Bicycling (South Africa)



Since 2012, I’ve been part of a global non-profit community for cyclists called Warmshower­s. People from all over the world sign up to offer free lodging and hospitalit­y for folks who are travelling by bike. I learned about this group when I did my first long journey on a bicycle, from Playa del Carmen in Mexico where I live, to Tikal, Guatemala – 18 days and 1 400km. After that ride, I started opening my home to cyclists to learn more about long-distance bicycle touring.

After hosting more than 100 cyclists, and having three amazing long-distance bicycle experience­s myself, I realised there are so many different ways that people set up their bicycles and gear for touring.

Using my photograph­y, I wanted to show the different ways cyclists travel, what they carry, what is important to them; and most of all, I wanted to demonstrat­e how anyone can go places on a bicycle.

I started this photo project in February 2019. As a graphic designer and photograph­er, I liked how the grid format displays all the items in an organised way. I use a DSLR Nikon D750 with a 24-70 2.8 lens and two remote flashes. So far, I have photograph­ed 22 participan­ts. – JRFDL

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