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Adventure :: Experience :: Responsibility

This story crystallised after going for a last-minute backcountry ski the other day (late October) at Mt Hotham, in Australia’s Victorian Alps. Most of the time, people would say ‘you can’t go skiing at Hotham in late October!’. Well, you can. If you really want to. …it’s just a little different from what your regular […]

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The fallacy of technological inevitability

When discussing technology scientists and dreamers of science are often quoted to make a point. I want to make a MarićSteinian one here ( an idea attributed to Albert Einstein, although it could have been actually the concept of Mileva Marić and we’ll never know – so I will call it the MarićSteinian axiom for […]

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twenty nineteen, the year of the revolution

Because it’s never a bad time to have a revolution, let’s make a new year a great excuse! In the last 12 months, the false peak of shitty politics has been summited many times, we appear to be living in a time where the shit has hit the fan, the walls, the ceiling, the floor, […]

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Memoirs of a crappy telemark skier, part 1

We all start at the beginning, and get better at stuff. …and it sucks when we start something new, and we suck at stuff again. This is the story of me and telemark skiing. I used to snowboard, a lot! I thought I was amazing at it, but the reality was that I was OK […]

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Hiatus, change…

Tools for the revolution has been in a bit of a hiatus lately. I’ve got heaps of half bake ideas drifting around I’d like to explore and write about – but putting fingers to keys is less easy. It’s a drift away from bikes dominating my life I suppose – but then, TFTR was never […]

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New kicks – Shimano GR9

A couple of years ago I decided to ride flat pedals on my mountain bike for a solid month. That month turned into about a year, until I killed my shoes. So I went back to clipped in mountain biking. …but resolved to go back to flats – one day! I love riding in flats […]

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thirty five – an overdue review.

This review has been a long time coming. Nearly a year in fact! Around June 2017 I strapped a pair of Formula 35 forks to the front of my bike. These have been reviewed by professional reviewers heaps of times – for example here; and here. I’m writing another one – after riding them hard on […]

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Measuring a hub

Imagine you have a hub. You don’t know anything about it and can’t find any manufacturer specifications. However, it’s a really great hub that you love, and want to build a wheel on it! You can jump online and see how to find the parts you need to measure – this screen grab from the […]

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Fox Metah Helmet

New helmet time is always amazing, because old helmets get worn to death. This time I grabbed a Fox Metah from mountainbikesdirect.com.au. Here is a picture of me wearing it. You can see it instantly turns any ugly bugger right into a hardcore bike ninja supermodel! Unfortunately, it doesn’t hide wrinkles or the fact that […]

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3 600 km of absolute black

A month or two ago my absoluteblack CX oval chainring passed it’s 3 600th kilometre of week in, week out, all weather commuting plus a few longer road rides and gravel grinds. One of these was 82 km and 1800 vertical metres. A ride to the corner shop in the European alps, but a pretty big […]