Do you even ride, bro?

I read an article the other day and it bugged me. The author confesses that he no longer rides his bike outside, apart from race days. All his “cycling” is inside on Zwift. Yep, that’s right. A perfectly fit and able person choosing to spend 100% of their saddle time stuck on the trainer rather…

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…

The Beautiful Commute

It won’t be long until the nights draw in and the mornings start to edge into darkness. Summer here in Tasmania is fading into Autumn. The warm (hot!) glow of the bold Australian sun will soon be a distant memory. It’s all good though, I love Autumn. It’s one of my favourite seasons. Tasman Bridge…

Cycle Life Challenge 2018

I stumbled across the Cycle Life Challenge while reading fellow Tasmanian rider Tony’s cycling blog. Providing a bit of fun and motivation, it’s a yearly challenge to get people out riding more and supporting the local community. The rules (more like guidelines) are simple, straightforward and open to each rider’s interpretation. All it requires is…

Simple pleasures

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” – John F. Kennedy It’s not always about going fast, going hard or going training – sometimes it’s just about going. This morning I jumped on the bike and simply soft pedalled around the Hobart waterfront. All casual in my t-shirt, jeans, trainers (and helmet…

The joy of pre-work rides

Now that the weather is improving and there is a decent amount of daylight early in the morning, I’ve started to get into the habit of pre-work rides. It’s a great way to get a solid hour in before starting work! It’s taken a bit of logistics and forward planning though. I ride my motorbike…

Daylight Saving!

How is it October already?!?! It’s been a big 2016 of changes for me and this year seems to have flown by at rocket ship pace. It feels like only last week I was cycle commuting through Surrey in minus 5 degree C winter darkness. It’s about time I got some summer. Daylight savings kicked in here in…

Pimp my winter ride!

After my fair share of commute miles back and forth on the Ribble, I thought it was about time I pimped out my commute bike. There’s always room for one more horse in the stable, right? I’d been eyeing off one of these babies for a month or two since seeing our expert mechanic build a few for customers….

Five tips from my first 2000 miles of cycle commuting

Commuting to/from work by bike five days a week over the past few months has been quite the learning experience. I’ve witnessed beautiful sunrises, ridden in complete darkness, been caught in lashing rain, battled gale force headwinds and suffered the odd mechanical or two along the way. I love being on my bike and thanks to the commute,…

Already November!

Wow, it’s been a month since my last post on here! It’s not that I’ve been ignoring you lovely lot, but more that I’ve been busy riding my bike. More to the point, I’ve been busy riding my bike to/from work (that’s 160 miles per week) sandwiching in a full day’s work on my feet…

Freshening up the winter steed

We’re over half way through Octover now, so it’s officially time to start thinking about winter. Today I pulled out the tired-looking Ribble (which had been sulking in the corner with a broken gear cable) and gave it a good freshen up ready to tackle the forthcoming foul weather commuting duties. I’d been putting it off,…

September Wrap Up

Well that’s September done and dusted. Where does the time go? Now begins the slide into the chilly and dark depths of the British winter. This month has been a big one for me on the bike. A shade over 900 miles in total, riding every day except four. My legs were pretty shot over…