the-windjammers:

Party time with Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra. Saturday afternoon 19 April at bar ‘Roest’ in Amsterdam. Feel free to join and honor the King of the Cobbles.

Mangart to Monte Grappa 700k 17500vm

in september 6 of us are gonna visit the Dolomites, with our bikes, van and tents. Starting from Slovenia with the spectacular Mangart we ride in zeven stages to the Monte Grappa. During our stage tour we’ll meet famous climbs like Zoncolan, Monte Crostis, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Passo Giau, Passo Duran but with many more unknown climbs and small bending roads with more natural scenery…On the pages below you find more about our 7 stages…

A group of 4 unpaved riders is going for a Lake District MTB ride out this spring…This puts a smile on my face already…

This is where we are going…Gatesgarth first part,

Grizdale Bike Park (second part)

(Source: unpaved-cycle-club)

MTB Lake District may 2014

This May four of us are going to the Lake District for a 4 day mountainbike trip from around Keswick and Ambleside. On this page more about these 4 roundtrips….

  1. Lonscale fell & Windesmere bike park
  2. Garburn, Gatesgarth Nan Bield, Highstreet & Boredale 70k 2200vm
  3. Walna Scar Tour of Coniston 70k 1400vm
  4. Grizdale Forest Trails

Can Conti GP 4000 be made tubeless? NO YOU SHOULD NOT!!!

Saturday i am gonna ride the Paris Roubaix Challenge…I don’t ride tubulars so i might be completely wrong but i assumed the best thing to do is to make my clincher tires tubeless…I would have preferred some Hutchinson’s but these are only sold in the US! :(…My favourite tire is the Continental GP 4000 25mm but officially these are not made to make tubeless, neither as my simple Easton rims…Hence this experiment guerilla style in nine steps…

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  1. Clean the rims completely…i used some gasoline and soap.
  2. two layers of Notubes Yellow rim tape of 21mm. It goes to the side of the rims too.
  3. clean the inside of the tire with dishwashing soap to support the work of the sealant later. After dry it.
  4. pinch a hole and insert a Notubes valve…
  5. i soaped the side of the Continental GP 4000 with some dishwashing soap and put the tyre over the rims. Make sure the sides fit around the valve.
  6. inflate the tire fast with with CO2 to make the sidewalls pop to the rim side…(don’t skip this step!)
  7. remove the valve top and insert Notubes sealant. i used 50ml which is probably way to much but i had to make sure.
  8. Than pump up the tire with a handpump…don’t use CO2. It is not recommended in combination with Notubes sealant.
  9. After reaching 6 bar spin the weel and let the sidewalls heal and seal.

BUT NO…the experiment failed…First after 7,5 bar my tyre exploded on me…But pigheaded as i am i assumed i could ride Paris Roubaix just with 5,5 bar pressure as i wanted to…Though i was wise enough to test ride one more time and YES after 3km my rear explored again just with 5,5 bar…OK nice try…Conclusion: Don’t try to ride non-tubeless tyres tubeless like the Continentals…go search for real Tubeless approved ones like the Hutchison 28mm pave…image

1 Lake District: Lonscale Fell & Windesmere

Day one we first arrive at Keswick…Their are plenty of rides around but to start easy we could start with an easy loop around Lonscale (15k 400vm) 

and than go to Bikepark Whinlatter. There are three

loops.: the Altura North (10k) the Altura south (9k) and the Quircus Trail of 7,5k…

Good programme to get started…

2 Lake District: Garburn, Gatesgarth, Nan Bield, Highstreet & Boredale

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Day two we ride the Highstreet & Boredale route of the guys from Pedalnorth.com, combined with 3 other passes: Garburn, Gatesgarth and Nan Bield pass. Abouth the Highstreet & Boredale route they say: 

'This route is so classic that the National Trust should slap a preservation order on it forthwith. It has the lot - big, beefy climbs, grassy ridge-riding and two rollicking descents. You can vary it by coming back on the Ullswater shore path or up the flank of Beda Fell but this version keeps at a reasonably consistent standard of rideability. That said, there will be a spot of portage from the Hayeswater dam, but that's part of the package with Lakeland riding, right?

The moorland cruising north from High Street is ideal on a clear day, and the descent to Howtown one of the most enjoyable anywhere. If you look at the profile graph above, you’ll see that there’s almost unbroken descent from mile 5 to mile 10 - one of the longest descents you’ll ever do. 

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Day 2 consist of 70k and about 2200vm…Enjoy!!!