Carbon wheels from China

I have been riding alloy wheels on my chinese carbon fiber bikes. Many others started their venture into chinese carbon fiber via wheels instead. Now that I moved to a titanium frame I thought it would time to check out what wheels are available. While hand-built option is tempting at least the following vendors offer ready made wheels:

In the past I have steered away from vendors on auction and chinese e-commerce sites. Having had good experiences with cheaper seat post purchases this time I went ahead took a gamble on a pair of wheels from a lesser known vendor. Time will tell whether this decision proves smart or one of the poorer ones. Continue reading

Plans for 2017

So 2016 was more or less the same than the years before. For 2017 I thought I would mix things up a little bit.

So to keep up there has to be plenty of off-season training in the spring and start on the road early. In addition I will try to ride plenty on the track (incl. Velorution) and fixed-gear crit (Hellsinki crit cup). Continue reading

VCLS-like seatposts

Canyon came up with VCLS seat post to soften the ride on harsh roads. Chinese carbon fiber manufacturers have been quick to copy the concept. The idea is great and the posts look great. The downside is that under a fat bloke (86-92kg) like me the seat post has the tendency to slip and tilt the saddle. The situation can be handled only with generous application of carbon paste and quite a bit of torque. The problem is of course that you would not really like to crack the fragile carbon by over-tightening the clamp bolt.

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Scare of my life

sumu-004I have this platform so I thought I would share something I have found affects lot of folks in the reader demographic. Big C, cancer, is the dreaded disease that affects us MAMILs here and abroad. Realizing your life can be cut short is the worst feeling in the world, but it is also an eye opener. All I can say is it is worth enjoying every day of your life and not postpone doing those epic rides you’ve been planning on. At the same time it is movember again and now would be a great time to go get yourself PSA baseline tested.

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NBD: Pickenflick custom build

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I finally got the new bike in riding condition and baptized it in mud . There are still some issues with seat post slipping, squealing rear brake and I need to tune the front derailleur. Other than that the bike is a joy to ride and I’m looking forward to riding lot of cyclocross and even on the road with this baby. I reckon this could finally be the “father-to-son” bike that outlives me. Continue reading

Season 2016 wrap-up

lenkki-004After the responsibility-fullfilled 2015 I had big hopes for 2016 as far as cycling goes. In the end I did manage to do quite a bit.

  • Riding 2500km (excluding commutes)
  • Giro d’Espoo in 32km/h group (fixed)
  • Vättern rundan close to 10h (not 9h)
  • Riding to Uimastadion and back with my 6-year old son
  • 6th place in Velorution track omnium competition
  • Participated in Hellsinki fixed-gear crit race (not last)

I woved I would go on a spending spree and this year I got no less than three new bikes (track, road and cx) and a set of watt cranks. Continue reading

Garmin, Strava and iPad

About 6 months ago I decided I don’t need a PC at home anymore. I bought an iPad Pro and I have been very happy with it this far. However one of the challenges that arose was that I had to find a way to upload activities from my Garmin 500 GPS tracker to Strava social network. Unfortunately the iPad has very limited USB support so you can’t just stick in a cable and access files directly from the Garmin. One of my post-ride rituals is to check up on the results. I had to find a solution as I did not want to wait for the next day and upload in the office.

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Rotor 3D+ on Pickenflick

 

pickenflick-005 Before I purchased the On-One Pickenflick one of the numerous questions I asked the Planet-x customer representative was whether my old Rotor 3d+ crankset would fit. The answer from their “technical team” was that it was going to be a no go. On the forums there have been some talk of revisions to the frame geometry and I really would like to use the power meter chainset so I thought I would give it a try. Continue reading

Review: Planet-X RT-90

One of the reasons for finally ending up buying the frame from Planet-X was the intrigue regarding the difference between the customer service “a real bike brand” can provide over what the chinese merchants give. The carbon fiber frames themselves are the same so the only real added-value would be created by the personnel. In all honesty I haven’t been too impressed by what Planet-X has had to offer so far. Nevertheless I’m reasonably satisfied with my purchase.

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