Category Archives: Bicycles

Wabi Cycles Special drive train upgrade

New drivetrain on my Wabi Special

Let me start by saying that there was nothing intrinsically wrong with my Wabi Cycles Special drive train. I like to tinker with my bikes, so when I wanted to change the gearing of my Wabi Special, I decided to change a few other things too! The upgrades that you are looking at are: Wabi Cycles 52 tooth 144 BCD chainring. White Industries 17 tooth ENO freewheel KMC Z610 HX silver chain 3/32″ Shimano squaremore »

Cycling Deal track/fixie frame TF — is this really a track frame?

Cycling Deal track/fixie frame TF

Is the Cycling Deal track/fixie frame TF really a track frame? In short, no. While I see the Cycling Deal track/fixie frame as being aimed at the fashion/hipster market, many people secretly want to know that they are riding a ‘track legal’ frame on the streets — apparently it gets more hipster points. Other people may be considering this frame as a cheap introduction to velodrome cycling. Many people will quickly write off the Cycling Dealmore »

Wabi Cycles Special — review and photos

My Wabi Special after a ride

I recently purchased a Wabi Special fixed gear/singlespeed bicycle from Richard Snook at Wabi Cycles. Following are my initial thoughts on the bike. Which bike? I had read good things about Wabi Cycles on the internet, and also the owner Richard Snook. I have not been disappointed. Wabi Cycles offers several bicycles, including the Lightening SE, Special and Classic. While I was tempted by the Wabi Lightening SE, if I was purchasing amore »

Why are cyclists always so angry?

“Cyclists are always so aggressive and angry.” This is a statement that I see regularly in the media. Why have bicycle riders come to be stereotyped in this way? You would think, given that cyclists are exercising outdoors doing a pursuit that they love, they would be happy and carefree. I have a theory, and it is based in the fight or flight response -– see Wikipedia for an introduction. The fight or flightmore »

Brisbane Bicentennial Bikeway Coffee & Juice Bar

Long black coffee and my singlespeed at the Bikeway Coffee & Juice Bar

This morning I took one of my singlespeed bikes out to enjoy the Brisbane River Loop. I stopped at the Bikeway Coffee & Juice Bar to get a mid-ride caffeine fix and sample their coffee brew. Bikeway Coffee & Juice Bar is located at the northern end of the Go Between Bridge along the Bicentennial Bikeway, under the western side of the Coronation Drive overpass. The Bikeway Coffee & Juice Bar is inmore »

Bicentennial Bikeway coffee, juice and community kiosks

Bicentennial Bikeway coffee booth

I have been watching these being built over the last few weeks — Bicentennial Bikeway coffee, juice and community booths — the Bikeway Coffee Juice Bar — just under the end of the Go Between Bridge on Coronation Drive, just a few minutes ride outside the Brisbane CBD. While perhaps not a full service café or coffee shop, they are likely to become a popular stop for cycle commuters and sport and fitness bicyclemore »

The rules of cycling — for real riders

Steel frame singlepseed trumps drop bar road bikes

Many of us have had a laugh at Velominati’s The Rules. The Rules of Cycling, are apparently for ‘real cyclists’. Fortunately, we are not all posers on carbon fibre road bikes that are well beyond our own athleticism. We are not the keepers of the cog. We are real riders who just get on with the job, embarrassing riders who are just in it for the tech gear and fashion. Said posers are often corporate executivesmore »