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…

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…

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…

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…

Let gravity guide you!

Eddy Merckx famously said; “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades!” But in the mountain biking world, there are a whole bunch of riders who live by the alternative motto of; “Don’t ride up grades, get a lift to the top and bomb the descent!” In the past I’ve been VERY dismissive of this. Earn your…

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…

New Zealand!

Yo! April and I have just got back from an awesome road trip around the south island of New Zealand! Okay so we didn’t cycle tour. We hired a car for two weeks and soaked up just a small part of what the island had to offer and let me tell you – it’s a…

Ride bikes, have fun, repeat!

Every time you swing your leg over that top tube you have to be thankful. Thankful that you have the freedom, thankful for your good health and thankful that you own awesome bikes. Thankful for that massive grin cycling puts on your dial! Many will never know the pure unadulterated joy that comes from riding…

Unpopular opinion: Gravel is over-rated

Gravel riding is all the rage right now, “on trend” as they say. Listen to the industry marketing machines and you’d think that councils around the world have been laying  thousands of miles of pristine gravel roads all of a sudden and people are flocking to ride them. You even NEED a specific gravel bike…

Top five reasons road cyclists should try mountain biking

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been “dabbling in the dirt” a fair bit recently. During the long Tasmanian winter it makes a change from always being out on the same roads, plus Tassie is home to some world class mountain bike trails. I’ve had a blast so far and it’s really opened…

Old truck, new truck!

After having done nothing but all-out road cycling for several years now, I finally gave in and added another ride to the garage – I went and bought a mountain bike! What! I hear you say? What? You’re not joining those hairy legged, baggy shorts wearing, beer chugging, stump jumping dirt donkeys are you? Don’t…