I’ve used Planet X XLS bike for about 5 years and can say that is an amazing bike – I treat it not only as cyclocross, but also as road bike and gravel, depending on used tires. I started a few MTB races on this bike, I made my longest ride on this bike, I started using tubeless, tested a lot of different configurations… and changed a lot of things regularly. In the original specification, it was a 2x10s bike, but I changed it to 2x11s and now it is a 1x11s bike. I would like to write why I decided to move from 2×11 to 1x and why it is the best choice in my opinion.
It was strange year for all of us. Of course, the most because of a pandemic, but it was strange also in other areas. This year changes my perception of many things: I lost focus on sport competition, I focus on personal development and my own plans, it was great. One of the most important things – for me – was to say “goodbye” to Strava. Yes, I decided to remove my Strava account, all activities data, all my KOMs, comments, pictures etc. and do not back anymore. Why? This post is about the reasons for this decision. Some of them may be strange to you, but I strongly encourage you to read – it may give some food for thought.
Finally, I decided to write about my strange experiment – convert MTB bike to gravel. I rode MTB and liked that few years ago, but after a crash during one of the competitions, I completely lost my enthusiasm to that kind of bikes. I tried MTBs few times during these years, but always said “no, it is no it”. Last year (2019) I bought a very nice 27.5” MTB bike from second hand. Rode it a few times and again said no, but… that time was different. I liked that bike very much and decided, it can be excellent git for my girlfriend. She didn’t have bike, and we looked for something for some time. It was the beginning of that conversion history.
In early summer I wrote a post about running. In that post I mentioned many injuries, and they gave me chance to gain new knowledge. Because of running, I started training yoga. First time during my trip to the USA, then few months off and then I joined to gym club and yoga exercises. Now I’m after more than half a year with yoga in my life, once or twice times per week and I can describe benefits that gives me this activity. Just now I can say: I really recommend anyone to try yoga. It’s amazing, how can it help in many completely different areas.
I’ve already wrote two posts about Panaracer tires: first about Gravelking AC/Mud version, good for all round, with nice grip and good speed; second about Gravelking SK which is very fast gravel tire for dry conditions and also so fast on tarmac. This post is about their third model: Gravelking (slick). Yes, without any add-on in name. Is is good tire? Is it fast, what about grip?