Testing testing

The review of the Cannondale Slate is up and almost all good. Not perfect gear, as it would be 50/36 – 11-32 but except that check this out:

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There is something with testing other things and getting a perspective on what you have, want, need or just dream of. Like when I had a Trek Remedy 9 in 27,5″ a couple of years ago and then tested the same in 29″ and found out that 29ers wasn’t as bad as I thought. I’ve been ridden some different bikes now and I like to feel the difference. So when one of my best friends said I could try her Pinarello Dogma F8 it seemed really fun 🙂 Not a big Pinarello fan but they are so special you got to try one to get yourself an opinion. Like this:

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A size too small, but not so off. Before I stepped over this yesterday Trek Madone 6.2 2014 was the stiffest bike I had ridden. The F8 is stiff for real, happy to be trying Vittoria Corsa in 25 too 😉 The F8 could also be named F1. Fast handling without being nervous, no worries. It lacks a bit of comfort but Pinarello got other bikes for such things.

Rode Älgö Deluxe this morning with it and while being dropped I couldn’t blame the bike, was just me with heavy legs after sunday 😉 The Specialized Power saddle is really great too, just fits. Riding with 10-speed Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 for the first time was a bit difference from using Sram Force, supersmooth gearing and small nice levers.

maybe should write something about my Tarmac too some day, found out of the best thing with it today

CX with La Chemise

As the cyclocross training in Sköndal changed to an earlier time due to the darkness I can’t join them. But I can join La Chemise going at 18.30 from Cykelcity and so I did. La Chemise is Stockholms answer to Jönköpings Jönköpings CK except it’s not open for anyone. But their trainings are.

Rolled in after work and then we rolled back towards the forest and riding the Le Peloton CX-loop. Met up with some other and became a big group. Background fact is that for almost 10 years my idol has been Fredrik Kessiakoff. Riding with style and was a weightweenie going fast for real. Now he’s not racing anymore but riding for fun and he was with us today. A guy that get respect for real and deserves it 🙂 Fun to have seen him on distance just before and now be able to train together, at least in the beginning.

The beginning was hard as I thought but I was there hanging on. In the first climb I dropped Kessiakoff and got passed by one guy but was still hanging in there. Going downhill a little and then you take a shortcut onto a singletrack with a couple of roots to get the closest way to an uphill. A shortcut that always goes well except today. Came to far out to the left, hit a big thing and my front wheel disappeared, went down but not to hard. Fast up again and let the guys behind me away and got back on my bike. Bent brakelever so had to stop after that uphill and straighten it.

Rode alone for a while until I got company from 2 others. A little later from another guy so was 4 guys riding the Erstavik loop together and it felt good. Hard but manageable. Went well until we came back on the bumpy road and went a bit uphill. Dropped a bit there but was able to chase back. Did the end in front of our group and pushed what was left in my legs.

Hard but good and really like to ride fast with others, having a hard time to go hard alone. met up with the rest:

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Awesome test of my new shoes to. Felt good all the way and only thought about them once while I tightened them a bit extra. Just have to be able to push the little extra to hang on the first (or 2nd) group. Pushing limits 😀 At least I got some personal records today so really satisfied:

Map and stats: Strava

Cold enough to wear my long sleeve jersey from Café du Cycliste today too, important to look good on a bike:

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SCS Breakfast Club

The latest in Stockholm is now the Specialized Concept Store Breakfast clubride. Thuesdays/Thursday a mtbride before work. Timed for us working in stores so started at 8 today 🙂

Patrik made the ride and I joined last thursday. Today we where 4. Me and Patrik from SCS and Ragnar and Fredrich from Cykelcity. Ragnar and Fredrich is fast too so like last week I had a hard time. But a better time than last week, better flow and speed and felt just better 🙂 Still much to improve but great way of doing it. A technical but pretty flowy ride with small ups and downs all the time. And all a sunny morning, was great except our crashing. Everyone crashed except Patrik 😉

Sunny groupie before we headed in different directions:

Map and stats (follow me on Strava to find the Stravasegment of this ride): Movescount

My Ridley Helium

Came today, with mom and sister. 3 good things in one car 🙂

Frame looks like this:

 

Not orange but red, just bad camera. And okey weight, had seen another frame at 968g. This with alu bolts instead of steel 972g, but before cutting the seatmast:

And fork:

 

Not cutted so will be cut 5-8cm later. Seatclamp:

 

And headset: