You can see my little Brompton has now been embellished with some Cherry Blossoms, after her name!
I was so excited to have received a spur of the moment, very short notice invitation to go on a ride with Dayna Andreussi of the Melbourne Brompton Club that I just wasn’t going to pass this up…I don’t often get invited on rides. The perception is usually that I’m too busy, too ‘pro’ (yeah right!), too ‘visible’ or maybe just not interested in riding with anyone else…not so. I jumped at the chance because it was not just an opportunity to have a ride without being encumbered by responsibilities of Wheel Women, but also a chance to meet a fellow women’s riding enthusiast…only this time the bikes were different.
I’ve posted a couple of photos since Thursday when my partner and I purchased two Brompton folding bicycles for a reconnaissance visit to Japan to check out some new cycling routes for our Wheel Women Tours. It sure has been met with mixed reactions…some are excited, some wonder what the hell I’m doing and others think I’ve given up my beloved Specialized Ruby…hardly! No, this is just a chance for trying a different kind of riding for a whole bunch of reasons. Continue reading →
Shoe choice can be a baffling decision for the new rider moving from running shoes to clip-in pedals, and the price points can seem just as fraught with confusion coupled with a degree of price envy when making a purchase! We all want that bargain for less than recommended retail right? But just exactly what is is that makes a $100 shoe different to the $450 shoe? I was asked this question recently when I posted a photo of my lovely shoe collection on social media…why do I love the S-Works so much was the question posed. Why are they so different to the rest? Continue reading →
When you don’t know anything about what you’re looking at the whole bike shop experience can be daunting; so many bikes, so many components, so many different bits of advice and so much very cool looking bike bling to tempt! Buying a new bike can be super confusing! Continue reading →
Picture this: the start gun has blasted, the crowd cheers and bit by bit the snake of lycra clad warriors edges forward to the start gantry. Timer running, anticipation of the hills is thick in the air…but WAIT!! HOLD EVERYTHING!!
Has anyone seen my gloves…hello….HAS ANYONE SEEN MY ^%*&#^ GLOVES!!
Yep, this is what happened to me. But as that snake of riders crept further toward the start line, and gradually the crowd started to thin, my temper flared to bike throwing point and I knew this called for drastic action lest I be the last rider across the start line….and one without gloves!
I ran to the nearest pop-up stall and paid the hefty sum of $30 for some new gloves that didn’t even match my kit…what was I thinking!! Riding without hand protection is one thing, but non-matching gloves. You have got to be kidding!
So I admit, I have a draw full of gloves! In an effort to justify this gelled and leather collection that my better half happened upon and promptly asked for an explanation, I think a review of the items is my ticket out of this rather unsettling discussion at home. ‘But you see sweet better-half, this is important research…I need to test ALL these gloves.’
I don’t think he fell for the research excuse, but here’s the reviews…. Continue reading →
Well you know I’m a sucker when it comes to a bit of pink cycling gear. I happened to be writing an article for Ride On magazine about finding cycling gear to fit larger bods, so I contacted BBB and they told me they’d send their Alpineshield women’s jacket with some leggings.
What colour way would I like…black and white, or black and HOT PINK? Well duh guys, you know which I’m gonna choose there. So, I was supplied with both the Alpineshield ladies softshell jacket in the black/hot pink colour way, paired with the Ladyshield tights with chamois. The jacket retails for $179.99, while the legs retails for $139.99…both range from S to XXL (and the XXL fits me, with a 40″ bust, just fine).
To be honest, my knees are not a fan of me wearing road shoes or road pedals when I go riding. Their pink scars tell the story of just one or two falls that were worthy of the best ‘funniest home videos’. So you can imagine the fear as my knees froze into submission when I mentioned that Northwave had asked me to review their Starlight SRS women’s road shoe. Continue reading →
BBB….bbbut I did everything I could to destroy but nothing worked!
Okay, I agree. Telling a supplier that you intend to trash their gear is probably not what they want to hear. So when BBB offered for me to try out some of their products I kept my intentions quiet. But the offer was timely – I was headed off to the Great Victorian Bike Ride! Renowned for the basic camp conditions and potential for anything white to end up grey, this was going to be my testing ground.