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Tue, 12 Oct 2010
Faith in your training buddies - 15:47
So this is a story (heard through the grapevine) I found most entertaining
recently. When Michael "Bling" Matthews
the world under 23 road cycling championships the other week, a whole
bunch of his training buddies were down there watching and cheering him on.
This bunch of his mates were watching on the final climb, they watched him
come up the final climb in the bunch that remained at that point and said to
each other. Cool he has won it lets go find a pub and celebrate. This was
before he had gone through the formality of crossing the line in first
place. Great to see such faith (rewarded too) on observing his form on the
final climb compared with everyone else around him. Go Bling.
An N+1 in the family - 13:15
Jane's new Kona Dr Fine (fullsize)
So not a bike for me (though it is damn sweet, I almost wish it were), my
sister Jane last got herself a new bike in 1994 when we returned from
England. That is a Diamond Back Topanga. She has still been using that bike to
this day which means it has had a long useful life (and will continue to do
so, more on that later). However she started asking me a while ago about a new
bike, most of her riding is a commute in Sydney to her work at Macquarie uni,
grocery shopping and sometimes a cruisy weekend ride.
My recommendation for her was a flat bar road bike, set up to be a kick arse
commuter. The bike I found for her (thanks to an excellent price from
Maladjusted) was a 2010 Kona Dr Fine. Pictured to the left, I got full length
fenders put on to make the commute experience more pleasant in Sydney wet
weather and also the pannier rack as she carries her gear in panniers for the
commute and grocery shopping.
The very cool thing about this bike (apart from it being fast, light, new,
etc) is the internally geared rear hub, so it only has a single speed drive
train exposed to the elements, also with hydraulic disc brakes it really
should be bomb proof for lots of km without much maintenance work. Now I just
need to add the bidon cage, U-Lock mount (for the new lock, so do not even
think about stealing it from her, bastard bike thieves) and a pump mount or
I am somewhat jealous, this is a very nice bike, though I guess one benefit is
I will get the Diamond Back so I can turn it into my shopping/rough treatment
town geared bike, so it does at least stay in the family.