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Meet The Man Cycling the World About 50 Years : Heinz Stücke

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Burcu KAYMAK
Burcu KAYMAK
26/12/2015
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Meet the man who cycle about 50 years: Heinz Stücke, this crazy man cycling 378.000 miles 196 countries.

Are you curious about how?  He documented his adventure completely in his book.

Heinz Stücke,  75 years-old right now, he decided to left his hometown in 1962 with three-speed bike. But he used Brompton foldable bike last five years.

Heinz's old bike

Heinz’s old bike

The crazy adventurist says about his trip: ” It was better than working in a factory.”

Of course he had a few bad experiences too. Like attacked by bees in Mozambique.

He had 21 passports during his trip. “Bicycles are a wonderful passport,”

You meet people when you are on a bicycle as you are considered a good person. You get people curious and then they approach you.

“I’ve always managed to get away from the tourist crowds. You look for hours at the map, see where you want to go and you just go.

“Around Ayers Rock it was just desert tracks, so sandy at times that I just had to push”

“For the first 40 years I was riding a very solid steel bicycle. I modified the handlebars so the position wouldn’t damage my neck.

“Then I decided that a 25 – 26kg bike was very inconvenient. I began using a Brompton in 2010. The way it folds was much more convenient.”

After the bunch of adventures that he added his bucket. He wrote Home is Elsewhere: 50 Years Around the World by Bike, the 18.000 page travel book.

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