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backcountry pyrenees

October 2016, I finally get the chance to ride my Nicolai Mojo in a proper setting. And what a test it has been!

I have been riding for seven days straight on some wonderful trails mostly around the Huesca province in Spain, south of the Pyrenees. That means mostly Ainsa, for the more knowledgeable bikers, that may remember the 2015 Enduro World Series race.

And yes I should mention the geological significance of Ainsa too. In fact, I have been in this part of the world years ago — around 2006 if memory serves well — but honestly the emotions you get from riding on these rocks are way above those you get from studying them.

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nicolai mojo

Since I last wrote about (stolen) bikes my friend Phil (from T-P 2010) convinced me to get a bike which I would have never thought of buying; a short-travel, full-suspension Norco with 29” wheels. The price was very reasonable too, which I think was essential for my decision.

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stolen bikes and new bike

Last month two bikes were stolen from a certain garage in San Donato Milanese. Those were my mountain bikes; the garage, well that wasn’t mine1.

And it was dead easy to open the garage for these gentlemen. Not only did they steal my two most precious bikes, leaving the city bikes untouched, but also my tire pump and ...

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It’s been years since I started using Google Calendar to keep track my sports activities. I guess there are countless apps to do this but all I needed is something basic that I can access from anywhere. Since I already have synced my iPhone with Google Calendar, I can basically enter data from wherever I am, even if there ...

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elba

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June 2012, my wife Giulia is 7 months pregnant and we’re having our last holiday together, before the baby comes and wipes clean our current life1.

We drive our van to Elba, a beatiful island off the coast of Tuscany, just before the hoards of tourists take over the whole place. We spend these 7 days camping in ...

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io giulia valentina e la bici

Qualche giorno fa Valentina ha compiuto due mesi, e oggi ha fatto la sua prima escursione in montagna.

Saliamo sul Monte Canto io, Giulia, Valentina e la bici; io ho dietro uno zaino con focaccia, acqua, brugole e una camera d’aria; davanti un marsupio con la bambina; la bici la spingo su con una mano. Arrivati in cima, veloce ...

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24h finale ligure

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Quando andavo in moto mi hanno sempre appassionato le gare di endurance; 6 ore di Sebring, 24 ore di Les Mans, fari nella lunga notte, tutte cose che mi affascinavano.

Ho smesso di andare in moto ma le gare di durata non hanno mai smesso di attirarmi. E quest’anno sono stato trascinato da Stefano a fare una 24 ore ...

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obree quotes

A comment on Italians’ ability to manage confusion:

the Italians broke the laws of physics and created instant order out of utter disorder and chaos. We were waved and whistled by the police, straight through to the start area.

About cyclists (especially roadies) shaving their legs:

In fact, it was based on sound principles of physics and human anatomy, where ...

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open mtb maps

A short recap on how to build and install open mtb maps under OS X.

Essentially, a shorter version of the detailed instructions given on mtb-forum.it, written for my own convenience — but I thought somebody could find it useful especially to see the result of using different ‘styles’.

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flowchart of bike happiness

This is so good it’s a shame it lies forgotten in an old issue of DirtRag.

Source: DirtRag issue 145, october 2009.

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how a bicycle is made

A 1945 video on Raleigh bicycles, worth watching for historical reasons but also for something that the speaker says towards the end of the movie (around the 16‘45” mark):

[…] There are bicycles for all purposes, suitable for men, women boys and girls. A bycicle is a comfortable and cheap way of getting about, a great boon to men, ideal ...

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Yesterday evening I had the idea of taking a few shots during this special edition of Critical Mass Milano (special because it was the 10th year anniversary). It’s carnival time too so I figured there would have been good photo opportunities.

But I have a huge backlog of photos to check, catalog and process, so the last thing I ...

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salviamo i ciclisti

http://www.rotafixa.it/?p=542

Mi piace, aderisco, che altro posso fare adesso? Leggetevi qui sopra la proposta, e guardate come alcuni originali vanno in giro a Milano per evitare tristi conseguenze.

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un minuto secco

Ammetto che non mi ha un po’ scocciato questa cosa.

Intendo i risultati avuti su mtb-forum. Il fatto che né l’episodio 1il 2 abbiano vinto il titolo di video della settimana. E che siano stati premiati video che riprendono riding banale o che mostrano sciatteria nelle riprese o nell’editing.

Dovrei essere contento dei risultati visto che ...

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self filmed test

Ero in ricognizione a Montevecchia per studiare i percorsi da riprendere nel terzo episodio di “Winter Riding Milano”1. Avevo con me la Panasonic GF1 e il treppiede Gorillapod, cosicché ho deciso di fare qualche autoripresa.

Ero con la bici leggera, il percorso era tipicamente cross-country, il rider nulla di che; tutto suggerisce NOIA ma ho provato a tirarci fuori ...

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As promised before, here’s episode 2 of the miniseries “Winter Riding Milano”.

It was shot with Masatomo on Monte Canto, another beatiful riding spot close to Milan with lots of natural trails. What is shown here is a classic one: starting from Sotto il Monte we cycled up to the top and then down on the Kompressor trail.

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finale superenduro

Last October I’ve spent a great weekend riding and racing (and eating!) in Finale Ligure with Phil, Will and Fiona. I’ve collected all photos on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aadm/sets/72157629004495851/with/6751815233/

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So I’ve been busy shooting some videos with a friend and what I discovered is this: it’s a lot of work to ride hunting for location and constantly stop to shoot a five seconds clip !

Anyway, the idea was to show in 3 episodes the kind of riding you can do around Milano; it’s not Liguria, it ...

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ultimo giro in bici

Nel senso di ultimo nella mia attuale condizione di scapolo ! Di giri in bici conto di farne ancora parecchi.

Sono andato a rifare il giro dei Lagoni nel parco dei Cento Laghi (Appennino Parmense).

Lago Santo e 456

Caldo pazzesco, ottimo allenamento: rampe impedalabili, facili stradoni da ciclocross, un po’ di hike-a-bike, una discesa banale e ultraveloce su sterrata larga ...

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packed onto a subway

Being packed onto a subway or a bus or even stuck in your car in traffic makes you feel like cattle, and that’s an awful way to feel. If you never want to feel like a cow again start riding your bike.”

Bike Snob.

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