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Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in bikes, gear and gadgets, cycling and bike pics, slider | 0 comments

Photoshopping Polar bottles – part 2

Photoshopping Polar bottles – part 2

In Photoshopping Polar bottles – part 1 I showed you the process of making two of the Polar Bottle-themed images I had posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook since I became an official ambassador for Polar Bottle USA. In this post I’ll be showing you how I made the other two. TIP: click on an image to view the larger version. A juggling act I got the idea for this image when reading about juggling family, work and cycling. I thought that juggling lots of Polar bottles would be nice, so I started photographing my water bottles from different angles. This would help with getting the sun light from the correct angle, when rotating the bottles in the image. I also needed an image of me in a juggling position, so I asked my girlfriend to take lots of pictures so I would have enough to choose from. I decided to go with this one: Next, I added extra space above the barn, added some clouds and did some...

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in bikes, gear and gadgets, cycling and bike pics | 5 comments

Photoshopping Polar bottles – part 1

Photoshopping Polar bottles – part 1

Last year I became an official ambassador for Polar Bottle USA. I’ve been using Polar bottles since I started cycling in sunny Sicily and for me they are hands down the best water bottles to use in warm weather conditions. I keep them in the freezer overnight and take them out one hour to two hours before my ride. This way the water will stay cold for up to 3-4 hours. I have posted several Polar Bottle-themed images on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and because several people were wondering how they were made, I decided to show you how I photoshopped them. TIP: click on an image to view the larger version. Thanoooooooooooooooos!!! The first Photoshopped image was inspired by Marvel’s Infinity war. I didn’t like the movie as much as many did, but I did like the “Thanos dust effect”, so I decided to get myself “Thanosed” (not a word, but you know what I mean). I asked my girlfriend to take several pictures of me so I...

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

Monte Palmeto, the descent

Monte Palmeto, the descent

In my previous post, MTB ride to the top of Monte Palmeto, I wrote about the climb and I’ve posted links to routes on Strava. In this blog post I’ll show you what kind of landscape and views you can expect on the descent. The descent from the top of Monte Palmeto is pretty fast, with not too many sharp turns. And if you like speed, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the last stretch, which is particularly fast. I’ll end this post with a video my buddy “Caimano made” during his KOM downhill ride. He’s going crazy fast! But first the pictures… Photos: (Click images to view larger versions) The first kilometer is the slowest stretch of the descent and you’ll actually have to pedal a lot to keep your speed high. This is where you’ll pick up speed. Downhill 4K video: My buddy Caimano mounted a GoPro on his handlebars and did the fastest Strava downhill so far. NB Don’t try this at home…try it on Monte Palmeto (but be...

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in bike routes, cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

MTB ride to the top of Monte Palmeto

MTB ride to the top of Monte Palmeto

The bike routes I made for on-sicily.com are all meant for road bikes. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t beautiful routes for mountain bikes in the area. On the contrary! Climbing the mountains in the area on your MTB will give you spectacular views in beautiful areas of this sunny island. The first route I’ll mention on this blog, is the climb to the top of Monte Palmeto. This is the large mountain that you see when you drive from the gulf area via the A29 to Palermo. This rocky mountain is located close to Eurobici, where I can organize bike rental for you. The climb is not that long, so if you only have a few hours to spare, this route would be excellent. The climb: If you start counting from the main road, the climb is around 9 km long. The climb on the mountain itself is 6.6 km long and has an average grade of 6%. In the first few kilometers there are a few steeper...

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in bike routes, cycling and bike pics | 0 comments

Climbing to Piano Margi

Climbing to Piano Margi

If you like climbing in excellent weather, then cycling in Sicily will be a blast! There are many nice climbs in my area, both for road bikes and for mountain bikes. The climb to Piano Margi is one of those climbs. The first part can be done on a road bike and an MTB, but if you’d like to go all the way to the top you’ll have to do the climb on a mountain bike (like we did here). The climb starts in the small town of Cinisi, pretty close to the airport of Palermo. The climb: The climb is over 8 km long and when you’ve reached the top, you’ll have climbed 540 meters. The average grade is more than 6%, but you will encounter a few short steep parts up to around 15%. If you’re as strong as Giovanni Visconti, it will take you 24.5 minutes to reach Piano Margi. Many of us aren’t, so Strava times range from 25:17 to 1:18:13… Strava route: I created...

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in cycling and bike pics | 2 comments

Climbing Monte Inici

Climbing Monte Inici

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...

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