Saddled with a dilemma

Rule #29 clearly states: No European Posterior Man-Satchels: Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases. I’ve always liked this rule for its ability to preserve the visual integrity of the bicycle. After all who wants to see a saddle bag swinging in the breeze … More Saddled with a dilemma

Musical bottles

The cycle of life for a bidon on a hot day is a fascinating thing. It’s no better demonstrated than last Saturday’s Grafton to Inverell Classic, where temperatures up on the Gibraltar range and beyond soared well into the high 30s, accompanied by fierce head and crosswinds. At the post-race awards dinner, the organisers announced they’d handed … More Musical bottles

My, what a lovely pair

A century or so ago when life was simpler, so too were cycling shoes. Long before marketing departments ruled the world, a rider’s feet were far more humbly shod than they are today. Typically boasting leather and laces with perhaps timber insoles and even toeclips, most looked pretty similar and by all reports performed pretty similarly too. … More My, what a lovely pair

Stolen babies

You may not be able to watch the footy on it. Or catch up on the day’s news. But by all reports from local police and insurers, break and enter thieves now see road bikes as the new flat screen televisions – even better, in many ways – as unlike a heavy and awkward 60” … More Stolen babies

Classic Cycling Quotes #100: Brake pads

Overheard at coffee recently, a mostly earnest conversation about the ideal brake pads to use with carbon rims when racing. After much discussion about the various brands out there and the fact you should always avoid using the same pads on your aluminium and carbons rims, one wag pipes up: “Mate, it’s a race. You don’t need brakes.” … More Classic Cycling Quotes #100: Brake pads