From TT to Road bike: Aero topped handlebars

A little update on my winter project! As outlined previously I wasn’t getting enough use out of my Planet X TT rig so over the winter (still very much winter here in Tasmania) I’ve been fettling away to convert it from time trial weapon into a fast road machine. Since my last update, I sourced…

Cycling Vietnam: Same same, but different!

Same same, but different. It’s a saying the Vietnamese use to describe the way they do things, how they live, what they’re selling, almost anything. It boils down to how their way of life is essentially the same as Westerners, but actually very, very different! Same same, but different: The Vietnamese way VS the Western way….

Wheel Balancing for Road Bikes?

I saw this video over on Shane Miller’s YouTube page. I’d mulled over the idea of balancing road bike wheels a few times in the past, but never taken it any further than the odd thought. You balance your car and motorbike wheels, so why not your very expensive road bike wheels? Check this out:…

How NOT to maintain your bike?

I’m sure there were a lot of very good maintenance tips in this GCN video, but I couldn’t take my attention away from Simon’s luscious Canyon Aeroad with SRAM eTap groupset, Rotor power meter crankset and Zipp 404 wheels… “….that’s the bolt that’s stopping my face from hitting the tarmac, so I better make sure it…

Project Aithein: Job done!

I did it! I managed to build up a road bike from a bare frameset without totally messing something up! It’s even come in slightly lighter than expected. With two bottle cages and pedals it weighs bang on 8kg (that’s 17.6 pounds in old money). With a bit of care and attention to detail it’s actually not…

Retro bike fettling with Dad

I’m having a bit of R&R time down at Mum and Dad’s before the Festive 500 starts in a few days. This morning I was mostly tinkering with some retro and custom bikes that Dad has in the shed. Here he is test riding the “longrider” custom cruiser: The bikes were packed up with the rest of their belongings earlier…