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Mountain Biking in Kampala

Following my crazy schedule, long working hours and non-stop meeting after 5pm, commitment to the gym became close to impossible. Plus, the gym gets pretty boring very quickly if you do not have a working out buddy.

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Why struggle keeping up when you can have fun with an alternatives?! So, I figured its best I get alternative and mountain biking was one of them. If you read my last post, I talked about all the other cool stuff I intend to do this year – if you haven’t read it, here you go!

First thing you need to start Mountain biking obviously is a bike. I was impatient and naive so I went to Game Stores and bought me what I thought was a great bike, a Totem XC330 – Ya, it didn’t work for me. It cost me about 650,000Ugx

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Here is why;

  1. It has an ancient gear system – this made my riding horrible. The climbs were a nightmare since the gears wouldn’t shift smoothly
  2. It felt weak – I was already scared going down hill that any moment the frame will break and that will be the end of me.
  3. It had an old braking system – Yeah, I learnt about this when I started riding. You need disc brakes for better safety.

On the other hand however, It was a green beauty. 

Fast forward, I sold it and bought a second hand Boss Convertit is an entry level Mountain bike but it has the bells and whistles one needs to get started. I had todo a few customizations to it mainly changing the gear system. I wasn’t comfortable with the grip shifter so I replaced them with number push shifter. Oh! I also changed the seat. The original Boss seat was too small and to hard on my fragile pelvic bone. I had to replace that with an after market seat that is more comfortable. All this cost me about 440,000Ugx

First thing you should always do after getting a bike is service it – matter of fact, service your bike as often as need be. I service mine on a monthly basis because I only take it out four times a month.

Usually it is the wheel balancing, gear re-alignment and chain maintenance

Usually it is the wheel balancing, gear re-alignment and chain maintenance

This last time however, the freewheel hub had its own issues, these are some of the things that you need to get done to get a smooth ride.

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I ride with a group of awesome people every Sunday morning for an exciting 20Km ride which is either around Kampala or the Lake Side along L. Victoria. I shall be posting about the rides including the falls that I have had in the last couple of rides. Nothing to worry about it, nothing was broken only bruised body parts. But where is the fun without a few falls?

Notice that brown on the my blue shorts? Yeah, this was last Sunday where I had a fall that had me all covered in dust.

Notice that brown on the my blue shorts?
Yeah, this was last Sunday where I had a fall that had me all covered in dust.

Till later have a great one.

2018: The Year of Adventure

Nile Special has nothing to do with post. Though I have to say, that picture.. that previous night, was the first I ever enjoyed Nile Special

Nile Special has nothing to do with post. Though I have to say, that picture.. that previous night, was the first I ever enjoyed Nile Special

It is interesting that I am making this post about 2018 when it is already 46 days into the year! I have done a lot in these 46 days;

  1. I have hiked one mount-ain 
  2. Showered in a waterfall
  3. Cycled over 87Kms

I shall be posting about all these events shortly.

Back to 2018 being the year of adventure, I intend to do a lot of things that I have always wanted to do in the past but had not done any of them due to different issues – main issues being fear and laziness. Here are some of the plans I have for 2018, we shall see how well I shall have done by the end of the year.

  1. Mountain Bike a total of 1,000Kms
  2. Hike 7 mount-ains
  3. Go Backpacking – destination is not yet set at this point
  4. Start two businesses
  5. Take the family camping three times, that once every quarter

I can’t say how excited I am about this year, the beginning has actually been a bit shitty but I am positive it shall end on high note.

Here is to a GREAT 2018

Trip Back to Before 600 BC

I have been out of my usual dwelling for the last couple of days and in these very few days, I have seen and experienced what many have no idea about. It was fun, hard, frightening at some point but totally worth the time.

My old woman has always had huge love for politics – something that I completely do not share with her. So she is running for Woman Member of Parliament for Buhweju District.

I had the chance to take a mini-tour of Buhweju and experience what I never thought I would probably get to see. In summary here are the awful stuff; Continue reading

Sri Lanka Recap [Pictures]

Last year 2012, I had a trip to Sri Lanka, Colombo – a lovely place. A little too humid for my liking but not bad at all. Very friendly people. I would go back any day!

Anyways, here is a summary of the trip in pictures

Colombo from the hotel balcony. It isn’t so big like I thought but very neat and not crowded at all

Did I already say they are very friendly? That was at the hotel with Cliff. With a very rare sweet juice local in Sri Lanka – Unfortunately I don’t remember its name.

I got to feed an elephant calf with a bottle and give the mother a shower

Then I got married at a gay wedding! – Ha!! That was my brother’s wedding. I am not exactly sure why the camera guy made us carry those flowers – but we looked happy holding them, uh?!

Me, Cliff and Chris

Me, Cliff and Chris at his wedding – Wish him and his awesome wife Noriko all the best.

Swimming time

Then there was this – I am not sure who the guy jumping the pool is ;)

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the ocean. the Waves. the coastline. the beaches – It was fun!

Me and my brothers (Cliff and Chris) goofing around in the night after missing our flight – Yes, that too happened.

The Tumusiimes

Finally the Tumusiimes