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Loftus – It’s good to be back!

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OMFGGGGGG. MTB. It’s been WAY too long! Chris and I hit Loftus today, now I know where all those smokey fire smells I’ve been smelling come from.

Loftus has changed… for the better! SO many new trails. Chris did so awesome for his first ever mountain bike ride (that’s him in the red shorts) and that’s him giving the log a go after he’d bailed off, hit a tree and rolled his ankle! Adrenalin junkie for sure I’d say!!!

We’re going to make this a weekly thing. Mid week too (we legit saw no other riders there, only a couple of rangers who were absolute champs, great vibes!). SO good to be back!

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Man Down

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Chris’ new bike!

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Down with man flu. WTF! No idea where it came from but I’m coughing up crap and just generally feeling sorry for myself. Was really really keen to get riding trails this week, FFS!

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You left

It’s not often I walk away from a fight, but I’ve been on a WhatsApp Mountain Bike group for the past week which started out good, but after a while it felt like being back on the forums again where some people would put you down for the choices you make for yourself.

IE: Cloak and dagger shit.

There’s been all sorts of pressure to get a new $6,000+ bike (there’s nothing wrong with my old bike!), nbt nbt nbt… I’m like WTF is nbt? NEW BIKE TIME. I bought a new hydration pack, but got bagged out for that as all the new kids are using hydration bum bags these days. It was suggested that I get new tyres as mine are 10yrs old, fair call. I did just that, but now there’s lots of poo poo over my tyre selection.

End of the day I just want to get out and ride. Full stop.

PS: Love this video, reminds me of old times when we stopped to try something gnarly out on the trails, no egos, no pressure (just gentle encouragement!).

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2007 Giant Reign

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Neverdie 2007 Giant Reign 1.

I’ve been meaning to get back on the bike as I’ve got an old man belly that just won’t go away. I hate gyms, and exercising for exercising’s sake. For me, fitness has to be a hobby. The skate parks way too hardcore (downtime from injury is a sure way for me to get unfit quick), so I figure cycling is the key.

I’ve got a lovely old 80’s road bike, but doing laps of Heffron, or Centennial Park gets pretty boring fast. I also look ridiculous in cycling shorts, so I figure I get back into Mountain Biking as I love being in nature (one lap of Loftus Oval feels like a trip out of Sydney to me!).

I’ve still got my trusty 2007 Giant Reign. I spent some serious money on this thing over the years. The only component on it that’s standard is the frame, even that’s powdercoated black. The bike was in bits, but I’ve put it together, and with a little bit of TLC it’s come up diamonds.

I’ve almost managed to convince Chris to buy a MTB so we can lob them into my new Jazz and do Loftus rides. Earlier today Chris and I dropped by my local MC Cyclery, turns out Ash from back in the day is working there (hands down legend, best nike mechanic in Sydney!) and he explained that the scene is nothing like it once used to be, and that inflation has hit hard. $3k won’t buy you a top of the line bike these days, now we’re looking at $6k!

$6,000!

You can buy 2 iMacs with that (my iMac is 8 years old and still making moneys!). $6k… you still have to pedal the fucking thing, right?! MC Cyclery don’t cater for the MTB crowd anymore (sad face) but they suggested we drop past Summit Cycles just down the road so we dropped past Summit and fucking hell, bike start at $6k! I’m like WTF! $6k buys you a bike heavier than old school bikes due to bigger wheels, thus bigger forks and such, but hey they’re more comfy like a lounge chair… I was left speechless.

I’m determined to get Chris a bike in the $3k department, as $3k is still a shitload of money to me, but it’s sad to think a Dad has to buy his kid a $6k bike just to get off the streets and out in nature for a ride. Times truly have changed!!!

Will post updates as they come. I’m so keen to ride it’s not funny.

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Back on the Bike

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#Einstein #backonthebike #bikeshopping

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The $3,300 carbon Canyon Inflite CF SLX 9.0 Cyclocross Bike. © C. Lee / Cyclocross Magazine

The $3,300 carbon Canyon Inflite CF SLX 9.0 Cyclocross Bike. © C. Lee / Cyclocross Magazine

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Cyclocross? Pffft! JOHN TOMAC!

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Been looking at all these new fancy 2019 Cyclocross bikes, pictures of guys in muddied up lycra carrying their bikes over the rough stuff. This is John Tomac. He was my 80’s downhill mountain bike hero. Drop bars CHECK! Disc wheel CHECK! Way ahead of his time. He didn’t finish many races (mostly due to flats back then, a flat and you were out!) but he rode so aggressively and stylishly no one cared!

#GETBACKONTHEBIKE

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Chris’ Canyon

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Beast Mode.

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Bike Art by Nanami Cowdroy.

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Alain’s Grom

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What do you do when you break up with your girlfriend? You start spending more money on mods, and then you buy a grom, and then you start modding the grom, and then you visit old mate Justin for hangs by the beach!

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Koh Samui – Day #4 – Chaweng Beach

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McDonalds overseas is always compulsory! They had fried chicken, it was amaze! I also had a double Fillet ‘o’ Fish and some strange pie.

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I’m actually pretty fucking awesome at haggling (Dad taught me well), but man, the prices were fine to be honest so I was more than happy to pay what they were asking!

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I wish I could bring one of these bad boys home!

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Cute hermit crab sculptures.

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Honda Dax!

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Cute.

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Find your Zen.

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And again!

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Star getting a 1hr massage.

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Today Star and I headed out to Chaweng Beach on the other side of the island to do a spot of shopping for some local clothes which we’ll incorporate into shoots over the next few days. Super hot day today, killer heat but loving it!

The spa treatments continue, and whilst Star is enjoying her 1hr massage I decided to take one of the awesome Trek 29’ers they’ve got at the resort out for a spin. Won’t lie… got pretty excited and decided to head off the path pretty much straight away. I went through a few spider webs, ran into 2 wild buffalos (!), was chased by an angry dog (lol seriously scared the shit out of me!), and eventually I stacked it! HAHA! I smashed the left brake thinking it was the rear wheel, but nooooooo, turns out it was the front wheel, which dug into the sand and threw me over! #awesome.

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Di Blasi update

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We’ve made slow progress on our little Di Blasi, but we’re cool with that! The bike is in bits. From here we’ll clean everything up, the engine, the wheels, we’ll strip the frame back and prep for paint, which should all be in the next update!

More pics on Zen: http://www.zengarage.com.au/2016/02/zen-deathtrap-v3-update-2/

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