Instigator update

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IMG_119420140625-162912-59352105.jpgBaby 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.

Night riders

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.

This pic is around 10 pm =)
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This place is awesome for fat bikes. Fast trails combined with sand makes riding a blast. There are some cool sandpits along the way.
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The Fisherman, who don´t ride fat tires, had some trouble in some parts.
Look how stupid he looks with those tiny tires… =)
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I could not stop my self from ripping in the pits. We´re for sure going back here to do some Gopro edits. It´s a really cool place.
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After playing around in the pits and trails we were closing in on midnight and headed back to town for a well earned after bike beer at the local waterhole.
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The simple things in life are the best. In this case. Friends, bikes and beer.

Cheers!
Olov

Shores

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. IMG_1072

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.

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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.

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The wet sand is packed and perfect to ride on.

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Due to extremely low sea level we could ride far out on the sea bed.

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We sure will be back.

Here is a little edit…