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

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Patrick

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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My Road Handlebars Over 28 Years

Descending the Montagne de Romont on March 29, 2019.

Looking at the photos of all my road bikes since 1992, one very noticeable change is the handlebar and in particular the position of hoods. On my early bikes the hoods were extremely low on the bars. Thinking about wrist and arm alignment particularly on that photo of my black Trek 5200, I wonder how it could have been comfortable. Well, I was a whole lot younger and rode just fine with that setup. The last couple of years I’ve standardized my handlebar on all my drop bar bikes and used a 44 cm wide Thomson KFC-One carbon handlebar. Before that I ran 42 cm and even narrow 40 cm bars.

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Old Road Bikes

Climbing the Col de l'Aiguillon on August 2, 2015.

I got into cycling with mountain bikes. After several years of trail riding me and a few friends decided to do some road cycling as well. In 1992 I bought a Trek 5200 from my local bike shop. I rode it through the Jura and…

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Old Gravel Bikes

Gravel ride on May 22, 2016.

I started gravel grinding years before it became a thing in Switzerland. At the time gravel-specific bikes didn’t really exist so my first two gravel bikes were pure cyclo-cross bikes. I did a bunch of gravel riding for seven years and then moved on in…

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