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Manali to Leh


This trip, way back in June 2004, is what got me cycling and will be remembered for the stark beauty (it’s always winter up here :-p) and breathtaking landscapes. Writing this now, it’s hard to believe I actually reached Manali never having ridden a geared cycle. But one day in the Kullu Valley is all it takes to get the hang of gearing and, if not, then that first climb up to Rohtang Pass will surely make you figure it out. Basically all I had to do to ride up to Rohtang was go into the “Granny Gear” – 1 and 1 combination (smallest ring on the front and biggest cog at the back) on a 3 x 7 speed Cannondale MTB. I never really got off this combination on any of the Manali to Leh climbs thereon šŸ™‚




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