Guest Article: Bikes to Rwanda

Guest Article: Bikes to Rwanda

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  1. Also, a fabulous stroke of luck! I just received this:

    Greeting to you.,

    May i crave your indulgence as i solicite your assistance on a mutually rewarding project.
    My name is Saif al-Islam Muammar al-Gaddafi the second eldest son of Colonel Moammar Gadafi the ruler of Libya.

    The protest in the Arab world has taken a heavy toll on our country Libya and most
    of my father’s loyal commanders in the Libyan Armed forces has defected with many looting
    the Central Bank of Libya taking away the country’s hard currency in US Dollars.check the URLS below:…/britain-seizing-gaddafi-assets-libya_n_828006.html…libyan…moammar-gadhafi/0301012213/ – United States…libyan…moammar-gadhafi/0301012213/ – United States

    Our money to the tune of US$ 100 Billion in the United states,Britain and Germany has been frozen
    with Full air and sea bloackade imposed to stem the movement of money out of the country.This is aimed at
    limiting my father’s counter attack powers, so that the rebels can take over.Recently the British government blocked the movement
    of a huge sum of money by my father to the UK and this was kept in our private vault in Libya.

    Fortunately,with the help of my UK Armed forces friends that came to evacuate British workers in Libya,
    i was able to move the sum of US$28,8 Million to a safe deposit box in London UK and i have long confirmed that
    the entire sum is safe.

    I cannot leave Libya because the rebels has caged us inside Tripoli and the US and NATO forces are enforcing a
    “NO FLY ZONE” with the Brisitish and US carriers, blocking ships from leaving and entering Libya.I therefore need
    your assistance to keep this money for me till i am able to come out from Libya.I am willing to give you 30% of this
    amount .

    I will like you to send me your full details viz: 1.Full Names & Address,2.Direct Telephone Mobile and fax lines and a copy of your
    ID so that i can prepare the needed papers for you to have access to the money and keep it safe for me.I expect your immediate reply to
    my direct email address:

    Insha Allah,we will accomplish this task within the next 7 days while i make arrnagment to move out more money from the vault.

    Awaiting your reply.


    Saif al-Islam Muammar al-Gaddafi
    Preidential Palace.

    That’ll buy a lot of bicycles!!

  2. @Steampunk “That’ll buy a lot of bicycles!!” Well, at a penny a kilometre it will require you to cycle 10 trillion kilometres this year. That’s almost as much as JENS!, so would be quite a good effort.

  3. @Steampunk
    Do you mind if I send all of my personal details instead? I promise that I will give you 50% of my 30%.
    Just send me your bank account details, along with your PIN and I’ll transfer your share as soon as my money comes through…..promise


    Hours of entertainment.

  5. G’phant :
    Hours of entertainment.

    Fucking brilliant! Didn’t know this site existed. Quick look at some of those photo’s they were able to get the perp’s to pose for. “I’m oiled up….” Halfway through eating an apple and splattered the screen with the remains.
    Thanks G’phant

  6. @G’phant
    Well, I hadn’t thought of it that way. He seemed quite anxious and quite genuine, so I thought I could “pay the kilometers back over time.”

    @il ciclista medio
    Now, wait just a minute! I saw it first. In other news, thanks to all sponsors; if I could trouble each of you for your bank details, etc., we’ll be able to get this turkey off the ground.

    @il ciclista medio
    They need a “click here to win” button at the bottom of their site.

  7. @Jeff in PetroMetro
    Thanks for the offer. I’m sure I’d be grateful for the extra kilometers. What I would encourage you to do, however, is to try something similar. I’ve been surprised by the growing interest in this project. Not just on here but among a variety of local networks. Also, Mrs. Steampunk has been incredibly supportive, which could translate into more rides without raising angst levels at home. Win-win-win.

  8. Try again for Frank?
    “On a different note. It has been a while since I’ve visited “the Velominati” and wonder specifically if Frank, you are still planning a group ride in Seattle for the Saturday and watch the Sunday Tour of Flanders race in April? It was mentioned weeks ago and I’m interested if the plan came to fruition?”
    Seems like a great idea so let it not go to waste.

  9. @nvvelominati
    Absolutely still planning this ride; I haven’t made official announcements yet as I’m working on the route etc; it will be no where near as long or hard as the real Ronde, but it will be the Ronde van Seattle, probably to start out from the Speedy Reedy parking lot in Fremont, around 9am or so.

    Not sure yet either if Brouers will be airing the coverage, been meaning to get over there to discuss it with them. Cheers.

  10. Steampunk,

    As a follow Canadian, with a soft spot for projects that reach out in places where my brothbers and sisters (or myself) have been, I support you whole heartedly. My “business” blog and FB page are at your disposal (even though only 3 people follow them, including my mom!) And later today I will make my posts, link to here, and kick in my 50 bones.

    On a related note, in A’stan, the bicycle is a vehile for the family and busineSs, but a few years ago Bicycling magazine did a story on the Kabul Cycling Club and a young man running a repair business out of an old sea can. There we a lot of Edmonton club jerseys donated to the Kabul club, and it was a bit surreal to see them worn on the desert roads!

  11. Hey, Steamy, how are the kilometers going?

    You might be interested in this article on Team Rwanda:

  12. @G’phant
    Thanks for the link, which @xyxax also passed my way (did come across it, too).

    Kilometers started to pile on—~250km this week—though I’ve been hampered with a sore hip for the past few months. In early June, I could barely get my leg over the top tube unless the bike was lying down. Made doing more than 50km at a stretch difficult going. But the inflammation seems to be subsiding (I got me some of those five-fingered shoes, and they’ve worked wonders), and managed to get two longer rides in this week (today’s was just a 45km spin). It’s all starting to come together (sabbatical also kicked in on July 1—I can do a year’s worth of research in January and ride full time until then, right?). So long as the hip holds on, I should be on track for 5000km by the end of the year.

    Thanks again for all the friendly notes posted on the blog and to my e-mail. A lot of good folks made encouraging sounds about pledging, but I’ve only committed those who contacted me at Always looking for more sponsors (a penny for every kilometer). All funds going to Bikes to Rwanda.

  13. @Dan_R
    Totally missed this post! So sorry—and thanks so much!

  14. @all:
    Yesterday, I crossed the 5000km mark—my target for the Bikes to Rwanda funding. Through the support of friends here and elsewhere, the total of pledges exceeds $1000. I’ve been in touch with a number of people who contacted me directly, but wanted to send out a final thank you here just in case there might be some folks who wanted to pledge (Bikes to Rwanda would be grateful for any amount you might be good enough to submit). There are two ways to submit your pledge:

    1. Go to the Bikes to Rwanda page a contribute directly. They should be able to issue tax receipts from there. The link is: Click on “Donate Now” under the “Contribute” link in the top bar. That will take you to a secure page.

    2. If online stuff is not your bag, they’re not well-equipped to receive cheques, especially in non-US currencies. While hardly optimal, it might be best to send me a cheque made out to “Michael Egan.” I’ll make out a money order in US dollars for Bikes to Rwanda and send it to Brian Gilmore at Bikes to Rwanda. Contact me at for mailing address.

    Finally, thanks to the Keepers for allowing me to draw on the fantastic community on this site for support. As is the case with all of you, I just love riding my bike, but it’s been a special treat to take pleasure in my riding while also being able to lend support to a good and exciting cause. I hope to revisit this again in 2012—in the meantime, there’s plenty of riding to get in before the snow comes…

  15. @sgt and all:
    Final tally: 5817km.

    Started my account for 2012, although I’m not sure how I’ll go. Last year’s riding plan was simply to ride and work on body and fitness. My goals for 2012 are loftier, but I suspect the training will consist of quality over quantity.

    Thanks again to all and sundry for their support.

  16. @Steampunk
    Boffo! Well done Steamy, I’ll hit the feed bar today.

    @All Happy New Year!

  17. @sgt
    You’re a good man—thank you very much for the pull.

  18. Not exactly related to Rwanda, but I couldn’t think of a better place to post this. Great, great message about hope in these two videos.

    and this one really cracked me up:

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