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…

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…

If in doubt, pedal it out

With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, it’s important to take time out once in a while. Stop reading the news, silence your phone and do something you love. Centre yourself again. For me, that involves swinging a leg over the top tube and pedalling away into my own thoughts. Out…

Pro tip: Raise your #cyclingselfie game!

I love a good cycling selfie. It’s so “millennial” of me I know, but I just can’t help it! I don’t do it for “likes” or views or whatever, I simply enjoy taking photos. Most people whip out their phone, bring up the front facing camera and snap away for your basic selfie, but if…

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…

What I learnt riding 100km on a mountain bike

I can knock out a 100km road ride pretty easily. That’s not a brag, it is what it is. I know I could jump on my roadie tomorrow morning and have it done before lunch. Recently I had an idea, what about a metric century on a mountain bike hitting a bunch of trails along…

Your local bike shop needs you!

The local bike shop is suffering. The rise of internet giants pushing products at below cost price, the skyrocketing cost of rent on floor space and the savvy consumer driven to buy everything for next to nothing have all contributed to many independent bike shops shutting their doors for good. But they deserve your support….

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…

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…