Cycling in The Netherlands

Chainge the Cycle’s Mykal and Nico have been cycling on little folding bicycles in The Netherlands.

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They are working on a book about the journey in The Americas 2012-2014 sharing all they learned the past years about natural buolding, farming and sustainable living.

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Later this month Mykal will travel to Tasmania, AU to farm, and Nico will travel to the USA to attend the Village Building Convergence 2015 in Portland, OR.

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We’re back Down Under!

Via the US west coast and Hawaii, the Chainge the Cycle team, Mykal & Nico, have returned to Australia.

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Mykal and Nico in Australia~*>>

Mykal and Nico in Australia~*>>

We helped organize the Laura Street Festival, that took place on November 30th in Brisbane.
images Have a look at this video of the day:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfv9Ii4sgVY

Tomorrow we will cross the sea to Tasmania where we’re looking at staying for a while, and built and farm!
Below some photos from the journey of the past months;
Enjoy!

Juggling brak at the farm -California, USA

Juggling brak at the farm -California, USA

Sunset over the Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco. USA

Sunset over the Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco. USA

Hiking across volcanic crater, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Hiking across volcanic crater, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Nico starjumping

Nico starjumping

volcanic vegetation

volcanic vegetation

UpSideDown on the Big Island, Hawaii

UpSideDown on the Big Island, Hawaii

North Kohala hike across the valleys

North Kohala hike across the valleys

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sunset

climbing into the sunset 🙂

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Snorkel ready!

 

Contact us in Tasmania via chaingethecycle [at] gmail [dot] com
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Organic farming on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

We have been busy learning all about organic farming at Earth Candy Farm near Ganges on Salt Spring island.

Welcome to Earth Candy Farm

Welcome to Earth Candy Farm

 

Mykal making beds with the BCS (2 wheel tractor)

Mykal making beds with the BCS (2 wheel tractor)

 

Beans sprouting

Beans sprouting

We have been organizing a series of skill shares on various farms, and have learned about fermentation, pharm care products, farm muscles and permaculture.

Skill share fermentation

Skill share fermentation

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Nico with bouquet of kale

Salt Spring Island

We have parked our bicycles on Salt Spring Island and have been living in this yurt on Earth Candy farm, and learning all about small scale organic farming of produce and flowers!

And of course plenty of cycling on Salt Spring Island and surrounding islands  🙂

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Yurt on top of the hill at Earth Candy Farm

End of May/early June we’ll be attending the Village Building Convergence in Portland.. should be lots of fun and learning!

vbc program

 

Vancouver Island, Canada

Mykal & Nico in Victoria

We are blessed to be at a lovely little homestead in Black Creek, on Vancouver Island, in the company of a dog, cat, 2 horses, 4 roosters, and 18 chickens.

Nico is recovering well after the accident late December 2013.
She has been diagnosed with a concussion and whiplash, but she is feeling better every day;
The swelling on her head is almost gone. There is still a lot of tension in her neck and shoulder muscles (these tensed up to try to protect the head from impact) but light exercises and visits to a physiotherapist, massage therapist and a sauna help ease the tension and pain.

And Vancouver Island’s enchanting landscape, delicious food and lots of stimulating books and articles are amazing healers too.

Mykal & Nico on Cortes Island December 21st 2013

Mykal & Nico on Cortes Island December 21st 2013

Our first gear review

Check it out here or read it below and let us know what you think

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These caps have been a life saver for us (thank you Walz), taking us through rain, snow and hail without fail. Pure wool and designed to be worn under a helmet they are a synthesis of style and practicality, earning a number of positive remarks from fellow cyclists on the road.

P1190862.resizedA gift from Walz caps in San Diego (www.walzcaps.com) they couldn’t have come to us at a better time or place. We picked them up in Portland, the home of cycling with flair (and attitude), in the middle of a freak, early winter cold streak. As we continued north, temperatures rarely rose above freezing and the caps rarely left our heads (day and night).

P1190691.resizedDespite the broad range of choices via their website, we both naturally gravitated towards the winter selection. Nico choose a smart herringbone pattern and Mykal a black limited edition Merino wool design. Both caps came in an attractive four panel design equiped with a soft manipulable brim and an ear cover which can be folded up in warmer weather. 100% wool, they allow sufficient breatheable warmth yet thin enough to squeeze under your standard helmet. The only practical downfall I could say is one came with a slight kink in the brim meaning the brim doesn’t quite sit straight (but when you’re luzuriating in your warm comfy head while cycling through the freezing cold, that’s one of the last things you care about.)

P1190551.resizedIn terms of style the walz designers have done an outstanding job, capturing that ‘old school’ style so popular in the hip cycling world today. You can almost picture yourself toddling down a narrow cobblestone alleyway on an old Italian three-speed with a worn leather satchel slung over your back. However for those that are shopping specfically for style, I would recommend shying away from the ear flaps, as the elastic that holds them over the ears, although indubitably practical in stopping them from flapping in the wind looks a little bit like a shower cap. This is most noticeable in the herringbone design where the flaps are a different colour and pattern from the cap.

P1190611.resizedWhen it comes down to it we would highly recommend these caps to any cyclist; commuters, hipsters and long distance. We can truthfully say that they have become part of our essential gear and that we will hang on to them even after we hit warm weather and start to purge our winter stuff.

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Up Island and Cortes Island

We’ve been cycling through Washington state (USA) and crossed into Canada by a beautiful ferry trip through the San Juan Islands to Vancouver Island.

We waited out the coldest of the December winter weather in Victoria, at our dear friend Danielle’s place!
We cycled ‘up island’ (north on Vancouver Island) for a few days.
Beautiful!!
Frozen waterfalls, sea lions and more..!!
Pictures will come..!!

We arrived at beautiful Blue Jay Lake farm on Cortes Island on December 19th..
Here we had a lovely christmas and newyears with the local ‘farmily’ 🙂

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Unfortunately we’ve been involved in an accident.
No worries, we’re better every day, and there were no bicycles involved..
Wanna get in touch?
chaingethecycle [at] gmail.com