Thursday, July 26, 2007


Just bling'd up my commuter and now i can't help but call it MR T. After all, he wears gold chain doesn't he?

I rely on this bike more than any other, and it's built of parts I found in the garage, but i wouldn't change a thing now that it's got 29 inch wheels and I've found the perfect magic ratio.

I bought this baby in 2001, back when i was into big suspension and downhills. It was my hardtail to ride XC, even though I would often lower the seat and get some air. With gears, disc brakes and the first round of tubeless tyres this was such a great bike. Here's a pick of it in its former glory.

Big wheels, CX tyres, adjustable travel forks and a 38x16 SS drivetrain make commuting so much more fun than it should be.

Well said.

From The Age. The executive summary of a very good article.

"Want to help the environment? Get on yer bike!

We should stop abusing the travellers on two wheels - they are a far lesser menace than drivers, writes Catherine Deveny.

……..I've had a gutful of "cyclists are a menace" comments. A car cuts them off? The driver is an idiot. A cyclist cuts them off? ALL cyclists are menaces and they should ALL be off the road and NONE OF THEM should be allowed to breed. Here's the truth: cars kill, injure, annoy, abuse, cut off and hassle far more cyclists than vice versa. And if you don't believe me, get on a bike……….I want to say thank you. To all the cyclists getting out there in the wind, and the cold, and the rain and pedalling to work, to school, to get about their daily business. They are cutting down on road congestion, helping the environment, freeing up parking spots and reducing their stress levels through both exercise and the financial bonus of a cheaper form of transport……….Many households could (and do) solve the "no time to exercise, can't afford a second car and no parking at work" equation with a bicycle. Others solve it by buying a second car that they can't afford; which contributes to the national debt and in turn inflation and then up goes the interest rates as well as our carbon emissions………Lay off the cyclists. They should be paid for commuting. We should be standing at the traffic lights handing them drinks and giving them towels when they arrive at work. The Government should be doing everything in its power to encourage and facilitate safe cycling in our glorious city………More good news. The British Medical Association found that the risk of inactivity is 20 times greater than the health risk posed by a potential accident on a bike……..Between 1974 and 2003, travel to school by car rose from 22.6 per cent to 70 per cent. Children being driven to school accounts for 18 per cent of peak hour traffic in Melbourne. We are constantly being told that children are getting fatter and driving cars is now the environmental equivalent to piping cigarette smoke into humidicribs….."

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sick again....

....more mysterious diseases keeping me off the bike.

But, consoled myself by buying a new DSLR. Nikon D80, loving it, here's a few picks.

Pia in da hood.

Tried it out at the Riverview Festival last night. Saw the Street Pirates and The Grates. Patience (The Grates lead singer) is the greatest.

And found a magic ratio for the commuter, no more chain tensioner, ultra simple, like me.

My sentiments exactly.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Just some photos from my trip to Vietnam, for your enjoyment.

Yes, that's me on what is technically a Rigid Singlespeed 29er......... with a basket.