I bought my Shogun Trailbreaker 3 in the mid 1990's, around the time I bought my Commodore. I was riding to work in the CBD regularly then. The car was used for a lot of the other journeys in Adelaide. There were quite a number of weekend interstate car trips in the late 90's. On holiday trips, the bike came along on the back.
In 2004 I went on my first group ride of any kind - two weeks with The Silver City Bush Treadlers that included going 'back of Bourke'. I met Mike Brisco on this ride. 2005 was the first year that I kept reasonably accurate estimates of how far I rode, be it short city commutes or riding back-roads somewhere in the countryside (5,215 kms in that year). I have estimated over the 10 years prior to that I would have done 30,000 kms on the Shogun. It was 5 years ago I first went to a Critical Mass ride in Adelaide - that introduced me to people whose concept of 'wheels' is only bikes.
It has been on my mind for a while to add it all up,…Continue
This years cycling has brought some very mixed emotions along with mixed results. After finishing 2013 with some very big personal achievements that can be see on the post For What Was 2013 in my world of cycling I started the year fresh. To the end of Feb I was already on a roll starting with Day 1 of the Cervo Rosso Grand Brevett, a ride from home, to the city and roundabout to the Barossa with the Curvo Rosso group. The following day I rode home with a friend, Ben, from the Barossa, some several hundred Km's in a couple of days. Four days later doing the Tour Down Under community BUPA Challenge 2014, about 150 km's to Victor Harbor also with Ben.
After buying the Verite Team S 105 only 12 months before I had a chance to pick up a brand new, full carbon, internal cable routing, full Ultegra bike for a mear $1,400. That makes…Continue
We at Procyclingtours.com often get asked which country is better for a cycling holiday experience, France or Italy - it's indeed a very tricky one to answer with both providing fantastic landscapes, varying terrain, wonderful people and fantastic cuisine.
We enjoy operating tours in both countries, as well as others including the likes of Spain and Switzerland, but when it comes to deciding which one is better, France or Italy, we thought we'd showcase both countries in the 1 tour in 2014. It provided people with an opportunity to decide for themselves. For the first time last year, clients enjoyed riding up, down and along our favourite roads on two countries and from the client response, they all had…Continue
Well, the 11th of August slipped by without me noticing, that is the day in 2011 that I rode a bike for the first time as an adult. Since then I have cycled, on average, just short of 1,000 km's each month to clock up 35,385 km's to date.
My blog posts, this year, have dropped of a lot as I lost some enthusiasm for posting when I lost my earlier posts due to hardware failure and lack of foresight, read insufficient backup! Besides that, I feel I have little to offer new riders anymore as it was all about the journey of a new rider. I am now in inbetweenland, not a new rider but not a seasoned rider either!
So, what do I have to blog about that is of interest to others, not much that I can think of really!
Several things have happened in my third year. Overall, I have ridden far less, I have ridden my longest ride, I have slept much more and have ridden far more with my dear wife, Lynn, who took my first bike from me 2 years ago and last but not least I have…Continue