Off-roading on a 2×2

pino truck

Riding a Hase Pino tandem is a fine way to travel, most of the time. But the times have changed. Since leaving Tiznit and coming south, the rules of the road seem to have shifted. Narrow roads,combined with wide trucks and buses have relegated the Pino to the same status as a hedgehog. The rule is, get off the road as fast as you can.

Getting off the road means dropping onto a hard shoulder made of rubble and ruts. This in turn has put more strain on us and the bike. Yesterday I discovered we’ve split the rear rim in various places either side of the spoke eyelets. Hairline cracks at the moment, but they’ll probably get worse. I’m thinking of swapping our 1.75 Marathon for the 1.95 XR to give us more cushioning whilst hoping we can find a replacement rim sometime soon. A bit of a longshot in the Western Sahara. Any other suggestions welcomed.

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2 thoughts on “Off-roading on a 2×2

  1. Sounds like you’re both totally in a wing and a prayer situation. I usually recommend duct tape for almost every problem known to mankind… but, on this occasion, mankind’s second-best invention will not fix mankind’s best-ever invention. However, hope may be on the horizon. You must be approaching Guelmin (Goulimime) where there is said to be at least one bike repair shop open for 2-3 hours per day – but, like you say, there ain’t no Halfords in the Sahara. I believe from Guelmin your next destination point is the one-tumbleweed town of Tarfaya where you will have more hope of finding a gold-filled hen’s tooth than a new wheel rim. But, at least, the capital El Aaiun (Laayoune) is still ahead of you, where you should find a new rim or a complete wheel. But there’s a heck of a lot of kilometers between Guelmin and El Aaiun… so keep flapping those arms and muttering optimistically heavenwards! PS: If you can’t get it sorted and you need anything DHL’d to you then don’t hesitate to let me know. Looking forward to reading more of your blogs, and getting more collateral geography lessons.
    Good luck / Redd

    • I’m very impressed by your knowledge of western Saharan towns Redd. We’re currently about 200km north of Leyounne and should be there in a couple of days. We rode 100km today and the wheel didn’t get any worse. The traffic has reduced so less reason to leap off the road, so this should help. Take care and big hellos to everyone at that world famous cafe. Chris

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