Le Peloton #171

DSC_0018Yesterday I did some Le Peloton cxloop and Instatraining in the wet with Patrik and a couple of fast guys

Today was a new wet day:

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And darker as Le Peloton starts at 6 o’clock. I tried to put some color on it. It started alright and kept on going alright. I tried to ride hard but didn’t have the turbo on and got followed by a guy almost the complete short loop. At Erstaviksvägen they became 2 as another guy didn’t know the route. 2 keeping my wheel and I just dreamt of dropping them 😉 but not in my shape…

My alrightride went at a lower effort and heart rate compared to last Wednesday but also shorter time. Faster and easier 😀

Map and stats: Strava

Celebrated with a nice breakfast with a perfect egg (thanks Kalle) and a selfie in the sun:

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Did I mention my Diverge rules? And the feeling of going over roots, fast, on a wet gravelroad with 50mm high carbon wheels feels pretty cool too. 😀

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CX and Gravel

Today it was a trainingrace in Ursvik and SCS CK joined with 5 riders and me. Me, Patrik and John rode up while the others went by car. I joined the course preview but as my leg isn’t all good I didn’t want to race, stood on the side, took some pictures and cheered a bit instead. And talked to the ones who punctured (many of those).

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And then we had fika 🙂 Lisa asked if anyone was up for an easy gravelspin afterwards and I joined. Wanted to go on a nice gravelride from the beginning and not so often I ride at Järvafältet and the weather was perfect for autumn 😀 love Swedish sunny autumn with all the colors and smiling people.

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A picture from the end of our ride. Riding home from Ursvik I got to know how long time it was since I have ridden over 3h, even with the fika my energylevel dropped and had to eat a couple of bars at work before washing my bike. Closest I’ve been to bonk 😉

Map and stats: Strava

Ending with a nice teampicture, just missing Patrik who escaped home:

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Sunday Funday

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Going out feeling like Maud Kaptheijns today, fast from the start. Or something like that. Did an easy spin with lower tire pressure in to Le Mond and had a fika with Emil while waiting for Emile. Jimmie came and Kalle sat down too so felt like a usual Sunday. Except I rode 10km before instead of 110km 😉

After a long fika and talk about important stuff me and Emile headed to work for me to pick up my swimpants and then over to the forest. Emile turned home on his short ride and I rode the first half of the CX loop to Erstaviksvägen on my way home. Really beautiful with the autumn colors:

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And while riding slow I had the chance to enjoy it even more. My 38mm Specialized Trigger gives great confidence and my Diverge is like a dream on the gravelroads 🙂

After Erstaviksvägen I got out on the asphalt and headed back to Duvnäs and towards home, beautiful afternoon:

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Really looking forward to ride longer and enjoy this more 🙂 But first some rehab and tomorrow I’m back at work. 🙂

Todays ride: Strava

great Great Britain and advertisement

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In our world of heavy advertisement, ambassadors and companies paying people to write and take picture on rides with their superbike it’s easy to be blind. It has become so much more than just an poster with a cool cyclist looking pro and a slogan like ”Stiffer, stronger, lighter and even more aero”. It has become a chase of feelings, love stories and people getting payed in parts or money to think in a certain way.

Life is getting harder to know, requires more knowledge what is real and what’s not.

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Sometimes you just don’t give a shit and no matter how much 3T is paying Magnus Bäckstedt to skid like here or ride cobbles on the Exploro bike with some locals just to get a good story.

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Placed people and bikes are also people and bikes. A ride is a ride no matter how many cameras you use and what purpose it has. Modern advertisement can look good like this. Can honestly say that I don’t understand the Diverge video with Sagan jumping and skidding as much as Thereabouts 2 or Deux North Diverge video. Or Thereabouts 3 with Scott bikes. As long as it looks like real biking I can like when companies like 3T making awesome stories with their Exploro. Or whatever company making videos and stories about their bikes, or clothes. Rapha is a good example with modern advertisement really spread out with normal people around the world.

So thanks to I’m at home with too much sparetime I found the story about Magnus Bäckstedt and some other guys riding in a beautiful part of Great Britain, captured on video of course as that’s how we like it:

 

Who wants to join me for a great Great Britain gravel/explo trip next year?

E-Diverge

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Last week should have been the start of a new season for me. Back to work and back on gravel on my own bike. I got injured so no work and no riding. But Specialized still delivered a bike for me to ride until it dies.

I ordered a Specialized Diverge E5 Sport. It had 2×9 Shimano Sora with mechanical disc brakes. Cheapest Diverge on our market but it got the Open Road Geometry, it got 12mm thru axles and flat mount brakemounts. A modern frame with cheap parts.

I will use the Sora gears and the Tektro mechanical brakes as I got it to be cheap and to be able ride long in salty slushy weather all winter or just commute to work. It will get fenders and studded tires too.

But I wanted to change a couple of things making it fit me better like a longer lower stem, a slimmer handlebar (40cm is my favorite) and I had a Sram Red22 crank laying around and a CG-R seatpost for some comfort.

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As I don’t understand front derailleurs I mounted a Garbaruk 44t chainring I ordered last year for my Sequoia but never got use of it.

40cm handlebar is available in different types and shapes. I like the Specialized Shallow bend, or RHM as Deda calls it and Jimmie had a bar over:

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With wheels it’s always nice to have a couple extra, can’t get enough of wheels. The original will be used with studded tires but my Roval SLX24 with Roubaix 30/32 tires isn’t used for my roadbike at the moment and they are a bit better than original.

Got a set of Time pedals from a colleague as my old ones broke in the crash. Now just waiting to get my rotoradaptors back and for a cool bar tape:

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Me building a cheap bike ended like it used too. Saddle may be changed too. 8,1kg as on the picture so under 8,5kg finished. The weight will rise a bit then with fenders, orginal wheels and studded tires but without studs as long as possible. Pretty happy with my new winterbike 🙂 Now just rehab for my leg so I can use it, hopefully in a month…

E-Diverge like in E5 Diverge, no engine.

Danish gravel, with Ice cream

Photo: Martin Paldan | GripGrab Media Crew

In 9 days there is a ”race” in Denmark I would recommend everyone, haven’t done it but is on my bucket list.

Hansens Cykelløb. Hansen is the biggest dairy company in Denmark and producing ice cream, so in the pit you get ice cream:

Photo: Martin Paldan | GripGrab Media Crew

120km gravel with ice creamstops, can it be better? More pictures from last year here: Gripgrab

And some highlights:

The market is growing

Specialized for example is a huge brand with a bike for every purpose. If they found a new purpose they produce a new bike, not making one bike for 2 or more things. N+1

Kona isn’t such a big brand and they got a new Cyclocross made both for racing, gravelgrinding and even commuting:

Then there are smaller brands, like 3T and Open that really makes special bikes built for a purpose. They got 2 models each.

A brand that is even smaller is the Icelandic Lauf. Starting with light carbon spring forks, developing a gravelfork with carbon springs called Grit. And now, a frame they call True Grit:

It’s longer than usual gravelbikes and a bit of new thinking. I like brands who think and goes their own way of what’s best. Pushing the industry forward and making others open their minds.

No matter it’s great with a bigger market of gravelbikes. More to choose from and when you found the right one you know why it’s the best 🙂 (not just the only one in its category)

Which is the best gravelbike according to you and why?