Panaracer Gravelking AC review

Panaracer Gravelking AC

There are a lot of cyclocross and gravel tires on the market. We can now choose tires for many conditions: better for ridding tarmac, hardpack, better for grass, better for difficult terrain and mud (CX races) and some all-rounders. Last time I was looking for something for autumn and winter and finally decided to use a proven solution – I bought Panaracer Gravelkings AC 700x35c. It’s their new name, because I already used them year ago, and their called Gravelkings Mud. Why Panaracer decided to change name? I think because they have few options: non-SK for tarmac, SK for gravels, and these AC / Mud for mixed terrains and all conditions. This post is a small review after several hundred kilometers in this, and previous cold season.  

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From Puerto de la Cruz to Teide

Tenerife Cycling

Last days I was on Tenerife, it was my first longer vacation in a year. One day I decided to rent a bike and go from city when I was (Puerto de la Cruz, north Tenerife) to Teide volcano. It was something amazing: only 36 kilometers one way, but all time up. Close to 2100 meters up in such distance – whow! It was the longest climb I ever made. Not the most difficult, because average slope was about 4-5%, maximum about 9%. On Karkonosze Pass I ride climbs more than 25% in this year. But this one was also difficult by length: almost 3 hours of intensive riding… Amazing, real. And also, with amazing views – check my Strava to see them.

Ultegra ST-R685 shifters and BR785 hydraulic brakes review

Shimano RS685 BR785 #2

About year ago, I decided to change my brakes, and also shifters on bike. It was long journey, because I changed many things before without good results. This post is not only a review for Shimano Ultgra ST-RS685 shifters and BR785 brakes, but also some comparison to other, mechanical brakes. If you don’t like long post, there is small version: yes, it’s a very good choice to exchange brakes to hydraulic. They are much better than mechanical, and if you will be not stingy, you will not have to do anything in long time. After a year, I really don’t see any downsides of this change and can only regret, that I didn’t do it earlier.

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X Marathon around Lubin

X Marathon around Lubin

Just like every year, a mararhon around Lubin was in last days of August 2019. Some people ran 100 km or less, other used bicycles and also many different distances. It was my third start on this marathon, and like every year, I decided to ride 110 km, the longest one. Weather was great – especially in the morning. All day was sunny, without rain, but also hot, there was about 32 degree Celsius (~92 degree Fahrenheit).

It wasn’t race, but great marathon: you could choose start time (from 6am to 10am, every 30 minutes) and also choose path, but must visit all eleven control points. As every year, I rode some in forrest, some on roads, and also lost way few times. Theoretically the best option is to ride across the red trail, but some sections are terrible for gravel or cx bikes. Overall, it was fantastic day!