me versus the French endurodudes

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 :)

Juin Tech Semi-hydraulic discbrake for road/cx

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

Nothing epic ever happens on a sunny day

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:

cyclingfriends for the win

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

Specialized news: Stumpjumper FSR and Rhyme

No matter if you are a man or a women you should have equal possibilities to have the most fun out on trails. For that Specialized doesn’t just remade the Stumpjumper for men but also came with a equal bike for women called Rhyme

Stumpjumper FSR:

Rhyme:

150mm of travel. Men’s version with 29″, 650b or 6fattie size. Women’s with 650b or 6fattie.

New framefeatures like short 437 chainstays (420mm on 650b version) and the new SWAT door under the bottle cage:

A big compartment for everything you need and a bit more.

More info about Rhyme here: Flow

More info about Stumpjumper FSR here: Pinkbike

mtb with a ”new” friend

First time we met was at a café in Oudenaarde in the beginning of april. Today we met again, me and Camilla with the best last name. In Stockholm, outside my house over 600km from her home.

So what is better than riding bikes together then? Camilla who is good at social medias and pictures where the photgrapher of the ride:

And the result:

Riding the best looking Specialized XC frame available. A Specialized Era Comp Carbon borrowed from Specialized Concept Store Stockholm enjoying spring:

Nice ride except that it was a bit wet after the rain yesterday. Changed bikes afterwards so we can ride on road tomorrow. Camilla is the first riding my newly stickered Allez ;) What do you think about the wheels? Awesome if you ask me:

Map and stats from the mtbride: Movescount