Video: Something Good

Jan 15, 2014 at 20:00
Jan 15, 2014
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Free + Ride, those two words have never been associated so well!

Join us in the stunning high altitude Himalayan region of Mustang, Nepal and experience a mountain bike nirvana. Tangi and his Commencal Meta SX have the time of their lives in this single track paradise, dwarfed by magical snow cover mountains, and surrounded by ancient Tibetan villages.

Video by Gary Thomas.
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39 Comments

  • + 31
 That opening statement though...
  • + 9
 That's my life described. Need to get out there and do something about it (ride)..
  • + 3
 makes me think what's life all about... nice vid nevertheless. If only I can drop everything and take off with my bike...
  • + 12
 Nepal looks amazing! Not only for the beautiful mountains and phenomenal looking riding but also for the culture and the people. Definitely on the bucket list!
  • + 8
 It's hard to describe how much I enjoyed this but let me try. It was like you captured the best parts of my biking dreams. The pure riding for enjoyment and seeing new places bits. Thank you.
  • + 5
 From captivating views of some of the biggest mountains in the world to intimate settings with the indigenous people. The filming is the best I have seen so far of riding in Nepal.! I live a leisure economy life style. I make just enuf money to take time off and live life. That is a powerful statement from the Dali Lama. The pursuit of money is crammed down every ones throats.
  • + 5
 Those trails and scenery looked sublime, to ride in the Himalayas would be amazing. Absolutely loved that shot at 4:12 with the ox coming out of the doorway.
  • + 3
 WHAT???!! THAT,WAS AMAZING… well done camera dept. the ox couldn't have been timed out any better .Definitly on the bucket list. damn
  • + 2
 Something doesn't sit well with the rich playing on the roads where the poor work, let alone in a bicycle that costs more than their entire town.
  • + 15
 I don't think that the locals care whether or not his bike costs more than their town. That's all they know, and to them it's the perfect little life. Having anything more than that is most likely unimaginable to them. Plus I'm not sure if you saw the local's faces, but they all looked very happy that a foreigner was even visiting their town at all.
  • + 5
 please refer to opening statement of video
  • + 7
 I understand your view but if you want to make a difference then do something positive about it. Pls don't detract from a great trip and vid. Enjoy it for what it is.
  • + 30
 Just to set the record straight! I made the film, and understand what you're saying about the rich using the world as a playground. However I know that when we go into the mountains in Nepal (many many times now.) We are always warmly welcomed by the locals, they're fascinated, and entertained by us mountain biking there. They often want to have a go, they want to know where you're from and what you're up to, and are happy to see you, offer you advice on where might be good to ride etc. Also we stay in local villages, hire local porters, eat and shop in local places, so bringing much appreciated income to these places. Tourism is a great industry for Nepal - it is a natural playground for many many things. There's always positives and negatives to tourism, but often thats in the hands of the people who are traveling there - how they act, where they spend their money, and if they're conscious of the issues. The rider Tangi in the film is from France, but has been living there and riding for 12 years, building the sport, teaching locals (who go on to guide tourists and earn a good living) exploring new trails and there's a real scene in Nepal now. I believe Nepal is going to be the future of mountain biking! Check out who won the megakids avalanche comp last year in France - a young Nepali! Watch out western world! But seriously Nepal is a perfect destination for riding, the people are some of the most warm and friendly on the planet, they've got political problems, but haven't we all. My advice is get out there and ride if you can. It'll be good for everyone (apart from the plane trip on the environment that is!)
  • + 2
 Good points. Not saying it's necessarily wrong. Fundamentally not much different than Hollywood making a movie in a rural america town, which i wouldn't think twice about. It's just one aspect of many to consider as best we can.
  • + 4
 That is so true! I've been in Nepal for 6 month(not riding thou),living part of the time with a tibetian family and i have to say that they love to see And meet nice tourists.there are also many of them that trekking with few thousands $ gear...they really don't care...this is what beautiful about there culture,they are happy with what they have.
Enjoy Nepal,it's amazing!
  • + 3
 yup. What Garree said. I was there all of September and October this year and even ran into Tangi in Pokhara. I have ridden trails all over the world but never had a more amazing experience than bikepacking through Mustang and Manang. Funny part is, that it isn't even that expensive to go there. Once you get to Nepal, living on the bike is super cheap. Go there. You will be welcomed with ope arms, a smile and a cup of tea. Your mind will be blown

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  • + 4
 Quitting my job and going biking
  • + 4
 Dali Lama= one bright dude..but he doesn't ride ???
  • + 1
 DL's too cool to ride
  • + 3
 Impossible to be to cool to ride. How do you know he don't ride? DL rides the DH, freeride, and of course slope style. And he does it with more steeze and style than any average Joe, while wearing his orange civara robe with sandals. He does not need a shuttle or to do any climbing because he levitates up. With this benefit, of course he MTB's. I heard he flipped something bigger than the Big Gurl Oakley sender but keeps it on the down low to stay humble. He has no need for PB cred.
  • + 3
 thats what i call landscapes!!!
  • + 2
 Great video.Love how it incorporates the culture of that area and its people. Great show of filmaking.
  • + 2
 Having ridden there, THANK YOU for the re-stoke! Can't wait to go back some day!
  • + 2
 I can know how to ride in the other side of Mt.Forever in Tibet,China this summer.Thanks,man.
  • + 2
 i got this bike here in Nepal few days back and its "AWESOME" (Y)
  • + 2
 Most amazing video I've seen on here in a long while, good length too.
  • + 2
 "Hard" Statue at 00:50 mark. HA!
  • + 1
 Well spotted! You're the first person who's noticed that, as far as I know! Nepali women go there and make an offering in the hope that it'll help them be fertile.
  • + 2
 Beautiful!
dose anybody know what the fist BGM is>?
  • + 1
 BGM? back ground music? Alt-J - track list is at the end of film
  • + 2
 That's on the bucket list for sure !!
  • + 1
 sick adventure for sure, but i m pretty sure that the words free+ride have been associated better.
  • + 2
 Lama is almost as overrated as the pope. Did like the video though.
  • + 2
 Nice video.
  • + 2
 First place to go to!
  • + 1
 decent....
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