My first time in the USA

First time in USA

Last time I was in Chicago, USA. It was my first time not only in this city, but also on this country. I’m from Poland, so, it was very exciting for me and provided a lot of new experiences. In many cases, it was like something completely new, like conquering “The New World”. This was also an opportunity to verify some of my expectations. In this post, I would like to share some of my observations, some opinion. For readers from the USA may be a little strange, but… it will show you some important differences. If somebody thinks, that world is always and everywhere similar, that people are always similar, makes a big mistake.  Ok, let’s see, what can I tell about that trip.

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Gravel – probably the best bike in the world

Gravel bikes

I wrote about road bike and CX bike comparison about two years ago. I wrote also about comparison CX bike and mountain bike. In my opinion, CX bike can be good alternative for both of them. After these two years, my opinion is the same. I have some additional observations: gravel bikes are better. And it’s probably the best bike in the world, most universal, the best for most of the users. Especially for cyclist from my country, from Poland, when “MTB is the king”. But things change, and it seems that gravels will be the most popular bike type. Read to see why.

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MDL 2018 – Fantastic gravel, terrible weather

I started beginning of September in Lubin, on this year’s edition of Marathon Around the Lubin (in Polish: Maraton Dookoła Lubina, MDL). Some competitors (runners) started day before – they must run 100 kilometers… I started on Saturday morning with few friends – they decided to ride 75 kilometers distanse, I again ride 110 km. Everyone could choose distance and also choose path during day: we only must visit some checkpoints and get some stamps on received maps. 

As year before, it was again very nice time and great riding. A lot of gravel – on forest, on paths, sometimes on sands, and with some tarmac kilometers. Everything was great except weather. Forecasts said: it will be sunny… or it will be rainy day. It was pretty nice in the morning, but after few hours… heavy rain and we all completed race completely soaked. But it still was great. And gravel bike was also great again :)