It seems like when a finnish male comes to a certain age he is going to pick-up cross-country skiing. In all honesty for a long time I felt skiing was a stuck-up sport I would not like to associate myself with. My previous experience is from the army 25 years ago, but I guess time did its work. Last week I popped into a shop and bought a pair of cross-country skis on sale. Now I’ve tried it couple of times and its allure is actually very similar to cycling. You get to search new tracks and there is the thrill of the speed bombing down the hills. I feel little out of control at times, but it has been a lot of fun to reconnect with something from the past. As a kid we were forced to ski in school every year, but these days we do not have enough snow every year.
I have been writing to-do lists for the past seasons and more often than not I have failed to accomplish most things in those lists. I don’t really mind the individual failures as long as I have managed to keep things challenging enough to be fun. So far everything has worked out quite okay, but just to be clear this time I will formulate the list as things I would love to do.
The only real goals for season 2021 are to ensure variety to keep things fun and keep active to have enough exercise.
- One hour of exercise or other activity per day
- Ride a metric century with my boy
- Ride a 300km brevet or a multi-day adventure like the archipelago route
In practice the daily exercise can be riding indoors, ice hockey, basketball or any other sport. Doing that longer epic ride with son is going to take all day so if we finish with 70 or 80km that is just fine. 100 is just a number and there is no need to push it. I will try to ride regularly anyways and start the season early. This time I want to try keep myself warm and comfy with some new tricks. No need for new bikes for me, but the boy and wife might need some new MTB builds.
So yeah, So far I have almost 15 hours in 12 days. Let’s keep that up!
In many ways year 2020, ruined by the global Covid-19 pandemic, has been catastrophic. From cycling point of view it has actually been quite good. Of course all the events were cancelled and travelling was not practical, but mileage wise and from experiences point of view it has been outstanding. What was most fun it was the first year I got to ride with my son on the road. I worked from home so there was no commuting, but the weather has been exceptionally warm and sunny. This was the first year I tracked 5000k of cycling when counting both indoors and outdoors.Continue reading
So I guess most returning visitors have gathered I’m bit of Luddite when it comes to bikes. My experiences with tubeless is limited to DH riding and I haven’t really seen the need for them elsewhere. I still like to try stuff when it is cheap and accessible. I recently converted the freehub 11s on an old cheap cx wheelset. They had tubeless ready WTB rims and I had 40mm WTB Nanos and some Stan’s sealant just laying around so it was a no brainer to try going tubeless on my gravel bike.Continue reading
I have an old wheelset laying around and I was looking into upgrading it from 10 speed to 11 speed cassette. The cassette width has changed so it isn’t so straight forward, but there are only few options in this case.
- No replacement freehub body unfortunately available or can’t just find the right model from Novatec
- Out of the box compatible 11s Shimano MTB cassette largest sprocket has 36 teeth so longer rear derailleur would be needed
- Special adapter cassettes are expensive (Token TK-128, Edco, Dark Speed, Lasco Concept, Wheels manufacturing)
- Milling 1.85mm off cassette (40mm diameter) would require a lathe and needs to be done for every cassette
- Filing 1.8mm off the freehub body
So generally it sounds like the easiest solution would have been the first one, but the last one is the only one practical in my case. Cheap and fast.
During the Covid-19 lot of new people have taken up riding bikes. Novice cyclists are often times unsure of themselves and scared of riding on the road. It seems this leads to some exaggerated behavior. Many have this notion that they can control the environment with blinky lights, neon gear and riding in the gutter. Worst part is that they propagate and recommend this information to their peers. Here are some thoughts around the topic that may help cycling safely and with confidence.Continue reading
Another year has passed and the end results last year were half decent. I did attend a few new events and did some new type of rides, but in all honesty physically there was no significant progress (FTP ~200, BMI 26). I have said I will continue cycling at least until I’m 50 years old, but it feels kind of boring to keep doing more of the same. So either I really need to wind it up a notch or decide I ride a bike just for fun. If I were to try crank it up I would need to ride way more and much harder. Cycling is fun, but I don’t know if I want to make that kind of sacrifice.Continue reading
I use the free Strava ride tracking service pretty much after every ride. Considering how much I’ve complained about the service in the past it is only fair I review the latest changes to the service. The big news this week was that there are now some new limitations to the freemium plan. At the same time the silly tiered premium model was dropped. The new model is more attractive, but to be honest Strava is still lacking in some key areas (Bluetooth/ant+ support in app, multi-sport etc.) and the yearly subscription does appeal to me.
The thing with building up a bike from the frame up is that you will need to figure out how to set everything up. Unless you can copy from an existing bike or you have attended a professional bike fitting session it can be a bit of blind shot. Having almost made all the bike fitting mistakes here is my recount of the symptoms that can help you guide in bike fitting.
The Coronavirus pandemia has reached our northern shores. It took some time, but it was pretty evident nothing will totally stop the disease from spreading. Ice hockey halls and gyms are closed due to the outbreak so it is time to start the cycling season. The winter has been extraordinarily warm so the roads are clear of ice and the sun is shining so the only open issue is the disease itself. I’ve experienced some mild headaches and an itchy throat. It is really difficult to judge whether the symptoms are just spring allergies, normal influensa or light COVID-19. At least it is pretty unlikely to catch the dreaded illness riding your bike. Still it is better proceed with caution. For example I could not find much information about the risk of myocardia so it is probably good idea to start the season with easy endurance rides.