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.
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.Continue reading “Ultegra ST-R685 shifters and BR785 hydraulic brakes review”
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!
I visited Jizera Mountains again in this year. It was great time with a lot of hard cycling – not 100 km, but more that 2000 m uphill. Ufff, it was difficult, but amazing. I made a lot of personal records in many segments on Strava. Yep, it wasn’t most important, but it always something good. When next time? Maybe this year? Not sure, but want visit Jizera again! One info: tubeless saves me this time, but I disovered this after went back to home. I will wrote about that in one of next posts.
Start from Karpacz, Lower Silesia. Then go to Karkonosze Pass – the hardest climb for road cyclist in Poland. These moments with ascents more than 20%… It was terrible, but it was also so amazing. I really love mountains, I love riding on mountains. After this amazing experience, I downhill to Czech Republic, and then came back another way. It was great day.