Restart my old passion in a summer of cycling.
This summer I got into cycling again. First I got myself a new bike, second hand this time for the first time. Bike prices have become crazy since the pandemic so it make sense to look into the second hand market. It also was the only chance to get the bike I wanted in my size in a color that I liked. Style is very important in road cycling.
So here it is: a 2021 BMC Teammachine SLR One to replace my BMC Teammachine SLT01 that I bought back in 2007. I loved my SLT01 but the new bike is better in every regard except that it is a bit heavier. But I now finally have disc brakes, electronic shifting and last but not least much more comfort thanks to 30mm wide tires.
Since I got the bike in early July I already rode over 1.000 km and discovered many new rides. One of my longer rides brought me here: Egelsee, a small village with less than 1.000 people somewhere in the middle of nowhere. What I didn’t expect to see here is a fantastic mural. I later found out that there are 13 in total spread all over small villages in the area. This one is called “Country Folk”. I just love it. Here are pictures of the others and some background:
What a great idea to use those big, empty walls. Next time I will try to find the other 12 paintings.
July and August were extremely hot so I try to start my rides early in the morning. I hardly stop on a ride except to buy water or snacks but after I climbed three hills I couldn’t pass this empty lunch table to eat my “Mohnzuzler”. A speciality from the North of Austria (a pastry filled with poppy seeds and sugar), a real power food for me and a very nice alternative to energy bars.
I live in the Viennese forest, a very hilly area west of Vienna. There are no big mountains but all those hills add up and you can easily make over 1.000 meter in elevation on a 60km ride. If I want to have a long, flat ride I need to go elsewhere. That’s how I discovered the mural.
I really feel privileged to live here. Amazing countryside with many lonely roads just outside of Vienna. And I’m very happy that I finally got a new bike after all those years. I loved my old BMC but the new one is just so much more comfortable and also much safer thanks to the disc breaks. It was never a good idea to use rim brakes on carbon wheels. A loud squeaking noise every time you hit the brakes and in wet conditions the brakes wouldn’t work at all. Now I can stop my bike even in the wet. A new experience!
Only iPhone pictures in this blog post because when I’m on my road bike my focus is on riding my bike. I would never take my camera with me on those rides so I think I will use my car to visit those murals and take some proper images with a proper camera. Though I have to admit that my iPhone 12 Pro Max is a very decent camera already and it’s always with me.