Tag Archive | MTB

Update on my mountain bike

I received a phone call from my LBS today: my mountain bike frame won’t be replaced under warranty because it appears the crack might have been caused by the chain coming off. But, I am getting a 2011 Merida Lite 1000D 29er frame for $120 as a “crash replacement”. While it’s not the outcome I […]

Riding after the rain

Riding after the rain, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. It bucketed down this morning. We’re not talking nice pretty grey skies with drizzle. No. We had heavy icy cold rain that made going outdoors an ugly thought. So, after taking my motorbike out to check out new road bikes at some local bike shops, […]

Route setting

Bikes in bush, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. With the air so thick that it was like breathing sea water, we set off to into the bush on our mountain bikes to hang flags for next weekend’s adventure race training day. It’s been raining heavily most nights so everything was lush and green; a […]

Lazy Sunday ride

A hot afternoon in The Maze, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. It was stinking hot today. A dry 33’C (91’F). I wanted to get out but didn’t feel like going hard. Fortunately, my sister wanted to take her two oldest boys (7 and 8 years old) riding. So, after a 15km cruise on my […]

Route setting

We finally got some rain to settle the dust, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. We’ve created our topographic track maps. We have identified our transition areas. We know where we’re sending our friends to do their trekking and biking. We’ve decided on where we’re going to put the checkpoints. This morning we finally started […]

The 9 hour day

The 9 hour day

The place where faeries dance, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. It’s 9:30am on Sunday morning. I have to be at the Daisy Hill Forest mountain bike trails by 1pm to meet Simon for a ride. My bike is at my sister’s house and I don’t have a car. It sounds like a perfect excuse […]

Mum, my sister and I go riding

Mum & my sister riding You’re Kidding trail, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. After the success of Mum’s inaugural mountain bike ride earlier this week, my sister invited her to join us for another ride today. We set off a bit later because none of us had to go to work, so it was […]

A bushbash, a ride and a stack

Fern valley, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. It was late in the afternoon by the time I set off to walk to Mum and Dad’s place to collect the Purple Monster. It’s been there since they borrowed it to take camping with my uncle. He came off the bike and cut up his face […]

Mum’s first MTB ride

Introducing Mum to the joys of mountain biking, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. Jackie Joyne-Kersee, the retired champion American heptathlete once said, “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” It sounds like a cliche. But my mum proves that it doesn’t have to be. She turned 60 this year […]

My pride gets dented

My sister & Whoops Witch Way team mate riding the trails, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. We meet midway between our homes. It’s not quite light but no longer dark. The kookooburras sang their morning song a quarter hour ago as they sky’s colour changed from black to navy blue but before it lightened […]