For the third time Kevin from England came to visit us here in Luleå. Kevin came here for the first time last March to do some ice riding and participate in Bothinaloppet, the 60 km ice race between Luleå and Piteå. Unfortunately the weather last year was a disaster, no snow and heavy rain made organizers cancel the race. I felt really sorry for him coming here and not being able to do winter riding. Usually march is guaranteed with super conditions for fat biking. This year things looked awesome. We got a new snow record 140 cm of white gold. This year Kevin was coming again and i had a feeling we were in for an awesome week. Super conditions and loads of snow. Then, it started to melt. A super warm end of February made me expecting the worst. Like last year all over again.
A few weeks before arrival me and Kevin were discussing whether he should bring studded tires or not, yet another gentlemen contacted me and wanted to come ride with us up here. Carlos from Spain is a adventure cyclist that have been riding all over the world. He participated in the Rovaniemi 150 last winter and been riding through Kirigztan and Mongolia. He was eager to bike pack on the ice. Carlos texed me to let me know he was on his way. Cycling from Umeå a mere 300 km ride(!)
The crappy weather continued as Kevin arrived on Monday night. While i was minding my own business at work on Tuesday Kevin dropped by my shop, with Carlos! These guys had no idea the other one was here. And they did not know each other. Turns out they met by accident. While Kevin was taking a trip along the ice road around town Carlos just passed the bridge above him. Carlos saw a fat biker on the ice and Kevin a fat biker on the bridge. They met up by shore and got to say hello and Carlos asked if he by any chance knew a cyclist named Olov. What are the odds.
Weather was still a mess but the forecast said cold and sunny on Thursday. Even if it felt pretty far fetched considering the last few weeks. The plan from the beginning was to try to ride to one of the islands about 10 kilometers out in the archipelago. The feeling to wake up Thursday morning. Dead calm, bluebird and just a few degrees below freezing. Fat biking on the ice was a go!
Since the ice is in pretty bad shape this year the car road is not open. But the snowmobile trails was just perfect to ride. We unpacked our bikes and headed out. The feeling of riding on the sea is really something else.
Hindersön has a café and hostel. Unfortunately they were closed today. But we brought coffee and sandwiches for a nice “fika” in the spring sun.
After filling up we went down on the outside of the island. Down here the ice was gone. Warm weather and heavy winds cracks the ice up and the shore line was filled with ice floe. I could not resist riding them.
We had an amazing day and i could not even imagine that it was possible for the weather to take a full turn to this. This sure is Swedish Lapland at it´s best. Thanks guys for a great day on the ice.
Me and Lars invited Johanna Myrland to the show. We talk about her downhill adventures in Boliva and how she came up with the idea of starting a Bike Club in Luleå. Listen to it HERE
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.
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!
It´s been ten years. I´ll bet the next ten will be even more fun.
Check out this clip from gearjunkie.com
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.
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.
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.
And now this. Loads of snow and frozen archipelago.
Life in Swedish Lapland is a life well spent.
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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.
Everything 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.
To this! In just 30 seconds.
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.
Check out our latest episode on Mountainbikeradio.com Me and the Lars catching up from a (too) long holiday break.
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.
Without the axle cover the axle takes quite a beating.
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.
Oh, regarding the French TV show. I´ll get back to that next week. =)
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.
Still it will freeze up and then… I’ll go ride again.