racing.

when i bought the honda (see: all my bikes ) i decided to try a little enduro racing. for me this was the fulfilment of a dream: i always wanted to try it, but earlier on simply did not have the money. i started in 1996, and the first races came as a big surprise: i…

heart surgery and a liver transplant.

that’s how we roll here. health first or everything else is pretty much meaningless. in this case that’s particularly true. we’re of course not talking about a person here. that said a heart’s a pump and a fuel injected bike is as dead without a working pump as a human would be. not great news…

keeping safe.

nat and i do like our switchblade helmets: compared to the lids most other riders use on the trails the giro is a fair bit more substantial and feels so much safer. that said, since we are both now riding more ‘enduro’, which means higher speeds over rougher trails. that pretty directly translates into greater…

rolling.

last time we had a new frame. today our mate pressed in the headset, which means we could finally get the fork in. the one we redecorated. nat was busy installing the fork, wheels, bars and brake. the dropper post actuator needs to be bled (i hate doing that) and of course we’ll still need…

twins.

nat and I have been collecting bits & bobs for a while. nat’s bike is getting a bit small … we collected a fork, a seat post (from a fellow gorilla), got some more titanium bolts and dug up some treasures in the garage: wheels, a shock. one day this nice nukeproof carbon bar turned…

my gravity girls.

Hello and welcome to 2019. New year, new school, high school to be exact but today I will be writing about something else so keep reading and see. As you all know from my previous writing (My Cannonball Festival), I “totally and completely” live for riding (and maybe animals, but… that’s not the point). Last…

titanium.

ah the possibilities. imagine: steel bolts are 50% heavier than titanium alloy bolts, so really that’s a massive saving. a full one third lighter! weight is very important, especially when you got to carry it up the mountain before you can shred back down. every gram counts, and this is why we are going to…

#soflat.

since the invention of tubeless tyres flats are mostly a thing of the past. here is why: typical accidental pinch flats, where the rims punch nice holes in the tube as you ride over something substantial at higher-than-safe speeds can’t happen when there is no tube, right? and if something goes right through the tyre?…

redecorating.

the frame isn’t here yet but as we mentioned before we already got a fork. the pike is a great piece of kit, but unfortunately this one is an unbranded version, which means it’s got this somewhat bland black and very dark grey theme going on. and since this pike is going onto a classic…

a new hope.

it’s christmas, a time for reflection, introspection and setting things right. so what better time to fix the brakes on my bike. i absolutely love those four pot hope m4 brakes: they have great modulation, power to boot and being machined from a single block of aircraft grade aluminium they look awesome, too. however, i’ve…

bits and bobs.

it’s amazing how you don’t notice kids growing up. i mean you really don’t see how they get taller when you have them beside you every day. the rate at which you need to buy new clothes offers some hints, e.g. when the pants you just bought a month ago hardly cover the top of…

race day.

initially we were a bit disappointed when about two weeks ago the gravity girls clinic got cancelled due to a snowstorm. in hindsight that was a stroke of luck: our canberra friends al and tash convinced us to reschedule the trip and come up for the cannonball festival instead and that was one of the…