a time has come to part with the ‘roller. well served ride has to be sold in face of upcoming custom project, athough will be sorely missed.
latest shots although a blue ck headset installed atm
The first century on the roller.
The weather isn’t always best or even ok for alleycats in Helsinki, but riders of the storm race anyways.
A great day of riding in great spring weather. Sun was shining and just shy of 120km was ridden with a bunch of single speed enthusiasts ( although many had gears ) with a few stops along the way.
First we rode to Porvoo where we had a longer food and coffee brake after which took a slightly longer route back with a few km of graver grinding and lots of hilly terrain. Constant head wind of course as was expected.
Pretty decent average speeds with 27km/h there and 25km/h back (fixed gear of course ), really beat at the end. Ran on fumes the last 10km.
So finally after winter I can ride the ‘dale again. Had some misfortune with the mavic 520 hubs and had to sell those on. Luckily mack had a set of nice fuchsia/pink track hubs ready so didn’t have to wait for 8 weeks for those.
Pics taken at Hernesaari again, due to terribly windy couple of days had to settle for secondary location for the pics as there was no chance taking pics with the bike standing supported in an open place. Gotta do another round a bit later as the spring moves even futher towards summer.
The patriotic scarf was jiggling in the wind which probably can’t be seen in photos, but you can spot the stones in front of each tyre to keep the bike in place. And even though I think it’s ready now sudden changes can always take place..
here are a few and the rest @ my flickr
Detailed specs and bike history&comments can be found in pedalroom
Just counted 6 shot rolls at the fridge and my long lasted love for disposable cameras has taken me to shoot a small plastic bag full of forgotten memories.
I should really start the process at some point before summer’s photos jam the fridge totally..
Went up to the Velodrome in Helsinki to take a few shots of a fellow riding his Pelizzoli around the oval. The velo is in terrible condition but still rideable with proper road tyres.
Film will be developed as I’ve shot all the 36 frames, probably next week as I plan to ride the ‘dale again this week after a long hiatus..
A road bike with hoods felt somewhat at home there although the 49x19 was a bit short..
Beautiful Mack’s arrived on tuesday. The Phil Wood of Poland did a great job and the will be put to use asap. Had a wheelset built around mack hubs which was sub 1.5kg and fantastic, ended up selling it though. Didn’t hesitate bying these as I’ve been on a look out for “pinkish” hubs for a while.. Will be paired with Omega V’s.
Been slow lately. Not much to post as the winter in Finland holds it’s on-off grip of the land. Right now it’s shit but the weather should take a turn for better soon.
Had my first longer ride of the “spring” last week, was plenty of fun. It was to me the first warm day this year with probably +10°ish in the shadow. Had my Giro Lx mitts on and went on comfortably for some +60km.
Bought the phils for future, maybe for a track setup in the future. The expiry date on those isn’t coming any time soon so they might end up in my drawer to be used in the not so near future.
Hibernating through the winter
Decided to celebrate the snow. Changed to 35mm knobbies and went for a short stroll near the ocean in southern part of Helsinki. Lots of roads frozen over and it was slippery all around. But fun.
Maybe put on some carbon riser bars near future and studs as it seems that they might be the healthier option over cx-tyres.
Sorry about the shitty mobile pic, I’ll shoot some more tomorrow over at a CX event..
Sold the Karate Monkey the day I received the CK front hub in the mail.
Sex for the future build: Chris King single speed hubs w/ titanium 21T cog. Haven’t weighted the hubs yet but the cog weighs only 41g.
I have a plastic SS mtb in the works..
So the never bought the frame and now I’ve got the best pair of hubs practically useless in my drawer..
Such a shame..
goneeightyfive said: hey man, loving all the photographs! spotted some of your steamroller down the bottom, I'm riding an early 80's 453 Reynolds tubed conversion atm but I'm a little reluctant to part with it in regards to weight, it's damn light. Are those Surly's heavy? I've never ridden one but know theyre 4130 chromoly. Cheers, G.
Thank you for the appreciation.
The steamroller isn’t particularly light, although with parts selection you can make a decent 8kg bike perhaps. The frameset in size 59 weighs between 3kg and 3,5kg I believe as the size 56 weighs about 2kg(4.5lb) and the fork 850g(1.9lb). So it’s not a weight weenie but a very nice ride and not too expensive either. You can get those second hand easy.
A friend of mine assembled a sub 10kg winter steamroller with studs and all without any super light or seriously expensive parts which is quite ok.
The steamroller would probably be my pick if I could own only one fixed gear bike. It fits decent enough tires, you can do long runs with it or even cross and it most definitely performs well during winter time.
I’m counting on it as I sold my karate monkey last week.
Do keep riding your conversion but if you ever decide you want an allrounder..
So the Mission Workshop released today their The Zurich AP Series // Merino Softshell Hoodie
Have had a friend lend me the chrome cobra hoodie for a few days and it feels swell and maybe worth the $160 from chrome shop. At skinny 6’2” the large is a perfect fit. Not too tight not too loose. Quite a nice feel too and definitely kept me warm today at -something°c as a middle layer.
The MW Zurich on the other hand is intriguing but I have no use for another soft shell jacket. Not even for a lighter one since I’m using soft shell when it’s way below 0°c and I already have a soft shell jacket for when it get’s really cold.
I might go for the torre merino sweater at some point though if they have it on sale or smthng..