Le Peloton #82

a new Wednesday, a new Peloton ride. As my Tarmac was at work I started the day on my Diverge commuting to work and changed bike (and helmet). Seatposition is very much the same, 50 ring in front on both and 11-28 cassette, discs on both. Shimano on the Diverge and Sram on the Tarmac. 38cm handlebar measured at the hoods on my tarmac and 40cm on the Diverge, same in the drops. Specialized S-Works Toupe saddle on both but different modelyear.

Very easy to compare and so I did on the 589m from work to Urban Deli. I want an Oval 50t ring on my Tarmac! Easy to feel the difference and with AbsoluteBLACK oval rings on my Diverge I felt stronger.

But with these I needed a faster bike:

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Some faster than others and I’m somewhere in the middle. Not fast enough to go with the best but good enough to try, get dropped and be able to ride in the 2nd group. And being in front at both times. Today I sat to far back on the way up to Fisksätra and then I lost a lot up from Saltsjö-Duvnäs but caught the others at a redlight.

Wasn’t able to go with Jonas and Michael up from Hästhagen and ended up in the 2nd group which was okey today. 36,7km/h average and best time for me for 2016. It goes forward and it’s awesome trainng 🙂

Great recovery at Le Mond afterwards:

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But as people says, cycling has its backsides, it was raining a bit at the end today and my bike looked like shit:

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Not nice to what can be the best bike in the world, at least if you ask me. Love disc brakes.

Ended up with a group picture of my fast bikes too, so alike but still so different:

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Map and stats of the Peloton ride: Strava

 

Le Peloton #66

I just love tubulars!

Took of fenders, bottle cages with SWAT and changed from boring heavy winter wheels to my light tubular wheelset with 1,6bar in front and 1,8bar rear. My Diverge became a new bike. And everything felt soft and comfy 🙂

A lot of people did meet up today as we started 2h later than usual and as it’s a free day in Sweden today

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A really hard but fun ride in the light.

It was good but could have been not so good. Sara talked about crashing in the start but I said she wouldn’t. First thing we did was crash, 4 riders down including Niklas, Sara and me but it went so slow on the ice so nothing hard. Just to rise up and ride again.

Felt ok in the beginning but had to drop Sara and Rasmus after the wooden bridge a little. Caught Sara again but not for so long so ended riding alone a little until Emil and Joel got up to me on the road to Erstavik. They dropped me in the long climb out so alone again at the loop out there. Back I caught a dropped Joel and rode together for a while but he was tired and couldn’t keep up. After crossing the Ältaroad I found a new rider to chase, Rille who rode a bit to hard and we rode together the last part. Got company by Marika who had turned around a bit earlier. Rille dropped me at the end but I still got a fast lap than he 😉

Ended with the longest breakfast so far at Le Mond, their first open day 2016 today 🙂 Was photographed a little by Johan:

3 hours later me and Emile turned towards home but going around Vinterviken along Mälaren and enjoyed the beautiful day a bit extra and I had to take a picture of my lovely bike:

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Let’s keep the winter dry like this now until the spring comes (wish it could be spring soon 😉

Map and stats: Strava

The Diverge!

It’s the same every year, next year I will learn to not aim at cyclocross. Today I sold my cyclocross and got a bike that is made for my dreams.

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Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon. Was supposed to be a Comp DSW but I work at the best store in the world, Specialized Concept Store Stockholm so it became a Comp Carbon 😉

Compared to my Crux this bike is 15mm shorter, 10mm lower and made for comfort on long bad roads without so much mud. It has Shimano 105 and it’s really smooth.

Normally it has alu parts but that’s no fun or cool so this is a bit rebuilt like my bikes tends to be. But more S-Works than usual:

Toupe saddle, 36/46 chainrings and of course a 40cm wide handlebar.

The bike got cool hipsterthings like a metal plate with the name on:

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So how about the ww-ism on the bike then.

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Think that is okey as it’s around 9kg out of the box without pedals and bottle cage.

Felt soft riding home in the wrong clothes. Specialized Stix lights is keeping it safe:

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a sundayride as it should be

Me and Johan met up with Sara, Jimmie, Peter and Håkan at bikecafé Le Mond this morning and went for a great spin out to Ekerö. Me on my Crux with my new tubulars and the rest on roadbikes

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Rode with a 46t chainring in front so not the one on the picture. It felt a bit higher but light wheels does make a big difference. The hole bike feels light and so easy to change speed with 🙂 7,14kg in the picture.

Looked like this out on Färingsö:

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and some pictures from Jimmie:

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Almost 4 hours today and felt like an easy sundayride. Maybe what I needed to not feel all off this month with less riding than earlier.

Map and stats from today: Strava

1289g CX wheelset, almost super, almost

You know the feeling when you got a high quality set of hubs, some nice rims and new spokes and putting them together for a wheelset you really wish for?

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This morning was my plan to finish this wheelset for my cyclocross. Cyclocross is the sport that needs wheels and where you got to have tubulars to go fast without puncturing.

Then it went wrong. DT Swiss spoke calculator showed wrong spokelengths so the spokes was 2mm too short on all places. And of course we didn’t have the right spokes at home. Anyone got 292mm DT Revolution for sale in Stockholm?

Then it was the hardest part. I mounted the cassette and tried it on a bike as a friend was curious if it works with Tune Kong 12×135 rear hub on a bike with SCS spacing. Can say it doesn’t! The cassette lock-ring was laying against the derailleur hanger and my wheelset is worthless for my CX 😦 Maybe I will hear or find a solution tomorrow. But will have to race GP Hasse Mård tomorrow evening with clinchers.

So please hold a thumb we find a way to make them work tomorrow. Otherwise they will go on my roadbike.

new Tune saddle and QR

RE4MER is the latest saddle from the German company

62,5mm high so a high saddle with a width of almost 130mm. But even with that height it is really light at 79g. The leather you see in white here is alcantara and in regular Tune style available in different colours:

The more cool thing is the new QR they come with after Eurobike. As for now when everyone using thru axles where you either have to use a allen key to loosen or turn around for a while to get it out it’s a bit time consuming. Suntour got a faster system but hasn’t come on anything else and Suntour isn’t that usual.

Tune and Winora/Haibike developed the QC system. A nonthreaded fork/frame where you mount a small end in to work with a special QR. Fast and stiff.

Watch this video and you will understand:

My best bike, ever!

Some bikes you like but after you sold them you never think about them again, no memories, no love. It doesn’t have to with price but more how you liked it before, special relationship.

If you know me you probably know which bike I will write about already. It got a blogpost with it’s history before: Historypost

Last time I owned it it was my best winterbike I’ve had:

A winterbike with parts from Tune, Extralite, New Ultimate and Shimano Dura-Ace.

17th november 2013 was the last time I rode it. Then borrowed from the new owner and rebuilt a bit with Fox fork and 27,5″ wheels:

The frameset is from 2003 but I still like it. Some things never get old 🙂

Fastest bike in Nove Mesto

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Alexandra Engen won the second world cup this year too. Nove mesto na Morave.
1, Alexandra Engen – Ghost Factory Racing Team
2. Kathrin Stirnemann – Sabine Spitz Haibike
3. Ingrid Bøe Jacobsen – Norway National Team
4. Peta Mullens – Wiggle-Honda
5. Jenny Rissveds – Scott Racing
Top three using Tune hubs, a bit fun

Tune’d Krohnegården

Have you heard the song of three Tune Konghubs shredding around in the forrest? Beautiful. Today after work rode me, John B and Leif at Krohnegården in different speeds. First a slower lap and some small tips about where to ride and so one. Then 2 laps at high speed where John and Leif disappeared in front of me. But I fought well, the bike worked well and managed a couple of parts I haven’t managed before. Personal Record with around a minute faster laptimes than on tuesday. 178 and 179 in average heart rate on those two fast laps says some 😉 But wasn’t over my limit so even when John and Leif rode a lot faster I’m happy.

Happy learning, happy managing and happy with my bike. Then one more fast lap where I sat on Leif’s wheel in the beginning feeling good but after first technical part I had to drop and felt pretty toasted and did some stupid mistakes. Stopped halfway and tried a new singletrack. Lead into a very rocky section and wasn’t rideable so had to turn around.

Finished the lap and rolled towards home. One scar on my hip richer from the first lap, was all red 😉 Hard training but great to not ride average pace but slow and fast. With great mtbikers. MTB is easier than roadbiking. Just have to think about getting forward, tackle obstacles and pedal on. No need to think about watt, heart rate while riding, following a wheel and so on. Just push hard and feel the smile grow on your face.

Stats and map if someone is interested: Movescount