MTB and 24 hours of fun.


It was a stunning spring morning when Val and I took to the 3CR studios earlier this week. This week on the Yarra BUG Radio Show we were joined by Andrew Miller from BASE (Bright Alpine Sporting Events) and Richard Read. Andrew and some mates from Bright were so inspired by everything Bright has to offer riders they have put together their own event, the Bright 24hr. Mountain  biking is booming and we talk about its growth, the culture and the different ways a 24hr can be ridden. BASE have come up with an ingenious way to make 24hr events accessible and fun for all sorts of riders. Richard rode the inaugural Bright 24hr last year and chimes in with his take on the best way to enjoy 24hrs of riding.  We did manage to also squeeze in a little news and events. You can catch up with the podcast here.




I have to admit to a bit of a a conundrum about 30 Days of Biking. I think its a great idea, and I like to support it but as we discovered years ago when we first enrolled, it feels a bit awkward. And just in case you don’t already know;

What is 30 Days of Biking? Very simply, it’s a pledge to ride your bike every day in April, however far you want, no matter the weather! Next, you share your adventures online, with #30daysofbiking. That’s all there is to it.

Generally, we’d be riding every day anyway. But’s not like we’re doing anything special. And there is the conundrum. Our rides aren’t particularly interesting, its about getting to school, the shops, work or a friends. And its just because they are such an everyday part of life that most of the time I forget to photograph/hashtag/tweet anything about them. Let alone anything interesting.

Happily, April kicked off while I was actually engaged in a some pretty cool riding. A whole week of it on three different rail trails in Victoria with Rail Trail Bike Tours. Additionally I was on a different bike to my usual ones, a Salsa Fargo which, once I had the hang of those double-tap gears, was also fun.

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For the first five days of #30daysofbiking I was busy riding from Beechworth to Mansfield and down to Tallarook.

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Once back in Melbourne it was school holidays and I had been hoping for some nice days on the bike with the Flipster. Unfortunately it rained for the next five days and while this was great for the garden and our water tanks, it did have the effect of reducing our daily rides to just those required to get around. Nothing to see here!

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But now the fine weather is back there is more chance we’ll manage to extend our rides beyond the immediate. And maybe find something interesting to say about them! Here is the Flipster casting some fine shadows on the way to 3CR Community Radio station on Monday.

the flipster rides

Happily there are still 15 days to go for #30daysofbiking and at least some of those are during the school holidays and a weekend away we have planned on the bikes so here’s to inspiration! If you do want to see what our boring days on the bike look like then you’ll possibly find a few posts @vaguelyspecific on Instagram or Twitter But if you really want to be inspired then check out the #30daysofbiking hashtag on Twitter, Instagram or Vine, or check this out.



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!