40,000km

I just happened to glance at my lifetime Strava stats when I got back from this morning’s 130km jaunt and noticed that I’d ridden through the 40,000km mark! I rode a little before crossing over to the world of GPS tracking, but if it’s not on Strava it doesn’t really count, right? ;-) So 40,000km on…

In praise of the “winter” bike

An important member of any cyclist’s fleet is the winter bike, sometimes called the rain bike or “B” bike. The one that sits in the corner of the bike shed, waiting to be called into active duty when the weather turns wild. Last winter I hardly rode outside – this was due to time constraints…

A fool and his money

Those who know me will attest to me lusting over an Argon 18 Nitrogen since I first saw one at Bike Swanky. Such an classic looking frameset. Stiff, light, aero. It’s so me, got my name written all over it, totally need to own one. Dream machine. So when this email dropped into my inbox…

CLC2018 Ride 2: Cycleway to Sweet Sassafras, Hobart

Following alongside the now-disused railway track, the Hobart Innercity Cycleway makes for a great car-free cycle from the waterfront along the Derwent River up to Claremont and back. From my office, it’s a relatively flat 32km (~20 mile) return trip of wide and smooth purpose built concrete path. Sunrises and cycles. Repping in my Woking CC…

CLC2018 Ride 1: Hundred with The Herd

A cracking Saturday morning down here in Tassie so I planned to make up for last week’s disaster of a ride. With the sun still sleeping below the horizon as I unloaded the bike out of the car, I could tell today was going to be another perfect day for cycling and to bang out…

Is Zwift better than real life?

Recently I was looking through the list of search terms that people have Googled before landing on my site and came across this corker; “Is Zwift better than real life?” Well, having pedalled over 7000 virtual kilometres on the platform, I can tell you the resounding answer is … NO! Get outside, clip in, pedal….

Cycle Life Challenge 2018

I stumbled across the Cycle Life Challenge while reading fellow Tasmanian rider Tony’s cycling blog. Providing a bit of fun and motivation, it’s a yearly challenge to get people out riding more and supporting the local community. The rules (more like guidelines) are simple, straightforward and open to each rider’s interpretation. All it requires is…

Not quite what I had in mind…

This morning was one of those PERFECT days to ride. Clear skies, dry roads, a gently cooling breeze and temps topping out at 25 deg C. It couldn’t get much better. I’d got my gear ready the night before as always and dialled the aero bike in perfectly. I had everything set for a fast…

Hobart’s Top 10 Climbs: Bonnet Hill

Bonnet is another of Hobart’s Top 10 Climbs that has two sides to tackle, but for this post I am going to concentrate on the Northern side straight out of the city. It’s one of the shorter climbs on the list. A popular route with the local roadies and if I get up early enough…