This happened back in 2008, incredible handling skills under the circumstances. Woah.
It was all going so well out at Landsdowne. 5 laps down, decent speed, good legs. Then I punctured a front tyre at 55km/h taking a sweeping left hand turn in a bunch of about 30 riders with wildly varying bike-handling skills. Out of the blue I heard a ‘pop’, then lost control of my … More When good tyres go bad
We may get a bad rap from motorists sometimes. But cyclists really are the good Samaritans of the roadways. Helping a stranger on the side of the road with a puncture. Sharing an energy gel or bidon with someone who’s on the brink of bonking. Lending a spare tube or CO2 cartridge even if it’s … More You okay, mate?
Writing this in a motorbike repairer’s workshop. My recent run of pedal-powered bike punctures has, as of late yesterday, spread to my petrol-powered bike…and it’s far more annoying this time. Forget ruining a $50 GP4000s. One nail in my 5-month old Pirrelli = $400. Boom goes the Melbourne Cup betting fund. Not to mention a … More The $400 nail
So I slept through my alarm this morning. I woke up at 5:50am; 10 minutes before I was supposed to be at my ride starting point 20 minutes away. In the ensuing pre-dawn scramble to catch my bunch I forgot my arm warmers and nearly froze. I grabbed the first energy gel I could find … More Bad days. Good days.