A conversation can change a life (ride your bike)

It’s been a good few weeks on the bike. Spring is in the air, it’s finally stopped with the biblical rain and my newfound work schedule has meant I can get out for the odd ride or two during the week. Life has been grand. To top things off yesterday, my flash new FulGaz kit…

2020 Resolution Ride #9 – Ripping into Spring on the Trek

Getting up and loading my Trek 5200 into the car, I had no plans on knocking out 100km this weekend, just an early solo thrash before meeting up with The Herd for their Saturday ride. I wanted to get some more saddle time on the Trek and test out the bike fit adjustments I’d made….

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…

Tyre pressure: Do you go low?

When I first started road cycling, I was very much in the “bang 110psi in both 23mm tyres” camp. It’s just how it was. Hard is fast. Skinny is fast. Who needs comfort when you can go FAST! These days I’m a little more relaxed, I know that (especially at my weight) higher pressures are…

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…

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…

Covid-19 has killed the club ride!

Well, it’s official. The Coronavirus has killed off the club ride. Okay so maybe that’s a slight overstatement, but it’s not far off the truth.  In a statement released earlier, Cycling Australia have recommended that; “all organised club activities that involve close contact be suspended.” The statement goes on to advise; “If riding two abreast,…

2020 Resolution Ride #2 – Country Ramblings

Having been distracted by the new trail bike recently, I was quickly running out of available days to knock out a solid metric century ride this month. It was going to have to be today. I knew this Saturday most of The Herd were away doing triathlon things (ewwww) so it was to be a…

Are eBikes cheating? The (not so) endless debate!

Just the mention of eBikes is enough to get people raging. It’s cheating! It’s just not cycling! Get off the trails! Pedal harder, you slacker! Even with all this backlash, the past few years have seen an explosion in eBike sales. Sales of commuter eBikes, road eBikes and mountain eBikes all booming. There’s gotta be…

2020 Resolution Ride #1 – A birthday spin

This year one of my goals is to knock out at least one 100km ride each month. It’s something I try and do every year with varying success and a good motivator to get outside and ride – especially in the not-so-appealing months. Luckily for me here in Tasmania, January is not one of those…