Road cycling: How fast is fast enough?

It’s late into the group ride and we’re on the home stretch, that time when we ramp up the pace and drive it home to the cafe. I roll onto the front – the bunch safely tucked single file behind me – and little by little I wind on the power. We’re cruising at 30kph,…

Strava: Friend or Foe?

Strava has copped a bit of flack recently. Privacy issues such as the heatmap debacle revealing secret military bases and reports of thieves using Strava data to steal expensive bikes from people’s houses (unconfirmed) are becoming a concern. Add to that the Facebook information scandal saga and privacy – or lack of – is high…

CLC2018 Ride 6: Mornings on the mountain

Love em or hate em, hills are a part of cycling. They call your name, taunt you, entice you. I like climbing, but there was a time in the not-so-distant past where I would avoid any big climbs in favour of posting higher average speeds and more miles on the clock. These days I’m learning…

CLC2018 Ride 5: The seven switchbacks of Mount Nelson

My weekday morning routine is pretty standard. Wake up early, bowl of porridge for breakfast, get ready, then wheel the Ninja out of the garage for a blast into the office. I plan my departure time depending on how long I want to be out cycling before work (the pedal powered kind). There’s nothing like…

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete?

Trigger warning: This post may go against popular opinion, but somebody has to say it. A while back I read an article on Cycling Tips about a male cyclist who had transitioned and was now competing in the elite women’s peloton. It sparked discussion of course and a lot of support. It’s a brave thing…

Switching to road clipless pedals

After 40,000+ km on mountain bike style SPD clipless pedals, I’ve finally made the transition to “proper” road pedals. I’ve had regular SPD pedals on all my bikes from my old Hybrid through to my Time Trial bike and never had an issue.  I don’t feel like I’m losing any watts in power transfer, although…