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Barcelona’s Cycling Fest

The bicycle as a daily mean of transport in the city of Barcelona

Barcelona City Council has been taking measures to reduce pollution emissions within the city, for example the creation of new and better bike lanes. According to the Urban Mobility Plan started in 2013, bicycles have the highest priority right after pedestrians. Thanks to these measures, right now 95% of the Barcelona population has at least one bike lane less than 300 meters from their homes.

Urban cyclists are usually committed to the environment and want to keep physical activity in their commutes, but unfortunately this group does not represent the majority. Every day we are all exposed to a large amount of air pollutants, which we inhale unconsciously. Moreover, urban cyclists do sport nearby highly transited roads, which is even more dangerous.

For this reason, the main theme for this edition of La Fiesta de la Bicicleta 2019 has been air pollution and sustainable mobility.

La Fiesta de la Bici (“The Bike Party”)

Last Sunday March 24 took place in Barcelona one of the most popular events among cyclists in this city. More than 6,000 cyclists traveled 11 kilometers across a Barcelona without cars, doubling last year’s attendants.

The bike ride ended at the Arc de Triomf, where different brands and entities waited for them in stands to show their latest products and news. In addition, there was a series of programmed activities to enjoy the morning in good company.

For example, there were circuits to try new models of bicycles and electric bicycles, an informative workshop on the quality of the air and our health, raffle of gifts and the realization of a giant mosaic of a bicycle, among many others.

AirGO and its association with Decathlon

As it is totally logic, Decathlon had to be there as it’s one of the greatest in the sports sector and even more in the cycling industry. AirGO is the greatest innovation within Decathlon Barcelona so we were invited to share their space and promote our products among one of the groups that uses most pollution masks to protect themselves.

Hundreds of people had the opportunity to try an AirGO for the first time, to check in first-hand the advantages against those masks and to learn more about the product and the air pollution. Thanks to all these people we were able to perceive certain problems or doubts that mask users suffered and that we could solve:

  • Danai, a patient of multiple chemical sensitivity is forced to wear a mask all the time, something that has caused her problems in some situations because it draws too much attention. He loved AirGO because he could protect herself while “camouflaging” that showy mask inside a neck warmer.
  • Jaume was very interested in the flexibility and comfort of an AirGO, since it does not have rigid elements such as velcro or anti-fog valves.
  • Finally, Raquel came asking about the filtration and she could discover in scoop the new GOFilter, that besides ensuring the retention of particles with nanofiber technology and electrostatic charge, it also prevents the penetration of any gas other than oxygen or nitrogen thanks to its activated carbon layer.

Danai, Jaume and Raquel are just some of the most significant examples, but like them, many people had found themselves in a similar situation. Therefore, if you have any questions do not hesitate to send us an email to [email protected].

Cyclists and their high vulnerability to air pollution

There are 2 main reasons why an urban cyclist will always be more exposed to air pollution than any other group (excluding those with respiratory problems):

  • When working out, the rate of ventilation increases due to physical effort, which causes also an increase in the quantity of air breathed and, as a consequence, of the pollutants found in it. Only with this cyclists can breathe between 2 and 3 times more pollutants than pedestrians.
  • The bicycle lanes in big cities are usually found next to the asphalt where all the vehicles contributing to air pollution circulate. Being that close and in constant contact with one of the main sources of pollutants puts cyclists at higher risk.
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The mountain, a place to feel free

Let’s meet Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos, a great sports and mountain lover, changed his job as a masseur to a sports products salesman for different dealers. He began to share his experiences on his Instagram @juancarloscrazysport, social network where he currently accounts has than 20 thousand followers, since he saw that his lifestyle and passion for sports could transmit something of value to the many people who watch the mobile daily.

Some brands did not take long to contact him to promote their products, and it turned out that he was not bad at all. Juan Carlos knew that if instead of doing it through a screen he could do it face to face he would achieve even greater success, so he decided to engage himself completely to the sale of those products he was using. This has allowed him to be able to perfectly combine the two pillars of his life after the family, which are sports and work.

After many kilometers traveled and huge peaks crowned, he can be considered a great expert in the sector, which allows him to personally test and evaluate the products he sells and gives guarantees of its good quality.

The mountain and him

Used to sleep an average of 4 hours, often begins his first workout of the day at 5 or 6 in the morning. Many people may think that’s a strong willpower, but he does not see it that way, since he does not have trouble doing it, but to be in the mountain as long as possible. “In the mountains I feel free, since I put my foot on it and do whatever I do, whether it’s climbing, running, walking …” comments Juan Carlos.

Although he practiced many years triathlon and athletics, his life has ended completely connected with nature since he considers much more rewarding to look at the landscape than to look at the chrono.

Still, we can not forget the challenges that sometimes the mountain can put on your way, some quite dangerous, but in the end make you live experiences like the following.

The Aneto’s summit and a storm

Together with a friend they managed to crown the Aneto without much trouble, but as soon as they reached the top a great storm suddenly appeared. Both were forced to take shelter as they could and ended up holding each other to avoid dying of hypothermia. When the storm loosened a bit they could go down as quickly as possible and leave it behind, leaving this great memory and example of companionship.

The Ultra Trail Aneto

Juan Carlos decided to participate in the Ultra Trail Aneto despite having its knee injured. Passing through the Collado Salenques (at 2,900 meters) he suffered hypothermia at twelve-thirty at night and as he continued to move as he could, even thinking: “What am I doing here?”

Despite the difficulties he managed to reach a checkpoint, where despite being vegan he ended up drinking a hot chicken broth that the organization offered him to be able to warm up.

Unfortunately he could not finish the race because the injury ended up coming to light and with a tendinitis in the kneecap he was forced to leave at kilometer 50. Experiences like this make you not forget the dangers that there are in the mountain, although these are part of its charm too.

What is his experience with AirGO?

One of these brands which it collaborates with is AirGO, since Juan Carlos, being accustomed to the pure air he breathes in nature, he notices the change a lot when travelling around cities on a motorcycle or walking. In this way he uses different models according to whether he prefers to take shelter in the mountains or if he wants to protect himself from pollution in urban environments.

What most attracts the attention of the product is the filter and how fine it is, thus guaranteeing a great comfort, especially with the full face helmet. In addition, he noted that thanks to the filter the tubular takes much longer to get wet due to the contact of the mouth with the fabric. This prevents your lips from freezing as it usually does when this happens.

Finally, one of the advantages offered by AirGO in terms of comfort are the different sizes of each model. Being able to choose a size that adapts perfectly to the dimensions of your head allows you to put it in an optimal position and that you do not have to raise it much in the back to keep it where you want.

For us, experiences and opinions like those of Juan Carlos motivate us to continue creating and improving products so that everyone can enjoy an air as pure as you can breathe in the mountains, or elsewhere.

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Travelling around Bolivia with Marc

¿Who is Marc?

Marc is a lawyer from Tarragona and a loyal AirGO user thanks to his own experiences with the product.

Taking into account the petrochemical complex in the area It is surprising that this kind of products weren’t available around the area until AirGO was founded. Although Marc didn’t just use his AirGO Frío Polar during his rides to work, he brought it to a trip to test its performance in extremely low temperatures.

People imagine their ideal holidays as opportunities to disconnect from their own world in a paradisiacal beach doing absolutely nothing. The farther from home, the better. However, Marc isn’t this kind of person, during his vacations he enjoys having survival challenges while discovering and walking up some of the most virgin places on our planet.

His last Trip

The journey began in Uyuni (Bolivia), a city of 20,000 inhabitants and an average altitude of 3,660 meters. Once He had all He needed, a long way of 380 kilometers riding a bicycle to Laguna Verde (Bolivia, near the borders with Chile and Argentina) was waiting for him.

During this first 10 days of trip, He was pedaling at highs between 3.500 and 4.500 metres and extreme temperatures that reached -20,0ºC. The reward? He passed through some of the more unique landscapes of our planet: Salar de Uyuni, Laguna Colorada, Laguna Hedionda and the already mentioned Laguna Verde. Just look at the images he sent us.

During our conversation with Marc we discovered that if you have the physical preparation to handle a challenge like this, taking the chance with the aim to disconnect is totally worth it. “Once you are there you only think about your basic needs: eat, find a warm place to sleep and try not to get injured or sick”. All his modern society problems disappear immediately. You realize that wanting the new Iphone, eat sushi or post the best photo for Instagram are not real problems and will get just get you short term happiness.

After cycling 380 kilometres in 10 days, Marc still had 12 days of holidays, so he decided to climb not one, not two, but three mountains. The Pequeño Alpamayo (small as 5.700 metres high), the Huayna Potosí (6.080 metres) and the Nevado Panicota (6.300 metres).

His experience with AirGO

In this kind of trips he must bring several changes of outerwear, such as several gloves and neck warmers. Marc pointed out the performance of AirGO Frío Polar as one of the best neck warmers he has ever had, fully protecting him from cold and wind and creating a microclimate in his neck with his own breath, which is key in this kind of situations.

Moreover, wearing a pollution filter not just prevented him from inhaling bad air in cities, but inhaling dust from the mountain environment. “AirGO is not only ideal for urban mobility with motorbikes and bicycles. During the holidays I discovered that it is also an ideal neck warmer for mountaineers, athletes and runners”.

Marc’s experience is great learning for the AirGO team as manufacturers, but also to know new realities where our users might need protection. It is a great honor to meet and see pictures of users like Marc, and we will keep pursuing our dreams: protect the world’s populations from bad air in comfortable and stylish way.