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A Pilot rider takes the road less travelled. You don´t believe us? Check out these proud Pilot riders and the places they have been. A big thank you for all the Pilot riders who have shared their pictures and experiences with us!

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Heart to Beat #34 Gulf of Thailand (Thailand 5)

Published on May 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM After not cycling for four weeks and one blog, we are back on the pedals! This blog describes our trip from Bangkok to Krabi. With the exception of the last two days, we follow the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. The first day we cycle through [...]

Custom 29er hardtail

Hereby photos of my assembled custom frame. The first ride has certainly become a revelation. I cannot express the driving characteristics of a titanium frame, but I am much less tired after a ride than with my carbon hardtail. regards, Mark Claesen (Belgium)

Custom Rohloff mountainbike bike

Just a short feedback after 1 week with my new Pilot. In the meantime I have been able to make a number of local laps on different terrain; my new bike has become a fantastic all-rounder and I am super proud of it - completely to my liking! Greetings Rob Houdijk (The Netherlands)

Heart to Beat #33 The coronation…(Thailand 4)

Published on May 7, 2019 at 8:00 AM In this blog there is no cycling, this blog contains lazing, drinking, snorkeling, cross-riding, partying and ping-pong. In this blog the children from the Netherlands come to visit us in Thailand: 10 months not seen, 10 days to catch up. You are warned. Is it over-enthusiastic or [...]

Custom 29+ with Pinion gearbox

Very well balanced, maybe best I have ever ridden. I am very happy, you guys are artists! Mr. M. Roberts (Australia)

Heart to Beat #32 Songkran festival (Thailand 3)

Published on April 23, 2019 at 2:00 AM This blog describes our journey from the Cambojan border to Bangkok. A blog with few photos this time, the why will become clear later in the story. It is the second time that we visit Thailand on this world bike tour and this time it is 'party [...]

BIKE (Germany) reviews the PRIMUM V2 –> Sehr Gut!!

Published May 2019

Heart to Beat #31 Cambodja

Published on April 15, 2019 at 8:09 AM After 6 weeks in Laos we arrive at the border with Cambodia. For the first time we are not looking forward to a new country. Not because we are tired of traveling, certainly not! But Cambodia is a hot country and April is a hot month. It is [...]

FIETS magazine test de PILOT MAGNA

Nr.09 // September 2018

Custom Rohloff road bike

If you want to follow the border between the Netherlands and Belgium or the Netherlands and Germany as tightly as possible with your bike, you sometimes end up on the most troubled roads. This bike can handle that,  it is a real workhorse! You can drive fast, have little maintenance and it still gives you [...]

Mountainbike Plus test de PRIMUM V2

Heart to beat #30 South Laos

Gepubliceerd op 2 april 2019 om 00:00 Na drie weken is Laos nog niet af van deze twee fietsende wereldreizigers. Laos Zuid wordt het derde hoofdstuk van onze blog over dit bijzondere land, waarvoor we dan wel nog even de beurs moeten trekken om onze visa te verlengen. Vientiane, de hoofdstad van Laos, kan ons [...]

Heart to Beat – Cycling Laos

Cyclists on the road – Magazine De Wereldfietser/De Vakantiefietser

After receiving six bypasses in heart surgery, Harry Morskate has had enough of his management job. "The fast car, all those useless possessions, going to work top-dressed every day (but with stress in the body), it can not be the goal of our lives." In the eind of 2017, he and his wife Roelie decide [...]

World tour Oirschotse cyclists ‘Everywhere you hear: selfie please’ – Eindhovens Dagblad

Harry and Roelie Morskate left Oirschot at the end of June for a three-year world trip. By bike. They are now in India. They have been traveling for almost six months and have left more than eight thousand kilometers and fifteen countries on their bikes. While family and friends in the Netherlands are preparing for [...]

Dutch couple touring the world on bike – The Times of India

Imphal: People in this part of the world are often forced to sell their bicycles to fill up forms in schools or universities and that doesn’t make the headline. But when you see a Dutch couple on a bicycle – or what they call a bike - tour of the world after selling all belongings, [...]

VETURI

It is a matter of time whether all road bikes are equipped with disc brakes. Because I signed up for a weekend of climbing and descending the Mont Ventoux, I decided to buy another road bike but this time with disc brakes. I was looking for something else and I opted for the Pilot Veturi. [...]

Cycling Plus (UK) – Why every cyclist should own a titanium bike

By Rob Spedding – September 30, 2017 at 10:57 am Carbon-fibre bikes are everywhere, so why not treat yourself to something made of titanium. Here's why you won't regret it. They’re a sweet ride Good titanium frames have a ride quality that’s hard to find in a bike made from any other material. They’re lively but [...]

Mount Everest op fietsen kan gewoon in uw achtertuin

donderdag 29 juni 2017 - Het Laatste Nieuws (HLN) De Mount Everest — de volle 8.848 meter — op - fietsen in je eigen achtertuin? Het kan, en het heet ‘Everesting’. De Antwerpse Sylvie Uyttendaele (43) reed 95 keer dezelfde heuvel op, bijna 19 uur lang, en is zo de eerste vrouwelijke ‘Everester’ in ons [...]

3 Pilot employees rippin’ the trails of Müllertahl (Luxemburg)

Custom 29er+

Best regards from Andalusia. I really enjoy the Ride with my bike. It‘s awesome👍 Jens Braun (Germany)

Custom painted & tailor made road bike

The purchase of a custom-made frame should, of course, be fun afterwards, as well as before. Capturing the geometry, thinking about the specs, discussing the concrete elaboration, in my opinion an elongated party. At Pilot Cycles they have perfectly understood the importance and fun of this process. This starts with a good listener regarding deployment [...]

Custom Campagnolo road bike

My goal was to build a titanium bike to my personal wishes. Pilot Cycles has proven to me that they are very capable helping me out during the visual design of the frame in combination with the ideal geometry. I alternate short journeys with long journeys and a titanium frame is perfect for that; my [...]

Two tailor made electric trekking bikes

We experienced the staff at Pilot as polite and knowledgeable who know what they are talking about. They are problem solving people who always look for solutions and do NOT think in terms of problems. PILOT Cycles is a company which I can certainly recommend if you are looking for a titanium bike. After all, [...]

Tailor made Commuter

Highlights: Year of built: 2019 Custom commuter frame Custom Anodized finish OHR Cycling Carbon D4 wheelset Drivetrain Shimano XTR (M9000) Pilot Carbon gravel fork Shimano XTR brakes & Ultegra discs SP dynamo hub

Heart to beat #29 Central Laos

Published at March 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM Giving to others  as an act of virtue is essential in Buddhism and brings happiness. Giving alms to a monk yields his blessing. Also in Laos the monks walk around in the morning to gather food from the people in the vicinity of the monasteries; a ritual [...]

Custom VAMOS Pinion Mixte

Highlights: Year of built: 2018 Custom VAMOS Mixte 650B frame Pinion P1.18 gearbox Pilot Ti trekking fork HOPE tech V4 brakes & Pro 4 rear hub Son dynamo hub The Plug III

Heart to Beat #28 Northern Laos

Published at February 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM Our cycle route through Laos comprises roughly two loops. First a northern loop where we cycle towards the Chinese border and then gradually turn to Luang Prabang, the city to which all tourists at the border leave by boat. The second loop goes south where we will [...]

Tailor made 29er+ driven by Pinion & Lauf suspension

Year of built: 2017 Lauf Carbonara fork Hope Tech brakes Pilot titanium parts

VELOZINE: Project Pilot Singlespeed: Deel 3

De complete fiets! Gepost in Reviews, Specials door Lars op 26 november 2018 Deze serie artikelen gaat over het aanschafproces van een op maat gemaakt titanium frame. In artikel 1 en 2 kon je lezen over het ontwerp en de realisatie van het frame. Dit 3e en laatste artikel gaat over de algemene indruk van [...]

VELOZINE: Project Pilot Singlespeed: Deel 2

Project Pilot Singlespeed: Deel 2 Titiboem: het frame is daar! Gepost in Specials door Lars op 16 juli 2018 Deze serie artikelen gaat over het aanschafproces van een op maat gemaakt titanium frame. In artikel 1 kon je lezen over het frame-ontwerp. Dit 2e artikel gaat over het grafische design van de fiets, de afwerking [...]

VELOZINE: Project Pilot Singlespeed: Deel 1

Hoe ontwerp je een op maat gemaakte hardtail? Gepost in Specials door Lars op 19 maart 2018 Vorige zomer crosste ik rond op een Pilot Primum 29: een titanium hardtail met een klassieke XC geometrie. Pilot gaat echter prat op hun aanbod om fietsen naar wens te bouwen… en dat zette me aan het denken. Ik vond de [...]

Vojo Test | Pilot Duro Pinion: onderhoudsvrij titanium werkpaard

27 February 2019 — Jurgen Groenwals Een mountainbike in titanium blijft toch een pure eyecatcher. Eender waar je ermee komt, medebikers en passanten staren bewonderend naar je frame. Wanneer in dat frame dan ook nog een Pinion-gearbox zit, gaat dat staren al snel over in vragen stellen. Dat is met deze Pilot Duro Pinion niet [...]

BIKE Magazine Germany – Falkenjagd Teleon B+ gegen Pilot Locum B+

Test 2017: Titan-Bikes von Falkenjagd und Pilot Falkenjagd Teleon B+ gegen Pilot Locum B+ Florentin Vesenbeckh, Stefan Loibl am 07.08.2017 Edel, puristisch, zeitlos: Titan-Bikes sind Liebhaberstücke. Wir haben zwei besondere Hardtails mit Plus-Bereifung in den Ring gebeten. Falkenjagd gegen Pilot. Ein Duell Deutschland gegen Holland. PILOT LOCUM B+ Die Holländer von Pilot stellen ein deutlich [...]

Velozine – Pilot Primum 29 – Niks meer te wensen over?

Een bikereview aan de hand van vooroordelen Gepost in Reviews door Lars op 13 september 2017   Als biker-journalist van 1.9 m met lange benen ben je meestal niet zo druk met fietsen testen. Testfietsen in maatje dranghek zijn namelijk zeldzaam. Daarom was ik blij verrast toen het Nederlandse Pilot spontaan een Primum 29 in maat XL aanbood, voor een [...]

Terrengsykkel Norway- TESTET: PILOT LOCUM Eksotisk titandrøm fra Nederland

Av: Kristoffer H. Kippernes Tirsdag 21. august 2018. kl 10:00 Les også: Ny Sensor og Force fra GT Nederlandske Pilot Cycles har satt seg som mål å tilfredsstille syklister med behov litt utenom det vanlige. Merket lager kun sykler med rammer av titan, og relativt dyre komponenter. Du kan enten bestille deg en titan-ramme som [...]

Singletrack UK reviews the LOCUM Pinion – Titanium Frame + Pinion Gearbox + Belt Drive = The Ultimate Adventure Hardtail?

by Tom Hutton MTB Guiding  January 8, 2018 2:26 pm Late last year, we received a rather special titanium hardtail. Manufactured in the Netherlands by Pilot Cycles, the Locum Pinion 27.5+ is designed as a do-it-all adventure bike that looks to be an ideal all-weather machine. To put it through its paces and to see how that [...]

Singletrack UK – The Titanium Locum Pinion From Pilot Cycles Get a load of this titanium beauty!

The Titanium Locum Pinion From Pilot CyclesGet a load of this titanium beauty!http://singletrackworld.com/2018/01/titanium-frame-pinion-gearbox-belt-drive-the-ultimate-adventure-hardtail/Geplaatst door Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine op Maandag 22 januari 2018

Singletrack UK – All The Niches: Pilot’s Titanium Plus Bike

NEWS by Wil Barrett December 7, 2016 5:51 pm Not sure we’d leave this one locked up at the pub. We’ve had a bit of a titanium theme going on lately at Singletrack Towers. The latest run of unobtanium started with that very rare Lynskey full suspension bike we spotted at the Cycle Show, then we [...]

Het is Koers test de CELES in maat 60 – Fluwelen Tochtjes Op Titanium

By Alex van der Hulst|dinsdag 26 september 2017 Het titanium laat zich kennen op de laatste brug voor thuiskomst. Normaal is het daar, op die flauwe helling naar boven, kommer en kwel omdat meneer de doldrieste testfietser met krachten heeft gewoekerd op de voorafgaande dijken. Met dat gewoeker is het deze keer niet anders. De Pilot Veturi die [...]

Heart to Beat – North Thailand

Custom painted road bike (Rebel Heart)

Custom road bike Highlights: Year of built: 2017 Custom Ti road frame, painted finish SRAM Red groupset Dt-Swiss Spline (alu) & HUNT (carbon) wheelset Pilot carbon fork

VETURI

"Dear Pilot gentlemen, I bought a Veturi with you a few months ago. I just wanted to let you know that I am very satisfied with it. It rides very smooth and I have considerably less back pain (one of the reasons why I opted for titanium) than I experienced on my old carbon bike. [...]

Custom painted PRIMUM V2

Custom PRIMUM V2 Highlights Year of built: 2018 Custom Ti 29er frame Shimano XTR Di-2 drivetrain OHR B2 Carbon wheelset (boost) FOX 32 Step-cast Factory series 100mm fork TUNE Geiles Teil (stem) & Turnstange flatbar  

Custom MAGNA disc – For the Riders (Australia)

Custom E-tap road bike Highlights Year of built: 2018 Custom Ti road frame, anodised finish SRAM RED E-tap groupset ENVE wheelset ENVE carbon fork

LOCUM Pinion

Guys, "When I got my bike a little over a year ago you asked me to send pictures, which I haven't done until now. The Locum has been perfect for me. I've ridden it all over Arkansas, and even had the chance to take it with me to San Francisco (you can see the top [...]

PRIMUM

“I always appreciated titanium bikes for their unique and clean look and Pilot was able to go even further with their internal cable route. Besides that the performance is great and for sure I will be considering upgrading my other bikes to a titanium frame.” Gabriel Giordani (Spain)

Custom Rohloff Road bike

"Nach langer Fehlersuche ist mein Rad jetzt perfekt! Hier nochmal meinen besten Dank an das gesamte Team von Pilotcycles. Es war ein Fehler bei den zu gekauften Komponenten und ih‎r habt mich vorbildlich unterstützt bis der Fehler gefunden wurde. Nun zum Rad. Jetzt weiß ich warum ein Maßnahmen nicht mit einem Rad von der Stange [...]

Custom Pinion Road bike

"Thanks Pilot Cycles! You were the only ones who dared to build my bike. I realize that you guys are not wizzards, but if it is technically possible, it is possible for you. You build unique bikes. There is always something wrong when building prototypes but instead of denying the problems you guys solve these [...]

Custom PRIMUM

"Riding quality is outstanding and details like internal cable guides are clean and actual". Best regards, Antonio Carrasquilla (Brasil)

Two custom road bikes

"The proces of creating a custom bike was new to us but with the help from you guys we enjoyed this experienced very much. And most important of all; it is a real pleasure every time we take our PILOT bikes for a spin!" Marcel and Lonneke van Leeuwen From The Netherlands

LOCUM PINION – Velofollies 2018 by Ridez.cc

Pilot tutorial – Rear wheel change Pinion & Gates

Booming Brabant – Pilot Cycles bedrijfsfilm

Heart to Beat #27 Chiangland (Thailand 2)

Published at February 13, 2019 at 10:33 AM With some melancholy we have left the famous Mea Hong Son Loop behind. As we sit on a terrace in the old center of Chiang Mai we ruminate about what lies behind: the Alps, Rodopi (Bulgaria), Turkey, Svaneti (Caucasus), Annapurna and the Loop. The highlights are also [...]

Heart to Beat – Georgia

Heart to Beat – Europe

Heart to Beat – Myanmar

Custom CELES Pinion

"I am very happy with my custom CELES with Pinion gearbox, best bike ever!" Eric Timmer (from The Netherlands) Thanks Eric for sharing your beautiful pictures of your very special ride; a custom CELES driven by Pinion.

Custom Primum 29er hardtail

Henri thanks a lot for sending in these nice pictures from you riding the Salzkammergut Trophy! Bike: Custom Pilot Primum (medium size)

Heart to Beat – NE India

Heart to Beat – Turkey by bicycle

Heart to Beat – Cheers!

BikeRadar (UK) – Pilot Veturi review

Published at October, 2017 Pilot Veturi review New titanium ride from Holland BikeRadar verdict "A fine blend of traditional geometry and tech components with a finely tuned ride"   Highs: Lovely, supple and smooth ride, very well-thought-out build   Lows: The mix-and-match disc standards make upgrades and replacements a challenge   Buy if: You value comfort and do-it-all [...]

Oppad – TEST PILOT VAMOS ROHLOFF

Published at August, 2017 TEST PILOT VAMOS ROHLOFF FIETS, 2017 Een fiets die lang meegaat VOORDELEN + duurzaam frame + rijgedrag + keuzemogelijkheden in afmontage NADELEN - aanschafprijs - geen duurzame trapas in standaard afmontage EINDOORDEEL 5-sterren! De Vamos is het nieuwe trekpaard uit de stal van Pilot. Van titanium; dus geen koopje, maar wel [...]

Heart to Beat #26 Mae Hong Son Loop (Thailand 1)

Published at February 6, 2019 at 3:00 AM Thailand is not completely unknown to us. We have already gone twice before to find the sun in the Dutch winter time. For the third time, in March 2015, the airline tickets and accommodation were booked but we canceled. Instead of lying at the beach, Harry was [...]

Vojo test – Pilot Locum: de alleskunner met Plus-banden

Published at October, 2017 Pilot Locum: de alleskunner met Plus-banden Het Nederlandse Pilot werd begin 2013 opgericht door Joris Claessen en Karel van der Marel. Samen werkten ze een formule uit waardoor de klant zijn fiets volledig custom kon samenstellen. Als basis voor die custom fietsen heeft Pilot ook enkele racefietsen en MTB-modellen in de [...]

SintChristophorus.nl – 650B+ bikepacking

Published at Januari, 2018 TEST: PILOT LOCUM PINION 650B+ Er is veel te doen om de vele verschillende wielmaten in de fietsindustrie. Zesentwintig inch, Achtentwintig inch, Twentyniners, 27,5″, 650B met en zonder ‘Plus’, Fatbike… Houden jullie het een beetje bij? Ik doe mijn best om het allemaal nog te volgen en ik heb met bijna [...]

Custom trekking/commuter

Highlights: Year of built: 2018 Custom commuter frame Custom Anodized finish Pinion P1.18 gearbox Pilot Ti trekking forks HOPE tech X2 brakes & Pro 4 rear hub SP dynamo hub Pilot Ti low carrier

Custom painted road bike

Custom Di2 road bike Highlights: Year of built: 2017 Custom Ti road frame, painted finish SRAM Force 1 groupset Ohrcycling D4.4 wheelset Pilot carbon fork

Custom Di2 road bike

Highlights: Year of built: 2017 Custom Ti road XL frame Shimano Ultegra Di2 Columbus fork

Heart to Beat #25 Myanmar (2)

Published at January 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM After New Year and Harry's birthday, the bleak days of January begin. At least that is what we experienced in the Netherlands. Usually there was a planned holiday around carnival to the sun to look forward to. Now we are already in the sun and while in [...]

Trailfinding

Custom 650b+ gearbox bike

Custom Ti 650b+ Highlights: Year of built: 2016 Custom Ti B+ frame Pinion P1.18 gearbox FOX 34 120mm forks HOPE Tech X2 brakes

Custom 650b+

Custom Ti 650b+ Highlights: Year of built: 2016 Custom Ti B+ frame FOX 34 120mm forks Shiman0 XT M8000 groupset

Custom Ti 29er

Custom Ti 29er, 2016 Highlights: Year of built: 2014 Custom Ti 29er frame for Rohloff Integrated seatpost (ISP) Rockshox Rs1 fork ROTOR cranks Shiman0 XT brakes

Custom Ti 29er

Custom Ti 29er, 2015 Highlights: Year of built: 2014 Custom Ti 29e frame for Rohloff Rigid carbon forks ROTOR cranks Formula R1 brakes

Custom Ti 29er

Highlights: Year of built: 2014 Custom Ti 29e frame for Rohloff Raceface cranks Gates CDX belt drive FOX 32 100mm forks HOPE tech X2 brakes

Custom 29er gearbox bike

Highlights: 2018 Custom made Titanium frame Pinion P1.18 gearbox Lefty XLR Gates CDX belt drive Hope X2 brakes

Heart to Beat #24 Myanmar (1)

Published at January 14, 2019 at 3:30 PM Myanmar, or Burma, is still a country with many secrets. For a long time (almost) inaccessible for foreigners / tourists, then for some time apathetic towards people who want to enter and explore the country by bicycle and not by plane to go to a resort and [...]

The MOAB machine – LOCUM Pinion

Joe thanks a lot for sending in these REALLY COOL pictures from you riding the trails at MOAB, you know how to make us jealous! Bike: Pilot Locum Pinion (medium size) Custom built by Joe..

Heart to Beat #23 Christmas in Nagaland & Manipur

Published at December 30, 2018 at 1:30 AM The seven states in north-east India are called the Seven Sisters. We have now crossed state of Assam and left the valley of the Brahmaputra behind. We will visit two of the six remaining sisters: Nagaland and Manipur. Until recently there have been violent incidents in both [...]

Dirty business..

Let's get dirty...

Rastafari – Custom 29er +

Custom made titanium 29+ with the Pinion P1.18 gearbox and Gates CDX belt drive.

Weapon of choice – Custom road bike

"I bought a custom frame + carbon fork at Pilot Cycles and built it u by myself. Designing the frame to my own taste was super but also the assistance I experienced during the proces of designing the frame was professional and very helpful. Mine custom Pilot rides tight but comfortable." Johan van Meggelen (from [...]

Olivier’s Pilot LOCUM packer bike

Thanks Olivier for submitting these super cool photos at these amazing locations. Your camera work is awesome!

Custom Ti travel bike…

Thanks to John for sending these super cool photos from the Australian outback!

FIETS – Pilot Duro in toertocht test

Published at December, 2019 TEKST: ROB MEEUWESSEN /// FOTO’S: REMCO VEURINK HET IS MTB-TOERTOCHTTIJD! WAT OOIT IN 1986 BEGON IN EDE MET DE EERSTE ‘TERREIN FIETSTOCHT’ IS UITGEGROEID TOT EEN LANDELIJKE TRADITIE. OUDE WINTERKLEDING, DIKKE OVERSCHOENEN EN FLUO HANDSCHOENEN AAN, IN ALLE VROEGTE VERZAMELEN BIJ DE PLAATSELIJKE VOETBALCLUB EN DAN HUP: GAAN. WAT EEN GOEDE [...]

Heart to Beat #22 Assam

Published at December 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM The second state we visit is Assam, the largest and most populous state in northeastern India. The state is largely occupied by the valley of the miles wide Brahmaputra river. We cross numerous rivers that flow from the Himalayas in the north to the mighty Brahmaputra in the [...]

Ridez.cc – Pilot Primum V2 29 – Titanium Bike Porn

Published 27 januari, 2019 Je bent gewaarschuwd. Dit is geen conventionele fietstest met een leuke beschrijving van frame en onderdelen, afgesloten met een balans tussen plus- en minpunten. Bij een titanium fiets zoals de Pilot Primum V2 29 doet een droge opsomming van feiten met een zakelijke conclusie simpelweg geen recht aan het bijzondere karakter [...]

Singletrack – DURO – Review: Jason likes titanium but did this Pilot Duro live up to expectations?

Published at February 8, 2019 “Many, many years you will be enjoying the magical riding qualities of your handcrafted, high grade titanium frame”, it says on the Pilot website. My own personal experience of titanium frames is that I’m yet to ride one that’s ‘magical’ but I can say with some certainty that in general [...]

mountainbike.nl – Pilot LOCUM Pinion review

Published at September 27, 2017 Trails rijden met de Pilot Locum Pinion 650B+, Pinion, Gates en Titanium. Dat zijn de 4 steekwoorden die de complete bike al omschrijven. Technische trails, singletracks, zandvlaktes of toch liever de heuveltjes? Wij namen de proef op de som om te kijken waar deze bike zich het meest thuis voelt. Bij het [...]

Heart to Beat #21 West Bengal

Published at December 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM After Nepal our route runs through the northeast of India. We continue to cycle to the east in the direction of Myanmar and we will cross the Indian states West Bengal, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. At least that is the plan, you never know. Plans change continuously [...]

Unicorn Bikes – Pilot LOCUM Pinion video review

Published at Februari 9, 2018 "Today, I test the Pilot cycles Locum Pinion. A very, very high-end hardtail handmade in The Netherlands from Titanium and using the Pinion P1.12 gearbox transmission." Pilot Locum Pinion Video Review

Singletrack – Pilot DURO first look!

Published at October 3, 2018 “Modern, fast agile and low maintenance wrapped in fluent lines.” is what Dutch frame makers, Pilot Cycles, says about its new DURO hardtail. We can’t comment on all of those points just yet as we’ve only just unboxed it, but “fluent lines” yes sir! This isn’t our first Pilot Cycles [...]

Heart to Beat #20 Nepal

Published at December 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM It is a lot of hassle in Tbilisi (Georgia) to get the bikes ready for the flight. Especially because we have purchased cheap tickets that allow us to check in 30 kilos of luggage per person and to carry 10 kilos of hand luggage in a standard [...]

Heart to Beat #19 Annapurna Circuit

Published at November 18, 2018 at 11:05 AM Almost 15 years ago, Roelie walked with her girlfriend Barbara in Nepal to Mount Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. It was heavy, primitive, (too) high but very beautiful. Since then she has been dreaming of walking the Annapurna Circuit, the other big and famous multi-day walking tour [...]

Heart to Beat #18 Kutaisi – Tbilisi (Georgia 3)

Published at October 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM The last part of our route through Georgia takes us from Kutaisi to the capital Tbilisi via all kinds of back-roads. We leave the high Caucasus definitively, even though we continue to see the mighty peaks for days. We are looking forward to Tbilisi, but less in [...]

Heart to Beat #17 Svaneti (Georgia 2)

Published at October 19, 2018 at 9:00 PM From Kutaisi we cycle to Zugdidi. At least that was the plan. We did not make it. After a very simple and flat first half ,where we share the road with pigs, cows, geese and horses, we turn off the main road into the hills. The road [...]

Heart to Beat #16 Borjomi (Georgia 1)

Published at October 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM The border crossing at Posof, Turkey brings us to Georgia. Actually, you do not even see that you arrive in another country. That is explainable because we come from a Turkish region where quite a lot of ethnic Georgians live. But there are differences. Little litter in [...]

Heart to beat #15 Back into the mountains (Anatolië 5)

Published at October 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM In our last blog we wrote that we left the route along the Black Sea and choose to retreat into the interior of Turkey, back into the mountains. It turned out to be a good choice! In this part of Turkey you are off the coast within [...]

Heart to Beat #14 Black Sea coast (Anatolia 4)

Published at October 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM The route along the Black Sea can not appeal to us as mountain lovers. The road along the coast is busy and boring and forms a big barrier in all villages and towns along the way. Rivers flowing from beautiful valleys inland into the sea all along [...]

Heart to Beat #13 To the Black Sea (Anatolia 3)

Published at September 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM Turkey seriously slowed us down: too many beautiful encounters, too much tea, too many detours, which we insert at the last minute and of course too many mountains. We have a great time, but realize that due to the coming winter, our travel plans through Kazakhstan and [...]

Heart to Beat # 12 Hospitality at its best (Anatolia 2)

Published at September 13, 2018 at 9:00 PM What unprecedented hospitality the Turks know! From the picturesque and old little İznik, where our previous blog ended, we cycle to Sakarya, a city with approximately 1 million inhabitants. After 20 kilomters we buy bread and cheese a supermarket. The owner invites us for a cup of [...]

Heart to Beat #11 Anatolia (1)

Published at September 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM We have left Europe behind us. From Gelibolu we cross the straits of the Marmara Sea by ferry. Across the street we buy some groceries and see a barber shop next door. Harry needs a haircut and is turns out not only to be a haircut, but [...]

Heart to Beat #10 Misa paradise

Published at September 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM A long weekend in Bursa Sweaty from a steep climb we arrive in Misa, apparently a picturesque village within the expanding boundaries of the metropolis Bursa. Bursa has been the capital of the great Ottoman empire. It counts over 2 million inhabitants and many must see attractions. [...]

Heart to Beat #9 Greek and Turkish coast

Published at August 28, 2018 at 9:00 PM From the pass at the border between Bulgaria and Greece at Makaza, we see a brand new way down. A few hundred meters after the border, both bicycle route planner bikemap.com as maps.me ignore this masterpiece of civil engineering work and to choose the old road. Already [...]

Heart to Beat #8 Bulgaria

Published at August 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM Little is told about Bulgaria in the Netherlands. As far as we know, Bulgarians are good at discus, wrestling, skimming and working cheaply. Quite limited and not too positive image! Besides, we had prepared ourselves "just fine": we thought the Euro was the currency. It turned out [...]

Heart to Beat #7 Serbia

Published at August 9, 2018 at 9:00 PM Serbia is the fourth country of former Yugoslavia that we visit on our cycling tour around the world. And this country is again completely unique compared to the previous three. The country has left impressions with us that we will not forget. Under an inky dark sky [...]

Heart to Beat #6 Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Published at July 30, 2018 at 7:44 AM For cyclists it is good to know that campsites are thinly strewn in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. If you want to camp, it is advisable to adjust your route accordingly. Something we did not do. We searched every day for a campground for the next day on [...]

Heart to Beat #5 Alps

Published at July 19, 2018 at 7:19 AM The Alps are beautiful, not many will dispute that. But if you have to get on the other side,  people still find them a barrier. Motorists will have to deal with tunnels, toll-laden and congested roads, an overheated engine, traffic jams, children yelling in the backseat and [...]

Heart to beat #4 Swabian Albs

Published at July 18, 2018 at 7:07 PM From camping Strasbourg we cycle into the old center with the special cathedral of which there is only one tower instead of two. On Sunday mornings it is quiet in the streets where surprising rivers and brooks flow through in different places. Via a modern white slow [...]

Heart to Beat #3 Rivers and canals

Published at July 14, 2018 at 7:04 PM The border with Luxembourg is partly formed by the river Our. We cycle about 15 km across Luxembourg territory until we return to Germany with a ferry over the Mosel: our 5th border crossing within 5 days. We follow the Mosel a bit to the east until [...]

Heart to Beat #2 We made a start

Published at July 7, 2018 at 7:09 PM Well, it is clear we will not blog daily. That would be impossible. Not only for us, but also for the people who follow us on our website. Nobody wants 1000+ stories about our "everyday" experiences. We want to blog about a theme, about the area or [...]

Heart to Beat #1 Departure day

Published at June 30, 2018 at 4:39 PM Finally it’s time to take off! We lived towards this day for months. After all preparations, selling our belongings and our house, arranging a lot, and not to be forgotten unforgettable farewell moments, it is departure day! Yesterday we had the final inspection of our house. Everything [...]

FietsActief (ANWB) – Rij-impressie Pilot Vamos Rohloff

De Vamos is het nieuwe trekpaard uit de stal van Pilot. Van titanium; dus geen koopje, maar wel een fiets die heel lang meegaat. Pilot Cycles in Nuenen werd in 2013 gestart door twee fietsfanaten: Joris Claessens en Pieter van der Marel. De eerste had al acht jaar een fietsenzaak gerund, de ander was daar [...]

Nest magazine: Wild in de modder en braaf in de stad

Mei 2018 Een nieuwe trend komt overgewaaid uit de VS: bikepacking is backpacking met de fiets. Je rijdt meerdere dagen offroad en kampeert onderweg. Welke fietsen kunnen dat aan en zijn ook nog eens geschikt voor de woon-werktrip door de stad? Een binnensmondse vloek, ongeloof, even links en rechts kijken en hopen op een vergissing, [...]

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