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Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

A day at FF Wheels

A day at FF Wheels

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a long time now, but the guy who hit my bike with his car kinda threw a spanner in the works (and me to the asphalt). This blog post is not about the accident, but about he excellent service at FF Wheels. A few years ago, my coach advised me to buy a power meter. I decided I wanted a hub version, so I’d have the possibility to use the wheel on both my bikes. I wanted stiff wheels and after some online searching, I found a set of FF Wheels with a Powertap power meter. These FSR wheels looked amazing and had excellent reviews, so I ordered them right away. This turned out one of the best bike related purchases! The FSR wheels are indeed stiff and fast and I’ve been using them on a daily basis in sunny Sicily. This means that I’ve ridden over 40,000 km with this wheel set. Then, one day, I noticed a small...

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 2 comments

The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 – first impressions and some issues

The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 – first impressions and some issues

I’ve been posting many, many pics of the beautiful views I have during my bike rides in sunny Sicily, both on this blog and on social media. A few months ago, I decided I wanted to add a Youtube channel, so you guys would have an even better idea why many people, including myself, love cycling on this magnificent island. I chose the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 over the GoPro action camera for two reasons: 1. I can record a video or take a picture using my Edge 810 2. I can overlay data like grades, speed, elevation, etc. If you’d like to read a more in-depth review of the Garmin Virb Ultra 30, please check out this excellent review by DC Rainmaker. This blog post is about my first impressions after starting to use the Virb and about some issues I had with this camera regarding battery life and online video quality and how I solved them. The set-up: Garmin sells a handy Virb and Edge combi mount,...

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

There, I fixed it!

There, I fixed it!

If you, like myself, don’t have magnet-less sensors, you probably use a wheel magnet and a cadence magnet for your Garmin bike computer. And if you have more than one bike, you probably bought one or two Garmin GSC10 set(s), consisting of a wheel magnet, a cadence magnet and three black zip ties. Nice, but why there are no Garmin sets with just a couple of wheel magnets? I never had to replace a cadence magnet, while I had to replace many wheel magnets. I believe I have 6 or 7 cadence magnets lying around and I probably won’t ever need them. Maybe it’s me, but I think those wheel magnets are just too damn fragile! And clearly, I’m not talking about the magnet itself, but the black u-shaped part, that goes around your spoke. The first ones I had, were made from some kind of bendy metal, so as soon as the magnet hit something (like the cadence sensor), that black part would bend and I’d either lose...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

Testing the Schwalbe Pro One tires

Testing the Schwalbe Pro One tires

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 don’t race, but I am quite competitive on Strava, where my current tires haven’t prevented me from getting some good results. I decided to do some research and see what makes a tire fast and whether a faster tire would be a better option for me. Here are some aspects that affect speed: Tire width: I still use 23 mm...

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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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