We finally got away on a big mountain weekend. Three days of fat bikes, rafting and beer drinking in Swedish Lapland. Me and Fredrik loaded up the minivan with fun stuff and headed to Bjorkliden.
We finally got together to record on the BLISL-podcast. A little tribute to Cyclist Robin Williams, summer sum up and big mountain plans. Check it HERE
So, i´ve had a few weeks of. Crazy summer heat in Sweden and i loaded up the family for a road trip in the old Corolla.
We rode about 330 miles (metric) through our beautiful country. The goal was Apelviken outside Varberg on the Swedish west coast. I´m just a surfer by soul. Not much waves up here in Swedish Lapland. But my old friends from childhood who lived down there for 15 years are.
We knew they were staying there with their families in campers by the beach. After three days on the road we arrived to beautiful Apelviken.
We stayed for six nights living the easy life on the beach in a tent.
The surf was not up but we still had an amazing time by the sea. Skimborading, swimming, eating and drinking. The kids were up all night chasing rabbits. My only regret was that i did not brouhgt the fat bike. There were miles of sand dunes to explore. But on the other hand. This was a quality time with the family.
It has by all means been an amazing summer up here and the time off has been inspiring, lots of cool stuff in the making. First of all we are recording a new pod on sunday, should be out next week on Mountain bike radio and we are also planning another roadtrip up north with bikes and kayaks. We will also get a visit from Kevin who was up here last winter. So a lot of fun stuff in the making, plus i got something going on with the awesome guys over att Fat-bike.com but more on that later on. Need to chat with uncle Gomez some more… =)
There is not much riding being done right now. I´m managing the shop by my self for a couple of weeks as my brother is on vacation. Over the last few days temperature has been rising to over 30 degrees Celsius and business is slow. I thing i have watched every single mountain bike edit on the internet.
Yesterday was by far the hottest day and i just needed to take a ride to the beach for a brew and an evening swim, and of course some sweet sand fat biking. The Lars dropped by my place after work and we headed to one of our many sand spots that has evening sun. First a bit bit of gravel road by the riverside.
To sum up an excellent evening we stopped for a few more beers at our favorite hangout by the north harbor in Luleå. Lots of people just strolling around. Lots of people turning their heads saying: Look at those big tires. When riding fat bikes that kind of comes withe the package.
Baby steps on the Instagator build. Frame has arrived and i´ve fitted the parts that i got. Turns out pretty damn cool. Taking a break now when summer is coming. Bike packing and family road trip for a couple of weeks.
The big issue now is wheels. I was planning to go for Surly Rabbitholes but since Stan´s Notubes reveled their 26+ Hugo rims i kind of want them. Still they are not available until October. So we´ll see how things develop…
The frame looks awesome. It´s my first Surly ever. I really like the finish. Less is more in graphics as usual with Surly. The dual drop out system makes you choose between horizontal dropouts for single speed, 135/10 QR and through 142/12 axle.
We sure got our fair share of winter and short days up here around the arctic circle. But when summer finally comes it brings the light of the midnight sun. It just doesn´t get dark for a couple of weeks. Right now the sun is at its peak. This far the summer´s had a slow start with low temperatures and rainy days.
But he bright night are awesome for trail riding. It´s been a while since we were out on the local trails. So last night we went for a little spin. We (me, the Lars and Andreas the fisherman) headed out on Kallaxheden. Sweet sandy trails among the pine trees. We gathered around 08.30 pm and headed out to a little lake, Kvarnträsket.
The simple things in life are the best. In this case. Friends, bikes and beer.
Listen to our new episode on Mountain bike radio. Me and Lars were joined by our triathlete buddy Carl-Mangnus.
Check it HERE!
For a long time i´ve been eager to explore the islands of our archipelago. A few days ago we took a trip to the nearest, Sandön. It´s located just outside the city bay. You just need to cross a little channel to get to the island that stretches around 15 kilometers out. Out new friend Anders and his new Mukluk acted guide. He also has a small dingy for transport over the channel. We don’t have tides up here in the bay of Bothina but this day the sea level was about 60 centimeters under average. Resulting in even more sand shores to explore. We took an early start when a few of us had to be back after lunch.
The weather was stunning and we got an epic ride around the island. We got 10 kilometers forest trails and 10 kilometer awesome sand riding. Check the our route on Endomondo HERE. Before hitting the dunes we headed up to a rock field in the middle of the island. Quite a cool place.
This is just the beginning of our island expeditions. There are around 1 000 island out there to explore. Restaurants and cafes on a few of them and miles of sand and rock shores.
The wet sand is packed and perfect to ride on.
Due to extremely low sea level we could ride far out on the sea bed.
Here is a little edit…
The story of Ezra Caldwell reached via social media. Nine years ago i lost my father to cancer. Getting older cancer scares the shit out of me. Stories like Ezras are hopeful and yet terrifying. To watch him put down all his effort to ride. Despite going through treatment and being sick as hell. The willing to live and squeeze out the last drips of life by go out and ride just breaks my heart. Truly inspirational and beautiful.
Ezra died the evening of May 24. My favorite bicycle quote feels more important then ever.
I don not ride to ad days to my life, but to ad life to my days.