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Story time: First snow

 Back on riding fixed gear bicycle. It's simply the best type of bicycle for me. For the coming spring and summer I have some bold plans in place. At least one 1200 kilometers fixed gear ride as well as some others. We got our first snow fairly early this year. No better time to test my new, although somewhat incomplete, fixed gear touring bicycle. At the moment I ride Santa Fixie Born frameset. It's s a chromoly steel frame with good tire clearance as well as mounts for mudguards. My plan is to build a long distance fixed gear touring bicycle around this frameset. More about that later this year / early 2022. This time my ride was only about 80km, it was cold, snow and ice was on the ground and I had  a new bicycle so I though that 80km is enough for testing the basics. With studded tires mounted on it was time to start pedaling. Roads in the country side were mix of snow and slush. Some black ice here and there. It did not take long to realize how much rolling resistance ther

Review: Fixie Inc. Floater Race 8s

 If you're a regular reader of this blog you may or may not have noticed that I have ridden quite a lot of bicycles in the last year or so. I think I have finally found what I've been looking for. Fixie Inc. Floater Race 8s I'm not a fan of having multiple bikes. I've done that and it's not for me. I much more prefer having one, maybe two bikes which are kept in good shape and ready to ride. So, I have sold all my bicycles and at the moment I only have one. I might buy another one for grocery shopping but that's about it. I saw this bike in an online store and started thinking that it would make a create gravel/touring bike for my adventures. I decided to buy it. I knew that I wanted to replace some of the parts from the get-go so I ordered those too. When the bike arrived I noticed that there will be some work to be done. Hub bearings on both wheels were way too tight. Rims were out of true pretty badly. Gears weren't working very well. However after servic

Story time: A stranger in the eyes of an era

 It's almost like a clichĂ© but sometimes it's not necessary to travel far for a thought provoking adventure. We are so busy in this society that our perception is constantly looking for the next big thing instead of concentrating to the current moment. On my recent fairly late summer night ride I stumbled upon an old railway stop. It's not in official use anymore but acts as a small shelter, kind of a picnic place I quess.  There are random books there. They have no common theme. Just books that people have brought in. In some sense this is beautiful. Think about it. Reading a random book, in a seemingly random railway stop, brough in by a random stranger.  I think it would make a lifelong memory to take the time to sit down in this place and read one random book from the shelf. Lifelong memories are foundations for the stories we tell our children. In our day and age people do not tend to do this kind of things anymore. We're too busy. Instead of living life to the ful

Story time: Highway of thoughts

 Sometimes when riding bicycle for long periods of time, I start to think very mundane things again and again. Seems like that I can find something new in them. Something different. Something not so mundane.  Those mundane things of everyday life start to feel mystical. Things like falling leaves, shiny asphalt after the rain or things like railroads. Railroads in particular. They are symbols of what we have left of our true freedom. An illusion of freedom. Think about it. Train can only go where the rails go. In some sense, we humans have similar limitations. Our lives are restricted by an arbitrary rules and regulations. You're as free as the society lets you to be. Human is like a locomotive on a railroad. Well enough of that, let's continue... This time my ride took me on new roads to places I've had not seen before. The weather was beautiful. It was an early morning. Quiet countryside roads lead me from small village to another...until... House and a story I saw an old

Story time: River of dreams

 I have been riding several "test rides" on my newly built fixed gear bicycle. One particular ride was thought-provoking. It wasn't that long, only around 120 kilometers. I found myself on an old bridge which is more than 100 years old. I stopped there and started thinking how different life must have been back then. In some sense it's probably not have been that different, but at least the pace of life has been much different what we're used to. My bicycle is in the old bridge, behind you're seeing the new bridge used today by cars and trucks. Think about it for awhile. We used to travel by foot and with horse and carriage. Of course on horseback too. Nowadays you may travel 80 kilometers in an hour. That kind of travelling was not possible nor it was needed on regular basis. Living was more local. Small towns connecting people Back in history big cities were not that common. Often they were far away and to travel to them would have been days and days of trav

Long distance riding on a fixed gear bicycle

 Winter is finally passing us here in Finland. During the hardest winter I built a new bicycle. It's a fixed gear bicycle which I will be using for my upcoming adventures. I decided to use a porteur front rack and a porteur rack bag. It easy to have tools, extra clothes and whatnot with you on a front bag. I can always add a saddle bag if I need more gear with me (for longer rides). I also like front loaded bicycle more. Gearing is 46x19 which is pretty perfect for me. You can keep fast enough speed, yet it's not too hard for your legs. I use both brakes too to save my legs.  The frame is Fuji Feather 2021 and crankset is made by Condor. Cranks are 144 BCD which I prefer. The 19 tooth gog is hold in place with a Dura Ace lock ring. At the moment I use Continental GP 5000 tyres. My preferred saddle nowadays is Ritchey Classic. Pedals are basic Shimano SPD pedals. Chain is standard Izumi track chain. Why fixed gear? I've been riding fixed gear bicycle for years and I think it

Story time: Experiencing life

 Winter is upon us here in Finland. Unlike last year, it seems that this time the winter is actually fairly cold and snowy. It was -8 Celsius (17.6 F) outside when I decided to ride 60 kilometers on backcountry gravel roads to see if I can find an adventure. I certainly did. First my route took me to an old railway stop between too lakes. There the wind was very, very cold and it felt like -25 Celsius. I took some pictures and ate a banana and started heading deeper into the backcountry roads hoping it would be less windy in the forest roads. My plan was to go for a coffee etc. in the nearby cafĂ© to warm up but of course I had forgotten my wallet. I had fairly good winter cycling clothing, two bananas and some water so I decided to just continue my ride anyway. Frozen wonderland After riding few kilometers on a fairly busy road I started to felt the cold in my toes. The road was really slippery and I had cyclocross tires on. They are good on snow, but without studs riding on ice is ver