Tuesday Titanium bike day dawned. Brilliantly - it was clear, and sunny, with an early hint of spring warmth in the breeze. I kitted up and rolled around to the bike shop - they needed my daily ride for the measurements.
And there it was, gleaming grey metal and black carbon, set up on a trainer, ready.…Continue
My cycling blogs in Europe didn't quite keep pace wih the amount of cycling I did, mostly because I had enough trouble keeping up with my non-cycling blog so the kids have something to look back on when they get older.
We arrived in Santiago de Compostela in early April and left 4 and a bit months later. My el cheapo Decathlon road bike turned out to be a very sound investment - provding over 2500 km of near faultless riding in wind, rain and bajing heat. A few minor issues with the…Continue
The story will get back to Adelaide eventually, so I might as well tell it myself.
Bike touring the Hay Plain, 2 weeks, recently.
Day 1, depart Hay for the bush... @ 3 km in right hand pedal wobbles and falls out of the crank. Pedal is fine; ally crank has stripped thread.
No bike shop within 200 km; text friends to post new crank up from Adelaide (thanks Liz & Andrew) while still in mobile range. Meanwhile, how not to lose 4 days…Continue
Seeing your children (or even grandchildren) ride around the park or getting out with them on a bike is one of those activities that leaves lasting memories for both young and old alike. But how do you transition children who have training wheels to a bike with 2 wheels and give them the cycling skills and confidence that are so important and valuable?
This is a question Ride-a-Bike Right is often asked and like most good…Continue
Added by Ride-a-Bike Right on August 2, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments
I have been very fortunate to come into some money. Most is for my family, but I decided I'd get something with meaning for myself. I considered my options for about 10 seconds. Yep, it had to be a bike. This was an opportunity to get something that would have lasting value, and a different ride experience. I realised I wanted something that I could grow with as a cyclist, and grow old(er) together with, if that makes sense. It needed to…Continue
Over the next few weeks I will be adding photos and information on Astir titanium bicycle frames, designed and developed here in Adelaide, South Australia.
Below are photos of the Classic model. Inspiration came from my years as a child when I had the chance to ride a '1935 Bismarck', a 30 kg behemoth that the German Army left behind in occupied Greece, and raced in Europe as a teenager on Peugeot, Orbea…Continue
45mins hills interval training. Don't know about anyone else but keeping to 75-80rpm is next to impossible. Even for 5-min intervals (grade dependant of course) At times I modify this goal to keeping rpm above 65 and I'm happy if I manage that. #poorexecuseforacyclist.
At the moment my climbing skills are very lack lustre. I find I am grinding in the granny gear on a 5-7% grade hill. Speed is somewhere in the vicinity of 9-12km max depending on how Im feeling and gradient. Im currently running standard cranks (54/39) and a 12/28 cassette with 1850g DT Swiss wheels. My cadence on a climb is about 65 average which I have read and been told by others is too slow and I should be sitting on 80 on hills as it will be easier on the legs. I find…Continue
I purchased a second hand Catrike Villager last Monday.
The initial impressions are mostly good.
For all those who have been to http://www.pcsa.net.au/ as my primary blog site will no longer be able to do so. A catastrphic hardware failure and backup failure has made the site extinct. I am considering using my http://RunnerNoMore.wordpress.com/ site I started a couple of years ago but that will not be updated with the older posts as I simply don't have them.
I am only considering this external…Continue
Added by Steven Ellison on July 11, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments
This is an This is an interesting, relaxing, beautiful, largely flat ride.
Great to stop off at some wineries along the way.....Continue
Added by Jay Newk on July 10, 2013 at 14:11 — No Comments
After the weather of the previous weekend we were blessed with and excellent day for a good, fast, enjoyable ride. Back at Farina's I enjoyed the company of the Wheelers who helped me to celebrate my birthday. It's certainly a credit to Devo and Frank who have worked hard to bring the Gawler Wheelers together and I'm sure other riders would feel like me if they missed out on the Saturday ride. It has become an important part of my week. Thanks to everyone
My biggest problem for my second winter on the bike has been motivation! Since the Milano Classica I have struggled to find direction, goals or in fact much motivation to get my bum on my bike seat. Its not that the weather has been bad or I haven't had time it's simply a lack of impulse to want to ride. I have managed a poultry 702 km's in June this year compared to 1,335 km's in June 2012, maybe the answer lies in this.
I have tried reducing my target km's each…Continue
Ok 2013 was a disaster for my cycling (more of a disaster than 2012 in fact). Like bowel movements cycling is about regularity (and good diet). In cycling terms I am constipated. I need to hook up with some considerate souls, perhaps someone who cycles from the Eastern Suburbs, get some practice and get things loosened up and flowing (I will stop the bowel metaphor at this point I think).
I will rejoin my friends in the Heart of the Hills (I do miss you), but not just yet. Don't…Continue
Back in Feburary I blogged how "I threw in the towel" on trying different tyres because I was getting so many punctures and ordered some Continental GatorHardshells. These are a little more expensive than most of the tyres I have tried but as we were heading out of summer I felt some winter tyres might just be the…Continue
Sponsored post from Cycle Indonesia
Colin Freestone and Cycle Indonesia are taking bookings again for their Central Sulawesi cycle tour this September.
Colin has been cycling in Indonesia since 1995. Beginning 2009 when his touring business began he's led 9 trips with 80+ riders on Sulawesi, which is that spidery shaped Indonesian island north of Bali and east of…Continue
Added by Adelaide Cyclists on June 11, 2013 at 23:00 — No Comments
It’s been mentally a very hard 8-12 months let alone physical. Some may remember my superman heroics flying off Montacute Rd just after the corkscrew in August last year, lying upside down with two dislocated shoulders and one broken shoulder, unable to move and waiting over an hour till someone finally heard my calls for help and rescue me; I thought I was the luckiest man alive. Nine months on and still battling shoulder pain and now the realisation that feeling to two of my fingers will…Continue
The main discussion on the Training and Nutrition forum over the last month has been the Mount Haleakala hill climb in Hawaii, which is a 55 km ride to an altitude of 3050 m (5.5% average grade). The forum discussion briefly mentioned the challenges of exercising at altitude and the possibility of using altitude training to prepare for travel to a high-altitude environment. As an Accredited Sports Scientist and operator of…Continue
We had a four day long weekend in mid May thanks to a festival on the Thursday which created an unofficial holiday on the Friday. The Pyrenees are a long 8-9 hrs drive away - too far for only four days. However there is a relatively little known set of mountains called the Picos de Europa (literally Peaks of Europe) about half way between Santiago and the Pyrenees. I’d heard wonderful things about it from a number of cycling and walking friends so we decided to head over there. Luckily for…Continue
Later that day I got to sneak out for a quick ride before dinner. Strava wasn’t much help with route choice so I just picked a loop starting right in the village, not really knowing what was in store. After a solid climb right at the start, I topped a ride to get an incredible view – two parallel ranges (big hills/small mountains) with green valley between.…Continue
Added by Dahondude on May 18, 2013 at 7:50 — No Comments