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Welcome to “I cycle…”

On this site, I want to share some of my experiences with cycling and working on bicycles. Of course there will be some personal opinions and thoughts too, and photo’s from Zeeuws Vlaanderen or Zeelandic Flanders. It’s a personal site after all.

Have a look around here and let me know what you think. :)


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Your response is welcomed.

Oh, and don’t take too much notice of my english please. It’s not my native language. ;)



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Detour to Strava via Endomondo

For some time now, I’ve been struggling with uploading my rides to Strava. Either the uploads were rejected for some reason or the server was down again. That’s why I considered switching apps and sites. A couple of years ago I’ve tried out Endomondo and Sports-Tracker. So I visited these sites again and checked out …

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Walking: Graafjanstocht 2014 Westdorpe

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To me, cycling is…

To me, cycling is: freedom of movement thought choice. And not: having to perform achieve wear Like life, simple suits me fine!

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Solo rider more social?

Yesterday I finally went out for a “free” ride again. No commute ride with the obligation of being at a certain place at or before a certain time, just riding where ever my nose goes so to speak. Lovely freedom. Bit tempered by the upcoming fog, but then again a foggy ride has it’s own …

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BBB stem vs Ergotec stem

As an all-round bicycle with main purpose commuting, my Surly Disc Trucker is mainly equipped for comfort. Like a leather saddle, butterfly bar with aero-bars for variations in hand positioning and an adjustable stem. Depending on the circumstances I tend to play with the height of my bars. Until recently I had a BBB Highsix …

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Bike commuter and social media

One of the questions people ask me about cycling is “what kind of cyclist are you?”. Tricky question for a bicycle commuter and not an easy one to answer. Most of the time I’m a commuter, but a commuter with a twist so to speak. I have my daily route to work. Weather and legs …

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Enjoying the ride again

Over 2 weeks ago I placed a blog post about the fact that I’ve lost my passion for cycling. Not a very good situation for a (almost) daily bicycle commuter. But this week the fun in cycling returned. Happily and easily riding the miles (sometimes a bit faster) and enjoying what I saw and (at …

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To see and be seen

As we’re heading towards the end of August, the nights are really getting longer again. And when riding in the dark, to see and be seen is priority number 1 for cyclists. To stand out in the dark in the hope other road users will see you and won’t blind you with their headlights. And …

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Once upon a time there was a passion

I can safely say that for many years I had a real passion for cycling and everything concerning the bicycle. History, working on the bike and riding long and short trips. Specially while bike trekking I really was in my element. Hour after hour, day after day, just me and my bike. The perfect life! …

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New project: Vintage Flandria (2)

It’s been a while since I bought it, but the old Flandria bike is back on the road doing what is was made for: riding! According to the frame number, this bike is from 1973. Two years older than I thought. And considering the state it was in, the previous owner(s) hasn’t been riding it …

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90+ rules for cycling? Yeah right!!

Did you know that some “more serious” cyclists have drawn up over 90 rules for cycling as a sport / hobby? Or were you still blissfully unaware until I mentioned this? Any way, they exist and you can find them here: Velominati’s rules for cyclists I’ve started reading these rules (just for fun) and the more …

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Gran Fondo ride O-Zvl

Finished Strava’s Gran Fondo challenge for july!

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Summer ride through Western Zeeuws Vlaanderen

Too bad the strava app had to crash on the last bit. A couple of pictures on my Instagram page.

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How to import a gpx track into OsmAnd

An earlier post on OsmAnd resulted in several questions for step-by-step instructions on how to import a gpx file into OsmAnd. To some people this isn’t very clear. It’s been a while, but in this post I’ll try to explain as clear as possible how it’s done, using some screen shots from my phone. There …

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From T to lycra shirt

Yesterday afternoon we had to take some chemical and bulk wast to the recycling center in Terneuzen. Normally a busy place and it might take a while before you’re finished. Fortunately we arrived there during lunch hour and it took us no more than 15 minutes. So quite some time left and we decided to …

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And we’re back…

Yes, we’re back online with the site, a new look (theme tested for several days and should be working fine) and some adjustments and new things. Like a new Instagram page. For next week, I have the following scheduled: step by step guide to import gpx files into osmand a photo gallery for pictures taken …

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New project: Vintage Flandria (1)

Not only do I like a challenge while out riding, I also like a challenge when it comes to maintenance or tinkering at my bike. And when I had to go a week without my bike (had to go to the lbs for some replacement parts in February) I decided it was time to buy …

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Rollei action cam on my bike

Just over a week ago, I had a “minor” incident with a drunk quad driver. He hit me and pushed me off the road. I fell on my knee and hurt my leg. Unfortunately, a quad doesn’t have a plate at the front, so when I reported it to the police all they told me …

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Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour after about 14,000 km

After finishing the build of my Surly Disc Trucker in june 2012, I put on the tires of it’s predecessor. A set of Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour tires which I used for about 2000 km on my Gazelle MTB. By now, I’ve ridden about 14000 km on these tires so time for my personal experiences …

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Turn your bike into a shopping bike the easy way

Great post on  LadyFleur blog: Panniers from reusable grocery bags A post I reccomend if you want to go shopping by bicycle and don’t want to spend (too) much on panniers.

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Who’s laughing now?

A year ago, I had to change jobs within our company. This meant my work location changed and my commute went from an easy 10 km (6.4 miles) ride (one way) to a 30 km (18.2 miles) ride or a 60 km round trip to Belgium. I knew that not only the new job, but …

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Winter bike to work day

You want a neat little winter riding / commuting challenge? Forget about the cold, the snow, etc… and ride you bicycle to work on february 14th: The winter bike to work day 2014 Okay, so it’s on valentines day and that might make it difficult to buy some flowers for the O/H on the way …

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I love the night rides

For my bicycle commute, I usually leave home between 3 and half past 3 am. I always ride in the dark to work, and I love it! Even for my more recreational rides in the weekend I often start between 4 and 5 am. Might sound a bit weird, but I love the night rides. …

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Offline rides / run archive

For those who like to keep an offline archive of their rides, runs, etc… : There’s a neat little program that imports rides from gpx files and / or straight from bike computer or garmin. You’ll get a overview of all the exercises you did, a map showing the route / speed / height / …

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Why I don’t ride In a cycling club (anymore)

Here in the Netherlands, you can see them riding almost everyday. Groups of cyclist fanned out on the cycle lanes or the roads. Giving it all as if they are riding the race of their lives, claiming the cyclepaths and roads as their own. Cycling clubs, plentiful in here and in Belgium. And yet, more …

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Fjallraven Bergen 40 backpack

For my commute, I’ve been riding with panniers on my bike. Always handy to pack whatever you need. Often way too much stuff though and for touring I usely didn’t take them off. That’s why I went searching for a backpack suitable for riding a bicycle and walking. A local outdoor shop advised me on …

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