Today the sun shined so I started the day riding around Älta to work to meet up with Jessica and Jaime for a ride. Rode out to Gustavsberg and took the little longer way back. Awesome morning with sun, sun and dry roads :)
Looking forward to long warm rides this summer, also looking forward to wear out a chain for the first time on a roadbike ;)
Ended with a picture after Jaime got some breakfast:
Not so sharp but sunny and you can see the Specialized Prevail helmet in 3 different colours ;) matching our three different rim heights and bike types ;)
Map and stats of the morning: Movescount
Once you’ve done it you know it can be done again. The first time is always the hardest?
A great group of cyclists gathered at Urban Deli this morning:
Then we rolled away in three groups. I joined 1st as usual with the target to hang on as far as possible. Found a great wheel and tried to hold it, sometimes further back and sometimes a bit further in front in the big group. Max heartrate at 186 in the climb before coming up to Fisksätra. Learning by doing helped me hang on and then it went easy around Fisksätra before accelerating on the way back. Felt like I would drop any moment but hanged on and went good up the climb in Ektorp too. Even feeling easy for a moment before we hit the big road and it started to go fast again. Almost dropped again but found a wheel.
Went good through Sickla but then as usual it happens up passing Hästhagen up to Hellasgården. A small gap in the beginning that I covered once, then the second time I didn’t have anything in my legs to do. Just to watch the peloton slip away and it felt like I didn’t have any power left and my legs standing straight out without going forward.
Got company from another guy through Älta who took the shortcut. I took the long way (Strava-segment you know) and a bit before Flaten I got company by 2 other guys. Us three rode together and did our part of the work all the way back to Enskededalen. All of us so tired finishing so the first bit to Le Mond was quiet before we caught the breath and started to talk a bit ;) Hard life but great weather in the end.
Coming to bikecafé Le Mond for breakfast was great, good food and could sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather :D
Map and stats: Movescount Even got a PR on the way to the meetingplace trying to drop a commuter ;)
Todays outfit from Café du Cycliste:
Colorfull bike, clean clothing ;) (except the red Specialized vest I had on the ride;)
Last saturday I showed a small video on Instagram of Patrik M climbing a technical part and showing me how to do. Now I have to show you that I also managed it :) (just the first part we’are talking about so not where I put my foot down:
And then the French guys with Remy Absalon and his team riding:
So a videotuesday :)
Scott-Odlo’s video series is back with great atmosphere:
Sram got hydraulic discbrakes for road/cx, so do Shimano. But what about riding Campagnolo with disc brakes? What I knew before it was mechanical calipers, some good like TRP Spyre. But also semi-hydraulic like TRP Hy/Rd that was on mostly of this seasons Specialized cyclocross bikes. But a caliper looking like this:
It looks a bit overkill, specially with a weight of 195g.
A TRP Spyre SLC is a lot lighter at 156g:
So is there others? I googled and found Juin tech:
Sleaker design than TRP Hy/Rd but same function if I can understand it right. And with a weight even beating mechanical calipers:
2 calipers, 2 rotors and all screws needed for just £150. Anyone tried? Is this the way to ride if I want to ride Campagnolo with disc brakes?
More info about them here: Edge Sports UK
That’s how the first sentence is describing Rule #9 by Velominati. Riding mtb in rain sometimes just sucks as you’re slipping and sliding and never coming anywhere, slow and muddy. But good for technical skills, riders who ride fast in wet forests are cool.
Riding on road when it’s wet it means the rain will come from underneath and spray you all dirty and wet. When it’s raining it comes from two ways.
Today it was supposed to rain hole day, a lot. But when I ate breakfast and felt lonely it wasn’t. Even seemed to start getting dry (dream) and I have a small hope riding more than Camilla who has ridden 500km just this week and is leading over me on Strava. Felt a bit tired after yesterday but riding alone I can go as slow as I want so thought riding to Ösmo for a coffee and back. Aimed at 100km or 4h.
Still was a bit skeptic about the weather so Café du Cycliste Jeanne waterproof (almost) bibs and their Loulou rainlegwarmers. Long sleeve Café du cycliste jersey in wool with a vest on keep warm if it started to rain (don’t own a rainjacket at the moment).
Went out and it felt a bit hard but good weather and felt warm. Rode for around 40min down passing Brandbergen when the small drops from the sky got bigger and more. It started to rain a lot. My hands got wet inside my gloves and socks where all wet too, started to have problems seeing through foggy wet glasses.
4h ride didn’t feel like a good plan any more and as I don’t have a training schedule or beeing a pro/elite rider I changed plans. Riding home seemed like a better idea to keep my health and phone alive ;) Turned towards Västerhaninge and up north back home again. There at a moment I felt my legs start to feel a bit lighter again and there was a moment or two with joy riding in the pouring rain. Feeling Roubaix taking up vibrations and making it a calm ride while the Sram Red discbrakes able to stop when I want no matter how deep the water was. First time I felt the Specialized Roubaix beeing the bike to have, when just be able to ride and knowing the bike taking care of the surface and bad asphalt.
Finally came home, not after 4h but after 1h46min and while not be able to taking any pictures outside for you I got one before I tried to take my clothes of. Todays style:
Map and stats: Movescount
If you don’t understand a thing about riding in rain or think it’s totally unacceptable you can watch this video instead. Awesome riding in Mallorca:
This long weekend I’m having a guest, that I heard is famous on Instagram, visiting me and riding with. To have friends is important and it’s important to help and cheer for friends. :)
Yesterday me and Camilla rode out to Färingsö and met up with another friend to have a coffee and cake at his home:
A bit of rain on the way there and a lot of headwind. The tailwind on the way back was much better even if both me and Camilla was a bit heavier (good cake) ;)
Made another coffee stop at Cykelcafé Le Mond and Bonne Mecanique to show Camilla the treasures in Stockholm.
Map and stats: Movescount
Today Camilla rode a lot while I was working. But after work I went out with Patrik, Jaime and Jessica for a fun mtb ride. Patrik M showed what it does to rest in shape, he was flying with his Enduro (with the lightest tires). After not so long on a downhill Jaime went fast managed a jump without landing, I bottomed out my fork as I landed on it but continued. Jessica didn’t, she bottomed out her Era and landed on her face :( Brused but pretty okey and the ground was ”soft” she and Jaime rode home while me and Patrik continued. Jessica wanted us the manage a tricky little climb and film it. The video with Patrik making it is on my Instagram while the video of me doing it is still just on Patrik’s phone. Happy to manage it and always fun to ride with guys that has good technical skills :) Had a hard time catching up but great training in great conditions :)
Map and stats: Movescount