Allroad Riding in Alsace (Open's Video)

Allroad Riding in Alsace (Open's Video)

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Open made a video to introduce their facelifted U.P. wide-tire racing bike. They went for a beautiful ride in the Alsace Mountains of France, coincidentally the same region where the first post-war Concours de Machines was held in 1946.
A few months ago, we sent Open’s Andy Kessler a set of Compass 650B x 48 mm Switchback Hill tires for testing. He put them on the new bike and featured them in the video. How did they perform? Andy’s comment:
“Funny enough, I was downloading a MTB loop to my Garmin that was described as difficult. OK, we had to push our U.P.s for 5 minutes as the trail was big rocks and drops, but all the rest can be done with an U.P. also.”
Seeing the video makes me want to head out for a ride in the hills. Enjoy!

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  • marmotte27

    Great seeing these pictures, that’s where I ride most of the time. I recognized quite a few of the roads and paths.
    My Loup Loup Pass tyres however were no match for the “road” at 0:39, I ended up pushing my bike for 30 or 40 minutes on that section.
    Concerning the Concours des machines from 1939/46, I’m still looking for Information on the course they took. I know a few of the towns/villages (Metzeral, Kaysersberg) and sites (Haut Koenigsbourg) they passed, and I’ve seen the pictures published in BQ and the RenĂ© Herse book, but it’s not really possible to identify any of the roads from those… I’m considerin a search in the archives of the local newspapers, but I’m not very hopeful about the results it might yield.
    I’m going to look at an unpaved road I think they may have taken ( judging from the picture in the Herse book on page 106) one of these days.

    September 13, 2017 at 9:46 am
    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

      Regarding the tires, the 48s that Andy rode on the Open have almost twice the air volume of your Loup Loups… That makes a big difference.
      As far as the roads of the original Concours are concerned, I wonder if one of the participants has an original route sheet filed away somewhere. It would make a neat story to revisit those roads. I’ll see whether I can dig up something!

      September 13, 2017 at 10:00 am
      • marmotte27

        That would be great, and probably the only chance of findning that information.As I said, the local papers will most likely not have reported the route, even if they were aware of the events at all. Quite a few roads will ceratinly be paved nowadays (the pictures give te impression that most of them were not in those days) , but not all of them. The one I’m thinking about certainly isn’t.

        September 13, 2017 at 11:51 am
  • Frank Toman

    I’m more than happy with my Elephant NFE, but I must admit I give the Open UP a bit of a lingering look …

    September 13, 2017 at 10:18 pm
    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

      It’s a beautiful bike. I enjoyed testing it. It’s quite stiff – their goal was to make a modern race bike for wide tires, and they succeeded brilliantly.

      September 13, 2017 at 10:38 pm

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