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Samuli

Member since Aug 2015 • Last active Apr 2021
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  • in Rides & Races
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    I'm riding Ardent rear and DHR II front, while the decision was based more on what was available at a LBS than a thorough analysis, it was good for the winter up here and rolls well enough to use for bikepacking too, IMO. Both with the basic lightish EXO walls.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Seems like it was only sent to the participants now, so maybe it's more considerate to not share it yet.

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    SRMR sent an email yesterday saying they're making the final decision in July and that at least for now we can assume that it will happen. Rider list was announced, about 250 names.

    Haven't done much to get ready for the trip as it feels so distant, though I have the gear and there hasn't been anything keeping me from riding yet. Should get doctors note, maybe some of the basic vaccines travellers take, though I already have some of them, book tickets and so on.

    https://eurasianet.org/as-a-possible-new­-covid-19-wave-looms-central-asia-is-nap­ping

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    His sleeping bag was Rab apparently.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    “The tent was one of the best pieces of equipment I’ve ever used,” he
    says. “It was a Nemo Gogo Elite which is pretty much a bivvy bag with
    an inflatable hoop. It uses an air beam with an integrated pump.

    “You blow into this bag and then squeeze the bag and it amplifies the
    pressure you can get, so you can blow it up in 20secs. It’s almost as
    light as a bivvy bag and you get fully enclosed to keep the rain and
    midges out.

    https://road.cc/content/news/59716-inter­view-round-world-record-holder-mike-hall­-talks-round-world-record-kit

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    People seem to be pretty pleased with the Nemo Gogo Elite that has an inflatable beam too, though it is tiny. I read some used it in SRMR without problems.
    https://bikepacking.com/gear/nemo-gogo-e­lite/

  • in Current Projects
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    I've used short chainring bolts, they're made to fit in a 10mm hole so fit in the dropouts too.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I used tubes and 35 mm Continental Grand Prix Urban in the last TCR, 28 mm gp4000 in -16 and -17. The 35 was very nice on some of the parcours and on some of the small roads in France, but narrower would have been fine. Might have been slower, as they're not that high end of a tyre, though they too use the Black Chili compound, but can't really tell if there's a difference or blame them*. That was 1,5 years ago though, there's more wide tubeless road tyres now, would be interested in some of those. After that I've only really ridden 47mm or wider tubeless tyres as there hasn't been any road racing.

    *Actually I'd probably have won the whole race with faster tyres for sure.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I haven't used the DT rims that are on ebay set has, but I have had the cheaper r460 and 470. Good rims otherwise but pretty easy to dent, especially the r470 that has thinner walls. And when you let the pressure out, tyres tend to drop off the shelf. So if you get a flat and need to put a plug in it, you'll need a good pump and the stars to align to get the tyre back up or use a tube. These rims have sharper edges so are more likely to pinch flat the sidewall of a tyre than a mtb rim, though that seems to be true with most road rims. The WTB Kom I have on the bike's other wheels are much less sharp, as are the hookless carbon rims on my mtb. You shouldn't have to worry about this on tarmac, but I have dented two rims during TCR on bad tarmac, with pressures a bit too low.

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