‘Biological Complementarity’ is not a phrase easily levered into everyday conversation. In fact here at epic TV.com, we’re not even convinced it is real English. While recently this phrase popped up in a statement from the Roman Catholic Church (during the debate on legalising gay marriages in the UK) we think it’s way better applied to riding bikes.
You see if you’re gonna ride, you need a bike. And if you’re gonna ride a lot, you need a bike that fits. That fits the job, and fits you. And at no time does it need to fit you better than if you’re heading off on a 3-year bike expedition circumnavigating the world. The four French guys at solidream are doing just that, cycling around the planet to show and share their dreams of doing so by sheer determination and sheer hard (physical) work. It’s an adventure that will cross Africa, Australasia, Europe and the Americas.
And if you think these guys are pro-riders sponsored to the hilt and getting heli-drops to the location shoots, think again: they’ve set their personal budgets at a mere 8 euros ($10) per day… enough to eat, sleep and buy puncture patches, but not enough to jump aboard that luxury yacht for their trans-Atlantic return.
So why bikes? For the solidream team bikes are “economical, ecological and in harmony with our spirit of freedom.” They’re aboard Surly bikes, a company whose outside-the-box thinking makes them a go-to candidate if you’re going to exist on a bike for 36 months. As someone who spent a year getting blown off their own mountain bike while touring Argentina and Chile a while back I know full well what they’re going through.
Having set themselves a formidable challenge to seek solidarity and embrace adventure in the “most extreme parts of the world” they are doing just that. It’s usually hard to convey to the viewing public back home the enormous challenges involved in these kind of expeditions – the endless slog, the gritty teeth, inclement weather, and the rewards – but we reckon these guys have hit the nail bang on the head with their video overview of the trip half-way through. Watch it below. Currently they are 30,000 km into the trip. Let’s hope they remembered to set the Strava.