Project Bike: Open Mould Carbon Frame and Campagnolo EPS

Open Mould Carbon Fibre Road Bicycle Medium 54cm equipped with Campagnolo Athena EPS 11-Speed Groupset.

This lightweight open mould carbon roadie is borne from somewhere we don’t know, but it now carries the spirit of elegance, style and simplicity that the French inspire. Of the perfect Gentleman, of the might of determination, of groundedness, of tradition spiced with a touch of flair.

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.

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”