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…

2020 Resolution Ride #7 – The Double Rumney Bunchie!

Tasmania is COVID-free! You heard right, there are officially ZERO cases of Coronavirus in Tasmania, although on mainland Australia they are not quite so lucky. In other good news, we’re allowed to ride in groups again! It’s been a LONG time since I’ve ridden in a bunch. I can hardly recall a time before COVID-19…

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…

Destination Tasmania: The Meehan Range

LATEST NEWS: The Meehan Range is getting a makeover from Dirt Art, the crew who built Maydena Bike Park! With a bunch of new trails, a cafe, hire bikes and an uplift service, it’s going to be exciting!  Just a short hop over the Tasman Bridge from Hobart, the Meehan Range is a favourite for…

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…

2020 Resolution Ride #4 – Ready for take off

Wow I almost got caught out with this one! I thought I had another weekend up my sleeve. Luckily I had today off work so I drove to Cambridge Retail Outlet with the intention of doing various laps around a very quiet Hobart Airport. The plan was to stay within “walking distance” of the car, just…

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…

Trail Build Part 2: Time to tool up

After digging the first section of my backyard trail using hand tools, I needed a more efficient solution. It was slow and tedious work! A bit of YouTube research led me to this guy who uses a rotary tiller to cut his backyard trails.  What a revelation! I didn’t even need to visit the hardware…