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…

Have we reached “peak gravel” yet?

Gravel. It’s so hot right now. Flip through any road biking mag or scroll the usual websites and you’ll see it. Stories of romantic journeys across wild landscapes, grainy black and white photos of wide tyres crunching over high contrast pebbles. Gravel riding. It’s basically the new Rapha. I was naievly thinking (hoping) that the…

LANCE

The trailer for that latest Lance Armstrong documentary has just dropped and it promises the truth. Actually scrap that, it promises “Lance’s truth” whatever that means… No matter what your opinion of Lance, there is no denying he was an incredibly motivated and highly talented athlete. An absolute monster on the bike (and arguably, off…

Four years! How time flies in Tasmania!

Today marks the FOURTH ANNIVERSARY of my move from England to Australia. On this day four years ago I stepped off the plane with my BikeBoxAlan at Hobart Airport and back onto Australian soil to begin the next chapter of my life. Packed up my life and sent it waaaay down south! It’s been a…

If the Govt want to track me, they can check my Strava!

This week, the Australian government launched the COVIDSafe smartphone app. In theory, it keeps a record of anyone you’ve been in close contact with for more than 15 minutes (assuming they have the app too). It’s tracking your personal connections and logging who you’ve been associated with, you know, just in case one of you…

Isolation Diaries: Backyard Trail Build

Like many living through the Covid-19 crisis, I’ve found myself with a bit of extra free time on my hands. We’re not in 100% lock down here in Australia yet, but it’s been “strongly advised” by the government to stay home unless necessary. I’ve never been happier that I decided to buy a 3.5 acre…

Regular service

Yo! Just letting you know I am still here. I hope you’ve all been keeping well and getting in enough saddle time. I’ve been heading up a large project as part of my day job. It’s taken extra hours and means I am sat at a computer for the majority of the day. I didn’t…

N+1

Sometimes I just can’t help myself! I was scrolling through the local Gumtree ads earlier when I saw this, picked it up for a steal. I used to ride a bit of street, but it’s been about 10 years since I last had a BMX. What could possibly go wrong? It weighs more than my…

Zwift: Tour of NYC – A crash marred stage

With 101 riders in the starting pen for Stage 1 of the Tour of New York series this was going to be a blast. Technically not a race, but still raced by the majority of Zwifters! Stage 1 was the New York Highline – a lumpy 8km lead-in, followed by three ascents of the KOM,…

Tempo’s Triple Distilled (E002)

“As long as I’m riding a bike I know I’m the luckiest guy in the world.” – Mark Cavendish It is most certainly Spring in Tasmania now. That means warmer weather, longer days and more time for outdoor rides, but it also means I’m busy on the property building a new veggie garden and tending…

Tempo’s Triple Distilled (E001)

“Without order there is chaos, without structure there is instability, without discipline there is lack of personal growth.” – Unknown For us in the Southern part of the globe, we are starting to see some bold signs of Spring on the way. Thoughts turn to summer event goals, tan lines and long rides under clear…

An accidental imperial century

This morning I set out with a solo 100km in mind. That’s about as far as I ever go. I’m no long distance cyclist, preferring to smash out a more intense two or three hours in the saddle. Sometimes though you need to go on a journey and as I had nothing else to do…