Do you spend TOO much money on cycling?

The great poet Sir Mix-A-Lot once eloquently said; “I like bling bikes and I can not lie, you other brothers can’t deny…” Ain’t that the truth! I spend a fair bit of my coin on bikes and bike related stuff. It’s a fact I can’t deny. I don’t really have many other hobbies, cycling is…

Tearing it up on the rough stuff again!

Sometimes you’ve just got to get away from the sealed road. No, I’m not talking about that trendy gravel garbage. I mean properly away from the road, away from anywhere a car can reach. Proper trails! If you haven’t embraced the down and dirty ways of the mountain bike, I implore you to give it…

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…

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…

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…

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…