2019 is fast becoming the ‘year of hoops’ for this cycling scribe. The way the planets have aligned, it’s seen me reviewing a lot of wheels lately, over 12 different wheelsets at last count. Which, on top of greatly improving my ability to change tyres, brake pads and disc rotors, has got me thinking. I … More Why wheels are like…beer
RIDE REVIEW: Gran Canaria in the Spanish Canary Islands Dogs, not birds. I’m reliably informed, rather than the yellow birds of the same name, dogs are in fact what the Canary Islands are named after. As in canine. True or not, according to Wikipedia the name Islas Canarias is likely derived from the Latin name ‘Canariae Insulae’, meaning ‘Island … More Grand. Canaria.
Look, I’m not poor. But nor am I rich. In a sport where holding on to the bunch is a key survival strategy this is proving something of a problem right now. You see, my current carbon steed is approaching 5 years old. It’s a great bike, versatile, comfortable to ride, fast(ish). We’ve travelled 30,000km+ together … More Keeping up with the peloton
Curious moment yesterday during the Elite Women’s criterium at the 2016 ATEC Expo at Sydney Olympic Park. Lidcombe-Auburn rider Joanna (who also happened to be overall Race Director) suffered a mechanical with a few laps to go. Who was there to help change her wheel? None of other than her hubby Steve, who just happened to … More Hurry up, Dear.
Okay, first to admit I’m no engineer. But what does everyone make of this video? (The original post has now had almost 70,000 views and continues to draw a wide range of viewpoints.) This is an Elite Men’s CX race. Watch the rear wheel of the 4th rider, white kit on the inside. It seems … More CX Motor Man?
Not sure about you. But from this rider’s experience, structured high-intensity turbo training can work a treat, especially when used in a block as preparation for a burst of hard racing. Just a shame it’s so damn boring, right? Until a week ago I only really considered using the trainer when the weather was diabolical … More USER REVIEW : ZWIFT
Sorry, but we’re struggling to understand the hype surrounding on-bike cameras. The way people in some quarters are talking about them you’d think strapping a GoPro to your stem or seat post is some kind of technological and financial holy grail, an exciting new income stream set to rescue the sport from the ongoing financial … More On-bike cameras? Hardly a revolution.
Stage 6 of the 2015 Tour Down Under only finished at 3:30pm local time in Adelaide. But by 5pm it’s fair to say 85% of the team bikes were cleaned, broken down and packed, ready for transporting at the official team village opposite the Adelaide Hilton. By 8pm most will be at the airport, if … More The World Tour circus moves on…and quickly
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