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.

What it takes

A little while back my friend JC was on the verge of returning home to Adelaide for Xmas from Melbourne. A keen cyclist, keener on going up rather than anything else and in the shortest and steepest fashion possible, especially off-road, he has a certain knack for the pedals. Back in the Day Over theContinue reading “What it takes”

Collioure. A place to hide, ride and escape

Over the weekend I ran into an old friend and by chance we meandered through the conversation to discover we’d narrowly missed paths 7 months earlier in the little publicised French seaside town of Collioure. He’d cycled about 1000kms and gained 23,000 metres in altitude with a bunch of friends riding over the Pyrenees fromContinue reading “Collioure. A place to hide, ride and escape”

Each goal starts with a pedal stroke

Every mountain climb starts and ends with the same thing, a revolution of the cranks, a pedal stroke. What’s the significance in that? It is but such a small effort, but it’s not just a lever propelled by a shapely leg to get you over the top, often it’s a lever that’s pushing a bigContinue reading “Each goal starts with a pedal stroke”

Local knowledge and lingo

Fancy a Frenchman telling you that there’s a great adventure to be had in Spain, and he knows just where it is. Stranger things have happened, but thank goodness for local knowledge. Rodolfo, a very accomplished cyclist who resides in one of the most delightful of places in France for outdoor activities, was to beContinue reading “Local knowledge and lingo”