Belated last 30daysofbike…

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As predicted, my last ride of April was in the dark prior to our departure for an interstate road trip. That all seems so long ago now!

I did achieve what I set out to do. I did cycle each and every day of April 2011.


Steel cap day

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Although I did wake with a heavy head this morning, this is not the sort of steel cap I went riding in this morning. (although, as usual, I did have a cycling cap on. One day I will splurge on one of these…

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I put on jeans and steel capped boots today for something different and headed out earlier than planned because of imminent rain that was forecast. Didn’t happen.


I am glad that the rain didn’t come but I felt a bit ripped off. Oh well.

I went out this afternoon to a meeting that I forgot had been cancelled last week and wasted an hour.

And now I am writing this blog instead of 100 other things I could or should be doing. You get that. Flat day. I think I need more water.

Chapeu! (As another cap freak friend is want to say… )

Chilly mornings…

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I went out in shorts and a t-shirt this morning… But I ALSO had on my The North Face long gear on. Is this wrong? Longs under shorts?

What are the rules for riding an old clunker to take the girls to school?


Anyway… I think I look pretty hot… And I did stay warm. I just need to find those winter gloves from last year…

Blog ya later

April 11… Day 11… funny that!

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Started late after a fairly busy weekend (including staying up last night for the Paris-Roubaix). It was raining early and the train crossing near our house was malfunctioning so we didn’t leave home until about 8.45 this morning.

Thankfully the rain had cleared and we only felt a few spots on the way to school.

I went out on the MTB again today. Took it to Marion (I hate taking my good bikes there. I’m always nervous I will come back to no bike.) and parked alongside a brand spanking new Trek… so new that it still had the plastic over the handle-bar tape!

I walked to the bank and found a guy with one of these Onderwater Tandems (which will seat his 5yo at the front and his toddler at the back) which is power-assisted for getting him and the kids up the hill. (

We talked about being car-lite or car-free and how we came to do it and some of the ways we get around not having a car, like having our Organic Groceries home delivered (

I walked back to my bike through the rain (such as it was) and the kids and I got caught in a heavy shower of rain on the way home. Put the kids straight in the bath. Had a hot coffee to warm me up. Hot dinner and kids into bed.

I probably rode around 30 k’s today doing my odd jobs puttering about on a cranky old MTB. Really need to get the BB and back wheel bearings sorted out. That might make the ride a tad more enjoyable.

Back yard circuits

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Today has been a very busy day with a visit to my sister, who had her first child yesterday, the first birthday party for another friend’s daughter and my wife leaving on a jet plane.

It has taken me until 8.20pm to get a moment to ride. Today I chose the MTB for ease, considering the steel-capped boots I have on and the flat pedals on that bike.

It took me several tries at taking these shots and I ended up doing about a dozen or fifteen circuits of my carpark.

Now time to make a coffee and sit down for the Paris-Roubaix. Go Sparticus!