The Italians Are Coming

Leigh Street was a very early starter back in the 90’s when the “street” was purchased from the Anglican Church and the new owner set about to restore the street to it’s former glory, and some.

No doubt you’ve eaten at Rigonis or a coffee at the Coffee Branch, or at the very least passed through it one the way to the train station. 

One way traffic and Alfresco dining on Friday nights has been one of the councils success storeys.

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Well, parallel to on the eastern side is Peel Street. This little street has come ahead in leaps and bounds over the last few years. The new owner of some of the properties in the street is the same owner of Leigh street, and his vision, coupled with other property owners and a change to the liquor licensing laws in Adelaide has seen this former grungy street take on a vibrant life of its own.

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The reason for my foray into urban discussion is that on Friday the 6th December, peel street will be hosting a pop up film evening.

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If its in my powers, I’ll be heading along.

For those of you who don’t know, Breakaway is an Oscar winning (1979 – Best Screenplay) coming of age comedy-drama about 4 young men in Bloomington Indiana just out of school and have no idea where they are going looking. The film has the stable class warfare with tension between them and privileged college students. It’s set at that point in time when society is about to change because of education. It’s about aspiration, about parents who have none and some who have it spades, it’s about a self-inflicted defeatism because of class, and it’s about friendship and loyalty. To family as well as friends. (I stole most of the above from Margaret Pomeranz from here).

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One of the lead characters, Dave, is obsessed with competitive bicycle racing, particularly the Italians, and develops a crush on a university student named Katherine. Dave masquerades as an Italian exchange student in order to romance her.

When a professional Italian cycling team comes to town for a racing event, Dave is thrilled to be competing with them. However, the Italians become irked when Dave is able to keep up with and even speak to them in Italian during the race.

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For a comprehensive look at everything Breaking Away, check out Diablo Scotts tribute to Breaking Away.  Also check out the original trailer here.

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Tour de Donut

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The Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle event, where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle fast. The event is a mass start timed bicycle “race” where riders visit 4 “donut stops” during the 64 mile course, 2 stops for the 32 mile course and one stop for the 15 mile mini and eat donuts.

For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have 5 minutes deducted from their ride time. There are prizes in several classes including the coveted golden Tour de Donut championship belt for the best adjusted “donut time”. We also award the most donuts eaten in several classes, and for the speed freaks we also award the fastest bike only time.

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The next Tour de Donut is scheduled for September 6, 2014. Further details here.

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Zeppole

A Zeppole is an Italian pastry consisting of a deep-fried dough ball of varying size but typically about 4 inches in diameter.

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I’m going to show my complete ignorance, but that has never stopped me in the past.

In Adelaide, the Zeppole is more an Italian donut, although I do know for a fact that Chiantis make a ball shaped doughy thing that they call something else but resembles the true definition of a zeppole (as defined in Wikipedia anyway (if its good enuf for … its good enough for me). These are absolutely superb. I have bought a box full on several occasions at Chiantis for the lads after a Sunday morning ride for devouring at Cibos across the road.

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We used to stop at Nano Ready 2 Go across from the Belgium Beer Café after our Sunday morning rides, but they stopped opening on Sundays several years ago. They had the best Zepoles in Adelaide. Freshly cooked on site, a superb artery hardener perfect for a recovery after a ride.

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Last Sunday we swooped on Pave on the Norwood Parade. A place we’ve been to a few times but had almost “forgotten” about. First DWFM bought a zep, wand with his rave review, a stack of others were bought. In our humble opinion, these Zeps are a very close second to the zeps made in Nanos. Turns out they are made by a little old lady somewhere in Norwood. Who would have thought.  Coffee was good too.

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Cross v’s road

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CX as a sport takes place in mud, snow and dirt, and therefore there have to be a few differences between a road and a cx. What are they.

Road bikes use caliper rim brakes and 700c wheels, and are built with minimal tire clearance for better aerodynamics and reduced weight.

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The cyclocross bike is a hybrid of off-road and on-road performance. Higher tyre clearance in the fork and frame allow the use of much larger, knobbier off-road tires that keep their traction in unpredictable terrain. Rim brakes are less common these days, with most cyclocross bikes making use of a mountain biker’s disc brakes, which provide more consistent braking power in wet conditions. Although there are still quite a few out there with cantilevered brakes.

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The road v’s cx bikes are pretty similar.  Cx bikes are generally no sturdier than road bikes, they’ve just been tweaked for riding off road, geared lower for offroad use and slight tweaks in geo.

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The geo of the bike and ultimately your positioning and bike handling characteristics will be different.

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A road bike has tighter clearances and a more aggressive position than a Cx. A Cx  has a slightly higher bottom bracket and with the wider tyres, it will be more comfortable

Many road bikes fit a max of 25 or 28mm tyres. Cx bikes typically can fit 32 or 35mm tyres, and a lot of interesting knobbies are only found in 32 or bigger.

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till next week

tight spokes

iPib

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