Riding in Ecuador

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  • 08-14-2018
    GT Fatty
    Riding in Ecuador
    Rode for 4 days in Ecuador last year and had a blast! A great and inexpensive place to visit!!! Here's my write-up. Anyone else ridden in Ecuador?
  • 06-06-2020
    expat42451
    Hey GT
    Left the US in 2012 sold all of my bikes. Traveled via backpack in the northern part of South America, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Knew Peru and Colombia from earlier, ended up deciding to live in Ecuador. I live in Cotacachi, 2.5 hours north of Quito. I have been in Ecuador 5 years doing some camping, some hiking and some climbing. I moved here, between Imbabura and Cotacachi volcanoes 2 years go. Last week, a new bike shop opened in town and I ended up riding several of their bikes...ended up buying a new Trek XCaliber 8 from them.

    Since 2012, lots has changed, single front chain rings, completely different tires and a whole lot more. We have a lot of interesting hills and places to ride locally plus a lot of trails only known to the local Quechua Indians and mountain bikers. There are a LOT of downhill people here, something I tried at 59 when I was still in the US but at 69 I dont think so. got the bike Thursday afternoon, out on it for several hours Friday between rain showers and burned my legs down pretty good-I walk about 5 miles a day but the muscle groups are different...... today have spent adjusting seat height, handle bars, shifter (wheres the front derailleur ???!!!!) and a few short rides to prove the adjustments. At 69 I dont bounce back as quickly but I am going to do some more street riding tomorrow to get accustomed to the new machine and then in another week or two start the trails.....

    Great to see you got to ride around Quito and Cotopaxi. Looks like you had an excellent time down here, When are you coming back?? There is a LOT to see here not only in the central part of the country but in the south and over in the Amazon Basin. Thanks for the great writeup, enjoyed it a lot. I have hiked and done a lot of camping but only started riding again so......great to be back on 2 wheels....

    Expat42451
    Cotacachi Ecuador
  • 07-06-2020
    GT Fatty
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by expat42451 View Post
    Hey GT
    When are you coming back??
    Cotacachi Ecuador

    Would love to! Broke my collarbone on day 2 of a mountain bike vacation last year and now have had two more vacations cancelled already and my next two are in the process of being cancelled. Now I'll likely wait til our kids are old enough to join us and participate.