I’ve bought some bad bikes, and I’ve have had some really good bikes. A bike that got a special place in my heart is the Cannondale SystemSIX:
First roadbike in carbon (at least a bit), first roadbike with classic handlebar, first roadbike with high profile carbon rims, first roadbike with FMB tires. I even still got the rear derailleur and saddle from it ;)
A day free and good weather. Perfect to try a new place to ride at. Me and my mum was walking at a place called Langevatnet some weeks ago, a nice area with a lot of small gravel and forest roads. Perfect for CX was my thought.
Me and Steffen (on a mtb) rode and tried today. Found some nice roads:
But then we also found some bad road. A really muddy place first where I better grip than I thought I should have and managed a short steep rocky climb afterwards. Felt like it was better grip with my 34mm Challenge Grifo tires with 2,5 bar then my X-King 2,4″ on my Remedy, hmm.
Followed a road that became a singletrack, ended up here:
Not good for riding a CX or even a mtb ;) went back and took another way and found nice singletrack (for mtb) on the way back.
Rode a bit on a new gravel road that was really nice down from Langevatnet and took the asphalt back to Tønsberg. Great place to ride to if you want to ride a bit longer and train for a marathon race example. Laying on a hill to with a climb steep enough to make 38-25 to hard gearing ;)
Back home and ready to wash my bike, was a bit muddy:
Last mtb training with the local club today. 10 riders so was just one group and I rode the day at the back to not ride too fast in the front ;) Nice ride with a tempo that never made me lock my fork and was even riding the rear damper on Descend a lot today. Jsut playing around without having to ride slow. Great tempo.
Happy enough to even made to really hard and technical climbs. On the last one with a lot of stones I was slipping a lot but got grip and got up :) Fun when it feels impossible at a moment and still make it :)
Gathering after a climb and changing guide:
Really nice with a full suspension bike on the climbs :) Gets dark early now so was a bit to dark in the end but okey. Back home after 1h54min effective time :) Aiming for a long nice CXride tomorrow :D