Vivente World Randonneur

Returning to Minjerribah

After a week off the bike, it was fantastic to load up the Vivente World Randonneur and hit the road. The time on the mainland after my return from Crescent Head was fantastic because it gave me a chance to better organise myself. I had too much gear and quite a lot of the wrong […]

Back on the bike

Ride2Word, a photo by AndrewGills on Flickr. I’m back on the bike. Both literally and figuratively. I saddled up this morning for a leisurely ride to work. Today I’ll be in the office all day earning enough money for my next adventures. It’s Friday. I think perhaps having half my face go numb was a […]

Brisbane Valley cycle tour weekend – Day 2

The campground is still. The dawn sky is grey outside my tent and the water on the dam is calm. I can hear a few people shuffling around the campground but it’s still not yet day and the campers all seem to have agreed to stay quiet. I slip out of my tent and take […]

Brisbane Valley cycle tour weekend – Day 1

I’m not in any rush when I get up. My partner makes me breakfast (we take turns cooking and this morning she’s decided to do it). I packed my bike last night so I watch the end of a movie I started earlier in the week and then set off. I want the experience of […]

Preparing for my first cycle tour

Starting to load up, a photo by AndrewGills on Flickr. I have a confession: I’ve never actually been cycle touring with panniers. Yes, I’ve done one bikepacking trip in 2013 and I did a fully supported 1,600km (1,000 mile) tour in 2002. But I’ve never loaded panniers with camping equipment for an overnight trip. That […]

Ride and picnic at Toohey Forest

My best friend has just come back from Africa and I was excited to catch up with her. But I also wanted to go riding on my new wheels. So what better than to meet up for a picnic. I left home at about 11:30am to ride the 35km to our picnic destination. It was […]

Australia Day ride

What better way to celebrate Australia Day than with an all out shakedown ride on my new bike. And what a shakedown ride I gave it. I spent the day covering 108km (67 miles) of road, trails and paths. The only issue was that the seatpost kept slipping. I ended up putting duct tape around […]

First commute on my new bike

Vivente World Randonneur with Bike Bag Dude kit, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. Like a kid on Christmas morning, I jumped out of bed and was ready for work in record time. I loaded my clothes into my Bike Bag Dude bar roll and my lunch into my Oveja Negra seat post bag, which […]

I bought a bike

IMG_20140123_165542, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. I was just going to have a look. I wasn’t going to buy. I was going to check out options for what I wanted to save up for. I had good intentions. And then, I rode the Vivente World Randonneur. I rode it around the shop driveway. Then […]