Team Groupset reviews – short n sweet

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Everyone has their favourite.  8 little parts that a cyclist forms a strong alliance too.  But why do we have a favourite and can we break the relationship and try something……different?  Really.  How different can they be?

 

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Clean Bottle Review

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There are loads of drink bottles to choose from.  And for the most part, they are identical.  Sure some have fancy colours and come in different sizes but they all perform a similar duty.

 

Then we started to see this white blob on the television during TdF coverage.  The Bottle guy!  I didn’t pay him too much thought until I discovered the Clean Bottle and it clicked.  Smart move running up and down those roads.

 

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Summer Crit Racing is Back!

Nirangjan "Nugga" Nagarajah

 

Summer crit racing is about to flood Melbourne’s Sunday mornings.  Dusty legs, hairy legs in fact will soon be groomed for the first time in months in preparation for a summer of teeth-gritting fun.

 

Anyone can have a go and the action doesn’t take all day.  If you can get out of bed on Sunday, you are half a chance!

 

Have a go

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Reynolds Attack/Assault Carbon Wheel Review

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Reynolds have been making carbon wheels for some time.  They top out with the full carbon RZR range and have just released a new AERO range.  But it’s their entry level carbon wheels that provide most enjoyment.  You’ll love riding them knowing you don’t need to re-mortgage the house and they just work.  Well.  Very well.

 

The 32mm full carbon clincher Attack wheelset weighs in at a paltry 1405g and cost $1499.  Unbeatable.

 

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2013 Focus Recreational/Commuter Bike range sneek peek

2013 Focus Planet TR 2.0

The 2013 range will be released in a couple of months so now is the time to get excited about riding your bike.

Focus make 11 road models pried between $799 and $1999 all perfect for the weekly commute to work, weekend ride or just occasional trip around town.  They are all well-priced, durable and perfect for Melbourne’s seasons.  It helps that they look good too!

 

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2013 FOCUS Izalco Team SL introduced!

2013 Focus Izalco Team SL 4.0

 

After seeing the 2013 FOCUS range there is a lot to be excited about.  Carbon bikes with so many electronic options that won’t require a second mortgage!  There are lots of new features and components across the entire range (11spd Dura-Ace and Di2 for instance) and frames with all the modern features.  Road bikes will start at $799 but let’s start with the flag-ship and see where all the magic comes from.

 

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Close-up: Campagnolo 50th Anniversary group set

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You simply cannot find more beautiful looking metal than that of the Campagnolo 50th Anniversary group set.  The gold plated details and etching in the parts needs to be seen to be appreciated.  Very few were made and most are no doubt tucked away under a staircase gathering value… I mean dust.

 

Justin from Bike Beyond restored a set and I was lucky enough to have my camera near-by to photograph.  Whilst my photography leaves a lot to be desired, Campagnolo’s skill does not.

 

Enjoy!

 

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RACE REPORT: Melbourne to Ballarat 2012

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The 2012 edition of the Melbourne to Ballarat handicap was a huge success.  264 riders made the 98km journey from just outside Melbourne to the Ballarat lake along the well-supported highway.

Fantastic conditions greeted riders as they made their way along the highway at high speeds.  A 34 minute headstart for limit meant the big guns  from Drapac, Genesis and Co had some work to do!

 

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RACE REPORT: Preston Mountain Classic

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The Preston Mountain Classic is a two lap circut and finishes atop a 2.5% climb (after ONLY riding 130kms…..).  To win you have to be a class act.  Work with your bunch, chase hard and still save a litle to shred the group at the bottom of the climb.  Alex Morgan did exactly that.

Team Artisan/BV Sport made the trip and this is how Will ‘Rayzor’ saw it.

 

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My how bicycles have progressed

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I was speaking to a non-cyclist friend (WHAT?! you say; yes I have some.  Ok just one).  They were attempting to show interest and I was trying to maintain the conversation on something I enjoy talking about.  “Blah blah blah, electronic components blah bhah” and he stops me with “bikes have buttons and motors??!”.

 

Yes they do.

 

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