After 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
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.
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
After almost three weeks’ wait it was time to unravel my brand new shiny chinese titanium frame. Continue reading
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.
I broke my pretty new frame in a freak accident. For some unknown reason a driver decided to start backing up all of a sudden. I managed to dodge to the side, but fell over. The top tube suffered a crack and the frame is pretty much toast. It may be the high modulus carbon’s inability to take any load from the side or I just got real unlucky. Needless to say I’m not too happy even thought I escaped with a bruise in the shin. Rest of the season is ruined as it will take time to sort out things with the insurance company. The only good thing is that I may have a chance to cut open the frame to see what’s inside.
My Sram crankset broke so I was Forced to look for alternatives. In the past I have been quite frugal with my cycling-related purchases. I have managed to buy just one big ticket item a year. I already bought a new frame, but I have been meaning to get a power meter for a while now. So now as the opportunity arose I went ahead splurged on a Rotor 3D+ chainset with a Power2Max power meter. As it turns out this investment has been well worth the money.
I had set fairly formidable goal for my third Vättern Rundan sportive. Heading into the event the weather forecasts were not looking promising, but I was still pumped to do my best. In the end it was not the rain and the wind that caused me to fail. I made some tactically bad moves that I just need to learn from. Even though I’m pretty disappointed I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. At least I made it through safe and sound and the trip with the Team-Jape crew was lot of fun (see the video by Esa).
Preparation for this year’s Vättern Rundan has been going as planned. I’ve pretty much ridden the 1000km suggested as suitable training. I’ve done a heterogeneous mix of gravel, road and track. I have avoided long rides (longest day 140km) and weight loss attempts as I have wanted to stay healthy and aim is to ride fast. I would really like to bag an under 9 hours time, but that would really require a slam dunk (over 33km/h). To be honest I would be happy if I just stay safe and avoid any road side repairs. Continue reading
This year the spring turned to summer early. It is good news as I have been running late on my training schedule. Now I’ve managed to do plenty of gravel riding on dry roads taking some exciting short cuts through national parks in Sipoo and Nuuksio. I forgot to install the inline adjusters to the front mech so I’ve been doing the riding mostly on the small ring. Previous seasons it has forced me from winter mashing to proper pedaling technique. The higher cadence seems to be working great as I’ve been smashing some personal records.