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Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in miscellaneous | 0 comments

Where are the hills?

Where are the hills?

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 Cirrus pro saddle on my Helium SL 5. Where are the bloody hills? Here are some pics I took during the first few rides in The Netherlands: Cycling on dykes and passing a windmill, how Dutch do you want...

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Posted by on Feb 6, 2016 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

A day at Ridley Bikes in Belgium

A day at Ridley Bikes in Belgium

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 after I bought the FF powertap wheelset) the bike would be complete. A few weeks later all parts had arrived, so all I needed was the frame and the handlebars… I contacted Ridley to see if I could visit the factory in Belgium and whether it was possible to have my bike assembled by one of their mechanics. After a...

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

Farewell Excalibur!

Farewell Excalibur!

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 to take a look at their road bikes and maybe get some advice on which type of bike would suit me. Giuseppe showed me around and we talked for over an hour about cycling, bikes and possibilities. We came to the conclusion that the Ridley bikes Excalibur would be an excellent bike to start. I thanked him for his time...

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

October 2014: cycling in sunny Sicily!

October 2014: cycling in sunny Sicily!

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 to Sicily? Check out these Sicily...

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

Thank you Ridley!

Thank you Ridley!

After a long tourist season I finally have some time to write on my blog and properly thank Ridley Bikes. Why thank this bike manufacturer from Belgium you might ask? Well, here’s why: My first road bike was as Ridley Excalibur, a really nice carbon bike with Ultegra groupset. I bough a size L but after many kilometers on the bike and a bike fit I came to the conclusion that a size M would be better for me. So what should I do, just buy a new frame and use the hardware from the current bike or buy a new bike? I quickly concluded that a new bike would be the best solution (for so many reasons :D), so I started to look at the Orion, the model that replaced the Ridey Excalibur. While surfing on the Ridley website I saw the new Helium SL. My friend Giuseppe from Eurobici in Partinico already told me about it when he came back from Eurobike and he was as enthusiastic...

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