Olive Picking

So, I’ve finally joined that esteemed club last Tuesday on the way home from work. My front wheel slipped out from under me and I face planted.

It was on the bike path through the East Park lands just down the road from Channel 10. It was pouring, cold and generally not pleasant conditions to be out in. The section of path I face planted in had a caution sign, but it just cautioned me about olive fruit on the footpath.  Who knew that Olive fruit could be so dangerous. They’re worse than Kangaroos!

So, after falling off, I was looked after by 3 people, one of whom brought a first aid kit down from the nearby school. By the amount of claret pouring from my nose one could assume that I used my nose as an airbag. After stemming most of the blood, and declining a request for an ambulance, I made my way home (after they were sure I was ok) and checked myself in the mirror to see the damage.  Not flash.

The good wife took me down to the Wakefield where, you wouldn’t believe it, but the Surgeon who treated my bike induced dislocated shoulder 9 years ago looked after me again – Tony.

X-Rays of the Face, right shoulder, right wrist, left thumb and right knee found a hairline fracture of the right wrist and a possible fracture of the orbital socket. So into the CT Scan room i went, with 2 hairline fractures of the orbit (roof and floor) and 1 in the sinus cavity wall were confirmed.


Before they transferred me to the Memorial for overnight observation they kindly gave me a facial scrub to get out any remnant nasties in the wounds. Thankfully they gave me the twilight drugs so I wouldn’t remember a thing.

The next morning the Plastic Surgeon on his rounds gave me the all clear, no surgery required, just time.

The wounds were to be self treated with a vaseline type cream until i visited the plastic surgeon on the Friday for a checkup., where they advised I was meant to wipe off the old cream before each new application.. Whoops.  They want to see a nice pink skin, not a scab.

The new ointment they gave me was a clear silicone based ointment called Stratemed Needs to be applied between 3 – 6 hourly.


The recovery of the skin over the 7 days since has been quite remarkable.

Off to the bone doctor on Wednesday to see the damage on the wrist, but it looks like I’ll be off the road for around 4 – 6 weeks, so the indoor trainer beckons.


Brilliant wording, whats the danger, staining of shoes?


I walked home on Monday along that path. It was raining, and without a doubt, there were a few sections where the path felt treacherous underfoot, no wonder my wheel gave way on me.


Tour Talking Points

  • Cavendish is back

Mark Cavendish is back. After winning the final Champs-Élysées stage in the Tour de France in 2012 (four years in a row (2009–2012)), he’s had a lean spell at the TdF, and with the emergence of Kittel and Greipel since, it was thought that we had seen the last of the Manx Missile on a Grand Tour stage.
But no, after sprint wins on Stage 1, 3 and 5, he is back with a vengeance. And with it he also claimed his first Yellow Jersey.
The victories mean he has now won 29 stages of the Tour, one victory more than Bernard Hinault, and five below the even greater Eddy Merckx.

  • Contador’s crash and abandonment

A heavy crash for Alberto Contador mid-way through stage 1, and a second on Stage 2, he looked to have nursed his battered and bruised body back to health, before succumbing to illness in the Pyrenees and withdrawing with 100km to go on Stage 9.

  • Sagan wins a stage

Peter Sagan is well known for running second at the Grand Tours, not having won a stage since 2013. His stage two win put him into the yellow jersey for the first time in his career, becoming the first world champion to wear the yellow jersey since Thor Hushovd in 2011, and the first to win a stage wearing the rainbow stripes since Mark Cavendish in 2012.

  • Porte’s slow wheel change

Richie Porte is one of the podium contenders, but fell victim to a poorly timed puncture, where he had to stand for what must have felt like an eternity as neutral service performed a particularly slow rear wheel change. His own car was likely to be stuck further down the road behind the rapidly disintegrating peloton.

  • Stage 3 Boredom

At 223km long and virtually pan flat, stage three saw the Peleton taking it extremely easy, at one stage they were rolling along at 33kph. The pace didn’t seem to raise a sweat for a good 150km before it finished with a in the final 10km, with Cavendish equaling the tally of the great Bernard Hinault.

  • Kittel gets his stage win

Marcel Kittel, after being outpaced by Cavendish and Sagan in the first 3 stages, finally gfets his win in Stage 4, with Cavendish’s poor positioning preventing him from seriously challenging for the stage win.

  • A surprise winner in Greg Van Avermaet

Greg Van Avermaet won the Stage in a surprising successful breakaway. At one point, the Belgian Classics specialist had a 15-minute lead before the Peloton brought it back down to five-minutes.

  • Stage 8 before the first abandonment

All 198 riders made it to the start of Stage 8, the first time in the Tours history, with Michael Morkov (Katusha) became the first rider to abandon the 2016 Tour de France.

  • Steve Cummings long range attack

Steve Cummings went solo to take the stage win at the Tour de France, making it four out of seven for his Dimension Data team after Mark Cavendish‘s three sprint victories.

  • The flamme rouge comes crashing down

The flamme rouge inflatable collapsed on the road, with Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) being caught unawares and ending up on the road requiring stiches to his chin.

  • Froome attacks to take yellow

After being protected by the awesome Team Sky, Chris Froome moved to the front of the peloton over the summit of the Peyresourde, then surprised everyone by continuing his attack by tearing down the descent to win by a margin of thirteen seconds. His unusual downhill aero position had the tongues wagging, particularly as his descending skills have been weakness in the past.

  • Tom Dumoulin climbs again

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) has before defied expectations time and time again by refusing to be dropped on the many summits of last year’s Vuelta. His win on Stage 9 was one of his best climbing performance of his career to date – over the day’s five mountain passes he ultimately got the better of a breakaway group

  • Adam Yates

Adam Yates’s has been skillfully managed over the last few years, and whilst there is still 12 stages to go, Adam Yates has shown maturity across the mountains to be in second position to Chris Froome after 9 stages, ahead of the likes of Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Richie Porte (BMC) and Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep). He also holds the leader of the young rider’s classification.

  • Nairo Quintana bides his time

Nairo Quintana’s (Movistar) tactic for the race so farr has been to limit any losses to Chris Froome by sticking to his wheel. He has in the past lost time to Froome early on only to gain some of it back in the Alps, so perhaps he is playing the waiting game this time around.

  • A need for speed

Leigh Howard hit 122kph, Jeremy Roy recorded 127kph (79mph) on the descent of the Côte de la Comella while Marcus Burghardt topped out at 130.7 on the long downhill section from the first climb, according to his Strava upload.

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Rider of the Week – Dave Platten

I bumped into Dave about a month back when I dropped into Bike Express one Saturday morning to get some new gloves exchanged as they were de-threading. We got talking about this and that, and discovered a story that I thought you would be interested in, so please enjoy the following discussion with Dace, or Uncle Fester as some know him as.

  • How and when did you get started in cycling?

I started when I was about 8 years old, after jumping on a mate’s bike and promptly crashing into a fence buckling the wheel, my dad thought it best I have my own bike to ride. At 18 I discovered cars and girls and did not take up riding again until 1990 when a strangulated hernia stopped me from: indoor and outdoor cricket, weight lifting, roller skating and table tennis.  My father in law had 2 bikes lying around and he charged me $20 each. Little did he know what those bikes would lead to!

I started helping out at my local bike shop just holding customers attention until the real sales people could come and serve them, somewhere along the way I became aware I could sell as well as they could. I’ve always considered myself loyal and only ever worked at 2 shops in 26 years ending up at Bicycle Express for the last 16.

  • Are you just a roadie, or do you cross over to other disciplines?

I actually started as a mountain biker racing against ridgid’s, and saw the introduction of ‘v’ brakes, disc brakes and duallies.  I retired from racing in 2000 following a race at Gawler. I started over thinking my racing and with mountain biking you can’t afford to over think things, riding has to be instinctive and fluid.

Not wanting to stop riding I switched to road riding and touring. Even though I’ve had 3 accidents in the last 16 years I wouldn’t change a thing, although the last one challenged me with a broken pelvis, 3 cracked ribs, cracked sacroiliac and a broken humorous that now has a surgical nail in it. It has taken over twelve months and I am still not riding at the same level, fitness wise.

Over the last 26 years I’ve also been involved in pedal prix and been lucky enough to have meet some great people while watching my children grow up doing it.

  • How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?

I have 3 bikes, a flat bar/hybrid that converts to a mountain bike, a roadie that is weapons grade and a bike I never thought I’d have….. a tandem.


Kathy's CLX3 A
Kathys CLX3 A
  • How do you store your bikes?

Because like everyone I have limited space I have a Dual-Touch™ Bike Stand that takes 4 bikes (handy when you have to keep your wife and daughter’s bikes out the road)

note – Stand in Picture not Dave’s

My tandem hangs from the ceiling using a pulley system.

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  • Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?

I do a lot of the work myself but the tribe at Bicycle Express are always ready to help, a lot of the time I use the team because while I can do things – they do bike work all day 6 days a week that means they are just so much quicker at it than me. Interestingly though there are things that 26 years’ experience gives you.


  • What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?

In my shed there is a bike work stand, derailleur trueing tool, cables, lubes, brake pads and cleaners, stationary trainers, a TV DVD player and lots of cleaning tools.

  • What is your favourite piece of cycling kit or accessory?

It has to be the Garmin’s – I can remember when speed and cadence were all that was available, with the ease of use, accuracy and myriad of features there are few excuses for not keeping tabs on your progress.

  • What do you love about cycling?

Even at an early age a bike represented speed and freedom, time with my mates throwing bikes around like skid kid’s, braking frames and forks. Now it represents speed freedom and time with my mates – some things never change!

  • Is there anything that annoys you?

People who steal bikes! They don’t work for them, love them or love riding but they are prepared to take from those who do!

  • You’ve had a bit of a health scare a while back, can you tell us little about this and how it impacted on your life in cycling.

December 3, 2011 I was diagnosed with peritonitis after my bowel had ruptured, I was fitted with a colostomy bag and told unless I could meet certain requirements I would not be eligible for a reversal. My wife and I (along with the Doctors) put together a plan to reach the targets and move forward, I rode between each round of surgery getting weaker each time – eventually completing them all and being ‘reconnected’. To my amazement I am still able to ride but my style has changed. Prior to bowel cancer my average cadence was around 75rpm now its more like 95rpm. I am still weak but getting better every day!

  • Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?

Cadel Evans – because he was a successful mountain biker when I was racing, and then went on to conquer the heights of world cycling.

My least favourite is Lance Armstrong – because he shattered a belief!

  • If you could have dinner with 3 people from the cycling world, who would they be?

Cadel Evans (MTB & Road), Lance Armstrong (Road) & John Tomac (MTB)


Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong
Tomac Bikes Press Camp 2011
John Tomac rests during a ride at Phoenix’s South Mountain Park.
  • What are your craziest/fondest cycling memories?

Craziest memory – was from a Coast to Coast ride one year, we had just bought the tandem and it was our first challenge ride, the last hill into Victor Harbour we had been passed by many people going up we reached the top our energy reserves just about exhausted I said to my wife ready? Got a tap on the bottom as acknowledgement and I felt her weight on my backpack, we flew past everyone only slowing for some slower bikes passing another rider.  There were a number of friends riding that day who queried our pace but with 2 computers on the ”bus” they couldn’t argue.

  • What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot, and what would you normally buy as a treat?

Exchange coffee shop and the salted chocolate chip cookies are too die for.

  • Have you ridden overseas? If so, where? If not, where would it be?

We rode in New Zealand (a kind of little Europe) and would like to ride France and Germany along the Rhine river.

  • What is your favourite training route?

Along the Southern expressway and through to Willunga and up the hill.

  • What is the biggest cycling lie you have told your partner?

I’m just going out for a short ride – and returning hours later.

  • What would you like your partner to buy you for your next birthday?

Ground effects Rock Lobster – you can never have too many.

  • Is there a local cycling outfit/company/cycling club/cycling group/person that you would like to plug?

Bicycle Express – we’re not a team, we’re a tribe! I’m treated like family and allowed to be there to make a difference to our customers.

I get excited every Saturday just to be there, and every Saturday I learn something new, not always about bikes but often about life!

  • Is there anything else you feel like talking about?

Cycling is such a leveller no matter how much money or how little you’re only as good as each pedal stroke. I only wish more vehicle users would take up riding to have a better understanding of the challenges we riders face every time we go out pulling up and being abusive never placed anyone’s agenda in a better situation.

To all the other riders be they road, bmx, hybrid, or tandem a polite wave or hi never hurts.

Thanks Dave, it was a pleasure chatting with you, and all the best in the Future.

If any Wednesday Legger pops into Bike Express on a Saturday morning, say G’day to Dave, you cant miss him, he’s the Uncle Fester lookalike.



Cafe of the Week – Bar 9 Outreach


A social collaboration between Bar 9 and St Vincent De Paul, Bar 9 are looking to expand upon their mission statement of Enabling Life’s Best Work through to the community.

St Vinnies for 12 years have owned and maintained the old iconic Iliad building to serve the homeless and those from their shelter. During the day time it has, until now, sat vacant. Bar9 are working with St Vincent De Paul to re-energise the space and breathe new life through the gorgeous old character laid building.

Bringing our interpretation of specialty coffee, quality breakfast and brunch served in a relaxed and approachable setting we’re really excited to work with this really unique space.  With a menu that gives a polite nod to the heritage of this classic building before, this non liscensed venue should have enough nooks and crannies to suit all walks of life.

We also hope to inspire others, both those who are currently sharing tough times and also other businesses who have the capacity to perhaps help others in need, by sharing the stories and growth of all of those that we work with.
We invite you to be a part of this movement by helping us share the word, and hopefully together we can enact some real, significant and long lasting social change.

Bar 9 Outreach is located in the vine-covered premises that was once the renowned Iliad Greek restaurant. The Iliad has been closed for around 30 years and the space has since been used as a dining room by St Vincent de Paul volunteers to prepare and serve meals to homeless people.

I got s chance to catch up with the owner Ian Callahan on a recent visit to the outreach. Ian, says he was originally approached by St Vincent de Paul (SA) CEO David Wark about running a coffee training course at the site. That spurred further thought about what more he could do.  They started talking about working with a shortlisted focus group of up to 12 people and taking more time to develop their confidence and skills to see what they can do and hopefully help them to get to the next level.

They serve Bar 9’s signature Five Senses coffee plus a great range of breakfasts, brunches and of course cakes.

There’s plenty of room outside for bike groups, so if you get a chance, pop in and help support a lovely venture that is looking to help the homeless.

Till next time

tight spokes


2 thoughts on “Olive Picking

  1. Hi Ian, sorry to hear of your off. I had a similar experience a few years ago on the track between the Torrens Weir and the rear of the Adelaide Gaol where the police horses are kept. I think it must be the natural oils in the olive fruit that makes them so slippery especially in the wet. Maybe the warning sign should say “Danger of Olive Oil on Track’ would probably get more attention…


    1. Hi Ian

      Your comment about olive oil signage would certainly make more sense 🙂

      I had to walk the same route instead of riding during my recovery, and i must admit even shoes were slipping on the olive oil when it was wet.

      Thanks for your feedback, and sorry for my delay in responding.



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