Teaser of things to come

For a couple years in a row me and some friends been visiting Björkliden for some big mountain adventures.
Björkliden is ski resort far up in Lapland way above the arctic circle. During summer they´re mostly visited by hikers. But the surroundings offers epic mountain biking. After our last trip an idea about an international bike summit started to spin in our heads.

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And now it´s on. In early September we´re planning a to have the first Swedish Lapland Bike Summit. The date is set to third to sixth September. We are still working on the set up but i want to make it official since we´re hoping to get riders from all over the world. So if you want to join us for some amazing riding in Swedish Lapland check out www.swedishlaplandbikesummit.com and sign up to get more information in a near future.

See you in September!

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Fat evolution. 10 years since the Pugsley

It´s been ten years. I´ll bet the next ten will be even more fun.
Check out this clip from gearjunkie.com

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Back on the ice

After seven days of constant snowing, resulting in a new record, 113 cm, the sun showed her face again. I finally got to take a little ride on the ice before work.

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It’s a blessing to get out for about 30 minutes and do this. The iceroad goes aroud our town and is a great recreation place.

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Still, after living my whole life by the sea. I’m stunned by the beauty of the ice and the crazy contrasts of living in a place where the seasons are so far apart. Last summer was amazing with almost tropic temperatures.
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And now this. Loads of snow and frozen archipelago.

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Life in Swedish Lapland is a life well spent.

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Fat Bike Fun part II

I´ve been planning to do a re-cap on my old fat bike fun video. Local trials but during winter. Yesterday i finally had some time off to do it. This video is shot just in the near surroundings of where i live.

Here is the first one i did a couple of years ago. Gotta love the contrasts of winter vs summer.

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30 seconds to nowhere

IMG_8180Everything went according to plan. Slam69 delivered the new cranks from Raceface and i fitted them on my lunch break today. After fitting the cranks and having a quick snack i had about 15 minutes for a test ride.

 

I took a spin down the harbor. It´s just right down the street, about a 30 second ride. Today was cold as hell with a wind making the minus 20 degrees Celsius fells like 30. The ice is ready now, ready to ride. I rolled down the bridge and went about 100 meters out on the ice. First time this year. Suddenly it hits me. This little town far away from everything and yet so close, is an amazing place.

Imagine, to go from this.

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To this! In just 30 seconds.

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It´s actually incredible and sometimes you get a little bit blind on your home turf. Expect lots of ice cycling posts the next few months. I guess frozen archipelago only exist here and it´s all mine.

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How to kill a moose – New episode on the BLISL Podcast

Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 10.10.00 PMCheck out our latest episode on Mountainbikeradio.com Me and the Lars catching up from a (too) long holiday break.

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The emptiness of a broken bottom bracket

Sooo… My ethirteen bottombracket finally died. Honestly i´ve been waiting for it to crash. When i built up the Mukluk two years ago there were not much to choose from regarding fat bike cranks due to the 100 mm wide axle. I finally got my hands on the ethirteen and they looked awesome. Still i soon noticed that the sealing in the bearings were quite un-seald. The plastic cover came loose all the time and the left crank kept unscrewing it self. Also there were no plastic tube to cover the axle. Quite crappy if you ask me. ethirteen is a high end brand after all… Any way, after my last disassemble of the bottom bracket the balls just fell out (lol) and the bottom bracket shell was as usual full of dirt.
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Without the axle cover the axle takes quite a beating.
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It could have been an easy thing to fix if the axle would not have been 30 mm instead of the standard 24 mm. Then new cups would do the trick. But now i need a whole crank set. Worst of all i need it before Saturday when i´m doing a thing for French TV on ice riding. Fat bike parts is not easy to find where i live and i had to go to my other “local” bike shop, Slam69 in the UK. Now a Race Face ride crank set is on its way from England. Just praying it´ll get here i time. *fingers crossed”

One week rest for the Muk in the suit department at my store.

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Oh, regarding the French TV show. I´ll get back to that next week. =)

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The only way is fat

Looking back at 2014 makes me smile. I wrote my thoughts about the past year over at Fat-bike.com and whats the best thing about fat biking. The community. Just click the pic and read it. 

Even though the last couple of months been busy and there´s not been much riding or blogging being done (didn´t even got out on global fat bike day) But i´ll sure get back in the saddle now. Last year i got the most miles in January. Life slows down, the every day pace starts after the stressed out holidays. We got loads of snow and the ice roads are all getting plowed up. We had a set back weather wize, loads of snow and warm tempratures makes snow conditions horrible.

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Still it will freeze up and then… I’ll go ride again.

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Bay of Bothnia Fat Bike Summit

I´ve been contacted by a few people around the globe who wants to come and ride on the ice with us up here. So i just thought we would do a little unofficial fat bike summit. The plan is to do a few ice rides the days around the race day. Due to day there are 11 riders participating in the race. The summit has nothing official to do with the race but it is a good time to arrange it while there are fatbikers coming here. This will be the first time i arrange something like this so it´s kind of an experiment for creating bigger events in the future.
The plan is to ride the ice to Sandön on Thursday and Hindersön on Friday. Here is a little story from our trip to Hindersön last winter. Saturday is race day and on Sunday we´re going up river to Aurora Safari Camp for some Ore trail riding and hill riding. The event is live on Facebook and will be updated on ongoing as we approach March. Check out the event on B.L.I.S.L:s Facebook. See ya in March 2015!

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Bothnia ice race and new trails

All of a sudden the seasonal trails start to wake up. Still no snow up here but cold weather allows the ice take control over our archipelago. It amazes me every year. How a whole new world gets easy access.

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Soon we’ll be able to ride across the ice and hit new trails never ridden before. Sure i rode the ice last winter. But it’s never quite the same.

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I went down to the south harbor to check it out this morning. I haven’t ride the fat bike for weeks but the Monstercross is quite nice to, as long as the snow waits. Also registrations for The Bothnia Race is now open. Lets just hope for tons of snow. Like last year there will be a fat bike class on the 60 km ice race between Piteå and Luleå. This is the first time Fat bikes are allowed on this race since last year was cancelled. To ride on the ice along the shore line is really something. Even if we weren’t able to race last year we did a lot of ice cycling. This sure is the fat bike dream ride.
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Even if we are on the ice, its still covered in hard packed snow, ideal for fat tires. Last year we attracted riders from England and i´m pretty sure Kevin is coming back this year and hopefully bring some friends.
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We´re in for a fun winter. Ice races, bike packing on the ice and your average fat bike fun in the snow.

Click here to register. You can choose your language on the registration site.

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