Following a few nights of not much sleep, I bailed on the Muddies ride up Willunga Hill and thought (hoped) that the ride I had teed up with my 11 year old nephew would go some way to remediating my lack of activity! The ride was due to take place on Sunday morning and as my nephew, who used to be a bit of a bike hater, has become the kid who can get around a rolling trail for 40km (with a few breaks), I figured that the 40km ‘L’ ride route would be a decent test for him and a bit of fresh…Continue
Ride #88 was the culmination of a busy few days starting with a 22km ride with Lynn along the Coast to Vines track from Old Reynella to the river at Old Noarlunga. Lynn was, and is, still determined to complete this ride without getting off her bike. She has a single steep incline, between the river and river road, that is defeating her. To date, she has managed to get half way up this hill but I am sure it will not be long before she achieves this. We completed this ride, some 22.35 km, in…Continue
Added by Steven Ellison on January 30, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments
It was awesome news that in December a Merida Australia competition picked me to be their road bike Test Pilot for the next three years. Of all the riders in Australia who are pro, semi-pro, wannabe pro and in-your-dreams-pro, they picked lil ol’ me. The response amongst my weekly riding companions has been uniformly passionate, although it’s fair to say that while 50% were simply happy for me, the rest jealously contemplated burying my body beside a quiet road and then stealing my identity.…Continue
As mentioned in a discussion earlier this week I set out on Friday morning for Murray Bridge. The route, Gorge Road, Gumeracha, Mt Pleasent, Keyneton, Sedan, Murray Bridge. I ride to Murray Bridge quite regularly as my wife has family there and we enjoy the break and their company and I like to try differant routes, this time I wanted to go down Sedan Hill. I rode up Sedan Hill on Grand Slam 5 and really wanted to ride the descent.
I had intended on getting an early start, 05.30ish as…Continue
I was tightening up a wheel (nut, not quick release) before going for a ride this arvo, and snapped the front axle. So I put the back-up wheels on, and off I went, managed to get a pb too.
Does anyone know where to get a decent new axle? I had a look around on ebay, and they're available for cheap, but the material is described as 'metal' which concerns me.
At least the axle snapped when I was putting it on, rather than bunny-hopping a pot-hole, but I was pretty shaken…
I wasn't going to blog about the BUPA Challenge Event - I thought enough had been said about the day and what inspiring words could I possibly to add? Today my body has gone into retribution mode. My body hates me today. The body has decided the brain needs to be punish-ed for pushing it where it hasn't gone before. This blog post is a diversion tactic.
One might say that the past twelve months has been a bit of a personal journey. As previously posted, I was working overseas…Continue
The final day of the 2012 TDU and I get up at 5am to go on a long easy coast ride. I now feel those two terms are contradictory, long and easy! Actually setting off down the road at 5:28am with the temperature already a 22C in the dark of the night. I felt this would be my penance ride for not riding the TDU BUPA Challenge along with my other newly acquired cycling friends. I have been avoiding entering events as I am afraid it will fuel my building obsession with riding and I want to keep…Continue
Added by Steven Ellison on January 23, 2012 at 12:10 — No Comments
Having completed the Bupa Challange for the 3rd year on my trusty 1986 Repco with recycled and hard rubbish parts, it's time to upgrade. On a budget of upto $3000 do I look for an overall pakage or buy a bike with a good frame and then upgrade the running gear later?
Juz, Reidy and myself headed off at 5am, whilst the finishing touches were being made to the start line infrastructure, (at least we didn’t have to hear “Feel the Rush”, again)! As we headed along Lower NE road there were a surprisingly large number of riders heading towards Norwood. It was still dark when we got to the bottom of Anstey’s Hill. Dawn had broken through by the time I made the ascent, which marked my first time up Anstey’s. Kersbrook didn’t seem to pose too many problems either…Continue
Hi guys.. I have been pretty pissed off at a certain cricket player's attack on a cyclist in Melbourne.. I mean, I have let loose on Foxsport website and Facebook ..But then I started to think about the number of times I have seen cyclists doing stupid things (and it is the minority).
Lets face it, we choose a clean healthy form of transport and are by definition intelligent and courteous people.
But how many have actually sought out the road rules for cyclists.. Well if you…Continue
Setting off at 5:12am I made a very strange mistake, one I have never made before. Lights on solid and not flashing, New Garmin Edge 500 on and logging, Globalsat GPS on and logging, gloves on and heading out of the end of my street when I realised I had not put my helmet on! Doh! Mmmm, that was a strange sensation! Returned home while leaving the logging on and retrieved my helmet and put it on and set off again.
Heading along the same route as Monday, to the veloway, Darlington exit…Continue
Added by Steven Ellison on January 19, 2012 at 17:48 — No Comments
Well. I decided a couple of weeks ago this afternoon would be the day to head for the big smoke to pick up my TDU kit. I'd typically commute about 12km to home anyway and live about 12km from the city, so I figured the additional ride into the city would be about 36km. Some things I didn't count on... there's no direct line from work to the city so there's going to be some zig-zag that'll extend the distance a bit, and it turned out to be a little warmer than I was expecting (what…Continue
Dear AC members,
I am seeking some genuine advice on how I can improve my time taken to complete events such as Amy's Ride, TDU, RLC... etc.
My endurance is pretty good, and on the flat I could probably ride across Australia lol... but I am not fast.
I can ride the hills,... but slowly.. Downhill is not an issue, I love the speed, and I guess that's where I make up lost time, but in general I am only riding an average of 25-28Kms/hour overall...
I ride out to…Continue
I rode my last training ride for the TDU Challenge Ride today. The Spartans Ride was my first and last major hill climb since my four week layoff, and my first climb of Mt Lofty (OK, when you don't count my Mengler's failure last week). It also makes 362km since picking up the bike 8 days ago, so I'm thinking (given the circumstances) I'm as ready as I can be for the big ride.
I headed off from Mawson Lakes shortly after 7am (delayed when my daughter woke up while I ate breakfast)…Continue
Well where to start. i set for an easy run to outer harbor and back. in my rush to get out the door after my wife got home i forgot to put sunscreen on...i look like a top deck chocolate now! =-(
once i hit Glenelg there was a hive of activity from the Big Red Ride. i continued down military road where i saw some katusha riders...i thought what other chance am i going to get so i sped up a little and jumped on there wheel...well i stayed about 2 metres behind and when one of…Continue
I'm still trying hard to build up k's for TDU after my 4 week hiatus. With tonight's ride I've put 260km on the new bike since I picked her up last Friday. Between Saturday's GW ride and my extended commutes its been a pretty big week, with Spartans on Saturday still to go. As such I'm carrying a few niggles, so tonight's ride was intended to be a fairly light, regular commute. The weather was so nice though I decided to turn it into a training ride and detour up to and along Bridge Road…Continue
Added by Darren on January 12, 2012 at 20:43 — No Comments
I have put 4 old racing bicycles on display in Rundle Street at fashion outlet Gladys Sym Choon
They will be there for the Tour Down Under, 2 of them have been in the previous Retro-Velo display at the Hilton, also have some Jerseys and trophies on display.
The Bikes are the 1938 Romeo Pre Campagnolo Vittoria Margherita shift bike, 1953 Bianchi, Super Elliott track special and an original Super Rare Super Elliott road special with twin E on the head-tube
Well after 4 rather frustrating weeks, I finally got a TDU training ride. Since the car accident I've ridden the MTB twice (once to the local shops, and a 30km to Star Cycles and back). On the New Years Day public holiday I crushed the big toe on my left foot (lots of red stuff but thankfully didn't break it) trying to move a treadmill so I couldn't even run! So, the GW ride was always going to be a challenge. After the ride Wilson told me its one of their most difficult routes, so I…Continue
Its been four weeks since my poor Felt F5 went to heaven. I missed her so, but its time to move on and today she arrived: my mail order bride new bike.
Our first meeting was typical of many new relationships. She's a little different from the…Continue