SUCH Race Report

I rode through all 26 cantons of Switzerland in under 2.5 during the SUCH bike race, the Swiss Ultracycling CHallenge. This post describes what routes different people chose, discusses Fiona Kolbinger’s win and I give a brief report and analysis of my own race.

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Tailfin Aeropack review

The Tailfin Aeropack bag overcomes most of the disadvantages of a bikepacking-style seatpost-mounted bag and from that perspective I would highly recommend it. It’s well made, uses good quality materials, is lightweight, and attaches to almost any bike. I found the Aeropack far less practical and more awkward to use than a more conventional rear rack and rack-top bag, but such setups are heavier and are not as easy to attach to many bikes.

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Recommended crank length to avoid cycling discomfort

Over two-thirds of cyclists are using cranks that are longer than recommended. Using cranks that are too long can cause cycling discomfort and injuries, especially when riding longer distances, due to excessive articulation of the knee and hip at the top of the pedal stroke; using cranks that are too short is far less likely to cause problems. I give general recommendations on what crank lengths are suitable for people in various height ranges.

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RedShift ShockStop suspension seatpost

The RedShift ShockStop suspension seatpost makes a massive improvement in riding comfort and reduces fatigue when gravel biking and doing long-distance cycling. I found that it outperformed the similar Cirrus Kinekt seatpost on almost every criterion: comfort/function, aesthetics, price and weight.

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