Mobility with Direction I met Ben on a mountain bike “hash ride” in Rayong province, Thailand. Because they’re group rides through virgin terrain, without the benefit of a trail, “hash rides” tend to attract a certain type. For ten hours, more than 100 riders slogged through 60 km of dense jungle, deep grass, and swampland, before carrying their bikes up a steep ravine during a downpour. Despite riding top-of-the-line cross-country mountain bikes there were breakdowns -- both mechanical and emotional. That’s when I spotted Ben. Amongst a line of carbon construction bikes and synthetic technical clothing, he stood out. Ben rode a steel, nine-speed, rigid bike called the Montana T-rex. It was at least two sizes too small, with half its seat missing. One entire butt cheek was hanging off the seat. And he was grinning like an idiot. Ben wasn’t there for the challenge, he just loved riding his bike -- so much, I soon found out, that he’d decided to share that love with Thai children. It's common for tourists to bring gifts to orphanages and children's homes in Thailand, including bikes. But after a few months of riding, nearly all of these bikes go out of commission due to maintenance issues. Many children's homes have piles of rusting bikes that suffer from simple issues like broken chains, rusty hubs, or flat tires. So Ben started building bike repair kits: rounding up tires and patch kits, spanners, and WD-40 to get the kids rolling again. Now he gives bicycle repair workshops in orphanages all over Thailand.