MTB Egypt rider profile: November 2009

hany_nagaty

Name: Hany Nagaty

Age: 34

Where are you from?: Cairo, Egypt

What do you do for a living? Telecom Engineer

When and why did you start cycling?
I started serious cycling one year ago. It was when I knew about some cycling event in Europe where we should cycle 800Km in 7 days. So I started serious bike training for the event, and after coming back I’m still into cycling.

Road, off-road, or both? Both

Tell us about your bike(s)!: Specialized Hardrock MTB, And  I love it

Favorite ride(s) (road or off-road):Both
I love the off-road for the adventure and fun.
And I love going long distance on road to increase the fitness and endurance.

Do you practice other sports?:
Sometimes swimming and a little gym.

Tell us about your cycling-related injuries/accidents:
It was a silly accident; locking the front brakes and then going over the handlebars. I broke a finger. I had an important cycling event two weeks later and I couldn’t miss it, so I went cycling with my hand still in the cast. Thank God I didn’t fall during the event. My finger is now fine.

Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
I hope biking becomes more popular in Egypt. I wish there are bike shops that sell descent bikes and accessories. And I wish (for sure this is day dreaming) Egyptian streets get bike lanes just like they have in Europe.

MTB Egypt rider profile: November 2008

Name: Hany Nagaty

Age: 34

Where are you from?: Cairo, Egypt

What do you do for a living? Telecom Engineer

When and why did you start cycling?

I started serious cycling one year ago. It was when I knew about some cycling event in Europe where we should cycle 800Km in 7 days. So I started serious bike training for the event, and after coming back I’m still into cycling.

Road, off-road, or both? Both

Tell us about your bike(s)!: Specialized Hardrock MTB, And I love it

Favorite ride(s) (road or off-road):Both

I love the off-road for the adventure and fun.

And I love going long distance on road to increase the fitness and endurance

Do you practice other sports?:

Sometimes swimming and a little of Gym

Tell us about your cycling-related injuries/accidents:

Ops. It was a silly accident; pressing the front brakes and then rolling over. I broke my little finger. I had an important cycling event two weeks later and I couldn’t miss it, so I went cycling with my hand still in the cast. Alhamd Allah I didn’t fall during the event and my finger is now normal.

Anything else you want to tell us about yourself?

I hope biking becomes more popular in Egypt. I wish there are bike shops that sell descent bikes and accessories. And I wish (for sure this is day dreaming) Egypt streets has bike lanes just as Europe.

Are you interested in mountain bike rental?

[poll id=”4“] mtb_rider

This has been discussed before but nothing was done to provide any decent rentals yet. However, one of MTB Egypt’s regular riders, Aden, is trying to gauge the interest in mountain bike rentals. Here is what he posted in the forum:

I have noticed that there are a lot of would-be riders in the Cairo area, and even on MTB Egypt, who are held back from riding because they have no equipment and not enough money to invest in a decent bike.

I am considering buying an extra, medium frame XC bike that would be available as a rental bike. I could only do this if there is sufficient demand for it, because I would want to regain at least part of the price I paid. When I leave Egypt in a year I would sell the bike to someone local.

Does anyone have feedback on this idea? How much would people pay to rent a decent bike for a day or weekend? Do you think it would be rented often enough to keep me from losing a lot of money by buying a bike that no one ever uses?

So, let us know by participating in the poll above and posting in this forum thread. We know there is a lot of you out there who would love to join the great rides in Wadi Degla but do not own a bike (yet), but would still like to try things out before they invest in their own bike.