So stay tuned every Monday for our Cyclers of Seoul. And here is Nicky from U.S.A. to kick it off
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Q: How long have you been in Seoul?
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A: I am in Seoul for only 10 days but I plan on coming back sometime this summer to do more cycling. There seems to be lots of great trails to ride and I also want to the Seoul to Busan. 
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Q: Your ride?
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A: I ride a Single Speed Jamis Sputnik. It is my old bike from when I used to be a bike messenger in New York and I use it for travelling around too. But while in Seoul, I am riding my friend’s Giant.
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Q: Best thing about Seoul?
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A: Meeting people, awesome food, and rich history. My friends in Seoul have shown me many great places to go out and I love the night seen here. People are always up for fun and know how to have fun. I’ve been to many places around the world and I really like it here. I plan on coming back and having a longer vacation here.
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Q: Best place to ride?
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A: So far, I’ve only ridden on parts of the Han river. But it was great, well organized and you can see many things along the river path. The Yeoido Cascading Falls was a cool place to stop and take some photos.
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Q: You mentioned that you did some touring on your single speed, how was it?
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A: It was amazing. In 2012 I biked across Europe over a 6 months period covering over 7,000 kilometers. I biked the whole continent starting in Instanbul and ending in Spain. I used my single speed with carbon fiber aerospoke wheels.I love the low maintenance of the single speed and it was a great ride. I only got a few flats and changed my chain once. I mostly used couchsurfers for lodging. Then in 2013 I rode around Iceland for 3 weeks and mostly camped out in my tent. I have lots of pictures and videos of my trips.

Check out my transcontinental European video at Bike2012.nickypallas.com

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Interview: Zero Cycles - Donkey Box love

We are lucky to see so many bikes here in Seoul of all levels and quality. Many bikes make us look back in admiration, however there is only one bike, so far, that made me look back a few times and actually made me feel funny in my pants. Maybe this is what cyclists talk about when they mention bike porn; I never really got it till now…this bike is truly a “wow” moment to see it roll by you. It is truly a love at first sight.

Say hello to Zero Cycles’ “Swamp Donkey” with Pinion drivetrain, also affectionately dubbed the “DonkeyBox”. It is a custom titanium road bike sporting some cool designs and cutting edge technology.

Zero’s frames are all hand built using tubing custom designed and built for their own company. No flexy small-diameter off-the-shelf tubing here, that you’ll find on most any other custom titanium frame.

For the Swamp Donkey and DonkeyBox frames the custom tubing is fat and arched, with continuous dual toptubes that sweep down to become the bullet-tipped seatstays. The tubing and lines look very clean and flowy, and that is accented by the internal cable routing to keep visuals clean and uncluttered.

Other than the sexy swoopy lines of this frame, the main eye-catcher is the drivetrain. This isn’t your typical noisy, dirty, finnicky derailleur setup: it’s an internally geared Pinion transmission offering 12 speeds, connected to the rear wheel by a Gates carbon belt drive. This combination gives the bike a very clean, quiet, low maintenance drivetrain, still with much more gear range than any derailleur setup. Pinion is a German company, started by two ex-Porsche transmission designers when they wanted to improve their own bike riding experience.
No more rusty chains, chain oil, or peeing on your iced up rear derailleur while Winter commuting to keep it spinning. No more derailleurs going into your rear wheel, or getting ripped off in crashes.  

The frames also sport hydraulic disc brakes, a much more reliable option for year round riding in the rain, snow, ice, mud, or for loaded touring. The frame and fork both have large diameter tool-free throughaxles as an interface with the custom carbon wheels. They are much safer, stronger, stiffer and much more reliable that the typical flimsy QR levers you find on your average road bikes.

Michael, Zero Cycles’ Canadian designer and owner says Zero stands for “Zero compromises in building the perfect bicycle frame for every customer, Zero broken frames, and Zero bullshit in the process of having it built up.” “When you get one of our custom titanium bikes, we work with you every step of the way to build up something that you can love and ride hard for the rest of your life.”

Zero Cycles customizes your build according to your body measurements and riding style. They have sexy and rugged custom titanium XC, AM, Road, Touring, Cyclocross, and Bikepacking frames available. According to Michael, “These bikes are made to be loved….and by “loved” we mean spanked; hard and dirty.”

Check out Zero Cycles’s Facebook page for more pictures about their great looking bikes and past, current and future builds. I am sure we will see some more amazing bikes coming out from this company.   www.facebook.com/ZeroCycles
 

Company overview:

- Zero stands for Zero comprimises in building the perfect frame.

- Currently producing rugged custom titanium XC, All-Mountain, Road, Touring, Cyclocross, and Bikepacking frames.

- Owner is trusted bicycle designer, mechanic, welder and knows bikes.

- Uses cutting edge technology and products for your custom bicycle

 

Email contact:

zerocyclesti@hotmail.com

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroCycles/

 

Other:

Pinion gearbox website (in English):

http://pinion.eu/en/

 

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