two out of six.

it was that time again: checking the bearings in the linkage of my beloved nomad. it was making strange noises and it is a well known fact that a quiet bike is a fast bike. we like fast. taking out the links is a quick and simple task. i then tested the bearings to see…

escaping the rain.

rain is a good thing, at least here in australia, and especially these days. large parts of the country have not seen decent rain in years and some places we passed on our trip are actually running out of water (*). but as essential and actually pleasant rain is it can get in the way…

wildflowers.

we are very lucky here on the northern beaches: in the hills just behind the beach the trail fairies have been busy using the amazing local features to build some of the best trails you could wish for. we have fast straights, slippery flat turns, steep rollers, natural jumps. and all of that is set…

da bomb.

i never really liked that stem on nat’s dirt jumper. nothing against the thomson stem, it’s very light and extremely well made, but with modern bike geometries long stems are no longer required. we just happened to have this one around and it was lighter than the original giant unit and not much longer. it’s…

carry on.

i liked my bike carrier. it was super light (made of aluminium of course), easy to attach, easy to load and unload, did not damage the frame and it did fit the karavan, too. in one word: perfect. until a nice lady hit her brakes a tad too late and bumped into the back of…

the night flight.

after a long day at school everyone needs a break, right? sitting still for hours on end isn’t really the appropriate way to spend one’s day. red hill dirt jumps is the perfect place to relax and wind down, in a great atmosphere among friends and most importantly fellow ferda girls. the jump line is…

first aid.

natalie enjoyed her first few races before we left on our trip around australia. unfortunately we couldn’t bring the bikes on our long trip and nat was really looking forward to getting back. she likes those club races in ourimbah and has raced almost all the downhill and gravity enduro rounds. she loves sharing the…

flying lessons.

we normally go to the dirt jumps on friday with all the other boys and girls but today we felt like a little extra practice. i love jumping with my favourite riding buddy. also check out the rad ‘no fuchs given’ tee nat got from her cousin niki. she does really really well, as you…

let’s not do that again.

my super smart app let me know that i had reached 50 hours on my favourite vivid shock and it was time for an air can service. in case you don’t know: most suspension components require a simple service, usually new wipers and foam rings in the forks and air can seals in the shocks,…

so sketchy.

nat & i went on our traditional (second time!) friday after school dirt jumping session today. it was a bit windy today (‘destructive gale force storms across the south-east of australia’) and all the other girls and boys decided they had better things to do. go figure. unfortunately the other day someone decided to run…

the amazing disappearing bike.

bit of it are disappearing at least: the ones that are not essential for dirt jumping. last time we removed the front derailleur plus triggers, the old heavy seat and the front brake. this time we converted the bike to single speed. that means: the cassette makes room for a single ring, the rear derailleur…