Red Hook Crit Milano No.7

I thought about blogging about mtb tuning but my evening went into thinking. Should I or shouldn’t I?

I usually aims at travelling to one XCO World Cup and watch it live, haven’t been so the last years but this year I got my eyes open for more racing. Crit racing. Stylish Fixie racing on short courses over the world and so much media around it. And I have got to know some racers from Stockholm which makes it more interesting. 4 riders from Stockholm is racing in Milano on saturday.

And I’m going😀 And just so you don’t think this is some kind of one time in a lifetime race:

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Watch the promo of this years event:

It will be awesome and I’m going to Milano😀 Travelling with a purpose is my favorite travels. Hopefully meeting some idols too.

Le Peloton #115

Rain can be hard, Rain and darkness is hard. But there is something take makes it fun to ride in bad conditions sometimes even when I’m not so good at it. Maybe it’s my Café du Cycliste rainjersey and bibs that works better the worse weather😉

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Or is it all the comments I get afterwards? Options for today was to ride Le Peloton in the rain or not ride at all, I love riding…

4 riders doing the CX-loop and 3 on the road. CX and gravel feels so much better when it’s raining as the water is soaked up a bit by the ground and you’re not holding wheels like on the asphalt.

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Emil and Michael dropped me before the start. I had Tobias on my wheel trying to chase but without success. Tobias went up in the front two times. First time I almost rode off the road as my Garmin lived its own life in the rain and second time was in the sand where it felt like I was standing still. But just for a couple of minutes. Then he was on my wheel for the half of the ride before he dropped complaining on too much dirt on his glasses.

I didn’t feel fast any time today but I did my best and got around, at around 1min slower than Michael and we all got breakfast at Le Mond😀

Map and stats: Strava

Now we hope for sun rest of the week😉

Fox vs. Rock Shox

MTB gets bigger and heavier, more travel, more gears with a single chainring, levers for everything. Rock Shox came with their RS-1 which is heavier than a SID but they said it would be better…

This year Rock Shox came with a new SID, with Chargerdamper and at superlow 1366g for a regular RLC:

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Looks like a Rock Shox fork, but is improved in every way and seems like the perfect weightweenie fork when you want damping that works.

Fox did the same, they improved. I’m more impressed over that as Fox never been as light as SID. Their new 32 SC(Step Cast):

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Both brands cut of material on the lower legs but you see the difference more on the Fox as they also decreased the width. Both cut of the innerlegs a bit and made it to 100mm only, no 120mm and such AMstyle, pure XC.

1380g incl axle for the Fox according to R2:

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The big question is:

Which one should I get for my weightweenie XC project for 2017?

Castleride to the cakes

Some are racing CX in Gothenburg, some are travelling, some work. For us still in Stockholm we are thankful for Martin’s Taxinge plans.

Was 12 riders gathered at Liljeholmen this morning ready to ride to Taxinge castlecafé.

After 20km and after chasing back after I dropped my bottle I felt a bit cooked and took place behind the group aiming to hang on, a great group:

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After Södertälje it felt better and I went around with everyone else the rest of the ride🙂

After 61km we finally arrived to this:

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Wasn’t alone:

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With me trying to be a bit absent-minded when Johan took pictures:

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Ending this photoserie with a picture of my Crux kited for road with my S-Works crankset and Roval CLX64 wheels. Only alu bike in our group😉

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Map and stats: Strava

New tubular day

Having a bit of a cold so no Le Peloton today. But rode early to work to finish the gluing of my own wheels as the ones I borrowed from Patrik was going down to Gothenburg on the winning bike, deserved better than me. Impressive that me and Patrik fixed one cyclocross bike each for a World Champion the last two days😀 Love my job sometimes.

Got a pair of 38mm cheep used carbon wheels that was lighter than expected:

The weights are with some glue and tape on the front wheel. Glued a pair of Challenge Grifo tires and the result looks awesome if you ask me:

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Forgot to check the weight before I left from work today so will do that tomorrow morning and update this post.

What do you think?

Le Peloton #114

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I got impressed, so late of the year and still so many people. Kudos to all of you coming to Le Peloton😀

I had a borrowed bike today, so three Peloton in a row with different bikes😉 Never had a bike that got so much attention on a single ride as today. Rode an Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS

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You may say what ever you like about the stem and brakes, but it will pass you. Never ridden a faster bike that feels so tight with nothing loose or soft. When I tried the Pinarello F8 I said it was stiff, this is rocket fast.

My legs wheren’t the best after yesterday evening but I was able to pass the group and go up in front any way. Didn’t go around 100% but I never done that before either. With a 53 teeth ring on front in Nickel Boron I didn’t find the limit.

Going up Österviksbacken or up to Hellas felt better than I thought, not as snappy as my Tarmac but the cockpit is so stiff so everything you push down goes out to the wheel.

It was still a super hard ride but I felt the aero advantage. And I saw the power for the first time as it has a Quarq powermeter. Was fun but not awesome to see that my legpower isn’t even😦

Map and stats: Strava

Ended like this, full house at café Le Mond:

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first and this picture by Magnus

And company with matching Gelatosocks:

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