Made it

 After 466 km & 11,422m ascent we arrived in none other than the awful Lido di Jesolo on the Adriatic Sea.  The tour was good even if the description in the catalogue was far from accurate 😡. Ria is signing papers to confirm that this is her last TransAlp ⚠️. Now we are looking at the ‘stans’ for the next adventure 🚀😜🚲🚲

Mountain bike prep

Liteville 301 Mk8Spent the afternoon fitting the second Nokon gear change cable to my Liteville 301, changing the tyres (from front to back and a new Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2,25” on the front)

Serviced my Crank Bros Egg-beater (mine are red) pedals too.

Now my Liteville is nearly ready for the winter season, just need to change the small and middle chain-rings and chain to be complete.

I also serviced the free-wheel hub on the Cube which Veda is riding as is was slipping once in a while yesterday.

Didn’t get around to finishing off Ria’s Scott Genius which will get a complete new drive line (Chain-rings, cassette, chain and gear change cable)

New rear gear cable

Nokon gear cableSpent an hour changing the damaged rear gear cable on my beloved Liteville 301 for Nokon aluminium segment ones.  It runs through the frame to get to the rear and the old one was really tight to remove, probably because it was blocked with dirt where it goes from the bottom bracket into the right chain stay.

Advantages of these aluminium segment cables is their flexibility and strength, they are much better for tight bends than the multi-strand wire ones usually used.  The gear change feels really good, but they always do when new so tie will tell 🙂

We’ll see how long this one lasts.  The original ones have done 5,673km; 109,843m and 422hrs of ride time.  It was still running quite well, but I damaged the old one and it was bothering me a bit.

An inside look at the wind park, Amel

Wind park Amel

Wind park Amel

Veda and I were out mountain biking on Sunday and we came across 2 rare things.







  1. Frogspawn.  This seems to be a bit early in the year for Frogspawn so let’s hope it survives the cold spell we are going through now.



  2. We got to see the inside of one of the wind generators at the Amel wind park.  The men were servicing one of the turbines and allowed us to have a floor level guided tour.  Interestingly the turbines have no gearbox, produce AC which is transformed to DC in the turbine before descending to the transformer where it is converted back to AC and leaves the mast at 50Hz.  This is the only way to get clean 50Hz power acceding to the engineer who was guiding us. Each tower is 98m high and it takes 7 minutes to reach the top with the lift.  All 5 are synchronised and work together.  The most complicated part is the 3 motor system to adjust the plane of the 3 propellers.

On top of that we had a good ride apart from Veda slipping and falling on a slippery wooden bridge.  Luckily no lasting damage. 🙂


OpenMTBmap review

Screenshot of our area

I discovered this Open Source project and have spent the day getting familiar with it.

It is great!

As I have a Mac, using Garmin maps is a pain: first convert them on a Windows computer then install them in BaseCamp.  I have been running Windows under VirtualBox (also Open Source) but that is also a pain.

OpenMTBmap is great when combined with Qlandkarte GT (also Open Source)  It can visualise both vector and raster maps and both are routable.  I have been looking at the Belgium topographical map today and it is really quite good.  Not all the tracks I know are there but there are enough for anyone to plan a MTB tour.

Once I am more used to the 2 programs I may be able to contribute to the maps and help improve them for the future updates (made roughly every 6 weeks)

I have tested the maps on my Garmin GPSmap 60CSx: works perfectly and the roads are routable on the handheld. I’ll certainly be using it in the future, on the trail and we will see how it performs