Melbourne Now

I dropped into Melbourne Now last week to hear Mick Peel of Busyman Bicycles talking about his fine crafty ways with leather. Mick is responsible for the recovered saddle on my bike, along with the grips and matching mud flaps.

Watching the parade of creative work on his blog is always inspiring so I was looking forward to hearing him speak about what he does. SaddlesWe’ve had him as a guest on the Yarra BUG Radio Show in the past and I’ve featured his work in Treadlie Magazine. Mick iss a great speaker and I’ve always enjoyed whenever I’ve had the opportunity to listen to him in the past.

Mick asked me to bring in my Madison mixte, he was bringing in several saddles and handlebars he’d worked on along with his own bike but thought it might be nice to have a second bike on display.


As an added bonus, besides getting lots of attention lavished on my favourite bicycle, Mick also took the opportunity to replace my leather grips which were starting to look a little ratty. It gave him something to work on and chat about with visitors to the workshop, and gave me  spanking new grips!

And here she is up on stage with Mick and Deborah Ratliff, Melbourne Now curator at the NGV. You’ll have to excuse the photos, they’re awful, even for quick snaps on the phone. But fitting I thought, proof positive that the bicycle Commuter Cycles built for me, really is a work of art!


Sunshine and bicycles

CycleSalute_Patch2PatchBeechworth is one of my favourite spots in NE Victoria. I’ve had a soft spot for the High Country since I was a child and looooong summer holidays at my grandparent’s place in Tangambalanga were relieved by day trips to Beechworth, Omeo and Mt Beauty.


North East Tourism invited us up recently to check out some of the activities on as a part of Cycle Salute, three weeks of bike fun for all sorts of riders. After the freezing gusty spring we’ve been having in Melbourne it was lovely to spend a whole weekend in glorious weather re-living what a fabulous area this is for all sorts of riders.


Saturday we spent on the Patch to Patch Pedal, armed with a map and details of nine local homes opening their veggie gardens to riders. Checking out what other people are doing in their veggie patches was a lovely way to spend the day, some also had bees and chickens so there was lots to compare, ideas to steal, fences to admire and gates to kick.


Late afternoon we set out for Tarrawingee on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, surely one of the best bike paths in the world, for dinner. We passed birds, snakes, a wombat, cows, llamas and I’m not sure what else. There’s a 15 km stretch down to Everton that is entirely downhill and the ‘riding’ is really just a matter of hanging on to your handle-bars. Finally we reached the Plough Inn at Tarrawingee for an amazing dinner and some lovely local wines.


Over dinner we worked out that we had ridden 65kms, a first for the Flipster, who although tired was happy enough about his day to want to do it again. After dinner Paul from Riding High picked us and our bikes up and drove us back to Beechworth.

You know those days where you think, ‘That was a good day’, and to do it all on a bike is just that much better. Cycle Salute is on for one last BIG weekend. It’s worth checking out.


Great Cycling Challenge

2013-10-04 10.49.30In a transparent attempt to try and justify spending a bit more time riding and a bit less sitting behind a desk, I’ve signed up for the Children’s Medical Research Institute’s Great Cycling Challenge.

The Challenge involves me nominating how far I will ride during the month of October, and you, sponsoring me to help fundraise for money towards cancer research. Specifically, research into curing cancer in kids.

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Both my riding and fundraising targets are pretty conservative. 1000kms, $1000. So thats one dollar for every kilometre I ride. Which I think is only fair.

If per chance you do like to support these charities then you can jump on over here to make a donation. Every $5 helps!