maandag 21 december 2015

Randonneur christmas teaser

As mentioned earlier this month I have decided that December isn't a very good month for exercising so I will not mention my kilometers from last week.
But December is also the month where the little elves are busy in the Vrijwiel workshop. And busy they should be, even though the Winterfietselfstedentocht is next year, it only takes 8 weeks until the race and I decided that it would be nice to once compete in a race with a tried and tested bike.
Since the holidays are about to begin I won't have all the 8 weeks to finish. And besides the frame there is so much more to do. Components have to be ordered, the bike needs some mad powder coating, it needs to be build up, tested, changed, tested again and then I would even like to train a bit with my new bike. So much to do so little time left.

If you want to support me on my quest you can participate in the Action "Help Vrijwiel through the winter!" where you can get enormous bargains on new Vrijwiel bikes. Please feel free to support. This way you can say that you where supporting Vrijwiel from the start, at least from the start of the year 2016 that is.

And for those of you who can't wait, for whatever reason, I have a teaser photo of the frame. Mind you, it's just a teaser, so the actual measurements will be a little different, but this way you can get an idea of what the Vrijwiel elves are busy with.

I wish all of you a merry Christmas and a happy new year 2016 with a lot of safe and fun kilometers!

maandag 14 december 2015

second week of december

Last week I was able to cycle 132 km which is more than last week, but less than I was planning to do. And I'm afraid that the coming two weeks won't be very sportive either. I think it's in the month. December just isn't very fitting for intensive outdoor training. You have to meet friends and family in this weeks, you will eat a lot of good food and drink a lot of alcoholic beverages. Some people complain that December is such a busy month where in reality it is very lazy. I even heared somebody singing that it's the most wonderful time of the year. Let's just agree on the fact that December isn't as bad as a lot of people claim it to be but still isn't the best month to train.
So even though I was lazy in some ways, I was busy enough to prepare a little information stall for the local Christmas market. 
My main goal was to let people know about the brand Vrijwiel as you might see due to a little "sign overload". I got some positive reactions on it so I can book this experience as a good investment for the future. Yes, the bike on the table is the Vrijwiel MBB racing bike which still is a one off, so if you are interested, be quick before somebody else gets it.

Thanks for the informative and nice reactions on my question last week. This week I would like to know how you guys manage to train in December. I am very interested in your answers to this one. And please don't forget the action: "Help Vrijwiel through the winter", you can still get a lot off the price of a new bike. Just spread the word!

maandag 7 december 2015

december training and christmas market

First of all, Vrijwiel will try out how it is to show bicycles on a Christmas market. For this experiment I didn't choose any market but the prestigious Christmas market of Kockengen. If you want to see recumbent bikes on a Christmas market, maybe for the first time ever, come to the Kockengen Christmas market on Friday 11th of december 2015.

So, how about the training? Last week wasn't my best week, in fact I only managed to train once and that was on Sunday. In total that makes up for a "whooping" 92km last week. My only excuse is that I was away for three days and that my bike didn't fit in the car anymore.
But if it is any good to you, I suffered on Sunday. Strong head winds and, living in the so called "green heart" of the Netherlands, 210 minutes of almost absolute boredom. I figured out that "green heart" must be a euphemism for "green hell" or "nothing here what so ever to look at or to stop the wind from blowing". If you have any idea how I can make these long rides between boring fields bearable, please let me know in the contacts. Tomorrow starts a new training week for me so share your wisdom, wish me luck and be thankful if you live in a place where there are things to actually look at in the countryside.