Friday, July 15, 2011

Weeks 25-28

Although it has been four weeks since my last bikepacking outing, it has been good times. Here is a little recap what has been going on.

On the week 26 after a long wait the Revelate Designs 907 frame bag finally arrived. The pursuit of perfection!

The master behind the Revelate Designs, Eric Parsons, definitely knows his stuff. Every detail has been carefully thought out. The highlights of this bag are the two-compartments that can be enlarged to single-compartment by opening the velcro inside, and tapered front section for more volume. Simply awesome!

On the same day, a small packet arrived from Move-Cycles of Germany. Back in 2006 I ordered my road bike frame, Ridley Excalibur, and some 4ZA parts, from there, as I had previously order two other Ridley frames, Crossbow and Cheetah, too. Nils of Move-Cycles has simply awesome customer service. Last year I received email from Nils that 4ZA had issued a voluntary recall for their 4ZA C-Stem, as at certain extreme circumstances the stem can break. 4ZA would provide new Cirrus stem for exchange. At first I reconciled with Nils that I try to arrange the change with Finland distributor Cycle Center. I called them, but they didn't know anything about the recall. They said that they will figure it out and call me... well, there was no rush for me with this matter as I rode so little last summer, but the call never happened. This summer I thought that it's still better to change that stem, so I emailed Nils and the whole matter was solved in a little  over week... again, one reason why I have done most of bike related purchasing outside of Finland.

Pretty interesting that the new 4ZA Cirrus stem (110mm) is significantly lighter at 125 g, as the old 4ZA C-Stem (110mm) weighed 183 g.

I've had some nice moments with my camera.

Oh yes, now I have four week summer vacation, so some bikepacking trips are planned and I'm going to reveal the details of my bikepacking setup here. Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 14, 2011


It was about time. Actually I should have done this earlier, but better later than never.

I started my blog in January 2007 with a program called Thingamablog. Back then it looked like a good idea. My plan was to create a personal website and blogging would have been just a part of it. I also liked the concept of Thingamablog that your production is saved in your own hard drive. Also, Google Blogger wasn't as good as it is now. But things change. I've been using more and more Google's services, like Picasa Web Albums, and now that Google+ has arrived, it was time to move on. Thingamablog hasn't been developed for about two years and is certainly outdated. Blogging with it is too slow and mobile updating is far away what it is with Google. I happen to own an Android phone, Samsung Galaxy 5, so the point is to improve time management (if there is a such thing...), and be able to blog anywhere, anytime.

The old blog will serve as an archive and will certainly be referenced here now and then.

I want to thank all the readers and I hope you will enjoy this new improved blog even more! And special thanks to Hendrik Morkel of Hiking In Finland blog for layout help, check out his ambitious ULAZ project at Kickstarter!
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