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

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Patrick

Back On 700C Wheels

Gravel road to Plagne, Switzerland.

In May of this year, I swapped my 700C Nox Composites wheels for 47° Nord hand-built 650B wheels. While I prefer the smaller wheels in combination with wider tires, I put the 700C wheels back on the bike for the fall and winter months. I did so for no practical reason other than that the 650B wheels needed new tires and the fact that I have the 700C wheels hanging in the basement with a few pairs of 700C tires sitting in my bike parts storage cabinet. In particular, I had a set of WTB Nano Race tires, which according to WTB aren’t tubeless compatible. For that reason, I tried to sell them, but I never found any taker. One evening, I got the tires out and tried them tubeless. Despite the manufacturer’s note, they were easy to mount tubeless. Easier, in fact, than some tubeless tires I’ve dealt with. For the next couple of months, I’ll therefore be on those Nanos. I have a pair of 42mm wide Teravail Washburn tires that may be mounted next.

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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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Patrick

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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