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
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
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
Yep, Strava is polarising. Indeed for every cyclist who swears by it there’s another out there more inclined to swear at it, with nothing but contempt for its very existence. By way of full disclosure I should point out, while I have no connection to Strava whatsoever, I fall very much into the former group. … More Why kudos is king
If you don’t know him, Ernie is one of the real legends of the Sydney cycling scene, a wonderful bloke who’s been around since Adam was a boy, and happens to be a darn fine photographer too. This morning as we rolled in for our usual post-ride coffee, I couldn’t help but notice Ernie removing a layer … More Classic Cyclist Quotes #101: Ernie’s newspaper
On the subject of bike lights, this wonderful description caught my eye recently in an ebook entitled ‘The Bluffers Guide to Cycling’ by Rob Ainsley. “Cheap ones (light) are the reality show celebs of bike equipment: flashy, dim, and soon fall to pieces.” Funny, but pretty accurate.
So I managed to slice my front tyre on some broken glass this morning. No big deal, shit happens. It’s been several months since I last needed tyres, so before heading off to my LBS I decided to check out the prices for GP4000s on ebay. Woah. That was fun. I know there are plenty … More Bargain tyres on eBay?
The simple laws of probability suggest the more time we spend riding bikes, the more likely it is we’re going to fall off. Rumour has it this even happens…wait for it….in the Netherlands (insert disbelieving gasp here). Perhaps it will be our own fault. Perhaps not. Either way hopefully it will be largely innocuous, denting little … More A hard case: should helmets be law?
I’ve noticed many things in my time as a bicycle riding human being. One such thing is there tends to be much discussion and, yes, elitism about who actually is and who isn’t a cyclist – particularly by ‘we’ road cyclists. Like most things bicycle related, the battles lines can be stark and abrasive, which … More What is a cyclist anyway?
I haven’t used it myself. But I am fascinated by a roof rack system I stumbled across a few days ago that, potentially, renders the argument of roof versus rear-mounted systems obsolete. It’s called the Seasucker Talon, and at first glance it seems pretty ludicrous. Entrust your $3000+ steed to a few suction cups? You’ve … More On the rack: “Seasucker” Talon Roofmounts