RU2AM - 1000 km bikepacking from Rued to Amsterdam
CH / DE / FR / LX / BE / NL (5 days / 5 countries)

 High-level route form Schlossrued to Amsterdam

High-level route form Schlossrued to Amsterdam

Sat, Sep 29, 2018 - Thu, Oct 4, 2018

The plan for my last bikepacking tour in 2018 is to cycle my OSPA from my hometown Schlossrued in the wonderful RUEDERTAL (aka Paddle Valley ;-)  - all the way up to the the bicycle capital of the world - AMSTERDAM.(#RU2AM).

From the satrting point in Switzerland, I will first got to Germany, before crossing the French boarder. After 2 days I hope to arrive in Luxembourg. Shortly after I cycle on Belgian soil and then the Netherlands as final destination of the trip. I hope to have at least one day/evening relaxing in Amsterdam, before taking the train back home on early Friday 5. October.

Click > HERE to follow me via GPS-Tracking

Please note: The GPS signal only refreshes every 20 minutes, so there might be some difference to my exact position.

If the weather is ok and I dont get to much headwind, I should reach Amsterdam after 4.5 days cycling. To still call it "vacation", I will use minimal "robotic food" and enjoy the specialities of all the five countries I will cross.

OSPA is a unique and nearly indestructible multipurpose-performance bike that requires only One Service Per Annum (1x yearly).
In an experiment that lasted the full year of 2017 (365 days) I rode the OSPA prototype without any mechanical support (except wear parts).

The full report of my experiences will be published in April 2018.

The OSPA and its core components

SQLab Innerbarends 411 - Review

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I tested the SQLab Innerbarends 411 during entire 2017. I rode approx. 7000km and used them in very different conditions and versatile disciplines. From Cyclocross to XC races, from Bikepacking to 24h competitions and then countless commuting rides to work.

> read more

challenges 2018 for the OSPA bike and his rider

  • approx. 6000 - 10'000 km on various soils (mud, sludge, rock, asphalt)

  • participation in approx. 10 major bike events in various disciplines (MTB, cyclocross, bike marathon, etc.)
    > learn more

This OSPA bike consists of selected components following the *SLCFE principle and will not be serviced for an entire year according the OSPA mission.
*Simple, Lean, Consistant, Fast, Economic

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
— Albert Einstein