Category Archives: cycling

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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Hardest of the sorta hard

About five years ago, right around the time my first baby came along, time suddenly became very, very scarce. Being time-poor had never really been a problem for me. Were I raised in the era of my old man, of … Continue reading

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Building a callous

There are positives to beating your head against a wall. For one, you build yourself a nice callous, and lord knows they’re handy for Glaswegian kissing. Also, learning to live with a perpetual headache is handy for building your emotional … Continue reading

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