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As the saying goes, time flies when you are having fun! And indeed, it's again time for our traditional Christmas lunch with some members of our riding crew. This annual lunch always takes place at the very same restaurant in the Helsinki downtown area. We have some very exciting plans for the 2013 riding season and tonight gives a great opportunity to further develop some of our ideas.

According to weather reports, Helsinki has got some 30-40cm of snow over the past 36 hours or so. Currently we are waiting for an early flight from Stockholm Arlanda, hoping that it will not be all too much delayed.

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Today, Suunto made 2.0 version of the Ambit software available to users. After connecting Ambit to our MacBook Pro we got an error message saying "you need to update Moveslink before Suunto Ambit software update". Automatic Moveslink update, however, failed repeatedly. Luckily, a manual download of Moveslink from Suunto's website worked just fine. Reconnecting Ambit thereafter started the Ambit software update without problems. The issue in automatic update of the Moveslink seems to be documented by many fellow Ambit users. Obviously somebody at Suunto failed to make sure that the automatic Moveslink update works.

As a side note, we have been now using Ambit for less than a month, going running with it for some 15 times. Today, the unit suddenly lost the GPS signal and didn't manage to recover it. FAQ on Suunto's website advises to reset the GPS with a few presses of buttons to regain the GPS functionality. The reset seems to have fixed the problem with the GPS signal. We will get the final confirmation tomorrow.

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We went running with Gore Bike Wear Turtleneck winter base layer for the very first time tonight. Our initial impressions are extremely positive. It is very light with great quality feel. While it sits tight, it still feels very comfortable and cozy. Gore Bike Wear Turtleneck is a good example of a purpose-build piece of clothing that can make training in a chilly and dark Scandinavian winter a slightly more comfortable experience.
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New Review on Troy Lee Designs D3 helmet now available.

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We have been using Polar heart rate monitors for the past 7 years or so, most recently RS800CX with add-on GPS, and speed and stride sensors. Honestly, while RX800CX looks good on paper, we have never been too impressed with its sub-par build quality, unresponsive user interface and dated software. With our RS800CX having ceased to function a few weeks ago and now on a way to repair, we started to explore other alternatives. On back of recent positive comments from our fellow riders, we decided to have a closer look at Suunto Ambit - a heart rate monitor with a build-in GPS. After some further research, we decided to give it go and picked up our unit last Friday from Helsinki Airport. Over the past few days, we have gone running twice with Ambit and started to play with is software. Our initial impressions are extremely favourable. Ambit appears to shine in many areas where Polar disappointed us: Great build quality, nice design, intuitive and fast user interface and easy to use, beautiful and versatile software. While we are certainly looking forward to much more testing before a final verdict, Ambit may well have potential to send our RS800CX to an early retirement.

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New article about fine-tuning the cockpit of your bike into a more aggressive direction now available.

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The new S-Works Enduro looks certainly very promising on the paper and definitely great in the pictures. We couldn't resist the temptation and placed an order for 2013 S-Works Enduro early last week. Read more...

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Our hopes of testing 2013 Demo 8 I Carbon were wrecked last week when our dealer told us that the delivery will be postponed until December due to “an issue with the rear suspension”. As far as we understood the issue concerns all 2013 Carbon I Demos. Read more...
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Our Demo 8 is expected to arrive in Europe on September 19, probably in the first patch of 2013 Specialized bikes coming to Europe. While lifts in many Scandinavian bike parks have already closed or are just about to close, we still look forward to some initial testing already in October. Read more...

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New review on Lezyne Alloy Drive hand pump now available.

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