Isn’t it funny how the life has its ups and downs, its twists and turns? Take Santiago Toro (founder of Scarab Cycles) for example – who would have imagined that this frame builder working out of a horse stable in 2014, would now be moving into a state-of-the-art facility; hand making some of the best steel frames in the industry?
Now life had some ups and downs (in the form of a bumpy plane ride) in store for me. When Santiago generously invited me to Colombia for the Grand Opening of the new facility, I packed my bags and made a dash for the airport.
Landing in Rio Negro you are instantly met with the reality that you are at 7,300ft above sea level. Breathing is more difficult for someone from coastal CT. The highest peak we have is Mt Washington at 6,288 feet!
I was picked up by taxi and driven to El Retiro where the new facility is. Along the way it reminded me in a way of Jamaica; rich, thick greens, the smell of burning foliage, the beautiful flowering trees and the livestock. For someone who has never been in this part of the world, at 7,300ft these kinds of things felt out of place. What also felt out of place would be finding a world class bicycle builder.