Secession Success – Raven Mad

It’s October. It started in January. Tick. Tock. What started as a desire to create a bicycle frame that celebrated the hallmarks of a bygone era – lugs, steel tubing, artisan styled passion, simplicity – has pushed and prodded feelings of despondency to exhilaration. At times thoughts swam freely, the excitement of what may be.Continue reading “Secession Success – Raven Mad”

Performance potential. At work?

At maarq, we’re not ever too far away from a training program, a cycling fitness training program that is. The training program tends to bookend the day. In the morning it’s usually completing a fitness workout on the training plan (TP) and at the end of the day it could be reviewing performance to dateContinue reading “Performance potential. At work?”

What do you want to do?

The past weekend was spent visiting the Barossa Valley in South Australia, about a Barossa Valley SA”>nine hour drive from Melbourne, or even quicker by air. The purpose was to do a reconnaissance of the district by bike ahead of the planned fundraising ride next January. A couple of training rides around the region providedContinue reading “What do you want to do?”

2012 Ride to Cure Diabetes

As you’re kitting up before your next long bicycle ride, maybe filling your water bottles with your favourite powdered ‘power’ product or stuffing your pockets with gels, bars and all manner of fuels, please give a thought to this – In your pre-ride ritual you also just gave yourself your first of up to sixContinue reading “2012 Ride to Cure Diabetes”

Bicycle Project: Part 3 – Custom Steel, Italy

There’s nothing like results to keep you pressing forward with your plan. Each time recognisable progress is made during a project or an endeavour, the rewards begin to pay off for making the initial start and applying more effort to get closer to the target. In Part 1 we covered the inspiration for the bicycleContinue reading “Bicycle Project: Part 3 – Custom Steel, Italy”

Bicycle Project: Part 2 – Custom Steel, Italy

Following on from Part 1 of the project story, Part 2 is the real guts of the project. Inspiration now qualified, like any change or project development there’s a critical point where ideas must turn into action, Part 2 is all about action. Three questions arose to prompt clear action: Who will prepare the frame?Continue reading “Bicycle Project: Part 2 – Custom Steel, Italy”

Bicycle Project: Part 1 – Custom Steel, Italy

Italian bicycles. They’re the desire of many a cycling enthusiast. Coppi, Colnago, Tommasini, Bianchi, Guerciotti, ALAN, Basso, Pinarello, Cinelli, De Rosa, Pegoretti, Wilier, they’re all marques swooned over, especially over a macchiato after the ride. Bonetti is not one you will hear of very often, but it’s out there. In January this year, we commissionedContinue reading “Bicycle Project: Part 1 – Custom Steel, Italy”