Om jonas l

a christian cyclist who loves light and good bicycles.

Cutting the forest with a scalpel

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If I could choose one mtb type I would always choose a XC bike. The smile comes easiest with an agile and light XC bike so when I got the opportunity to borrow a friends Cannondale Scalpel-Si Race it was like a child on Christmas. The Epic ride from the Netherlands was still in my mind 🙂

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100mm suspension front and rear, 69,5° head angle, 1×11 Shimano XTR and light stiff Enve wheels.

2nd ride today and felt more like home, and got to ride with these lovely people:

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Pure magic and a really fun time. Fredrichs S-Works Stumpjumper FSR may have better damping and it may be easier to go downhill with a Command Post but it’s more fun when you can stand up and the bike fly, wanting you to go faster. When it’s a bit easier trails you feel unbeatable.

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Just missing some technic but it’s getting better and better. And maybe some wattage like this guy:

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The bad thing with the bike was that going too fast and follow to good guys with thin tires is that you puncture easier. Punctured rear once first and then in the end once again as I used too little air 😦 Now I know why people using thicker casings like Specialized Grid when riding in Hellas :p

A thing with the Scalpel-Si that all started with Cannondale’s F-Si is their Built for XXC geometry. Shorter chainstays, Assymetric chainstays, Slacker head angle and a bit longer reach. Building XC bike more AM but still XC and not more suspension. I can say it works! Going down steep things, riding fast on technical trails is feeling so much safer but they are still super agile and fast when it’s tight and the suspension is just helping you go faster 🙂 The thinking of geometry Specialized also did with the new Epic HT which I’m building, one of the reasons I choose that bike. Like that kind of development much more than I like more gears. dropper posts and more suspension 😉

Did I mention the weather was awesome?

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Map and stats: Strava

Wish I could try this bike a bit more. And now looking even more forward to finish my Epic 😀

Le Peloton #136

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Sometimes it’s hard to resist. Today I thought resting and just commute. Then chatting with Magnus and I planned to do the shortest Peloton loop with him in an easy tempo. And so we did, took a couple of pictures

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And then we rode on the cyclingpaths to Älta and around Storkällan. Not so much power today but got some riding and a nice chat before breakfast 🙂 Sometimes you just need to take it easy.

Map and stats: Strava

New year, new rings

It’s not all mtb. My roadbike had some plans for this year and now part 1 is finished. Last year I rode 1×11 and it was great except for that it didn’t work with a Force1 rear derailleur and I couldn’t ride with bigger cassette than 11-32. Maybe too short chainstays.

It all ended with rebuilding the bike with Red22 except a Force22 rear derailleur. Mounted my Aboslute black 36/50 rings I had on my Diverge and rode a couple of rides before the winter. But the small ring wasn’t straight and I never got happy with the shifting.

Lead up to now and new chainrings, got a set of Rotor Q-Rings from a friend:

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38/52 and #aeroiseverything thing. Will be nice with a 38t that is usable even here in flat Stockholm when just spinning.

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Still to do is change stem to a -17° when I found the right one and probably set up the wheels tubeless to ride faster 🙂 Really satisfied with my Tarmac and looks pro now too, clean and simple but so fun to ride.

Le Peloton #135

New week, new Peloton ride, old people 😉

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I managed to hang on to Ektorp for the first time and after that it was Michael, Nils, Christian and me left. Sat a new goal to hang on to Hellas and I did that too. In Storkällan Michael (who did a lot of work) and me got dropped. Got together and back in Älta I managed to bridge up again but not Michael. Manage to hold Nils and Christians wheel all the way to Enskede and just had to drop on the last uphill before the sprint 🙂

Easier gears and higher cadence was the key factor I think, now just to train the body to continue even when the heart rate peaks.

A great fun breakfast and all this was a happy memory:

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Then the sun came and the day got beautiful

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Map and stats: Strava

Spring is coming, I promise

Friends are starting to take out their roadbikes, it’s a pure spring sign 😉 And I’m in mtbmode, so motivated and want to ride more, more and more.

It all started a morning last week when me and Oliwer rode a Camber and after my failing with roadpedals we took the road back to Vivels:

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Today it was time for a new try. Candy 2Ti pedals and S-Works XC shoes to keep fails to a minimum. Also got company by John 🙂 Went better and was really fun, and hard for my roadbike arms :p

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I’m not as fast as Oliwer or John but it is getting better and better and nailed a couple of tricky parts today that I usually don’t. Really fun and mostly good in the forest here now, some parts of ice but just to take it easy or go around there. Bikes are just getting dusty 😉

Le Peloton tomorrow and then back on mtb, want to get better and faster until the races begins 😀

Map and stats from today: Strava

Straight up just

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Sometimes the company and variation is more important than beautiful roads. Karim had a plan yesterday so we gathered some nice people and rode to Uppsala today. Crossing north of Stockholm with a bit of traffic sometime:

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At some points we had to stop wait for people and get hands warm again or just discussing wheels in the phone:

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Also tried to be serious while riding:

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And riding in the middle of nowhere:

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5 different types of riders and not equally strong. But we all like fika and cycling:

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My Sequoia did an awesome job once again and Café du Cycliste got heat regulated fine in the cold 🙂 The ride got me thinking of riding more without a gps route, more on feeling and reading signs along the road

Map and stats: Strava

When impossible things happen

Did and easy distance ride with Sumo Cycling Club and Johan today. Read it again.

An easy spin with Sumo is like a Zone 2 ride with HRT, full speed as long as it works and then continue 😉 But Sumo’s own QOM Cheetah knew how it worked and lowered the pace and had everyone to ride like they should. Rode to Älta, Vissvass and down to Årsta Havsbad. I almost got hit by a car just before Årsta Havsbad as it passed me with not even 10cm distance. I don’t understand why people driving cars want to drive over cyclists on a clear straight wide road? Happy that I am as I am and didn’t even get scared, but would have called the police if I had seen the car afterwards…

Eva took the sprint a bit too easy but we got over it, gentlemens.

Rode to Västerhaninge and Jordbro where my bike wanted a brake so it snapped a spoke 😦 Happily using discbrakes so just twisted the spoke around another and continued. Felt good on Lissmavägen and Fredrik got a bit tired after Länna so last part back to town we slowed down even more.

Easy riding with great people and a lot of talking, just like it is supposed to be in February. And on dry roads 🙂

Coffee at Le Mond and then to work giving my bike a new spoke. Easy change so now it’s like new again 😀

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Almost 4000km on it now and it feels so nice. 😀

Map and stats: Strava