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Longform

For many years we have blogged about bike (and other non bike) related stuff. You can read about why we stopped here.

Longform picks up where the blog left off but rather than posting every week or two, the focus is on publishing what we hope are quality content pieces; pieces that for us are interesting and challenging to create and we hope, for you, worth spending the time to read or look at.


Pivot Point

...end of a generation

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2 Minutes?

Sprint Interval Training - can 8 minutes a week really be enough to not only get but stay bike fit?

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The Original Blog

The selected 'best of' from too many years of blogging...


Cabling your bike cleanly

How To Tidy Cabling

A little while back, my good lady wife’s bike was in need of a spring clean so I took the opportunity…

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The dance

Head up and breath. One can do without a month and a half like the one’s that’s just passed.

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F U C I

Didn’t I already write a bit on what I thought of the crotchety old men of the UCI and bicycle design?

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SeaSucker Review

Our car was big enough for all of the baby stuff plus her bike, surely?

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earHero Review

Headphone use on bikes is always a hotly debated internet forum topic…

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Fit for use

Last week it happened, I met the ground with a thud.

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The Schlumpf

It’s every rider’s little dirty secret. I’m sure it’s the same theory for all activities, but for cycling deep in…

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The Hype Cycle

I’m allergic to production bikes. Ok, that’s not strictly true, but I will generally avoid most production machines – usually…

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Bikes are boring

I bet that title caught your attention!? Let me expand on that. Bicycle ‘design’ is boring and I mean both…

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Be seen – Orfos bike light review

Orfos lights started as one of those Kickstarter campaigns that did rather well. What was the final result…?

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What Type of Cyclist Are You?

At the London round of the Rollapaluza National Series during the week a conversation got my cogs whirring… Nick Hussey,…

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Bike Fit

Bike fitters can help you, don’t get me wrong – just be mindful that there needs to be much more consideration of the broader picture.

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Chubby On The Trail

Road riding is what I do, but coming from an MTB background means I’ve always had one eye on a…

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cx

CX’s growing success is Mountain Biking’s failure.

Originally I was going to sit here and bash out a piece about my bewilderment of the growing CX (cyclocross) craze, especially here in Australia.

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difference

Point of Difference

Different to be different, or different for a reason – either way, why? Or, perhaps more to the point, why…

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ecosystem

Enclosed Ecosystems

Does the bike world need another half baked ‘standard’?

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Rare Surprise

It seems to me that ‘innovation’ is a term that is used loosely in the bike industry to describe a marketing opportunity to drive sales.

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Data Overload.

I had a new lust… a gleaming new Polar ‘device’ that is due out, the V650. A long time fan…

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Road discs – an alternate view

I like disc brakes. I NEVER liked rim brakes. EVER. So when I heard that road bikes were finally stepping…

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Pigeon-holing

There’s a number of bikes of a particular format that I’ve always had a level of intrigue over. Many (most,…

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40 Minutes

This time I was determined to get out into the dirt. The last time I came down, it rained and…

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Listening too intently?

Be it weight, technology, gear count or (*yawn*) disc brakes on road bikes, I can’t help thinking too many of us are listening too intently.

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Clip!!!

Dear Cyclist Waiting At The Junction… Yes, you – and no doubt you at numerous points along any given ride,…

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Road Raging

Lately there has been a lot of hoopla about the supposed war going on between ‘cyclists’ and drivers…

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Breakup letter

After a good long time it’s just not working out any more and not to make you upset, it’s not me; it’s you.

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To Retail or not to retail…

Where I live, there has been and continues to be much hoo-har, beating of chests and gnashing of teeth from…

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Bike Snobs

This is something that’s been sitting with me for some time now. Riding in Sydney of late has made me…

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Old Skool Warbirds

Long time readers might remember a long buried section on twosix for oldskool bikes called Warbirds. This was essentially an…

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The cost of weight loss

Stop reading right here if you are a 130 pound stick shaped whippet, as the ONLY way you’ll get lighter…

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The List – Part 2, Road

I was late to the road scene, but I think it’s fair to say I made up for lost time… time to N+1 road bikes!

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I’m going back to heavy

Right, back on the mountain bike after too long. Seriously, city living and family guff can all but kill the…

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The List – Part 1, MTB’s

There it was, right in front of me. ‘The List’. Something has to be said…

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Advertising?

I just got the latest digital copy of a mtb mag in my inbox today, so, as one does, I…

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It’s All Too Subjective…

I just read an internet forum post from a fanboy of a particular bike brand.

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650b, placebo effect or something more?

Unless you have been living in a large hole of late, there is a new wind blowing through the mountain bike world…

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Have We Got Our Priorities Wrong?…

“What if” my bike gets stolen – from the car, the hotel, or along the ride? “What if”…

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Cross it up

The idea was simple – I wanted something I could do with no equipment to start, took no more than half an hour and did the whole body…

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Not Bog Standard – Rich Reposts…

Two week’s ago, G lamented on the merits of going ‘Bog Standard’ – or, perhaps more to the point, why…

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Wrapping tape – MTB

So one day I had the bright idea to replace the grips with tape….

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The Bog Standard

Put up your hand if you remember what it was like to ride a mountain bike in the early to…

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Leave It Alone!

Fiddling.  It’s what you do best.  You know you shouldn’t but you just can’t help it, can you? “I could…

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That Place

I think it’s one of those things that every one who’s ever ridden a mountain bike has

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brand

The Brand

How it started was one of those strange stories, perhaps best left for another post about how the internet works….

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dynamictn

The abbreviated guide to bicycle dynamics

marketing departments tell people how bikes work, meaning there has been an ever growing tide of misinformation about how and why bikes do what they do

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Knog Blinder

I hate bike lights. Don’t get me wrong, they serve their purpose; they’re just such ugly things that stick out,…

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Brake Pad Toe-In

Perhaps a slightly random subject to focus on, but it’s one I’ve been asked about a lot – or rather,…

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Wrapping bar tape – a guide

There are heaps of videos on YouTube about wrapping bar tape, but I thought I’d add my tuppence with this…

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Wheel of Wonder

I recently happened across the opportunity to buy some of the cycling industry’s very best components – Chris King hubs…

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Chain Cleaning & Lubing

Sticking with the recent theme on cleaning (and leap-frogging the planned article on polishing due to bad planning on my…

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Pedal Kinesiology – Some Thoughts

For years as cyclists we’ve been constantly badgered about how smooth our pedal stroke should be, about how we should ‘pedal in circles’ and pull up through the pedal stroke as well as push down. But should we really? Where’s the proof?

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Brakes As Objets d’Art

When it comes to road bikes I developed a slightly unhealthy obsession with brakes pretty much from the start.  But…

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Little Dudes Need Not Apply…

I’ve been sent something today which has given me real food for thought.

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EE Vs M5 – Long Term Brake Test

And so the Bike Tart’s posh brake fetish continues… Now that the EE Brakes have been on the Cannondale for…

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Bike Fitting

Kind of an ‘Ask The Bike Tart’ and a Tuesday Tune-Up all rolled into one this week (and delayed a…

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Headset Adjustment

It’s the bane of any sensitive cyclist, and often the first thing to go wrong on a poorly maintained bike…

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Edging Towards Real BB Standard?

Earlier in 2011 FSA announced their new ‘BB386 Evo’ bottom bracket standard. To put it simply, it’s PressFit30 in an 86mm BB shell

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Review: Audio-Technica ATH-M50

I wanted headphones that I could play on my iPod, were of a closed type so that I didn’t have outside noise interfering with my music.

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FYHMT

‘hardmen’ of cycling, when bikes were made of pipe, gear selection was hard or harder and the concept of a sports drink was having a beer on the fly.

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Fold that tub!

How to fold a tub

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‘One Day’ roads

I’ll ride them though, “one day”…

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Can’t Help But Be Intrigued…

…about how road bikes and hydraulic systems will develop through 2012. There’s been lots of banding about of the word…

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The Harsh Reality of ‘Euro’

You hear the term ‘Euro’ all over the place in the road world.

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Roast Pumpkin, Feta and Pasta Salad

It all started after the Highland Fling a couple of years back. We were given a little ticket that would entitle you to a post-race meal in the goodie bag..

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An Indexing Trick

I wasn’t going to do anything on gear indexing because it’s a subject that’s frankly covered perfectly well over on…

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ProFeet Insoles Review

Custom fitted insoles in cycling shoes was always something I couldn’t get my head around – I mean, your cycling…

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Review – Edge Bars and Roubaix Tape

On Saturday I managed to get in my first ride on my Look with the new Edge bars and Specialized…

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Mavic Freehub Switch

Perhaps a bit random, but it’s something I needed to work out for myself due to probably having to use…

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Review: Knog Blinder 4V

I’m a fussy bugger. Oh, wait, you know that. Anyway, it means I fuss over the silliest of things. Lights…

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The Placebo Effect

I was chatting to a fellow bike nut on Saturday about a few things – something came up which has…

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Glue that tub!

So with the ‘Finishing Touches’ series over and done with it’s time for the Tuesday Tune-Up to turn to the…

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Clean your bike!

A bit of a Tuesday Tune-Up cheat this week I’m afraid – this entry is based on one I’ve used…

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Soft… not all are created equal

Several years ago, at the start of the whole Mountain Cycle thing, I was introduced to a line of cranks…

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Winter Treads

Yes, that’s treads, not threads – this ain’t no fashion blog, and you’d all look stupid having me advise you…

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Review: Knog Blinder

On the back of my Blinder and Blinder 4V reviews, Knog were kind enough to send me their latest offering…

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Made In China and brand positioning

I recently read a blog post from a company regarding ‘Made in China’. Usually such posts come about as a…

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A Campag Epiphany?

Last night I had the pleasure of working with Campag for the first time in quite a long time. It…

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Lightweights Vs Cosmic Carbone SLRs

The legendary ‘weight weenie’ stalwart Vs it’s slightly overweight, significantly cheaper but no less good-looking counterpart. A fair comparison? No….

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Bike Cleaning

A bit of a Tuesday Tune-Up cheat this week I’m afraid – this entry is based on one I’ve used…

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Interbike 2011

Ah yes, I’ve recovered enough to blurb about the thing that was the 2011 Interbike. So, what was that all…

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Underground Racing

I think I had come close to giving up on racing bikes. Not being the fastest or most skillful rider…

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Wheels: ‘Aero Vs Light’ – Does It *Really* Matter?

I was strolling along with Wendy, boring her to tears with stories about how I get blown about on my…

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A retraction, tyres and an old school attitude to gears… in that...

Firstly, a retraction. At the start of the year I fitted Answer’s Haven’s to the test Zen II to see…

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Specialized S3 Helmet – First Ride Report

So, we arrive in Australia and I commence riding. Little did I know but the helmet I wear – a…

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Mixing Bikes with Wine

Well, here we are talking wine. I know its normally all craft beer on here, but I don’t mind a…

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Bike Build Insanity

Why, Why, Why do I do it. Not once in building a bike from scratch with the hope of building…

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TRP 970SL Brake review

I’ve been riding these brakes for a little while now – certainly long enough to know how they work, feel…

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Made In…

This is a piece I wrote for the Mountaincycle.com blog when it was still… well alive. “Incrementally I don’t know…

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World Trail Roll Into Glenrock

Mondays don’t usually bring too much excitement. The weekend is done and dusted and off you go to work. To…

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From Jumping the Gun to Double Barrel

Its been a little bit since the last update in the world of Glenrock. To recap for those unfamiliar with…

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Cross Training??

This is old news, well a few weeks old news and those that know me would probably be sick of hearing about it.

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The State of affairs… part 2

After what has been a totally manic week, which sees your truly coming down with a case of ‘cabin fever’,…

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The State of Affairs… part 1

Just off the plane back from the 2011 Sea Otter and there was plenty of things to ponder, after being…

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POC Sports mtb gloves: Review

‘Back ion the day’, read close to 10 years ago now, we used to be the distributors for Scary Fast…

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Off into the wild

One could sit back and ponder just what the hell was all that about but near a year and a…

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Things that Make you Go…..Mmmmmmm.

Every now and then on the trail I see something and think Mmmmmmmmm. The mind starts ticking and inspiration flows….

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Wait! The MTB weight conundrum…

The prototype bike came off the line, ended up in a box and was in my hands within a day….

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Too Hot to Ride, Do Some Trail Work.

Maybe not the best advice to be honest, but that’s just what 10 foolish members of the Glenrock Trail Alliance…

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Post Ride Beer – White Rabbit Dark Ale

One of my favorite parts of riding, and anyone who has ridden with me will attest, is the post ride…

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Mavic R-SYS SLR Exalith Review

Anyone who’s read a Bike Crit-ique of mine on a bike that has a aluminium rims with a silver brake…

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