Les Gorges Du Pichoux on August 11, 2018.
Les Gorges Du Pichoux on August 11, 2018.

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Patrick

An Icy Fat-Bike Weekend

Crossing the Grenchenberg.

February has been a disappointing cycling month so far. Temperatures shot through the roof and it rained a lot. The wonderful snow disappeared at lower elevations and suffered greatly up higher. Thankfully, the mercury dropped last Friday to make Saturday the coldest day of the winter, yet. For the first time this winter I pulled my warm Smith Vantage helmet out of the armoire and strapped on my ski/fat-bike goggles. Thicker gloves were pulled out of the drawer and I put on a thicker long sleeve jersey under my winter jacket. Despite riding at temperatures of around -16°C, I felt very comfortable on Saturday's 4 1/2 hour fat-bike ride.

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Patrick

Year 2020 In Review

The snow ghosts at the Chasseral.

In 2020 I rode 135 times or 300 hours, totaling 5’195 kilometers and climbing 144’439 meters. Due to our move in 2019, which saw my riding time greatly reduced for the second part of the year, I hoped to get back to a 2018 level in 2020. But that wasn’t possible. The pandemic had little to do with it. We had a few months with short time at work, which would have given me more time to ride. However, in early 2020 one of our cats was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and her sister shows signs of it, too.

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Nordest Albarda

Gorgeous day on October 12, 2019.

Although the Nordest Albarda sort of was the 50th birthday present to myself, it was built on a tight budget using the wheels I had on my red Volagi Viaje and robbing my Ritte Snob Disc of most of its parts. Building the Albarda was a slow process. An hour one evening, two hours another evening and sometimes more when I lost track of time. Everything got built in stages. One night the BB and crankset. The next night the drivetrain. One night headset and fork. Another for the brakes and one last evening to bleed them. No hiccups nor problems, except that the Chris King headset Nordest sold with the frameset isn't suitable for the fork; at least not in my opinion. So a Cane Creek 110 was installed instead. Fork and DT Swiss Centerlock lock ring didn't have enough clearance for me. Then I remembered that my wife's Alfine hub had an older DT Swiss lock ring with an inner spline. This one would leave a wider gap to the fork leg, so I swapped lock rings since it really doesn't matter what type of lock ring is on my wife's bike.

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Ritte Snob Disc

Ritte Snob Disc 2021 update.

In early 2019 I wanted to rebuild my Ritte Snob Disc by replacing the mechanical 10 speed SRAM Red groupset and mechanical TRP Spyre brakes with a SRAM Red eTap HRD groupset. Ever since I had to change the lower headset cup after the Enve fork recall, there was a small paint damage at the bottom of the head tube. When I went about to remove the clear protective 3M tape I had applied, the whole paint came with it. The headset removal and new installation must have been enough for the paint to separate from the stainless head tube. No primer had been used under the original paint.

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Volagi Viaje SL

Reaching the Chasseral on my Volagi Viaje SL.

The third. In March of 2014 I built a red/black Volagi Viaje up as a road bike and in 2016 an all black one into a 1x11 gravel bike. To distinguish the three, I called the red one the RD, the black one the CX and the creme one the SL. The RD went through several changes in the five years I rode it. With over 13'000 km it's had become the road bike I've liked most. In August of 2018, someone posted in the Volagi Vanguard Facebook group that they were looking for a titanium Viaje. Out of curiosity, I just googled "Volagi Viaje" and discovered that a German bike shop still had some NOS Volagi material. There were several carbon Liscio framesets and one creme/black Viaje. This frame was just my size and the price was far lower than the original retail price years ago. Loving this bike so much, this was basically the last chance to get my hands on a new Viaje and extend riding one for several more years. In early August this frameset was mine.

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