Why is a Rickshaw the perfect machine to climb the Himalayas?
Because they're not.
The engines on our newest editions to the fleet are an impressive 10.5bhp. They have tiny wheels, shite ground clearance and bad suspension, they’re not remotely suited to unpaved roads. They have almost zero protection from the elements. And they're incredibly unreliable.
All of this pretty much guarantees you'll bite off more than you can chew and something will go wrong. Which is where you find what you're really made of. And if you triumph, then next time you'll likely be able to bite even bigger. That’s the theory at least, you might just start crying of course.
And there's this too:
At 5,500 metres above sea level you'd be forgiven for being a bit short of breath. Fortunately with an engine displacement of just 198cc your rickshaw wouldn’t even have started panting properly.
The other advantage of that tiny engine is that it barely ever needs refuelling. This is doubly-handy seeing that some of the fuel stations are literally hundreds of miles apart.
Now do you see where we're coming from?