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Review: State Bicycle Co City Bike

We cycle because it’s fun. Or because we’ve had our license suspended. Mostly because it’s fun. But sometimes we lose focus on what it was that made cycling so much fun. I rediscovered it on the City bike from State Bicycle Co this week, courtesy of Can R Dly Treadlies. We find ways to complicate simple acts. Cycling is one of the simplest things we can do, but we complicate with it gears, fancy c …

Posted by SSGC on August 16, 2014

Review: State Bicycle Co Fixies

As Marlon Brando might have said, You could have ridden a Contender. You could have been someone. But State Bicycle Co wasn’t available in Oz, so you got something else instead, you got a bum ride. Well now they are available and you can turn around your failing life and ride off into the sunset on a bike that has style and substance. Something like this: The sun wasn’t quite setting but it was he …

Posted by SSGC on August 7, 2014

Hibermate Sleep Mask: The Review

We don’t have curtains in our house. My wife’s not too fussed by daylight in the morning and I have a Hibermate sleep mask. I’ve had a Hibermate sleep mask for donkey’s yonks and recently purchased one of the new models which they introduced with their successful Kickstarter campaign.(image from Hibermate)The original idea behind the Hibermate was a sleep mask that incorporated sound mitigation vi …

Posted by SSGC on July 24, 2014

50 Bike That Changed The World

When your wife works in a library you’re never shy on for books. If you’re lucky some of them have bikes in them too. The latest bike book to make it home was 50 Bicycles That Changed The World.50 Bicycles That Changed The World is part of a series of lightweight pocket books talking around the topic of design. If you like the 50 bicycles book you can go check out 50 Typefaces That Changed The Wor …

Posted by SSGC on June 2, 2014

Review: Yes Bikes Fixie

Do you want a bike that is fast and light? Do you want a bike that is sharp and stylish? If you answered Yes to any of these questions then the answer to your questions is Yes. As in, Yes Bikes. Yes Bikes new bike is in some ways a continuation from the previous bike but in other ways it’s totally different. Styling cues have been brought over from the old bike, the slab-sided aluminium frame, the …

Posted by SSGC on March 26, 2014

Jube Hardtail Review

Goddamn this thing is good at squashing cane toads. It’s something only Queenslanders will relate to but the fat tyres do the job like nothing else I’ve tried. I don’t think any golf club was ever so efficient. Or even my mate Victor. The Jube Hardtail is also good at finding watering holes. Seemed every time I took it out we ended up at a pub or café drinking beer or red wine. Or whiskey. Whateve …

Posted by SSGC on February 1, 2014

Chappelli Cycles Bike Review

Those of you who read my last two bike reviews will know how I was challenged by the ride of those bikes. While I was ultimately won over by both bikes it was reassuring to swing a leg over a bike with a more traditional make-up. I felt at home on the Chappelli straight away.First up though, how’s it look? We all know we’re vain and insecure and need a bike to make us look good. No wait, that’s ca …

Posted by SSGC on December 1, 2013

Review: Sturmey Archer S2 Duomatic Hub 700C Wheel

My bike has a split personality. The tame side of its personality is slow and easy. The wild side likes to hammer.The main problem with my bike is it has no in-between.When I first installed the Sturmey Archer S2 Duomatic (as though that isn’t a mouthful…try dropping that casually into conversation), I thought I would only use the lower gear for climbing hills. I didn’t reckon on playing two gam …

Posted by SSGC on October 17, 2013

Review: Create Bikes Originals Fixie from Reid Cycles

When Reid contacted me to review the Create Originals Fixie I wondered why they’d introduce a new fixie to their line-up when they already had the lovely Harrier…until I saw this bike…       The Create is a brand from England that hasn’t had a presence in Australia until now. Their fixies come in two flavours, the C8 and its bigger better brother the Create Originals Fixie, which is the one I’ …

Posted by SSGC on September 22, 2013

Saving My Ass With Ass Savers

Can you see my mud guard?Of course you can’t. I’m just being a smart ass. I can afford to be though because my ass is so dry. Here, take a look at the one on this bike.I bought the Ass Savers some months back and have been waiting for an appropriate time to test them. We here in Queensland have been enjoying what is appropriately named the Dry Season. It’s distinguished from the Dry Season by virt …

Posted by SSGC on September 18, 2013 Older posts Newer posts

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