Riding with an Oval Chainring on a Mountainbike

I see a lot of riders in my local area riding with these. So I decided to see what is was all the fuzz is about. I bought a Blackspire Snaggletooth Narrow-Wide Oval Chainring (That’s a mouthful!). It was one of the cheaper options available but it seems to be working fine after 2 months of use.

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Cycling knee warmers

Knee warmers – It’s a hard piece of cycling gear to love. If the size is wrong you’ll find yourself looking like you’ve stolen the legs warmers from a 90’s teenage girl and now have very warm ankles and very cold knees.

Find a pair that fits and it’ll extend your summer cycling wardrobe a surprisingly long time and eliminate the need for 3/4 length tights. Which make them a bargain piece of kit. That is if you haven’t had to buy multiple of them to find the right ones.  

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Features to look for in a multitool

How do you choose a multitool when there are more than 1000 different ones available at the big online retailers? Depends on how long, where and which discipline you ride.

First of all, lets be clear here. Most tools will work for most situations, so you won’t need to buy multiple tools. As long as you choose one with the most used tools you’ll be able to at least limp back home in most situations.

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New bike day – Giant Fathom 1 2017


After some radio-silence on this blog, I’m back on the bike.

I’ve rekindled my love for mountainbiking and have bought a new mountainbike instead of investing in getting the old orbea up to scratch. It’s still a lovely bike and I still use it a lot.

But on to the new bike: A Giant Fathom 1 27.5 2017. I have ridden 100 km on it so far. So here is some observation about the riding on this bike, coming from a classic XC hardtail with 29inch wheels and triple chainrings and going to a slacker, more trail focused 27.5 bike with a 1×11 setup.

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Bikepacking bag manufacturers

I have been looking for bikepacking bags for some upcoming adventures and I ended up with quite a big list of bag manufacturers.

This might be useful to others so I made a spreadsheet and noted which types of bags each manufacturer makes, you are able to sort them below if you are looking for a specific type of bag. I have noted the country of each. This is where the bags seem to be available and is most for my own shipping/customs purposes and not where the bags are made. In some cases that information was not available.

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Convert Garmin Edge mount for Wahoo Elemnt Bolt

The Wahoo puck-style mounts uses zipties rather than elastic bands, which is quite annoying when you want to move it from bike to bike or only use it sometimes.

The Garmin edge pucks does use elastic bands. But we do not live in a world of standardized mount interfaces. The “wings” on the wahoo is rotated 90 degrees from the garmin and they are also a little wider than garmins so it won’t fit in.

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Dropping the Race Face Strafe grips on my mountainbike

I’m changing the grips on my mountainbike from the Race Face Strafe Lock-On Handlebar Grips to a cheap slide-on grip(called Force Lox) instead because the Strafe grips simply does not work for me. I bought them 2 years ago and they have been bothering me ever since.

Now I don’t ride my mountainbike as often as my roadbike and I don’t go on long mountainbike rides, so I have been able to live with it. And have chosen to spend my “bike bits” funds elsewhere. But since I crashed on my bike I have used my mountainbike for commuting, so now I was reminded of it every day. Enough was enough.

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Finding the right saddlebag

My saddlebag got stolen from my my bike, along with a cheap rear light, about a month ago. So the search was on for a new one!
I have been gathering the parts for a new saddlebag and spending some time figuring out what I need to carry with me. This needs to fit in the saddlebag, as I don’t want any of it in my jersey pockets.

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