Author: marlonquinn

Project Bike: Ridley Excalibur Carbon Road Bicycle

Ridley Excalibur Carbon Fibre Road Bicycle Small 53cm equipped with Shimano 105 11-Speed Groupset.

This Belgian lightweight super-responsive oversized-tubing carbon roadie is borne from the Ardennes, roads known to be tough, undulating, punctuated by gear-grinding climbs through the Walloon region. I’ve ridden those roads, they’re at times punchy, definitely cobbled, certainly meandering with tight medieval corners perfect for defending against the steely swords of King Arthur’s mysticism.

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Project Bike: Casati Dardo Italian Scandium Carbon Road Bicycle

The original Casati Dardo Italian scandium alloy and carbon fibre road racing bicycle, a beautiful example of 100 years of family-based artisan fabrication by the Casati brothers, Luca and Massimo, and varnish finish by Carlo Dossena, from Monza, Italy. The ideal dart for absolute responsiveness in criterium racing and for when making a brash statement to the cycling crowds.

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Project Bike: De Rosa Neo Primato Italian Steel Tourer

The stylish De Rosa Neo Primato Italian steel bicycle, a modern interpretation of the hallmark of Eddy Merckx domination of cycling road racing, particularly on the Molteni Cycling Team in the 1975 Tour de France. An insight into the history and description of this used example and rebuild into all day tourer and commuter bike.

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Books: The Octopus and I

The story of Lucy in the new novel “The Octopus and I” by Erin Hortle tells the story of a colourful character living on the Tasman Peninsula in South-Eastern Tasmania, as she lives through the recovery of breast cancer.

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