Sam raced last year's Gravity Enduro series on a Kona Explosif hardtail, and while it cemented a love for steel hardtails that had been a long time in the wings, there were a few things about the bike that he wanted to change. Namely, more tyre clearance and bigger front travel - both of which came to light in the new-for-2017 Bombtrack Beyond Plus.
Silver came to us with two bikes and a problem - neither of them really worked for her. A Rivendell that had the build she wanted but was too big, and this Rawland Sogn that was the perfect size but with older parts that didn't suit her riding style. We managed to get the majority of the very nice stuff from the Riv onto the Rawland, and so this Sogn build was born!
Craig had a pretty vivid image of what he wanted when he got in touch with Tarn at Primate - visions of old Malvern Star dragsters with all the trimmings he could think of and plenty of orange. The curved double top tube is a testament to Tarn's gift with steel, a gift he's since turned to making bike-part-themed espresso machines.
Occasionally-but-all-too-often, our friends get hit by cars while riding their bikes. Just in the last month Sam had his Rogers totaled by a fellow cyclist who happened to be driving a car that day, Graeme from The Sticky Bidon took a serious dive into the pool of cold steel (we're wishing him a speedy recovery!), and Seal (of #treadlycx fame) had her now unreplaceable fancy carbon race bike destroyed in a fistfight with a 2-tonne demon that also left her with a fractured hand and unable to work for weeks on end.
A year ago, we built a bike for a friend based on a plan to go to Japan and ride around for a couple of weeks. Among other things we needed tyre clearance, plenty of eyelet mounts and a steel frame and fork - so we settled on a Velo Orange Campeur frameset after much deliberation.
It's only natural that being so immersed in cycling for so long has led to our own personal riding spreading from ripping around the CBD on track bikes in the early days to everything from racing the local gravity enduro and cyclocross seasons to doing double centuries in our days off to find more of our excellent South Australian roads to ride. We love to go fast - we know that some of you do too - so it made sense for us to start a relationship with a brand that allows us to do what we do best in a not-quite-completely-new-to-us category that is road cycling - build custom bikes to suit our customers from the ground up.
When a friend sent out a group message saying she was going to camp in Kuitpo the night before she raced a MTB race and that a group of us should come down and camp as well, I could hardly say no! Another friend who has a reputation of planning great rides came up with the plan of giving someone our camping gear and then riding our CX bikes there along the Heysen and Kidman trails - I was instantly hooked on the idea.
Cyclocross has always been a mysterious beast to many, an odd cousin somewhere between the pristine haircuts and suffering of road cycling and mountain biking's obsession with spraying mud everywhere. It's simultaneously touted as a fun, approachable way to get into racing bicycles and a gruelling slog through ankle deep mud for an hour - at least, it is in Europe.
Hauser: one who gives shelter or protection - not just for those of us with German heritage, when vocalised the name of this bag inspires confidence in its ability to keep your stuff out of the elements. Whether being splattered with mud from your back tyre or taking a torrent from above, this pack won't let any of that pesky moisture, dirt or dust infiltrate your prized belongings or ruin your dry change of clothes, and with so many pockets to choose from you'll never dig around for your keys/wallet/phone/camera/snacks.
It’s always busy when the Tour Down Under rolls into town - it’s a great start to the year for Adelaide’s cycling community with friends from all around the country coming to town to ride their bikes for a week and catch some racing. We had grand plans to ride every day, get out to a couple of stages, and finish big with a group ride to Willunga on Saturday and MAKER on Sunday.