Morningspins and Ice cream

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Started this Thursday with being dropped by these guys. On the first lap. 2nd and 3rd lap went better I turned fail to success 😀

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Like this: Strava. And ended the morning with a nice breakfast in the sun at Valhallabageriet 🙂

After a great day at work and a yes from my boss I was out on a bike again. Changed from my Tarmac to the new Diverge, now with Roval CLX32 wheels and 42mm Specialized Sawtooth tires on:

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Cafécycling out to Älgö in easy tempo was on the schedule. Went pretty fast to be easy but was fun and the bike felt good except this in a size too big is a bit too high and not as light as I want. Funny to ride with 42mm tires with 3bar when riding with friends on roadbikes with 25mm tires 😉

We all got ice cream in Saltsjöbaden (that’s the purpose of this ride)

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Map and stats: Strava

When the wind stops you

The plan today was to ride to Ösmo (and eat pancakes), Ena the guide talked about roadbike so I got frightened and changed to summer wheels and Sawtooth tires on my Sequoia. Widest tires today 😉

Met at Le Mond at 10 and had a espresso, maybe to early for the year so we were just 4 today. Me, Johan, Magnus and Ena. Not so many but happy anyway and rode south.

Was a bit wet on the roads and was just Johan who had fenders. Happily it didn’t go so fast so I could sit in the front a lot 😉 And then we turned towards Årsta Havsbad and the wind began. After Fors it got worse and Ena started mumbling about taking the train back. We changed our Ösmo plan and took a shortcut through Segersäng to Västerby where I’ve had fika once before. Almost 2 years ago 😉

Ena took a groupie:

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For once I’m not so dirty 🙂 Happy about that. Fika and then we left for Tungelsta where Ena and Magnus took the train. I don’t understand that trainpart and happily not Johan either so we rode towards Stockholm. I started to be a bit tired in Jordbro and tried a couple of different ways to handle it. First being in front and setting the pace to one that worked for me, and then a bit before Sköndal I hanged onto Johan’s wheel instead. Happy he was there 🙂

It all got a great ending except the dirt on my bike:

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Map and stats from the sunny winterend: Strava

Le Peloton #121

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Wednesday, 10° and Emil wrote about the SUMO jersey yesterday. Resulting in a lot of people including 6 from Sumo Cycling Club 😉

I got dropped in the first climb from the fastest, got heavy legs and couldn’t keep up with Christian when he passed. But I knew I would get better so chased as fast as I could and got up to him. Rode together with Marcus more or less the rest of the ride. Marcus chased down Michael on the way back but he attacked in the longest climb and left us behind a bit. Me and Christian tried to keep up but we never got up to Michael again. Until it was over.

As text is hard to understand, here is a picture on how it can look like in the darkness on the wheel of Christian:

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Was fun today. Was spread out as it usually is and everyone seemed happy afterwards anyway. Tired and happy eating breakfast together. Just great.

I looked like this today in Sumo Torch style:

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One of the few rides without any clothes from Café du Cycliste on me, strange.

Map and stats of me passing 1000km on my Sequoia and 16000km 2016: Strava

Stockholm style gravel

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One thing I like about big cities is that people doesn’t care so much about the weather but more about style and how they look. Like I use to say: There are no bad shoes, just bad technic.

Pink wool socks and white Specialized S-Works XC shoes may not be the best for wet gravel roads but it feels and looks good. And I wanted to try how good my MB socks were 😉

Rode with Stockholm CK south of town today with Alexander showing us the way, a great group on mostly ridden roads. A couple of punctures and mechanicals gave chances for pictures:

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A couple of new faces and first time riding with Leo. Crippa managed as usually gather a really nice group of people that seemed work good together 🙂 Not too organized either so was all fun, and sometimes harder.

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And Camilla managed to take a picture of me in a strange pose 😉

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I should get a new helmet am the thing I’m thinking of. The Evade sits perfect on me and feels super fast but at the moment I only got it. Would be nice with a light regular helmet too, thought of the new Specialized Prevail II but it’s not available in all white 😦

Anyway, map and stats of the ride today: Strava

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

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 😀