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With Ironman Western Australia being my second Ironman distance race for the year and probably the last for a while, I thought I'd put down a few thoughts on what worked or didn't work out this time around. I'll keep a bike focus.
The Build Up
The build up for this race was somewhat different to my last (IM Melbourne). For one I kept the bike mileage relatively high quite early in the base phase, out to around 14 weeks…Continue
I'm looking at setting up a display about cycling, among other things to promote the benefits and encourage new residents in Bowden to ride instead of drive cars. I would be interested in hearing about BUGs, rider training, cycling shops wishing to promote an innovative product or display cycling related material or artwork.
I'm also interested in buying a secondhand cargo bike or displaying innovative bikes for demonstration rides by the public.
I was at the bike workshop yesterday and there was a young lad there who wanted a different seat on his bike.
But he had no money and couldn't/wouldn’t pay
I think it was a bike for refugees bike after harassing mike for what seemed like more than a reasonable time he had a different seat on his bike.
Mike refereed him onto me because it seemed the brakes on the bike needed attention and possibly Mike had other things to do.
On investigation the brakes could work…Continue
The Bike Workshop’s Saturday morning sessions remain busy. There are people looking for bikes –people with bikes for repair – people bringing bikes to donate.
We’ve expanded to 6 work stations in the car park, and set up trolleys, to make it easy to move tools & equipment outside. The year hasn't been too hot so far, but just in case, we have large parasols so people can work in the shade. An added summer bonus - fig trees nearby - very sweet fruit last…Continue
Always one more challenge.
A have a new challenge looming on my horizon. Next month I’ll spend five days hanging with some friends in Bright and riding the majestic Victorian Alps. It was my contemplating this coming trip that led me to wonder “how did I get here?”
I know lots of you regularly ride the “3Peaks” or the “Alpine Classic” and that fills me with awe. I’ve never been tempted to ride one, but I'm not sure if…
It’s not about the bike. (OK, maybe it is a bit)
Every good hobby needs good magazines and cycling is well catered. There are plenty of niche publications to suit roadies, mountain bikers, BMXers, hipsters and followers of the pro teams. A lot of these are almost half full of bike reviews. This amazed me when I first started flicking through magazines. Just how many different current bike brands are there? (that’s not really…