First up, some local news. Benny JJ completed his 12th Everesting for 2016 last Saturday. Well done mate.
Some sad news. Another LBS is closing down.
I popped in this afternoon for a quick chat with Michelle and wish them well. After 9 1/2 years, it sounds like it’s just time to pull up stumps, no one reason, but a whole mass of issues that collectively helped them decide that it was just time. One of these factors is the Intranet of Things, so don’t forget our LBS people. Of course on-line purchasing isn’t going away, but you might be surprised at some of the deals the LBS are offering these days. In part they have been trying to find a business model that closes that gap whilst still providing the comfort of local service and backup. They haven’t closed it fully, but keep your options open becasue its closer than what you think on quite a few items.
Back to Steve and Michelle, all the best guys, and given your long history in the local cycling scene, I’m sure it won’t be too long before we see you again.
Tis the season to be publishing ideas for the latest cycling gifts. There are without a doubt many many Christmas gift lists published.
Aaaand this is no different.
Well, a little different.
But first up, a sample of what you can find on the intranetwebbythingy, some just plain boring, throwing up the standard fare, and some throwing in some interesting and new ideas.
Bike Radar – Gifts for Women – http://www.bikeradar.com/women/gear/article/christmas-gift-ideas-for-road-cycling-women-45708/
Hi Consumption – http://hiconsumption.com/2016/11/best-bike-gifts-for-the-cyclist/
Prologue Cycling – http://prologuecycling.co.uk/christmas-gift-guide-for-road-cyclists/
I Bike London – http://www.ibikelondon.com/2014/12/christmas-gift-guide/
Yellow Jersey – http://www.yellowjersey.co.uk/cycling-christmas-gifts/
Red Kite Prayer – http://redkiteprayer.com/2016/12/the-rkp-christmas-wish-list/
Pez Cycling #2 – http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/technspec/pez-holiday-gift-guide16-2/
Christmas Cycling Gift List – Radeladian Style
There are some terrific Radelaidians beaverishy working their respective butts off to deliver on their passion, so I’ve pulled together a list of Radelaide cycling gift ideas.
Adelaide is punching above its weight when it comes t cycling kit. None of these would go astray in the cycling stocking this Xmas.
Spin Cycle have deals on all Pro bundles 10% off and included is an upgrade to the Endurance 2 Elastic Interface chamois only available at Cycle Closet. Prices start from $396.00 for a full custom kit and discounts on multiples orders, so check out the website today! http://spincycleclothing.cc/kit-bundle-specials/
An example of a 1-off
How about a custom skinsuit for the velodrome, crit or short track mountain bike race? We have you covered with deals on all skinsuits, prices starting at $300.00 for a full custom kit and with the Endurance 2 chamois upgrade only at Cycle Closet. http://spincycleclothing.cc/custom/skinsuit-specials/
If you are unsure, Gift Cards are available for all custom items including the new Walk-In Custom selection now available at Cycle Closet. Cards staring at $20 or nominate your own value! http://spincycleclothing.cc/product/spin-cycle-clothing-gift-card/
Biketivist are another local brand that have just sold out on their first run of their second season Penumbra kit, which sold out within 2 weeks. The good news is that a second and last drop of the Penumbra kit is scheduled for release on the 10th December. You can purchase it at Cycle Closet or online at http://biketivist.cc/
Hills & Yonder have a small range of winter and summer jerseys and bib shorts, with a gilet thrown in for good measure. http://www.hillsyonder.com/
Or you could treat yourself to coffee, macaron, coke, chocolate, ice cream, and donuts without leaving the saddle by purchasing a fiasco ciclismo kit.
The Jersey is a tight fitting short sleeve jersey Pro Fit Jersey constructed out of three different fabrics for the perfect moisture transfer system.
At the front a super light material is provided with a honeycomp structure, the sleeves and offset-side panels to the rear are an AERO fabric that provides perfect air turbulence. And finally the less structured material in the back offers more moisture control.
The bib shorts are designed for hard racing or all day riding. Their anatomical cut and compression-supporting properties are ideal on long distances and intense workouts.
The legs are finished with a laser cut anti-slip-silicone structure to prevent any movement through out your ride.
If you are in need of some training to help iron out those kinks in your style, or just need someone to help reach your goals, then the following might help you out.
PRO CYCLING SKILLS
If you are after some outdoor training sessions, Steve Cunningham over at procyclingskills offers a range of personalised services from 1 on 1 skills programs, group sessions, corporate rides and personalised training plans. Steve has based himself at Norton Summit, so knows the Adelaide Hills like the proverbial, and he’ll be able to sort you out.
He has a range of services including “Getting Started:, “Intermediate”, “Advanced” in Single, Couples or Group Sessions. Steve can also work with you to develop personalised programs or even design a day Tour or Weekend Away. If your unsure, purchase a gift voucher for your loved one or favorite cycling blog publisher.
Further details here http://www.procyclingskills.com/
If indoor training is your thing, then your options are wide and many. Here are just a few.
Located at the back of Bici Cafe is a modern, cycle-specific training centre where each bike is linked to state of the art computerised resistance units, where Dave is able to tailor workout intensity to match your personal fitness level.
It’s a great way to train for your bike tour holiday or upcoming cycling event.
David Parsons, the owner and operator is an elite, competitive cyclist. He is a qualified group and personal trainer, Cycling Australia coach and Pilates Instructor and has a strong focus on technique and body balance.
Stuart O’Grady has created a fitness space in the old Victoria Park Grandstand and conduct scheduled spin classes or can provide personal training services. They cater for all sorts from the cycling pro looking to work on specific goals like technique, endurance, climbing or speed, down to the weekend cafe chaser who wants to lose weight, build strength or increase your cardio fitness.
Classes range from specialist spin classes to general group fitness, all under the guidance of professional cycling coaches on groundbreaking Keiser M3i spin bikes. You can train solo on their Tacx NEO Smart Trainer, boasting a super-realistic road feel and virtual reality software that simulates real-life rides. With the Velo Café right next door, a post-workout reward is only a few steps away.
NICK WOOD FITNESS
Nick wood fitness provides practical cycling training sessions with scientific exercise conditioning.
Their approach to coaching is to do their best to apply current sports science theory to an individual riders’ circumstances. They have the experience, science and the ability to prepare a program designed specifically for you to help you achieve your goals. They can provide some one-on-one training sessions as well as sessions for group training.
The run sessions at the Bike Station in in Brighton and at the Goodwood Community Centre.
If you are coming in from interstate and don’t want to transport your precious cargo, have a look at these guys.
VELO-PORTE is a performance bike rental service operating in Adelaide that pride themselves on providing a superior door to door service helping take the stress off travelling cyclists.
They have a stable of Road, Gravel and Folding bikes to chose form. The road bikes are Specialized Tarmac Expert rental bikes with Ultegra Groupset, helmet, inner tube, tyre levers and pump with C02 gas, Mavic Cosmic SL wheel upgrade and Garmin 800 GPS computer upgrade.
Treadly Bike Hire’s bikes are the small, foldable Bromptons that are perfect for riding around Adelaide. They are available on the spot at one of theirTreadly Bike Hire Points or they’ll deliver one to you by cargo bicycle within the Adelaide city area, surrounding suburbs and Adelaide Airport.
If you are anything like me, you’ll be suffering the odd ailment, creaking back, sore neck, bung knee. None of us are getting any younger, so a bike fit might be just the thing to takeaway some of those niggles. Try out one of these excellent businesses that come highly recommended by the cycling fraternity.
They start with a fairly detailed musculoskeletal screening, then match your assessment findings to the bike. To optimise your position we will probably change the position of your seat, handlebars, brake levers and cleats. You may also need to purchase a new seat, stem, seat post or handlebar – we stock these, or can direct you to good local suppliers.
For more information, or for a chat about good local gravel roads, call Dave on 0403786778.
Elbows Akimbo offer an advanced bike fitting service using a range of state-of-art kinematic (3D and 2D motion analysis) and kinetic (saddle and plantar pressure measurement and electromyography) biomechanical analysis technologies. This suite of technologies allows us to have a level of understanding of your position on the bike and interaction with key contact points not otherwise available.
Their dedicated bike fitter, Anthony Mezzini, is a Level 2 Certified Bike Fitter and University educated in Biomechanics and Functional Anatomy.
SMART HEALTH TRAINING
Smart Heath offers a ‘Bike Bio, Bike Fit and Bike Phys’ cycling service.
The ‘Bike Bio’ is a full body, biomechanical assessment designed to provide you with the necessary information to optimally fit you to your bike. They discuss past and present injuries, your cycling history as well as your current cycling goals. You will undergo thorough clinical testing as well as a functional biomechanical assessment on your bike.
Smart Healthuse the very best in technology for your ‘Bike Fit’. They tailor the fit to your biomechanical abilities and limitations, as well as your goals to ensure you get the most out of your cycling.
Smart Health assess your current physiological profile for the Bike Phys. They are able to provide you with the necessary training recommendations to help you get the most out of your cycling.
The assessor Shane Burgess has a Masters in Physiotherapy, a Bachelor of Applied Science and an Honours Degree in Exercise and Sports Science.
So, if you have pushed your body beyond normal human limits and are in need of some remediation, why not treat yourself to some soothing deep tissue massage.
THE RECOVERY ROOM ADELAIDE
Nick Jehu has received some excellent testimonials on Facebook from some well respected cyclists over the last few weeks, so I’m assuming he has some form of magic in those hands.
Sports massage is an integral part of a sports persons training program, using techniques which can also be used for those who prefer a deeper massage. Working with the Port Adelaide Power Football Club, Nick has developed a intuative approach to sports massage, encorporating a number of modalities including deep tissue and trigger point approaches to the massage he delivers.
OK, you’ve been waiting for your children to work their way through school, the mortgage has been paid off, and your drugs are now starting to wear off, so it must be time to treat yourself to a cycling holiday.
If an overseas trip is on your agenda and has the approval of the was cabinet, then give George a call over at Unique Cycling Tours.
UNIQUE CYCLING TOURS
Unique love cycling in Australia and Europe and never tire of delivering our clients exceptional experiences. They specialise in guided, supported holidays in Australia and Europe’s most beautiful regions, staying at charming and very comfortable accommodation, and sampling the finest regional cuisine and wine.
Thetours for next year include:
- Spring Classics Tour of Flanders & Paris-Roubaix – 30 March – 10 April 2017
- Provence & French Alps – 15 – 25 June 2017
- Italian Lakes (Lake Como) & Alps (Bormio) – 4 – 14 June 2017, 27 June – 7 July 2017
This weeks Rider of the Week later in this post is in fact the owner of Unique Cycling Tours, George Wilson.
If your after something a little smaller but almost as important, coffee beans, then you are spoilt for choices in Adelaide as we we have some superb establishments. The following are a few of my personal favourite cafes, some roast in-house, and others have beans specially blended and roasted for them.
In house roasted coffee by in house roastier Walter, who is also a great supporter of the local cycling scene, a place that is popular for a start and finish stop for cyclists.
Tell Henry is one of my favourite cafes, and being located in the emerging creative industries precinct of Kent Town just around the corner from me, I’m spoilt. They use a specially roasted blend from Industry Beans beans, and the standard coffees are double strength. Not to forget the bagels, zeppolles and other delectable fattening foods on offer. Makes for a very rewarding experience.
Elementary is a Micro roastery and cafe located in the Adelaide CBD, not too far away from the Advertiser building. Plenty of rom to spread out, the oraster is located down toward the back of the cafe and throws out delectable aromas.
Just a 90 minute ride from Adelaide, Harvest Mylor Cafe operates from a gorgeous renovated store in the main street of Mylor overlooking the Mylor oval. Featuring the finest of Adelaide Hills’ produce, fresh coffee and cake, and a stunning homely decor Mylor is a great destination for all day breakfast, lunch from noon and coffee, which is aptly named Goat Candy, a local roaster in Thebarton. A surprisingly very good coffee miles away from the city.
And you just cant forget Taylors Blend up in StoneyFell. Located in a bland looking building overlooking the baseball grounds, they have become such a popular destination that it can be difficult finding a seat on a weekend. But don’t let that stop you trying though, its well worth the wait. The pastries are also superb. The coffee is roasted by local roaster Simply Coffee in Kent Town.
And up in Magill lies a little cafe that at first glance appears a little alone, but another cafe that is well worth the effort to chase down.
They use organic coffee beans from De Groot, Paris Creek Milk and cheeses and use organic breads and bases to their meals.
If you haven’t come across these guys in your travels, then you don’t know what your missing out on.
Their store in the heart of the CBD is the destination for cycling apparel, offering an extensive range for men and women with the very best in quality and choice.
They cater for sport, fitness or leisure cycling wear, for middle aged men in lycra, adrenaline junkies & bearded fixie enthusiasts, female and male.
They have only been operating for just over a year now, but they have grown significantly in their offerings. It’s become a veritable cycling candy store. If you can’t find that special Xmas gift here, you just don’t belong on a bike.
- Spin Cycle Clothing
- Black Sheep
- Ridge Supply
And if you can’t find that right gift at Cycle Closet, then give these guys a go.
Hey Reflect’o make fashionable, breathable, durable and eye-catching reflective cycling vests. Adorned with Funky Reflect’o and fluro geometric patterns these vests make you stand out day and night.
Buck!t Belts is a local bicycle-based, eco-business producing handmade products from various upcycled bicycle parts, tyres and tubulars of all colours, styles and descriptions!
Belts, Wallets, Watchbelts, watches, wristbelts, earings are all produced by Craig & Jamaica at Buck!t Bets.
So, if bikes are more your thing, then we have some great choices for you here in Adelaide.
James Alderson of Rogers Bespoke is a self-made bicycle builder with a history in cinematography hand building bespoke steel frames in his workshop down in Port Adelaide.
Rogers Bespoke’s clientele ranges from people who want someone that can design a bike to their specific needs, to people who just want a beautifully crafted, handmade bicycle.
If Titanium is your preferred metal, then have lok at what Astir are doing down south.
Astir Bicycles capture the classic design of the past by using traditional lines with an “Astir” touch of finesse. Our designs. They concentrate exclusively on road bicycles that can be used in Cyclosportive events, as your local café racer a daily commuter or a fast Tourer. Their primary material is Titanium 3AL/2.5V (known as Grade 9) straight gauge tubing and double butted.
The Macini brand has been part of the South Australian cycling landscape for decades. With a strong focus on the racing cyclist, the Macini name grew to be a recognised brand name all over Australia, both on the road and at the velodrome. In the early days, Macini frames were crafted locally in Adelaide by a talented frame builder and long time cyclist.
The build selection process is simple. Simply select the frame type and then select the components you want on you bike. Prices are provided for frame and parts. Upon submitting your form, a Macini representative will contact you to confirm the order and payment.
Now there are bike shops, and then there are bike shops. They all provide a valuable service and have some incredibly talented people working behind the tools and tills.
Allow me to pick out one in this Adelaide Xmas list.
Sam down at Treadly BS has done some truly astounding things for the local cycling scene down in Ebeneezer Place. From the Makers Market during ghe TdU, to the Boucle de Burbs, Sam has established a cycling niche for himself and has clearly shown that he’s a passionate supporter of the Adelaide Cycling community.
His shop has an eclectic mix of street bikes and accessories, so do yourself a favour and pop on in to pick up a xmas gift from Sam.
If you have everything you need, why not join a local cycling club.
ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY CYCLING CLUB
ADELAIDE CYCLING CLUB
CENTRAL DISTRICTS CYCLING CLUB
KILKENNY CYCLING CLUB
MILDURA-COOMEALLA CYCLING CLUB
MOUNT GAMBIER CYCLING & TRIATHLON CLUB
PAYNEHAM CYCLING CLUB
PORT PIRIE CYCLING CLUB
RIVERLAND CYCLING CLUB
SOUTH COAST CYCLING
WHYALLA CYCLING CLUB
I’ve been down here only once before, and I’m really not sure why I haven’t been back. IA track night at the Super-Drome was an awesome experience. Daunting at first, but inder the watchful eye of the coach looking after us, the confidence came and with that came the climbing up the remarkably steep embankment.
The Super-Drome is the headquarters for the Australian Institute of Sport’s Track Cycling Program and has fully accredited international-standard training facilities. o for something different get yourself and some mates down for a Track evening at the Super-Drome.
Whilst lights aren’t on too many peoples minds at the moment with the longer days in us, Adelaide is home to Nteflux and Indigo.
NiteFlux has been a leading Australian brand of bicycle lights since 2001, developing and manufacturing an innovative range of products for the world.
All current NiteFlux models are made in Australia, with distribution from NiteFlux head office in Adelaide, South Australia.
INDIGO is a design driven manufacturer of bike lights and accessories in Adelaide.
Both directors of INDIGO are product designers/cyclists so have an understand of the importance of providing slick, integrated accessories for your whip. Their products are engineered to last, but when the time does come, they offer a Cradle to Grave program for recycling or refreshing your light with the latest technology.
I have one of their Indigo5 lights at home, and is a terrifcly powerful and white light, that also came in extremely handy during the recent blackout event in Adelaide. The throw on these things was brilliant.
In closing, Adelaide has a thriving bespoke cycling industry that punches well above its weight, so get behind them where you can. Pop in, say g’day to them, give them encouragement, give them feedback – it all helps.
I know I’ve probably missed some well deserving South Australian cycling based businesses, and i do apologise, however there is only so much i can cover in this lil ol’ blog. But if you feel strongly abut something I should be made aware of, please drop me a line. You know how to get in contact with me
The Searching Cyclist
The Searching Cyclist is a lifestyle travelogue hosted by adventurer and television presenter Nick Vindin. The show promotes cyclo-tourism and the power of two wheeled exploration. But its about so much more than just cycling and exploring landscapes. It also examines history, culture, architecture and the people of Ireland past and present.
Set yourselves a reminder to watch SBS Cycling Central this Saturday 10th of December from 3.30pm to catch all the remarkable scenery. Check your local tv guide for correct timing of course.
There are 2 episodes in this series.
Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (Episode 1 Malin Head to Strandhill)
They begin their cycle along Ireland’s rugged, remote and jaw dropping Wild Atlantic Way. The ultimate two-wheeled adventure uncovers the hidden secrets of one of Europe’s most ancient ruins at Grianan of Aileach, delves into history to learn about the legendary Nobel Prize winner William Butler Yeats, and discovers the quirky maritime activities bringing visitors to the Irish coast.
Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (Episode 2 Westport to Dingle)
Continuing their cycling voyage along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Meeting with pilgrims at Croagh Patrick before setting off towards Galway to discover exactly what the “craic” is. Experiencing the lifeblood of Irish storytelling – their music – sampling the soul food of the Burren, peering into an eerie geological tomb and saluting the adventure with “uisge beatha” before reaching an interesting conclusion on the very edge of Europe.
Rider of the Week – George Wilson
I’d been meaning to catch up with George for quite some time, but schedules and calendars never quite aligned, until recently that was. I caught up with George over a caffeine fix a while back. This is George’s story.
I grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, which would account for my sense of humour. I lived and worked in London 5 years before moving over to Sydney for 7 years before moving to Adelaide some 5 years ago. After all that roaming, Adelaide will be my Australian base for ever…I love Adelaide Cycling culture and access to amazing rides on our doorstep, food, wine, TDU (Beat Cancer Tour), easy flights via Dubai to Europe. Adelaide is similar sized and mentality to Edinburgh and everyone knows everyone there also, it just feels like the right size of city for me to live in, therefore I live right in the city!
- What first got you started in cycling?
Mountain biking in Scotland, but gave that away as too many injuries and got into cycling in Sydney via IM triathlons
- You’re Scottish, what brought you out to Australia and Adelaide?
See above, plus the usual, weather, outdoor lifestyle, and a more positive mentality to people generally also
- What do you love about Adelaide?
See above plus, walking or riding everywhere with my partner Lisa and..Adelaide really, it’s amazing but shhhhhh, hah 🙂
- Can you tell us a little about your background in Scotland.
I tried everything from the army, chef, sales, mountain/rock climbing guide, and then got into finance/economics as it paid better and I could do all the other cool stuff for fun.
- You run a cycling tour business. Who are they and how did this come about.
I have always spent time in and around mountains in Europe and once I emigrated out to Australia I started organising triathlon/cycling tours back there for friends who didn’t want large group commercial tours. This evolved into Unique Cycling Tours specialising in exactly that. I cap the group size at 11 which allows us to really know our guests strengths and weaknesses, and manage this to ensure everyone has a fantastic experience and the small groups mean we stay in beautiful villas and family run hotels.
- It’s actually more than just a tour business, what else do you do with cycling in Adelaide?
I took on a business partner Stephen Sanders recently that I knew and trusted, which allowed us to expand our European season to include tours that catered specifically to non-cycling partners and added more capacity for cycling groups/friends, plus we added a few Australian tours that we offer to the International market. We also manage tours/events for 3 charities, plus the Beat Cancer Tour which in conjunction with Bade Stapleton we deliver the closest experience amateurs can get to participating in a professional cycling event the TDU.
- They’re all good, but what is your personal favourite overseas tour you run.
I love the Provence/French Alps tour and for 2017 I have partnered with Bike Express to offer a 10 day trip staying in private villas with pool, our own Chef (Chris Heeson) travelling with us, and offering the most beautiful cycling experience possible whilst we tick off classic after classic, including 3 ascents on Mont Ventoux in a day (optional).
- How many bikes do you own and what is your main go to bike?
I’m a one bike man, which I know is unusual but it works for me. Cannondale Evo, D12, 35,000 km+ on the clock and never misses a beat!
- When you travel, how do you transport your bikes?
I use a Bike Box Alan – UK – Bomb proof, as long as customs don’t open it
- Do you do all your own maintenance or do you use a LBS? If so, which one?
Bike Express and my mate Ian (Chief) Mott is amazing
- What cycling specific tools do you have in your “bike shed”?
I’m an apartment dweller with just enough to great, clean and adjust in between services
- What is your favourite piece of cycling kit or accessory?
BABICI UCT kit, I love it!
- What do you love about cycling?
- What annoys most about cycling?
Impatient motorists and arrogant cyclists – Share the roads people and have some sense of self preservation
- Other than yourself, who is your favourite cyclist?
Pat Jonker – Very humble, still very talented, focused and determined, and too nice for his own good
- If you could have dinner with 3 people from the cycling world, who would they be and why?
Lance Armstrong-Why? Mario Cipollini-How? Roger De Vlaeminck – Who cares, let’s have another beer!?
- Where would that dinner be?
Tom Kitchen in Edinburgh
- What are your craziest/fondest personal cycling memories?
First big Euro cycling tour with friends, torrential rain, no brakes, freezing cold, laughing our heads off afterwards with the owner of the Cafe du Paris in Bourg d’Oisans who gave us jumpers and beers whilst we sat and told them about our day whilst dripping all over their leather loungers.
- Without naming names, is there a special memory from the tours you have hosted?
70 year old, 6 months worth of coaching and hard work together to achieve 2 ascents of Mont Ventoux in a day, still makes me emotional, great work GG!
- What is your favourite post ride coffee/tea spot, and what would you normally buy as a treat?
Biga on Hutt St for coffee, but the bacon and egg roll at Duthie St cafe, hmmmm.
- What is your favourite local training route?
Osmond, Freeway, Hills 100km, Freeway, Osmond
- What is the biggest cycling lie you have told a partner?
What this old thing, new??
- Is there anything else you feel like talking about?
I’m pretty lucky and get to ride in lot’s of amazing places around the world including Europe, Asia and even Interstate and I always try to take the time to appreciate the unique riding (and riders) in each location, but I always appreciate coming home the most and riding with my friends and clients on our local roads. Never take this for granted and never think this is not a very special corner of the (cycling) world.
So that brings us to the rear of another Wednesday Legs.
Its been a particularly enjoyable one to pull together for obvious reasons.
till next time