Monthly Archives: February 2013

Fat Bike – 9:zero:9

finished fat bike

My 135mm offset 9:zero:7 is finally all put together. It has Large Marge Light rims laced to a Shimano XT hub at the back and a Surly hub at the front. It’s mainly SRAM x7 drivetrain components, except for a Shimano XT E-type front derailluer. We also have blingy Race Face Turbine cranks.

Brakes are Avid BB7 mechanical discs.

The tyres are 45 North Husker Dus, and I’m running 29″er tubes because the Surly tubes were out of stock.

The bike weighs 13.4kgs, not bad for a fatty! I haven’t had a chance to ride it far yet but it is pretty fun to ride in the sandpit at the park across the road and not worry about digging in and falling off! I do want some Crudcatcher mudguards though as the HuDus seem to pick stuff up and fling it at me as I ride.

Anyway, off to ride it now.



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All New Flying Machine – Share the love and win

All New Flying Machine – Share the love and win.

There are only 5 days left of this competition and I promise I will stop posting about it then.

I made another video which is a bunch of my videos mashed together – 2 and a half minutes of riding, enjoy.

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Bike shops



All New Flying Machine – My Promo Videos

I have decided to make a video featuring each of the fur-kids in my house. So far I have done two.

Starring my Greyhound, Barbie.

Starring my current foster, a Ragdoll cat called Bumblebee.

As always, click on the link if you want to win a bike. The comp closes on the 25 February 2013.

All New Flying Machine – Share the love and win.

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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Bike shops



Valentine’s Day – OOPS wrong bike moment!

On Valentine’s Day 12 beautiful long stemmed roses were delivered to my office. After enjoying them through the week, it was time to take them home on Friday.

Thursday night though, I got a flat on my Schwinn Le Tour Sport. It was a nasty double gee which made my tyre hiss like an angry cat when it was removed. I didn’t fix it because I got distracted, so on Friday morning I grabbed the nearest bike – my Giant STP, to ride to work.

The STP is in mountain bike mode and doesn’t have a rack. I shoved my stuff into my Crumpler messenger bag and left. It wasn’t until I got to work I realised I would have to get my roses home somehow and I had ridden the wrong bike for the job. My only saving grace was that the sender of the roses knew I would be bringing them home by bicycle and selected the dozen roses that came in a massive box.


I deliberately didn’t water them so that I wouldn’t have water running down my back whilst riding home. I put them back in the box, and the messenger bag straps were only just long enough to clip around it. Crumpler to the rescue!


They made it home safe and sound.

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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in Commuting, Everyday cycling


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All New Flying Machine – Share the love and win

There’s this guy in Perth who owns a shop where he makes all manner of lovely custom bicycles. They are running a competition at the moment where you could win one for yourself!

All New Flying Machine – Share the love and win.

It’s a big social media campaign, the more you share, the more points you get and the closer you get to winning a bike. If you are big on social networking then join up and see how you go.

If I win, I’d choose a custom bike with a belt drive, just because.

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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Bike shops


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9:zero:7, bringing a bit of Alaska to Perth

Finally my beautiful Carver O’Beast fork arrived from the USA, so did a small amount of assembly. At this point the frame/fork/stem/bars feels light. Of course the heaviest component is to come…. the wheelset.

9:zero:7 and o'beast

After much deliberation I decided to get a Large Marge Light wheelset built by – I thought about ordering the parts and doing the build myself but it turned out that the Bikeman price for a custom built wheel is highly competitive.

I’ve also got some RaceFace turbine fatbike cranks on their way – I got the red ones because they were the only ones in stock that were 170mm and they look pretty cool. Not sure how they are going to go with the orange frame, but I think they’ll be OK. People aren’t going to look much past the 4 inches of rubber anyway.

At this stage I’m aiming to have the build finished by the start of March, just in time for it to start cooling down and the beach crowds to start thinning out.


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