Thereabouts 3

When I lived in Bergen, Norway I got to know a super guy called Johannes. We became really good friends. But when we did a test a day we were the opposite of each others personalities.

Here in Stockholm it probably would be the same with me and Hagen. We are not alike but we are friends🙂

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The videos Thereabouts with the Morton brothers is a bit like that for me. But there is something that attracts, maybe I’m impressed by how they could ride so easily without getting stressed about things not planned. The freedom I’m too shy for.

They are doing a new video, from Colombia and it’s funded through Kickstarter and us fans. I will support it, hope you will too so we all will be able to watch the adventure😀

Follow this link for more info: Thereabouts 3

let light be light again

How light is a light bike? Last year I built a Specialized Camber Elite Carbon just under 10kg:

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It was light as an S-Works Epic WC without bottle cage and pedals. But is 10kg light? I’ve been racing Grenserittet (my best time) on a bike that was 6,9kg. And I still got memories from racing with that bike with damping fork, my Merida:

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Around 7,5kg all season with a bit different parts on. single chainring and tubular wheels (had 2 pair). That was light.

Now I’ve learnt that 26″ isn’t fast and that 580mm handlebar isn’t good. The development goes forward but has it to be so heavy? I want new school geometry, wide bars, single chainring and right sized cassette with 50+ tires that are good. I’m on full planning to build maybe the smartest built bike I’ve ever built and it will be raced on for 2017😀

What do you have for mtb race plans for 2017?

End of season SALE

Never been riding as much in a year as this year. Seen so many beautiful places and met so many nice people. Never been more happy with my tanlines and never had better bikes/components. But the season came to an end and now I will rest for a couple of weeks and recharge, want to enjoy cycling for many many more years.

I also looking forward to new stuff, new places and new parts. So here’s your opportunity to help me sell this years great parts and help me get some money for new stuff.

 

first up, the worlds best road shoes, Specialized S-Works 6 in size 42:

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Price: 1200SEK (3599kr)

Continuing on shoes. A pair of Fi’zi:k R3b Uomo which was supposed to be a pair of spareshoes before I got the ones above, very little use. in size 41,5:

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Price: 600SEK (2499kr)

 

Everything can be sent (inside Europe). If you want something, send an e-mail to cerrol.jl@gmail.com

Sunday instaride

This weekend has God showed us a glimpse of why Sweden is the best country with its 4 seasons. My legs got dropped yesterday but had to ride today too and with Emile as pathfinder I knew it would be epic, awesome and a real test for me Sequoia handling all sorts of terrain. Today was the first ride we talked about getting dropper seatposts on our all terrain bikes for example😉

Rode to Gladö Kvarn, had a fika at Rosenhill (my first time there) and met a running race in Lida before we went home along the water.

Living the biggest city in Sweden with so close to gravel, small roads and great trails is a luxury worth a lot. Now selected pictures from us:

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Map and stats and recommended route: Strava

The retarded route

Was an event some years ago called Tour de Retard that went from Nynäshamn to Stockholm on asphalt and gravel. Today me and some different people did the same ride in the best autumn sun. Autumn can be the most beautiful time of the year and include some rides I will remember for a long time. Sweden is great with its 4 seasons.

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Some old faces and some new today and a great group🙂 nice plan by Patrik who took this picture as you may have guessed.

Had some problem with my gps in the beginning as the route was opposite to what we rode and it sent on wrong roads😦 missed my Suunto Ambit3 with just a line to follow then. Ended up riding with Google maps and the route on ridewithgps on internet comparing. Worked pretty good but had to stop many times to check. Anyone who wants to buy a Garmin 820 from me?

Awesome ride except that.🙂 Me and Patrik rode hipster style with a Oakley Frogskins today too, or Terrible Tuesday style😉 Everything isn’t about wattage and training effect and this was such a day. It went sometimes slow and sometimes fast, everyone got tired I think but enjoying the magic autumn on new gravel roads was the priority.

Map and stats (including the train as Strava included the paused time): Strava

Specialized Sequoia Expert

Specialized Concept Store Stockholm ordered a new bike for me😀 As I am as I am I couldn’t keep it original,

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Specialized has it as a middleway between the Awol and the Diverge. A faster adventurebike that I wanted to have faster😉

Why I wanted this instead of a 1kg lighter Diverge that is faster is: because you always want a steel bike, Rider First Engineered is a thing that triggers me, it got space for huge tires, It’s designed by a Swede and it’s a bike that gets people how dislike the big Specialized brand to like it.

My Sequoia got a Sram Red22 crankset with a 42t Garbaruk Melon chainring, will get a black 46t as the orginal FSA SL-K is so locked as it has 4×110 BCD.

Thought it was a bit high in the front so it got a Zipp Service Course SL -17° 110mm stem.

Wanted an aero handlebar as it’s cool, the Specialized Aerofly was out of stock so got a Zipp SL-70 Aero which also makes it possible to go with a proper stem with its short reach.

Specialized Roubaix bartape as it is simple and okey. Wanted white as it should be but it really doesn’t work with the White Mountain framecolour.

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Specialized S-Works Power saddle as I like the Power and too much weight difference to choose a Pro or Expert.

Specialized S-Works seatpost as it’s lighter and looks better than the CG-R which people complained on after I mounted my saddle so far back. Steep seat tube angle on this bike, 75,5°.

Will have 2 pair of wheels, now inbetween. Specialized Trigger Pro 38mm on the light ones which are a lot lighter than the Sawtooth and got some better grip riding fast on Le Peloton.

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That’s about it compared to the original. Crank Brothers Candy 2Ti pedals as usual, been with me for a long time now.

Total weight: 10,12kg

Not so light, but it’s nice and I hope to use it a lot😀