What you missed out on…

16 Aug

The most fun ever. I still can’t believe how much fun something as simple as riding (and falling) in mud could be. Thanks Nik, Blakey and Eleanor. Other than stabbing my butt with my saddle so hard I bruised it when I stacked, I have no personal injuries to report.


Westside Alleycat – Sunday 15th August

12 Aug

Spot prizes from PAM and Northside Wheelers will be given out to girls racing on the day!

Ch-Check It Out…

10 Aug

New local (online) fixed gear shop. Parts, frames, bags, clothes etc.

Never Stop Pedalling

CX Practice Ride

4 Aug

Lets practise riding in mud before doing it in front of several other people (and xBBx with a microphone).

Meet at 8am, corner Johnston St and Smith St, or 8.30 at the Chandler Hwy end of the Yarra Boulie on Saturday 14 August.

It is a bit early on a weekend for some, but it’s not easy finding a time that suits everyone with their different work schedules, so get out of bed on this day to laugh at others… Or yourself.

All ladies welcome, even if you don’t plan on doing the Dirty Deeds race.

Dirty Deeds CX

28 Jul

Hey ladies. I’ve received a message from Nik Cee (one of the Dirty Deeds Cyclocross organisers) regarding more female participants at the next race. Malachi at Northside Wheelers has very kindly offered to sponsor the whole women’s podium if enough girls race the CX category. At Sunday’s race, there was one lady in the CX category, and three in the open category. Prizes would include a Rapha ‘ladies classic’ jersey for first prize (which is ridiculously stylish, and I want one) plus other assorted goodies.

Conditions of the CX category are that you have a freewheel (and obviously brakes), 700c wheels, and drop bars. Knobbed tyres are recommended, and there are heaps of people out there including Nik, xBBx and Blakey who would be prepared to lend spare ones just to see more females giving CX a crack. V-brakes or cantilevers would be beneficial, but not necessary and I saw heaps of people rolling around with callipers stopping just fine – you don’t really go all that fast when in mud.

All you need to do to finish the race is ride around for the full 40 minutes. You can go as slow as you like, have as much fun as you like, fall into the mud and roll around as much as you like, and stop to have as many beer/baked goods hand-ups/”mid-race dance moves” as you like.

The final race of the series is on Sunday 29 August, and to the best of my knowledge, it will be held at Brunswick Velodrome again. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need a CA permit. If you’re considering it, I’d recommend you get in touch with Brendan or Nik by leaving a comment on the blog or on the forums, else email sugarspokes[at]gmail.com, we’ll put you in contact.

There surely has to be enough of you out there to fill a podium… That jersey is nice! How could you not want to attempt to win that?

P.S. If that wasn’t enough encouragement to enter, then hopefully we’ll at least see you in the crowd heckling with your cow bell whilst eating tasty snacks.

P.P.S. Make sure you at least check out the Dirty Deeds and Northside Wheeler links to see what you’re missing out on.

Reasonably Fast Spokes – August 5th

21 Jul

It’s still a few weeks away, but here’s your notice…

It’s time for another Reasonably Fast Rides/Sugar Spokes mixer ride to steal you away from your heaters.

When: The usual time… Thursday 5 August, 6.15pm

Where: Meet at Fed Square

For those of you who have been on the last few, you will remember that by “reasonably fast”, we just mean, riding at a normal easy pace, rather than not riding, and sitting down at the pub. The sitting down at the pub drinking beer pace would be considered “reasonably slow”. So for those of you who haven’t attended before, don’t let the name of the ride deter you. I’m going to mention it, even though it’s a given, but delicious food and refreshments will definitely feature. As for where we are riding to, this has not yet been discussed or decided and all suggestions will be considered, so please share. Don’t forget to let all your male riding pals know, all are welcome.

P.S. Weekly rides are still happening albeit in small numbers (generally two or three people), so it would be great to see a few more people. However, if it’s raining, then you can assume no one will turn up. See you this Thursday… Maybe.

P.P.S. Expect a new and fresh look on the blog in the near feature.

Craft Cartel Excellento Evento

15 Jun

Craft Cartel presents:
HiGH ViZ Vogue! Bike Fashion Jam
DIY cycling gear workshop to keep the cops & the fashion police happy

Part of the Moreland City Council Coburg Carnivale

Craft Cartel, alarmed by sights of fluoro lycra clad cyclists and equally aghast at the thought of coming a cropper while partaking in our favourite form of transport, are proud to present a solution: High Viz Vogue, a DIY bike fashion workshop. Bring helmets and any other clothing bits you’d like to make roadway and catwalk friendly, or just start from scratch using our materials. With guidance from ultra-spunky local designers, Miss Viz & featuring Ann Maher’s ‘bike bustle’, this is your chance to create your own bike-friendly fashion & win ace prizes. The event will be followed by a celebratory ride through Moreland to parade our new hip gear led by Sugar Spokes all female bike crew.

11.00am – 1.00pm, Saturday 19 June, at the Coburg Library!

Free! No experience necessary! All materials supplied. Ace prizes to be won.

Produced by Ann Maher, Rahne Widarsito & Casey Jenkins