Year: 2012

This was filmed on Wednesday 28 November 2012 during my evening commute home from work. Usually the toughest part of my ride home is the fresh afternoon south-westerly breeze. However this day I had to deal with extremely strong, gusty cross/tail winds and salty …

GoPro POV chesty mount video: Fun and games cycling home during a late spring storm Read More »

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I’ve always wanted a mirror for my bike that would allow me to easily see what is approaching from behind while riding my bike without obstructing my handlebars or be difficult to fit/swap sides. After a bit of reading and testing I finally settled …

Owner review: Mirrycle Road Mirror for Shimano STI levers Read More »

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I know that one of the main things I wanted to know when I was doing research for my tour was what gear people were taking with them and why. So with that said, I present my own packlist with …

Cycle touring pack list for a European summer.. revised with comments! Read More »

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French Rhone-Alps region in the background

As I have alluded in several of my previous posts, I had been in preparation for a 9 week trip to Europe earlier this year during August and September. It all started back in 2009 when I first stumbled on …

Beer and baguettes: A wrap up of my trip from Bonn (Germany) to Marseille (France) Read More »

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Shimano MT71 2011 Mountain Trekking Shoe

During my research for a good all-round touring and commuting shoe I was generally thinking of something that had the following features: They look low-key enough to sneak into the pub or wear around town off the bike Had recessed …

Owner review: Shimano MT71 Gore-Tex SPD MTB/Touring cycle shoe Read More »

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Tarptent Scarp 2 - with optional cross poles in Normandy, France

Tarptent is a small American company with some big ideas and a solid reputation for making good value, high quality, ultralight and lightweight tents suitable for a wide range of activities. I spent a few months earlier this year researching …

Owner review: Tarptent ‘Scarp 2’ lightweight all season tent for cycle touring Read More »

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Screen shot of the new Google Maps bicycle directions!

Well I am a few days late, but for those who haven’t noticed it yet Google have finally released an extra feature on their Google Maps service that caters for cyclists in many Australian towns and cities. It’s still in …

About time: Cycling directions and routes now available on Google Maps in Australia! Read More »

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Like it or lump it many people in developed nations now live in a techno-dependant society. For example I own a  Android-powered HTC smartphone which I absolutely love using as it has so many purposes and functions that makes general …

Owner review: Busch & Müller E-WERK – An effective, dynamo-powered solution to keep your electronic devices charged while cycle touring! [Updated: 6 Oct 2012] Read More »

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Ground Effect 'Zip-Tie' in Azure Blue colour

I’ve always disliked the majority of cycle clothing options on the market. Many brands and designs seem to be aimed at pro-racer ‘wannabes’ and not the average person who just wants to cycle in comfort without looking like a moving …

Owner review: Ground Effect ‘Zip Tie’ long sleeved summer cycling jersey Read More »

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Granted that it is currently the ‘dry’ season in the northern regions of Australia, for the majority of people living in the southern hemisphere winter is only just getting started despite the winter solstice passing a few days ago. For many people this means …

Cycling in the rain: Advice for winter commuting Read More »

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