For every tool they lend us...

Happy Birthday!

Two great tops for my 40th. the Parlee is extra special.

Any Australian Parlee fans can contact Peter at  for all your Parlee needs.

My Parlee is also celebrating a milestone: 10 years. The first frame in Australia (and possibly internationally as well) it is  as fantastic now as it was back then. It’s quite inexpensive actually…in 10 years it’s stopped me buying everyother bike I’ve even seen!

Gundowring….latest addiction

The culinary equivilent of crack cocaine…

I broke into a car last night and stole the stereo all-the-whilst thinking ‘how many grams will this get me?’

Affogato made with vanilla? yes please

Coconut? oh yeah…

Lemon curd…oh mama!

Farewell Assos roubaix….hello Assos t.607

Finally I wore out a pair of Assos winter shorts! Must be 10 years of service and I love my winter shorts - they ae all I wear for 1/2 the year! (late autumn to mid spring!).

So this gave me the opportunity to purchase a few pairs of the latest thermal short from Assos (I try to have at least 4 pair of thermals shorts and 5 pair of summer shorts to accomodate the constant riding during the seasons!)

And this is my first time I’ve been able to purchase a pair of thermal shorts - usually I have bought the previous models that go past the knees and trimmed them down at the tailors into shorts.

the zippers up the belly are gone…

and the great patch (so much better than clinical green)

so…what are the advantages of the new t.607 knicks?

Fabric: the new new fabric is sublime and it enables the short to feel comfortable in a much wider range of tempretures; the old roubaix style fabric was for 8 degrees and under, whiulst the new fabric can be worn down to -2 (as cold as it got this winter) yet when the day warms up, even up to 18-20 degrees, the shorts still feel great.

The new style of leg grippers (the wider the better) are better and the fit is the same as it always was - couldn’t improve there!

The straps and made of lighter material and seem more thermally balanced - you don’t end up with hot patches on the upper back etc.

So all in all, the new shorts are fantastic!

and now….these t.607 have been replaced with a newly released model, the Tiburu S7 - with the latest generation of chamois. These would be wonderful to try out, except my oldest pair of Assos thermal knicks looks like it still has many more years left in them!

Coolest name for cutlery ever…

Everyman likes to feel like he is a bit rugged in the kitchen…I don’t use utensils, I use tools.

Designed by Renzo Piano, sometimes when an architect tries their hand at smaller objects the results can be very….uncomfortable….but in this case the results were spectacular.

Christmas 2013

A new house for the family; a great wife and wonderful little boy - I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to unwrap on the morning. I gave my wife this recently purchased pocket square to give back to me as a gift…

Lovely colours, bit shocked to find it is 70% wool - the reason for the cream colour…my other Roda multi colour is pure silk. Hope to try this one out soon!

New jumper/sweater - replacement of the J.Crew

Howlin’ by Morrison (a Belgium brand) 100% virgin wool and made in Scotland! One of those wonderful thanks-giving sales and only cost $120, the XL fit very well, ran true to size, they don’t do XXL either. The cost was very reasonable when compared to other Shetland sweaters. We’ll see how it lasts - but others have been impressed with the brand.

At first I thought I was a bit silly purchasing this Jumper on the first day of summer - but it’s been a cold, wet & miserable start to the season anyway!


12 years strong!

Finally retired after 12 years of service!

Started life on the Paconi, then the Parlee before finally finding their place on the Stevens cyclocross bike for the past 6 years - total of one broken spoke and a set of bearings in that time. So strong!


Safety first….

Hi Viz - actually works on these wet overcast days….every bit helps!

Castelli nano-flex shoe covers

These work well - kept the rain, showers and road grime out last weekend and the cold blustery winds off the very-well ventilated shoes today.

They are light, easy to clean (with a simple wet rag after walking in the door) and have a great zip closure and good cutouts for heel and cleats (I dislike shoe covers that want you to wear through the heel section by wear-and-tear. The length is spot on and the closure at the top of the ankle is really good - rain never entered into the bootie and I was wearing shorts without knee warmers (legs were coated with embrocation for the rain).

A really nice piece of kit - I personally have grown to like the matrix / S&M dominatrix look of the bootie - they look pretty serious on!

The silver pair would look great if you were wearing the Castelli pocket liner jacket (matching silver)


I sold the Castelli neprene booties (Diluvio 16) during the week - they are very well designed but I don’t like the idea of neoprene for cycling - I’d rather keep the wetness out than have it sit it the fabric and be warmed by my body heat. The construction of the copver was really impressive, the re-inforced rear zipper especially so.