Category Archives: cycling

Tour de Point Hicks 2016

An amazing five days just passed out in far-flung East Gippsland staying at Point Hicks lighthouse in Croajingolong National Park. Mountain biking, walking giant dunes, drinking wine and adventuring. We started in Bairnsdale and toured our way to Point Hicks … Continue reading

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A hill of one’s own

I am nowhere near Mount Everest. If I was there’d be ice and yaks and shit but instead there’s gum trees and bugs and bitumen. I’m on a small suburban road in the back of Warrandyte. I’m not wearing furs … Continue reading

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Changing days, changing ways

I was involved in the capture of bicycle thief once back when I was a bike courier. The mob I worked for had a small, grimy lunch room with a bench and table out the back. Hungry couriers would gather … Continue reading

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Throwing the leg over

Went for my annual bike-riding hit-out at the Audax Alpine Classic in Bright. Had a great time. Long distance endurance cycling is my bag – I freaking love a long day out on my bike in the mountains, and I’m … Continue reading

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Winning the Tour de France

Me on Facebook a few days ago: Three people so far have asked “So, are you really not watching the Tour this year?” To clarify: contrary to jokes I may make about not watching the Tour de France when it … Continue reading

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Melburn-Roobaix 2013

It was a crack team that met at the crack o’ dawn – well, four over-excited man-boys at a dawnish 9.30am – to take on this year’s Melburn-Roobaix. We booted over to Hawthorn Velo and registered, then moved off with … Continue reading

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Mellowed road-rager

For the seventeen years I’ve lived in Melbourne I’ve been a dedicated cyclist. Some of that time I was a bike courier, some as an ‘activist lite’ as part of Critical Mass, but mostly as a commuter, hacking my way … Continue reading

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Giddy-up!

In the mid-nineties my buddy Glendyn and I published a bicycle zine. Zines were the shit. Like a blog, but photocopied and handed out to anyone who was interested. And, also like a blog, almost no-one read them and they … Continue reading

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Easy roller

Got me a new bike. Not just a new bike, but a NEW bike: my first ever custom made steed, created from nothing by hand and with great love and diligence by Luke Laffan, manager/director/head maker of Fikas Bikes and … Continue reading

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What’s in a name

Bikes I’ve owned and the names I’ve given them. The Sinner A 1994 black Cannondale mountain bike, the first high-end mtb I owned, bought brand new in the day. I’ve cross-countried on it, toured on it, commuted, couriered, single-speeded and … Continue reading

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