Solstice Explorer: Now THAT’S a proper Gravel Bike!

Don’t hate, but I went for a gravel ride. Yep. I indulged in some “grav-trav” or perhaps I “groaded” or whatever fancy term the cool kids of cycling are using this week. It was dirty and it was fun. I didn’t have one of those fancy carbon aerodynamic “gravel bikes” that the industry insists you…

2020 Resolution Ride #6 – Always choose RIDE!

So you’ve found yourself with an unexpected free day to do whatever you like. It’s chilly outside but sunny and dry, do you… A) Sit at home in front of the fire and veg out. B) Mow the lawn. C) Wheel that sexy bicycle out of the garage and RIDE! Okay, that’s not a real…

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…

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…

2020 Resolution Ride #5 – Body battered by broken backroads

Yo! It’s Wednesday and I’ve knocked out a cracking 110km ride! How awesome is life right now? Pretty damn awesome… Today’s ride was a tour of all the broken, bumpy country backroads around my area. Or at least it seemed that way, it wasn’t on purpose I can tell you that! There was also plenty…

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…

Make hay while you’re allowed to make hay!

I was supposed to be in Brisbane this week. I had time off work and flights to Queensland booked to visit friends and family. Of course all that had to be binned due to you-know-what, but never mind. There’ll be another time. Instead I decided to still take the time away from the office and…

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…

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…