#lifegoals

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Big mountains, small cyclists, awesome trails. Been riding mtb in Sweden, Norway and Germany but nothing has been as good as in Canada. On a rental bike with an ugly helmet.

A thing that really is on my bucket list of cycling is BC Bike Race. A stage race in British Columbia as in the best trails in the world. Watch this video from this years race and see for yourself:

I would prefer a bit less rain in the beginning but what a race. Have had it in mind for several years but never done anything to get there. Don’t think I will for 2018 either but for 2019 on a new Specialized Camber it may be the seasons biggest goal 😀

Do you get better?

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Sometimes you try to fit in the bunch, sometimes you try to be better to impress on someone. Sometime you just want to be cool and that others want you to seem cool.

I didn’t succeed on the picture above on my first cx training with my new Crux last autumn as I was the only one not riding for CKCX 😉

When putting higher expectations on yourself or trying to be someone you aren’t it will break at some time. And it takes extra energy that you could put on something fun or important instead.

Most of my life I have been wanting to be someone else, someone better, someone cooler, someone that attracts more women, someone that is a fast fit cyclist.

But I slowly learning to enjoy the best of me. I may not be so strong but I’m pretty light and love to attack a climb like Contador. I may not be the coolest but I have a dream of just having clothes I think I look good in, and getting pretty close according to myself. I may not be the most attractive guy but I only meet great women’s and I prefer quality over quantity.

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I may not be the most extrovert guy but I can be happy anyway 😉

So be yourself, enjoy life as much as you can and get surrounded by friends who are your friends no matter if you got a good or bad day. Even the bad days can be good then:

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3T Bailout, or Overdrive?

A couple of days ago I went through a gear calculator to find the best gearing for me and my super Diverge. Want it to be good on gravel but also on asphalt, don’t want to change anything if I go down Nice and climbing up Col de Braus for example. Was out for the ultimate gearing for me.

Did I mention single chainring and Sram Red Etap?

Last year in Nice I rode with a 46t in front and a 11-32 cassette, worked fine but was hard went the gradient went over 10%. For my Sequoia I mostly had 42t in front and 11-36 cassette, but it’s a 2kg heavier bike. For my last Diverge I mostly was on my bigger ring 46t with an 11-32 cassette but I always had a 36t if it got really steep.

46t in front and 11-36 Sram 1170 cassette was my conclusion but will an WiFli Etap derailleur work with 36t?

Heard about 3T developing a special cassette for it’s Strada single chainring aerobike. Now it has been released at Eurobike:

9-32 in 2 options.

They got a Bailout where it’s tight in the beginning and bigger steps at the biggest rings (9-10-11-12-13-15-17-19-22-26-32). And they got an Overdrive with is more even (9-11-12-13-15-17-19-22-25-28-32).

This is like a dream for me and got me to think again. Wanted a 10-32 for a while but 9 is faster. And if I use a 42t chainring in front then this range is like a 50/34 with 11-26 cassette. Like made for my Diverge 😀 I like the Bailout most as you get smoother gears when going fast (like on a road ride) and then you always got an easy gear at the end when the steep climb in the end of a long ride come 🙂

Did I mention the 3T cassette is 126g lighter than the Sram 1170 11-36 cassette? And the 42t chainring is of course lighter than a 46t 😀

More about this: Bikerumor

THE Tool Kit

Usually when you find biketools in a nice little box or bag half of the tools are useless unless you got a really old cheap bike. Just a waste of money instead of buying just the tools you need.

Then Feedback Sports thought about it and introduced their Team Edition Tool Kit:

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Missing a couple of pliers and a hammer other than that it’s pretty complete. I would recommend to get their T-Handle kit in it too as T-handles are the best allen key shape 🙂 If you should buy a set tool kit or recommend to someone this is the one. About it:

E-Diverge ready to roll

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Got tired of waiting so finished my first 2018 Diverge today. Got my rotor adaptors back so fixed the brakes, shaved off some weight with a couple of bolts. And put on a bright bartape 😉  Thought of choosing a blue one first but already from the beginning I had a plan of a lot of color as it’s more fun and easier to see in the dark winter. Sram Supersuede on and it’s finished:

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Or, probably getting a black saddle…

But anyway, 8,36kg and just waiting for the rider to be able to ride again 🙂

great Great Britain and advertisement

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In our world of heavy advertisement, ambassadors and companies paying people to write and take picture on rides with their superbike it’s easy to be blind. It has become so much more than just an poster with a cool cyclist looking pro and a slogan like ”Stiffer, stronger, lighter and even more aero”. It has become a chase of feelings, love stories and people getting payed in parts or money to think in a certain way.

Life is getting harder to know, requires more knowledge what is real and what’s not.

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Sometimes you just don’t give a shit and no matter how much 3T is paying Magnus Bäckstedt to skid like here or ride cobbles on the Exploro bike with some locals just to get a good story.

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Placed people and bikes are also people and bikes. A ride is a ride no matter how many cameras you use and what purpose it has. Modern advertisement can look good like this. Can honestly say that I don’t understand the Diverge video with Sagan jumping and skidding as much as Thereabouts 2 or Deux North Diverge video. Or Thereabouts 3 with Scott bikes. As long as it looks like real biking I can like when companies like 3T making awesome stories with their Exploro. Or whatever company making videos and stories about their bikes, or clothes. Rapha is a good example with modern advertisement really spread out with normal people around the world.

So thanks to I’m at home with too much sparetime I found the story about Magnus Bäckstedt and some other guys riding in a beautiful part of Great Britain, captured on video of course as that’s how we like it:

 

Who wants to join me for a great Great Britain gravel/explo trip next year?

E-Diverge

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Last week should have been the start of a new season for me. Back to work and back on gravel on my own bike. I got injured so no work and no riding. But Specialized still delivered a bike for me to ride until it dies.

I ordered a Specialized Diverge E5 Sport. It had 2×9 Shimano Sora with mechanical disc brakes. Cheapest Diverge on our market but it got the Open Road Geometry, it got 12mm thru axles and flat mount brakemounts. A modern frame with cheap parts.

I will use the Sora gears and the Tektro mechanical brakes as I got it to be cheap and to be able ride long in salty slushy weather all winter or just commute to work. It will get fenders and studded tires too.

But I wanted to change a couple of things making it fit me better like a longer lower stem, a slimmer handlebar (40cm is my favorite) and I had a Sram Red22 crank laying around and a CG-R seatpost for some comfort.

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As I don’t understand front derailleurs I mounted a Garbaruk 44t chainring I ordered last year for my Sequoia but never got use of it.

40cm handlebar is available in different types and shapes. I like the Specialized Shallow bend, or RHM as Deda calls it and Jimmie had a bar over:

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With wheels it’s always nice to have a couple extra, can’t get enough of wheels. The original will be used with studded tires but my Roval SLX24 with Roubaix 30/32 tires isn’t used for my roadbike at the moment and they are a bit better than original.

Got a set of Time pedals from a colleague as my old ones broke in the crash. Now just waiting to get my rotoradaptors back and for a cool bar tape:

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Me building a cheap bike ended like it used too. Saddle may be changed too. 8,1kg as on the picture so under 8,5kg finished. The weight will rise a bit then with fenders, orginal wheels and studded tires but without studs as long as possible. Pretty happy with my new winterbike 🙂 Now just rehab for my leg so I can use it, hopefully in a month…

E-Diverge like in E5 Diverge, no engine.

Danish gravel, with Ice cream

Photo: Martin Paldan | GripGrab Media Crew

In 9 days there is a ”race” in Denmark I would recommend everyone, haven’t done it but is on my bucket list.

Hansens Cykelløb. Hansen is the biggest dairy company in Denmark and producing ice cream, so in the pit you get ice cream:

Photo: Martin Paldan | GripGrab Media Crew

120km gravel with ice creamstops, can it be better? More pictures from last year here: Gripgrab

And some highlights:

Specialized S-Works Evade

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This is me 13 days ago riding with my Evade helmet. The helmet I chose for the Norberg trip as it feels so great on my head and I think it suits me too.

I crashed but never felt anything from my head, no pains and I remember everything that happened. I knew that I touched the ground with my head but not more than that, no worries. Thought the helmet got scratched.

Today I got my bag back with my helmet. The helmet is broken in the foam and the plastic got a lot of dents where it ”touched” the ground. It made me scared. What if I wouldn’t have had a helmet, would I still be alive?

Always wear a good helmet you like when you ride your bike!

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And thanks Specialized for keeping me safe!