Five minutes of French fame

Last winter me, Sven and Anders participated in a French adventure tv-show called Echappés belles. Apparently they travel around the world doing adventure exotic adventure stuff. I guess fat biking on the frozen archipelago of Luleå qualifies.

Here is the whole episode. Lots of great views from our amazing part of the world.

32 minutes in we´re riding the ice and get a short interview.

It kind of makes me long for winter.

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Swedish Lapland Bike Summit – Demo version

We had some big plans regarding our bike summit in Björkliden. The idea was to have a big international event with bike pass witch included food, cabins and loads of other stuff like guided rides above the arctic circle.
But we´ve decided to move it one year forward and aiming for 2016.

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However we will be up there this year anyway so we decided to have a kind of test weekend. Check the trails once more. Anyone who feels like it can come and ride with us. We sure could use the feedback.
There is a public Facebook event and every one is free to join. This year you have to make your own cabin or hotel reservation.
We will be riding the trails and would love to have more people to join.

The event takes place 3-6 of September.
Come ride with us!

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Salsa 2016 line up

Salsa Cycles just released their 2016 lineup and i must say it is looking gooood!
Besides their classics like Vaya, Horsethief, El Mariachi, Mukluk, Spearfish and so on they got a few pretty awesome bikes.

Here are my favorites.

I´ve always been a fan of the Monster Cross type of bike. My Singular Peregrine is by far the one of my rides that i use the most. For commuting, gravel and trail riding. It is basically a mountain bike with drop bars or off road specific drop bars like Salsas Woodchipper or On-one Midge.

This year Salsa presents the Deadwood. A 29+ Monstercross!
Need i say i love it? I guess not.

For quite a time i´ve been convinced that bigger tires are here to stay. By bigger i don´t just mean fat. Wider rims and tires are heading to regular bikes both on and off road. The Plus standard is here to stay and i´ll bet we will see a lot more regular trail bikes with 27.5+ and 29+ wheels.

The Pony Rustler is a brilliant example. This young stallion is based on the Horsethief but got space for 27.5+ (3.0″ tires)it is also possible to ride regular 29″ wheels as long as the hubs are right.
But honestly i do not see the reason for that. Riding trails it´s all about traction and 3.0 tires is the sweet spot on a trail bike.

And then of course there is the Bucksaw. Second season for the fat bike that changed every thing. I have not yet even seen one in real life but this bike is the one that still keeps me awake at night. All the reviews and ride reports speaks of a game changer. I love riding my Mukluk, it handles very good when going fast and climbs like a goat. Ad split pivot suspension it must be a killer.

This year it comes in black! This is my next ride. Just have to make it a long term build to afford it.

I fall in love with Salsa more and more for every year. Great brand with great bikes. We also got a proper disruption in Sweden now through NordicTrade.

Check out Salsa whole 2016 lineup HERE

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Love, life and friends is all that matters

I´m sitting in the office at work and writing a post about our amazing wedding last Saturday. While i´m scanning through the pictures by my good friend Fredrik at Humanspectra.com i get interrupted by a customer. An old man by the counter. He tells me his wife passed away last week and he needs a new white shirt for the funeral. We talk for a while as he tries out the size and model. He seams quite ok, smiles and leave the shop with a new shirt. While i´m watching him on the sidewalk i get very moved by the situation. I´ve been walking on clouds the last few days. So happy and thankful for having Jessica by my side and for the two kids we created together. For all of our amazing friends and family.
Our journey has just begun and life lies ahead of us. Meeting a man on the other side of life journey really makes you think.

Struck by the moment and realizing how short life is i had to call Jessica just to hear her voice and tell her i love her. She was busy with the kids riding her bike to a new café that just opened just where we live. All the noise in the background, laughing kids, the wind in the phone, her voice a bit stressed holding the bars with one hand and the 4 year old on the trailer behind. That, is life happening right there. We´re in the middle of it and it´s short. Lets make the most of it. Live, love and ride bikes.

Here are some pics by Fredrik from our wedding. 115 guests, dragshow, burlesque strippers and clowns. All you need to make a kick-ass wedding. I want to thank everyone who made it one of the best nights of our life. I love you all so much! Without our friends we´re noting.

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Why do we fall? So we can get up again.

I have no idea how i would react if i got injured ending up being paralyzed. I just can´t imagine not to be able to walk or having a life with no sight or anything that makes me not do what i do. Maybe i would be depressed and live my life in bitterness and pain. Maybe i would fight it and to the best of the only life i got.

In september 2013 trials legend and superstar Martyn Ashton broke his spine leaving him paralyzed. Ashton was one of the riders in Road Bike Party 2 and honestly i did not now he had an accident until this popped up on youtube.

P1030962A few years ago i was privileged to voluntary work with people with disabilities as a ski instructor. I went on a one week course i Åre at a amazing place called Totalskidskolan. Here i learned that everything is possible. Everybody can ride.
I once taghut a guy paralyzed in a snow mobile accident riding sit ski. He was an ex snowboarder. And to see him back in the slopes was just an amazing moment. Un fortunately i don’t have the time to do this anymore but it is something i really want to do again.

To have the will and courage to get back on two wheels after getting hurt is truly astonishing. The smile on his face and the support from friends is just unbeatable.

I lift my hat for everyone who is struggling out there and thanking them for reminding me how lucky i am to have life and my health. I only wish i could be like you if something would ever happen to me.

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Tennis ride by the river

  

My oldest is going to tennis camp this week. Two hours a day, great stuff and she loves it. I´m not very interested in the white sport but so happens to be the tennis court is located just along one of the best local trail spots.  

 

To day i went for a spin in the damp weather during hers practice. I´ve been writing about these trails before but i never get tired of this beautiful place by the Luleå river.

  
 

Awesome trails in the forest and by the shore the river cuts through the sandy soil. There are just trails everywhere. 

   

Beautifully located by the river there is a summer café. Amazing view and awesome shrimp sandwiches. Weather has been quite damp the last few days so i was the only customer today.

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Just by the café there is a train museum. Wheels, got to be mankind’s best invention. And coffee of course. Combined it’s hard to beat.  
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I’ve had quite a few rides on The Instigator by now and will soon write a little something about it.  But it feels great but i still prefer the fat bike when it gets more technical trials.

 
 

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Midsummer solstice ride

Every year Sven has his own little tradition to go ride in the midnight sun on the brightest day of the year. This time he invited some friends. We met up around 10 pm for a 10 km ride to a small forest lake. I had to force myself since i almost fell asleep while putting my 4-yearold to bed before leaving. But when arriving at the randevou point in full sun light it was totally worth it.

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We took off in to the forest on quite technical trails. Lots of roots and rocks. To stop and have a chat was not an option. Mosquitos are quite eager for man-blood. Especially at night. It´s just a 8.2 kilometer ride to the lake and riding thorough the woods at almost midnight is really something else.

It has been pretty wet this spring, trails are muddy in some parts and there are loads of wood bridges over the mud holes. I brought the Instigator but should have ridden the Mukluk. This is fat bike country!
After a while the forest opens up an we arrive to the lake.

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This is really something. On Midsummer solstice the sun stays down for about one hour, well “down” it´s more like it starts to set and then have second thoughts and start to rise again.

We were not alone by the lake a few midnight sport fishing enthusiasts were already there.

We made a little fire to keep the mosquitos away and cracked a brew. It really doesn’t get any better than this.
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About 30 minutes past midnight we headed back. We took a different route with some faster trail. Good stuff.
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 These bright summer nights makes an amazing contrast to the dark winter. In december we only get two hours of day light. 

 
Around 01:30 i parked up the Instigator in the garage. This will defenetly be a tradition i’ll be taking part of in years to come. Gonna try to make it in December on the darkest day of the year.

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Raw Instigatin´

Went for a little spin with the Instigator. Took some shots with my iphone and edited in imovie app. Great fun.


Love the bike btw.
Did one on Vimeo to. So fun and easy to edit in the phone.

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Surly Instigator 2

Ever since i had my On-one 456 I’ve had a soft spot for steel all mountain hard tails. When sold it to buy a full suspension Specialized I’ve kind of missed it. I dont know why i have this weakness for these kind of mountain bikes. Perhaps it is the feeling of old school Going back to basic kind of thing. Or perhaps it’s just that they are badass. 

When Surly announced that they were bringing back their Instigator but this time with 26+ tires and 140 mm fork i put up my full susser for sale. This was the bike I’ve been waiting for. I got the frame last summer but the project had been on ice for the whole winter. Yesterday it was finally finished.

  
I got the last parts and stolen some stuff from my poor Mukluk to get it ready.

  
Drivetrain. Shimano Zee cranks with Superstar w/n 32 chain ring. XT cassette Slx derailer. Both upgraded with OneUp 42 cog and rad cage.  

 

Chris King headset, Thomson stem and Easton Havoc bars. XT breaks. One thing on the Shimano breaks. They are awesome! Super easy to fit. Did not even had to bleed after cutting the cabels. Me like!  


When buying the Instigstor ready built it comes with a Fox fork.  I like Rock Shox so i went for the 140 mm Revelation 27.5. The Dirt Wizards got plety of room. They’re sitting on 40 mm Alex rims, bomb proof! 


Regarding dropper post i wanted the best. I’ve had problems with droppers before so i went for Thomson Elit dropper. However i’m having some problems with that. Digging it to that and will follow up in future blog posts. 

I love the neat little remote.

 
I can’t wait to hit the trails with this beast. I love my fat bike but when going more agressive it’s a bit bumpy.  

 

The Superstar saddle is not only super cool it is also quite comfy. 

I’ve just rolled it for about an hour. I will be back with full review in a few week when I’ve got some dirt on it. 

  

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Mech Sunday

The day after snowy Saturday was maintenance Sunday. Due to the crappy weather the day before we were about to cancel. But all of a sudden May showed her best side. 

We finally got to re-place The Lars fork. Salsa reclaimed the Bearpaws on all 2014 Mukluks a few months ago. The Lars got a replacement but we just haven’t found the time to fit it.  


We also changed tires on some of the girls commuters and i change cabels on my Muk. In other words traditional spring maintenance. 

  

Since we were in fork fitting mood i cut the stear tube on the RS Revelation and the Instigstor now got its fork fitted properly. It looks very bling bling with Chris King and Thomson parts.  

  

To have a few friends over, open the tool box and have a few beers is sure is one my favorite things i this bike-geek business. 

  
Finally, throw a few sausages on the barbecue and having dinner on the porch made a good Sunday perfect. 

   
 

Premiere ride on the Instigator is getting closer. Just waiting for the last parts. 

Oh, we promised to destroy the old fork. So here we go…

  
Stay tuned folks. 

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