riding starts over 40

You know the feeling when your friends is going for a ride and you don’t have a bike that suits?

Then Stockholm is perfect because it’s always someone else riding something else. Today I missed a nice gravelride but found Emil and got a nice roadride instead 🙂

Going out to Strömma on Värmdö in easy tempo with Emil doing some intervals and even as it was wet and my bike ended like this,

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it was a nice ride with roads getting dryer and dryer and our bikes was quiet even with all sand on them. As said Emil did some intervals and I kept his wheel while he did them and it felt nice cruising in 35-40km/h without a too big effort. On a couple of downhills when the pace went up I got feeling and ”attacked” a little. My Roval CLX64 is really nice when it starts to go a bit faster and the bike begs for attacks 😉

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Happy life on new roads for me. Exploring new places with friends on a bike is my favourite. Love to see new places and you see so much more riding a bike compared to driving a car.

On the way back I got to ride the new bridge to Kvarnholmen too, not sure if it was so nice but Stockholm with islands and all water is beautiful:

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A great start of my wednesday while having free from work. Perfect weather for Café du Cycliste’s rain clothes too. Warm, dry and tight so felt fast 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

Le Peloton #115

Rain can be hard, Rain and darkness is hard. But there is something take makes it fun to ride in bad conditions sometimes even when I’m not so good at it. Maybe it’s my Café du Cycliste rainjersey and bibs that works better the worse weather 😉

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Or is it all the comments I get afterwards? Options for today was to ride Le Peloton in the rain or not ride at all, I love riding…

4 riders doing the CX-loop and 3 on the road. CX and gravel feels so much better when it’s raining as the water is soaked up a bit by the ground and you’re not holding wheels like on the asphalt.

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Emil and Michael dropped me before the start. I had Tobias on my wheel trying to chase but without success. Tobias went up in the front two times. First time I almost rode off the road as my Garmin lived its own life in the rain and second time was in the sand where it felt like I was standing still. But just for a couple of minutes. Then he was on my wheel for the half of the ride before he dropped complaining on too much dirt on his glasses.

I didn’t feel fast any time today but I did my best and got around, at around 1min slower than Michael and we all got breakfast at Le Mond 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Now we hope for sun rest of the week 😉

Le Peloton #76

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Ingvar was lifting my bike today and complained on his Ridley. It’s funnier to ride a fun bike 😉 Many asks how I can wake up so early and start riding 5.30 2 days a week. It’s the people and my thoughts about intervall training that makes the effort seem reasonable 🙂

Today we where together in the beginning and then it split up, me behind Emil’s wheel in front to Flaten. I was up helping a little but mostly just tried to hang on his wheel. Until his freewheel broke in Flaten and he had to take a taxi home. Salt and winter is hard for both the cyclist and the bike…

Stopped and talked with Emil before Claes came and me and Claes rode the last part together. Not got the best total time but good training and I still regretting that I got 25mm high carbon rims instead of 45mm. Aero is Everything, Marginal gains and all of that.

Map and stats: Strava

And yesterday I decided after talking to Oakley about 2016. Since Jawbreaker came and I tested them with the Prizm Road lens I have wanted a pair. But I wanted something special, wanted something to at least look as cool as Kwiatkowski. But they are expensive and I never decided until yesterday when I heard that no cool (according to me) new colours would come in 2016 and that the Oakley Custom wasn’t as cheap as regular. So here we go, Oakley Jawbreaker in Uranium with Prizm Road 😀

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Specialized, Café du Cycliste and Oakley is great combo. Cool but classic stylish. Modern meets old school.

Le Peloton #74

Same year as Specialized was established. But today it was the day of tubulars. Changed wheels and dismounted the fenders on my Diverge for today’s Le Peloton CX ride.

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Met up with the others:

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7 riders today and we were 5 riding together. Dropped 2 and 3 left. Rode almost all the time together except when the fast Jonas (not me) got a gap and a downhillsection and didn’t look back 😉

I may not be as strong as Jonas or Michael but light wheels with low pressure and good rubber makes a great difference in accelerations. The bike feels so much snappier and when dropping back a little to have some space for a turn or when it’s to rough it isn’t a problem to catch back up again 😀 The bike gets so much funnier. Was hard and frozen today, slippery in a couple of places but except that really really good. Thought it should be worse so was a happy guy rolling in at Le Mond for a breakfast 🙂

Fast style of today:

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And with sun, so happy to feel it and see it. Even thou it’s still cold.

Map and stats: Strava

2016 Fashion

No matter if I sit on my bike or being a regular person I want to look good. I follow the fashion of Filippa K and Eton regularly and I would never go out in a onepiece or training clothes when meeting friends. Like more to have a nice shirt on than a t-shirt. So when reading papers like Metro publishing what’s hot and not from the Swedish Fashion Week I read and consider it.

With brands like Café du Cycliste, Rapha, Isadore or Pas Normal Studios it’s now possible to look stylish on a bike too. Did and order from Café du Cycliste and thought of buying their new limited Claudette jersey:

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but sold out in my size so had to rethink.

The think according to Metro to get this spring is a thin classic bomber jacket, they didn’t say anything about shaved heads and being rasists so you can be cool. Café du Cycliste is in time and launched a new jersey called Francoise. bomber style:

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Will be a good looking spring 🙂

If you also want to be stylish on (and off) the bike you can use this code to get 10% discount: AMBLUN10 Used when checking out on Café du Cycliste

Ösmo for the pancakes

The options today was an epic gravelride west of Södertälje or a caféride from Le Mond to places like Ösmo. As the weather was really wet yesterday and riding with guys without fenders on wet gravel didn’t seem like an awesome idea for me, so slept a bit longer and left for Le Mond.

Like an early caféride the level is very random early in the year we lost a guy already when we left Stockholm city who thought it was too hard. Left was 6 riders who tried to stay together but with some with studs, some with summer tires, some have been riding all winter and some not it became gaps and waiting sometimes. All as a regular early spring ride. But funny (I thought who didn’t get dropped for real) and I’m happy doing rides I haven’t done in a long time.

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Kalle rode strong with studs and Karim was happy with his Roubaix roadtires 🙂

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I rode with colour. My new Specialized Deflect H2O gloves was awesome. And I saw the light all the way 😀

Was great weather today with around 6° and my Café du Cycliste rainbibs and legwarmers held my dry and warm all the time. Didn’t even needed a windproof west today.

But all good things comes to an end. We got split in two groups, Kalle started to talk about breakfast and that he was tired. My stomach started to question about food. Michael held the speed up. Because we came to this:

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Came to the café in Ösmo 10min before the others and could make our bodies happy again 🙂

Then 3 guys took the train home. Me and Michael rode the hole way and Karim joined us for the first part to Tungelsta. Great ride on a sunday and now I know what to order at the café in Ösmo 😀

Map and stats: Strava