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Climbing Monte Inici

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in 2016, autumn, bike and gear photos, blog, cycling in Sicily, cycling photos, featured slider, photos bike ride, slideshowpics | 2 comments

My Cannondale F4 had problems with the gearing and I mainly use my roadbike anyway, so I hadn’t touched the bike in ages. When a good friend of mine bought a new group for his mountain bike, I decided to buy his “old” XT group, so I could go for a ride on the mountain bike again. Yesterday I went to Monte Inici, a beautiful, rocky mountain near the coastal town of Castellammare del Golfo and took lots of pictures. Below you’ll find several of those pics, which will show you why I love cycling...

Testing the Schwalbe Pro One tires

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in 2016, autumn, bike and gear photos, bikes, gear and gadgets, blog, cycling photos | 0 comments

Since I bought my first road bike, around 5 years ago, I have ridden nearly 50,000 km in sunny Sicily. While that may not be particularly impressive, I believe the fact that I never had a flat, sure is! So, are the roads on this island paved to perfection? No, not really. I was just lucky my bike shop advised me to go with Schwalbe Durano Plus. This tire has a gel layer that helps prevent punctures. For me they are the perfect tires and several pairs lasted for over 10,000 km.   I did always wonder whether the Durano Plus tires were much slower than other tires. I...

Cycling is fun (again)!

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in 2016, blog, cycling in Sicily, cycling photos, featured slider, photos bike ride, slideshowpics | 0 comments

For a while, cycling hadn’t been that much fun. After the accident it took several months to get back on the bike and with a lot of the power gone, it felt like I had to start from scratch. Training wasn’t much fun and neither were core workouts due to pain in my neck, arms and collar bone, that just didn’t seem to go away. I wanted to be back at the level I was before the crash, but progress wasn’t going fast enough and neither was I (so I thought). I was extremely focused on riding fast, but I forgot all about the most important thing: cycling should...

Where are the hills?

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in 2016, blog, cycling photos, photos bike ride, winter | 0 comments

So this winter I decided to test my new Ridley Fenix SL winter bike in a country where it could actually get cold in the winter, so I’m doing some cycling in The Netherlands. To help me acclimatize, the weather gods decided it was best to let me cycle in the warmest winter in history… #notcomplaining. So here are my first thoughts: 1. Where are the hills? 2. I thought I knew what a strong wind was, then I started cycling in Holland 3. My Fenix SL is a spectacular bike, really happy with my choice! 4. The Selle San Marco saddle is a much comfier saddle than the...

A day at Ridley Bikes in Belgium

Posted by on Feb 6, 2016 in 2015, autumn, bike and gear photos, bikes, gear and gadgets, blog, cycling photos, featured slider, ridley fenix sl, slideshowpics | 0 comments

Before saying farewell to my trusty Ridley Excalibur in November of last year, I already knew what my new winter bike would be. That is, I knew I wanted the Ridley Fenix SL frame and the same 4za handlebars I have on my Helium SL, but I was still figuring out with what parts to complete the new bike. I visited my friends at Eurobici in Partinico and chose the following items: Shimano Ultegra groupset Selle San Marco regale carbon saddle Ritchey stem and seatpost Speedplay titanium pedals Zipp bottle cages Cinelli cork ribbon And with the Fulcrum wheels that came with the Helium SL (which I never used...

Farewell Excalibur!

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in 2015, autumn, bikes, gear and gadgets, blog, featured slider, ridley excalibur, slideshowpics | 0 comments

Even though I started cycling on a MTB and the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed it, I always wanted to try a road bike since I watched the epic mountain stages of the TDF and I fell in love with the sport. By accident – even though my gf finds this hard to believe… – I came across a small bike shop in the town of Partinico. Even though the square footage wasn’t impressive, the choice of bikes, bike clothes and accessories was. I was approached by Giuseppe, who ran the store and who asked me whether he could be of service. I told him I was just wanted...

October 2014: cycling in sunny Sicily!

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in 2014, autumn, cycling in Sicily, cycling photos, photos bike ride | 0 comments

Like in October last year, we still have great cycling weather in sunny Sicily: in the last few days the temperatures hovered between 28° and 30°C! So no winter bike or ls jerseys for me, but summer kit and Polar Bottles with cold water and SIS hydro/electrolyte. Here are some pics I took on a bike ride to Balata di Baida, a small town near Scopello and Castellammare del Golfo: The weather forecast looks very promising, so if you’re tired of cold and nasty weather, why not come to Sicily for a few days of cycling in the sun! Arrivederci in Sicilia 😀 Don PS Not able to come...

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