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  1. #1
    SR Suntour
    Join Date
    May 2006

    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?
    SR Suntour guru. envelo rep.


  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    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....

    Cotacachi Ecuador

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