Category Archives: Australia
At the Melburn Roobaix yesterday (more to come on that), I bumped into my friend Ben Kamenjas from Sydney, who I met a few years back when he worked at Deus Ex Machina. Ben’s a wealth of cycling knowledge, especially the obscure / idiosyncratic world of French components and frames. At a certain point in your life, you tire of looking at others’ work and decide to start building for yourself.
What you see here is Ben’s first bike, under his moniker Cicli Spirito (no link yet). It’s a fendered porteur with a customized VO rack that mounts to the vintage center pull mounts and classic French parts with a classic geometry.
It’s always difficult to shoot a porteur with weight on the front, so I asked Ben to act as the kickstand while I snapped a few, very quick photos.
With this weather, I’m sure Ben was stoked on his Swift Industries Pelican bag, fenders and nice, plump tires during the Roobaix. That’s a great looking bicycle!
So, you’re really into bikepacking, that “new” thing, huh?
100 years ago, today, Edward ‘Ryko’ Reichenback rode 3,000km from Adelaide, Australia to Darwin. The trip took him 28 days and in that time, he battled the elements, got carried by Aboriginal tribesmen by stick – literally, hogtied upside down – and trekked across swamps. I feel like a jackass for whining about a windy, rainy night in my posh-ass tent.
Seriously, is this a Foster’s commercial in the making? Read the whole story at the Dailymail.
I have a thing for purple bikes and this singlespeed BAUM Extensa is making me feel all warm inside. Seriously, wow. Head over to the BAUM Flickr for more!
Having just come off of a successful CMWC in Mexico, the world now looks to Melbourne, Australia for the 2015 host city. This is going to be good! See more at CMWC 2015.
Known for their loud and over-the-top graphic treatments, Australia’s Attaquer took things a little more subdued with their new Normcore kit line. Their offerings are cyan, magenta, black (!) and white this go-round. See the full stock at Attaquer.
Oh yeah… there’s a video for this project too!
Is it wrong to think that there aren’t many pros who would do something like this? Or at least, we wouldn’t read about it. This story is so good:
“It’s easy to get wrapped up in the details when it comes to cycling. Distances, wattages, victories and other measures often lead us to forget the simply joy of riding a bike. Brothers Gus and Lachlan Morton (yes, the one who races with WorldTour team Garmin-Sharp), got back to basics in an attempt to recover the lost magic of the sport. This is their story about the 2500km journey from Port Macquarie to Uluru in just twelve days.”
Check out a full gallery and more at Cycling Tips!
I’m just amazed that Giro didn’t get attacked by Drop Bears or Hoop Snakes while making this video. I’m confused about one thing though: where is Adam’s gold speedo?
Anyone else want to go rip through ‘roo country after watching this?
Somehow, yesterday I missed out on posting about Manual for Speed’s exceptional coverage of the Tour Down Under. So, if you haven’t caught up yourself, check out Stage 4 and Stage 5!
Has me missing it! This day was so incredible on so many levels. I was excited to be riding new roads and we ended up rescuing a Wedgetail Eagle. These photos are from a lost roll of film I just found from Australia. Read up more on this ride, right here.