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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Blizzard commute

Wow! It's almost hard to believe that we have so good start to this winter. The last winter (2009/2010) was absolutely awesome but is it possible that it will be the same also this time, or even better? It looks like it at the moment. After today's stunning blizzard the ten day forecast promises very cold weather as the night temperatures can drop even to -20°C. Early december is forecasted to be a little warmer but still well under freezing point. The start of this winter is much better than last year. All this leads to speculation of a very exciting, maybe-once-in-a-lifetime, adventure. But everything is possible and it's way too soon to be elated...

Today's commuting was again like a tiny adventure. Riding through a blizzard with excellent set of LED lights and other good gear is a fantastic experience! The very familiar milieu suddenly transforms to very exciting place. It's interesting that over the years I'm liking more and more of challenging conditions.

Also a nice suprise today was that my Nokian Hakka 300/WXC 300 tyres weren't so bad in the snow. Yes, they still sucked but not too badly. But I really hope that my forthcoming bike project will happen. In the post Some late fall things I hinted about it. So what could it be...? Fairly easy to guess. I have good hardtail mtb, cyclocross, road (+TT) and singlespeed bikes already, so yes, it will be a fat bike/floatation bike. But actually it will be much more. And more about that later...

By Toni at 20:06 | Permalink |
Category: Commuting, Gear

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Intro to winter

 

Oh yes! First snow of this winter and moderately stormy weather. Darkness of the evening and 1600 lumens on my handlebar and helmet, it was instant "micro adventure" on my commute back home.

 

 

The whole environment feels so different. I really enjoyed this today.

By Toni at 21:35 | Permalink |
Category: Commuting

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Overnighter at Linnavuori

It has been a while since my last overnighter (mid-August) but this weekend I finally had time for it and the weather was also better. The plan was to go to Linnavuori in Piikkiö with Peter. This is a place where I haven't been before, there is a lean-to and it's fairly close to home (takes about 45 minutes to ride there), so time-wise this was to be nice and easier overnighter.

Heading to Linnavuori with Peter:

My original plan was to ride from home via some the local singletracks but I was running a little late so I ride directly to Piikkiö. This wasn't really a disappointment because we were met with really great singletrack at Linnavuori, lots of rocks and roots.

At the lean-to, Peter preparing the fire:

 

I took a while to get the fire started but after that we grilled sausages and sandwiches. I had sandwiches with cheese and bacon. Delicious!

 

A views from the lean-to:

 

Peter in the morning:

 

Matti K came to visit with his cyclocross bike and started the fire for us. Thanks Matti!

 

In the morning we went to the top of Linnavuori. The climb was really steep and not rideable:

 

The sunrise...

 

 

The views from the top of Linnavuori were absolutely spectacular!

 

 

Then we rode around the trails of Linnavuori. Really nice singletrack there...

A few more photos here. Check out also Peter's great report!

What a fantastic overnighter! I was suprised that this place is so awesome. I will surely do many overnighters and little adventures to this place in the future. Thanks to Peter for a great companion!

By Toni at 10:33 | Permalink |
Category: Adventures

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Some late fall things

 

I have been doing most of my fall commutes with the commuter mtb/winter adventure bike, like on Mondday, but I decided on Monday night that it's time for the cyclocross bike on Tuesday. Although cyclocross bike with fenders is good choice for bad weather conditions, I have saved it more for summer use. In the morning it was really foggy, but in the afternoon it was kind of 'standard fall grey' and I took a couple of photos.

It's always a little funny feeling to ride with the cyclocross bike after a long break - the bike feels pretty light and fast.

I was already planning to do Wednesday morning commute with the singlespeed and via the trail route, but it seems that it will be slightly rainy so I will do that probably on Thursday. This is kind of 'a special commuting week', almost everyday with a different bike.

Tonight I did a small upgrade for my primary bike. After I started using riser handlebars with the winter commuter and singlespeed, I felt that the flat bar of my primary bike is a little too narrow and lacking comfort. So I found PRO Riser15 low-riser bar from Pyöristi.

Before:

After:

The old flat bar was only 56cm wide, the new low-riser is 60cm wide. Wider bars offers better control on technical trails, but low-riser keeps it also aggressive for marathon and 24-hour racing.

On Friday evening I will be heading out for an overnighter with Yeti and Jan. Destination is new to us, includes a lean-to and is not far away - getting excited!

And speaking of exciting things, I have a new bike project on the horizon! If all stars will be aligned right, this could happen in the spring of next year. But what kind of bike? Let's say that very much adventure, very much fun... stay tuned.

By Toni at 22:20 | Permalink |
Category: Commuting, Gear, General