Monday, June 29, 2015

Golfing Etiquette, And Its Application To Cycling

A decade-or-so ago when cycling became formally recognised as the new golf, many overweight, middle-aged businessmen breathed a collective (and wheezy) sigh of relief.

Finally they were to be granted a reprieve from wearing ridiculous outfits like this…

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Melbourne’s eXpresso Cafés — Part 4

Expresso Joe Drive Thru Coffee

The furious development of Melbourne’s inner-north in recent years has made a huge impact on the food and coffee scene, but the gentrification has come at a price. Fitzroy is already ruined, Collingwood is not far behind, and since the 2013 publicity frenzy sparked by the ‘Beyoncé in Brunswick’ phenomenon, the almost total yuppification of these northern suburbs will soon be complete.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Ding-Dong Battle — Three Boutique Bicycle Bells Go Head-To-Head

In the world of high-end bicycle bells, some standout brands are bringing style, craftsmanship, and extraordinary attention to detail to the humble act of ringing and dinging. It’s a realm where safety, function, and flair for design come together to provide yet another way for consummate bicycle enthusiasts to set themselves apart.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Melbourne’s eXpresso Cafés — Part 3

D.G. Expresso

There isn’t much point cycling through The Merchant end of Melbourne’s Docklands. It doesn’t really lead anywhere except for construction zones, corporate office towers, and weird, post-modern exercise parks. But for eXpresso enthusiasts, D.G. Expresso in Merchant Street provides a compelling reason to detour down to this strange, dead-end, urban promontory on your next ride. Thankfully there’s plenty of bike parking directly opposite.
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

How I Learned Mountain Biking In A Weekend

The UCI Cross Country Mountain Bike World Cup (presented by Shimano) gets underway this weekend in Nové Město na Moravě. It was this race, and a very informative book, that sparked my own interest in the sport just a few years ago.

At the time I was looking for something new. Road cycling had gotten old and a video promo for an upcoming World Cup race in the small, mountain bike-crazed Czech town planted the seed.

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