When the flow left me

Got this in the mail yesterday:

a Tune Schwarzes Stück to get my Camber in racemode instead of my Specialized Command Post.

Today the plan was to get a pair of Specialized S-Works Fast Trak 2,2″ tires for it too but out of stock at the moment. Thought of Renegade 2,3″ but ended with a set of Fast Trak 2″:

Mounted my AX-Lightness Leaf Plus saddle on the seatpost and changed my left MixxMaster brakelever clamp to a carbon one from b-t-p.

Ended with a Camber at 9,8kg :D

9,8kg and still ways to make it lighter without loosing performance. Weight is without bottle but including the multi tool.

After I ended work I aimed to try it, feel if there was any difference. Pumped the tires to 1,7bar and went out to ride the SCS Breakfast Club route. Was flying in the beginning and the bike felt a lot faster. Dropping 389g on just the tires explain a lot and so dry outside now I got all the grip I need. And with 116/110mm suspension I don’t need the extra height of a big tire.

It was awesome, sure my shape and the weather was better than last time too. Then in the south end of the route it happened again. Same thing as last time! I rode the wrong way, changed way and wrong again, and didn’t find the right one. My flow was gone and my thoughts of a Strava KOM was blown away. It sucked and I just rode on the gravel road back to civilisation and back to my neighbourhood. But remembered meeting a customer at my local food store a while ago who talked about some trails in Majroskogen which is a forest just behind my house.

Tried it a bit and ende with some slickrock riding:

Many small tracks and some better than others. But finding the flow going over rocks and roots was great :) My bike is like I want too and I have sometimes thought about that I maybe should have got an Epic instead but my Camber got it all. It’s fast but fun and playful. A bike to enjoy and to get better together with. Even missing a Liteville 301 this Specialized Camber is the bike of my dreams now. :D

Map and stats, now with heart rate too: Movescount

Le Peloton #21

Today was a strange day. Felt pretty okey riding to Urban Deli and meeting the others, around 60(!) riders today, at 6.00:

3 groups as last week and I tried to hang on the 1st one for as long as possible. Had a hard time keeping wheels today after getting a bit afraid after sitting on a wheel of a rider that didn’t ride so well in the beginning. Along the railroad to Saltsjö-Duvnäs called Järnvägspizza on Strava I had a record of 49,1km/h before, today it was 53,7.

Got dropped after a kilometer or two after we turned to Fisksätra and it felt pretty bad. Felt that I didn’t pushed my max but couldn’t push more. Rode in the middle of nowhere up to Fisksätra before catching some guys and the 2nd group came collecting us.

Didn’t feel like it was going so fast in the 2nd group today and many times people didn’t go around and it was just one line.

Ended with my max to the Enskededal sign. Wasn’t satisfied but felt I couldn’t do more. Riding like this back to café Le Mond:

Then the cool thing. at Le Mond we had to put the bikes outside as it was full inside and the que started on the street:

It’s pretty awesome. the breakfast got empty but people where happy and the workers at Le Mond did as good as they could. A social nice end of what should be a fast ride.

Checking Strava and it ended with a lot of PR and speeds that seemed high. It went pretty fast today. Average of over 36km/h even with the roadwork outside Skarpnäck and going a different way. Satisfied seeing it goes faster and faster :D Love it

Maps and stats: Movescount

Marzocchi aiming for mtb, only

Today it was announced that Tenneco is stopping all of Marzocchi production of forks for motorbikes and scooter. Articlelink

They will just sell of their stock.

So that tells us that they only got one part left, the mtb part :D Great forks out on the market now with 320, 350 and 380, cool rear dampers and soon dropper posts:

Let’s hope they can come into the market and fight well with Rock Shox and Fox and not just be the odd outsider like now.

How to get stronger

Ride up a hill as fast as you can, and then repeat. That was my plan for this morning. And it almost worked. Rode to Hammarby Hill with a singletrack in the end with a plan riding up 5 times as a friend of mine did last week.

Started easy as I didn’t know how long or steep it really was, ended on over 90% heart rate and easiest gear. Trained on some berms on the way down and up one more time. Felt like shit and almost didn’t make it all the way up (takes around 3,5min for me) so changed my plan from 5 to 4 rides.

3rd time up was a bit better than second and changed back to 5 turns up as I then had done more than half.

4th time was hard but manageable with the motivation that it only was 1 time left.

5th time and last time, that was the turn to push harder. a gear extra and in the middle of the steeper part I changed from 42 to 36 on my cassette and stood up. For a short bit before my lungs came up and I had to sit down again and gear back to 42. Felt like over 190 in heartrate. Dead on top when a met a nice lady who took this picture of me:

Bad sunglasses and a lot of sun. This 2nd picture was a bit better ;)

Nice view from the top. Tried to find another way with more singletrack in the forest on the way down but ended with the same track as I started with. A hard morning with a lot of sweat that hopefully make me a better looking and faster cyclist :D

Map and stats: Movescount