Signal headlight and rear light11 Dec. 2015
Signal headlight and rear light
Do you want to know more about Bas our brand ambassador shown in the Signal ad? We did a little Q&A with him to get more insight on his riding fetish and how our products help out.
Who are you and what is your relationship to cycling
My name is Bas Rotgans. Since Im Dutch I have cycled since I was a small kid and never stopped. These days I do all kinds of riding, varying from commuting 25 kilometers back and forth between my hometown in Haarlem to my office in Amsterdam to racing enduro on my mountain bike. Over the last year or so I have gotten really fond of doing big long-distance rides.
What is your #1, the bike you don't have yet?
A long-distance steel road bike. Something with wider tires for more comfort, built in hub dynamo, etc. Together with the guys who have restarted the infamous RIH Sports Amsterdam brand I can however happily say that the bike is on the drawing board as we speak. It will be something very special.
What is the story of the BBB Cycling ad you are featured in?
I got a call from the photographer, who also happens to be my brother. He was looking for a typical ‘die-hard commuter and immediately thought of me. I dont consider myself die-hard, I just like taking my bike better than I like taking the train. I had been using the Signal lights for a few months, after using other lights before. I liked the Signals even better: theyre smaller, lighter, but most importantly they produce an even better beam. So he was happy to take a picture of me while I was riding home one evening.
We've heard you have ridden Rapha's Festive 500 last year and actually won the contest! Tell us a bit more about that!?
I rode Festive 500 in 2012 and found it mentally pretty hard to commit to riding 62,5 kilometers every day. Slowly I started asking myself the question if it would be physically possible to ride all 500 kilometers in one ride. To see if we could do it, three friends and I took a train to Paris and started riding home. Two of the four made it across those 500 kilometers, it was quite a grueling ride. A friend, whos a documentary maker, traveled along by car and filmed the whole ordeal. The video captured so many views that I think thats what got us the win.
Any other crazy adventures in the near future?
Through Festive 500 we got in touch with a group of riders from Australia, called Hells 500. The have come up with a concept called Everesting (check everesting.cc if you want to know more about it). Two weeks ago we gave that a try on a 72 meter hill here in the Netherlands (our country is notorious for being flat). We rode from 7:30 in the morning until 20:00 at night and managed to do 66 laps. To gather an ‘Everest’ however we wouldve needed to do 126 laps! It has convinced me that its a very hard challenge, but one that needs to be crushed one of these days. Although we might be the ones experiencing the crushing