easy record ride

Longest ride since I moved to Tønsberg today 😉 2h39min, with 130 in average heart rate so really soft after work ride. Team Veloshop today, or me and my boss on our Trek Madone 6.2 🙂

Rode some new roads as usual with very little traffic and felt like it was in the middle of nowhere

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And a wheelpic:

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Wheels rolled well and after spending 5min on adjusting my seat to perfection in the beginning the bike feels very good too 🙂 The frame I’ve spent most time thinking about before an order I think and it made some results. And still haven’t tried it with my dream wheels. Will glue a tire tomorrow and then I can try the bike for real, with FMB Competition CX Soie and Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate.

Maybe I just have to train to get better then 😉 Stats from today: Movescount

puncture=change to tubular

Home after work today and stressed around with clothes and things to get out fast and meet some people to ride mtb with. Got my pump and should pump the tires, front one was okey but rear had lost all air and popped in so no chance to get air in it with my SKS Airbase pump 😦

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stans on the floor and as I didn’t wash the bike after last ride it had dirt on the sidewalls. 😦 Changed for my Trek with tubulars and went to worlds end. Funny to name a place worlds end or Verdens Ende as it is in Norwegian. Over one island and in the end of next it is, 26,8km from here 😉 Nice ocean view on the last bridge out to Tjøme:

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And the worlds end, looked pretty good. A summer day, riding out, take a swim and an ice cream in the sun 😀

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Funny thing of today was that my bike started to make serious noises after 10km, thought for a while that the fork was broken as it sounded like carbon problems. Stopped and checked fork/headset and it felt good, held my hand on all wires as the can make noises but nothing changed anything. Then I checked the bottle, there it was. The bottle cage made noises being so close to the down tube. Much more contact area as the inside/back of the down tube is all flat. Will put a spaces between the frame and bottle cage to get it quiet.

Other funny thing is that I stopped adore Rapha so much as before, seems to mainstream and just selling to everyone on their name, nothing special. But anyway I wore a long sleeve jersey, a short sleeve jersey, a pair of pants, a pair of socks, a cycling cap and a musette from Rapha this week 😉 Think I have to change my wardrobe for the new cool brand coming up in next blog post.

Ending with a cycling path on my way back, cycling path all the way today

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And stats if you are interested, got to get some speed in my legs. Movescount

Here comes the sun

The plan was 4h today with a friend and some other guys. He got busy so changed the plans. New to this place and many roads to find so takes some time. Rode from Veloshop to Stokke and then a small really nice road down to Sandefjord. With a pretty steep climb that I didn’t think existed here 😉 But not so long. Missed to take some photos on that road.

Then through Sandefjord and planned to follow road 305 to Andebu or somewhere around there. First it wasn’t allowed to ride on that road in the beginning so had to turn back a bit and on to a cycling path not leading the same place. Turned right and headed to road 305. Met 4 children riding there bikes back home or something, one little girl had a yellow Mavic Plasma helmet, really cool 😀

Missed the 305 so ended north and followed the old E18 up on cycling paths. Like this:

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Nice sun too so felt even warmer than yesterday 🙂

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When I got to Sem I had thoughts of going back to Tønsberg but a straight flat open road with headwind didn’t feel so funny so continued north to Barkåker and then back down to Tønsberg in the forrest.

Stats of today showing that I’m not so fast: Movescount

Thought of the aero advantage too on the way home from Barkåker. Theoretically my bike should be much more aero than my last bike. Aerobrakes, aeroshaped KammTail tubes, less spacers on the fork so would be better in headwind than my old bikes 😉 Will try it next week with proper wheels 😀

Can also add that my beautiful THM Carbones Clavicula crankset seems to work on Trek’s tight BBstandard too. Impressed that a <450g crankset (including everything) can be so stiff. Think I’m sold 🙂

The start with my Trek

Last time I rode a bike with road tires in proper cycling clothes was my CX at 6,3kg. 400g lighter bike today with the same wheels but what a difference 😀

A soft ride with my boss and his friend after work today was a nice start to try position and look so everything works perfect.

Everything wasn’t perfect but almost, have to fix my saddle position a bit and the handlebar isn’t perfectly straight. Interesting that I’m bad in putting the stem straight but really sensitive about it. Gears worked perfect but my light msc pulleys isn’t the best so they will be changed back to Campagnolo Super Record some time, made some sounds sometimes. Front brake was a bit to tight, and rear a bit the the right.

So first uphill where I put some pressure on the pedals I felt it, the bike is stiff and Clavicula is both light and super 😀 Handlebar height and position really nice so I thought right with heights and length of the stem 😀

Will be interesting to see in the longterm if the bike is fast or just the first feeling, first roadbike ride of the year where you always likes to push some and feel like it flies 😉

First impression compared to other road bikes I’ve ridden is that there is a good thing with really sloped frames like this. I’m sitting on 70,5cm, am 174cm long and the frame is 40cm c-c (50cm Trek measured a bit up). When going downhill and you want to be more aero, it’s perfect to go down on the top tube and just slide back to the seatmast, not as much pressure on the arms like on my last SuperSIX Evo for example that was 10cm higher. So could go down as far as my chest (or heart rate belt) was touching the topcap 😉

Rode up to Åsgårdstrand and then back along the coast. Nice landscape with small flat roads, big difference to Bergen. And a sunny picture:

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Didn’t find my Suunto watch so no stats today, just that it was an easy ride as Hans Petter haven’t ridden a bike for a long time. Found my watch now so tomorrow it will be a new ride with stats 😉

Ready for road start, proper stem on my Trek Madone 6

Mounted the new stem on my Trek Madone 6.2 yesterday, really good fit if you ask me 🙂 Also took my bike home from Veloshop so today after work it will be road riding. Very long time since last time now

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120mm Zipp Service Course SL behind black stem. Still 5,89kg

Trek Madone 6.2 cerrol edition

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Borrowed a stem in right length, mounted with training wheels and here we go. The bike everyone coming in at Veloshop lifts and wonder how it could be so light. The frame that got me laugh when talking about that the Giant TCR is much sloped with 45,5cm seat tube and then measured my Trek size 50 H2. c-c seattube is 40cm 😉

spec:

frameset: Trek Madone 6.2 frameset size 50 H2 (incl brakes, fork, seatpost)

saddle: Tune Komm-Vor

headset: Cane Creek 40 with Extralite Ultrastar and a Tune topcap

stem: Zipp Service Course 120mm at the moment

handlebar: Deda Superleggera

bartape: Trivio white cork

Ergopower+derailleurs: Campagnolo Super Record 09′

Crankset: THM Carbones Clavicula with some small bearing, Cannondale MKV 39t+EP 50t chainrings

pedals: Time Xpresso 8

cassette: Campagnolo Chorus 12-25

chain: Campagnolo Record

wheels: FFWD F2R with DT190 hubs (Planet X rim in front)

QR: Tune DC14

tires: Vittoria Corsa CX

bottle cages: Arundel Mandible

Totalt weight: 5,89kg

okey weight that will go down with the right stem, lighter cassette, lighter tires, lighter QR and hopefully EEbrakes. But will also add 100g with my Mavicwheels.

What do you think? Ok with Trek?

Hope to get many nice rides on this bike, ride like it was 2012 😀

Trek Madone 6.2

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My roadbike came yesterday to Veloshop so was really looking forward to go/drive to work today. Read about Kammtail with this round front and straight cut of back to be aero without adding material or looking so aero. But didn’t except it that flat. The downtube is huge and the white you see on the picture here is totally flat.

Funny thing is that it doesn’t feel like a topbike from a big brand like Cannondale, Giant, Ridley or like that. It’s got a deep painting, wirestops screwed in, got a premium feel. Would like to compare it to a Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2. Great wiring like the Dogma, great color. But is it all super?

There is another thing that got me thinking of Pinarello too. The weight. Heard weights at 850g, calculated with 950g for my frame in the second smallest size (50). It wasn’t so close:

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1016g plus like 18g of wiremountings isn’t so close to 850g.

Brakes at 307g just as I’ve seen before:

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And 57g headset is great like most bikes today with carbon bearingseats in the frame and on the fork:

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Started to dismount the original parts and mounted some much nicer European parts. Campagnolo Super Record, Mavic Cosmic Carbon Ultimate, FMB Competition CX, Tune Komm-Vor+, Tune U20 and a THM Clavicula with Experimental Prototype big chainring. Deda Superleggera handlebar. Borrowed a 110 Bontrager X Lite stem that will be swapped for a super good 120mm stem. The said thing is that I have to get a new seatmast. This is a bit to short compared what it said in the geometry table and doesn’t work with my carbon rails on the Tune seat.

So for now it looks like this with 3-3,5cm to low saddle, 1cm to short stem, too long wire, wrong tire front, to long fork and so on:

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Arundel Mandible bottle cages and it will get a set of Time Xpresso 8 pedals next week.

What do you think?

FMB Compétition CX 22,5 Soie

There are tires and then there are tires. Some tires roll very good like Continental GP4000SR, some hold up good and are light like Tufo S3 Lite, some are holy from the Netherlands like A. Dugast, some are just good like Schwalbe Ultremo. But then there is tires that makes you drool, that gives you the extra smile going on bad tarmac, the ones that you dream about, the ones you tried and hated because you loved them and know they are so expensive.

The handmade french FMB. Small even compared to A. Dugast but with tires won Paris-Roubaix and Ronde van Vlaanderen more then one time. Helped Katie Compton win the CX World Cup two years in a row.

On road they are great, on CX they are a bit heavy and fragile so better with Challenge. On mtb they are a bit behind the others with heavy tires. So not best on everything. But their Compétition CX tires are awesome. Used them before and got one in silk (soie is french for silk) this summer after puncturing my Continental Competition tire. Now I got one more 😀 My roadbike for 2014 will not just look extremely good and be pretty light, it will also perform better than the rider (me) 😉

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