Buying a bike online through Canyon

First up let me be clear. I’m a huge believer in supporting your local bike shop and buying local, but sometimes to get what you want you need to order online. This is especially true down here in “deep south” Tasmania where things are harder source. So when I was in the market for a…

Will a fast bike make me faster?

Anyone who tells you it’s not about the bike has not ridden enough fast bikes. Period. Sure you can’t make up for weak legs with fancy carbon, but fast bikes fly off the shelves and are used by the pro peloton for a reason. The bike 100% makes a difference.  So will buying that $10,000…

Tyre pressure: Do you go low?

When I first started road cycling, I was very much in the “bang 110psi in both 23mm tyres” camp. It’s just how it was. Hard is fast. Skinny is fast. Who needs comfort when you can go FAST! These days I’m a little more relaxed, I know that (especially at my weight) higher pressures are…

FulGaz Guide: Why virtual hills feel so HARD (and how to fix that)

New to FulGaz? Are the climbs feeling REALLY hard? Or maybe you’re spinning out too easily on the descents? Well you’re not alone, especially if you’re used to riding on Zwift where, let’s face it, everything seems a little too easy… First up, Zwift IS easy – the default setting is 50% difficulty. This means…

Isolation Diaries: Aero is Everything

Aero is everything. Okay maybe not everything, but getting as aero as possible certainly helps when it comes to slicing through the air at high speed. I love speed. I also love a good time trial bike, the slipperiest of all the aero bikes. I’ve been itching to rebuild mine for a while as for…

Job for the weekend: Clean those bidons!

Here’s a little task for you. Go to the kitchen and grab one of your favourite bidons from the cupboard. Yep. Right now. Have a good squint down inside. If it happens to look anything like this… Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope! …you’re in trouble. Take that bidon and slap yourself around the face with…

Aero wheels: Five things to consider before going deep!

Deep section carbon wheels. Yeah, I’ve seen you checking out prices on Chain Reaction and drooling over pro bike checks on Cycling Tips. You know you want some. How fast and sexy they look! But are they actually worth it? Do they actually make a difference? And should YOU buy a set? If for some…

Pro tip: Raise your #cyclingselfie game!

I love a good cycling selfie. It’s so “millennial” of me I know, but I just can’t help it! I don’t do it for “likes” or views or whatever, I simply enjoy taking photos. Most people whip out their phone, bring up the front facing camera and snap away for your basic selfie, but if…

Stepping it up a notch!

Ain’t no day better than NEW BIKE DAY! :-) Straight after returning from New Zealand, I put my Giant Fathom hardtail up for sale, sold my SRAM eTap Red groupset (#sadface) and used the cash to buy a brand new full suspension trail slaying Scott Genius! I was so excited I just had to celebrate…

Are eBikes cheating? The (not so) endless debate!

Just the mention of eBikes is enough to get people raging. It’s cheating! It’s just not cycling! Get off the trails! Pedal harder, you slacker! Even with all this backlash, the past few years have seen an explosion in eBike sales. Sales of commuter eBikes, road eBikes and mountain eBikes all booming. There’s gotta be…

Shimano Di2: Long term battery and performance review

Shimano Di2 electronic shifting – in Dura Ace and Ultegra variants – has been around for a fair few years now. A few product generations and subtle refinements have seen it perfected and take a stronghold in the higher end road bike market. But still, one of the most frequent phrases bringing people to my…

Your local bike shop needs you!

The local bike shop is suffering. The rise of internet giants pushing products at below cost price, the skyrocketing cost of rent on floor space and the savvy consumer driven to buy everything for next to nothing have all contributed to many independent bike shops shutting their doors for good. But they deserve your support….