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SRAMs new wireless group, SRAM Red eTap, is here: but is it for you? For an indepth wrap up of SRAMs new group, check out Cycling Weekly (link at bottom of page). New innovations are great, but always suit early uptakers (tech mavens) and those with deep pockets (in this case, very, very deep) who… Read the rest


Here's my video Indigo5 Bike Light review for the TL;DR amongst you. I see two uses for lights: see and be seen be seen In a city like Melbourne (or indeed any other major city), in early mornings or late evening, there's a lot of incidental light (street lights and traffic). This slightly negates the… Read the rest


Reader Chihiro-san, kindly sent me his 2015 La Marmotte report. I was finish LA MARMOTTE. Thank you for your advice. [Ed: Velonomad sportive training] The following is a movie of my travel, see it… Read the rest

Wahoo Tickr X review


TL,DR: watch the video Wahoo Tickr X review below if you don't want to read. A clear trend in technology has been the pushing of intelligence into the cloud. Even in iOS apps (for instance), intelligence and computational effort can be pushed into the cloud, future proofing apps and making the apps themselves more lite… Read the rest


Just when you think Oakley can't innovate any further, POW, along comes the Jawbreaker and Prizm lens. Now I don't yet have a set to test (they are on their way), but I am very excited about testing these out. It's clear that I am an unabashed Oakley fan; I just don't think any other… Read the rest

Tour de France Spectator Tips

If you're looking for ideas on where to watch the 2015 Tour de France Mountain Stages, you're in the right spot. I get a lot of questions from VeloNomad readers about the ins and outs of watching a Tour de France stage and whilst the basic tenets of watching a stage irrespective of the year… Read the rest


Byron Bay. Bikinis, blokes in boardies, beers and BBQs, below blue skies and a blazing sun. And yes, that pretty much describes it. But what the area doesn't get any attention for is the cycling. Sure, there aren’t any epic alpine climbs on the scale of Europe. But what the area lacks in scale, it makes… Read the rest


Peaks Challenge Gold Coast is a Gran Fondo to be held on Saturday August 8th in the spectacular Gold Coast hinterland. I'm super excited about this as we simply don't get this caliber of event up here that often, apart from the Grafton Inverell Fondo (which is a major logistical nightmare as the finish is… Read the rest

"EAT MORE PROTEIN" is the catch-cry. Hmm, you think, protein is good for me. I must guzzle ALL THE SHAKES! (Right?) Not so fast, buster. People are addicted to the idea that protein (animal protein in particular) makes you lose weight and is a generally healthy thing to do. Nothing can be further from the… Read the rest

Scicon Saddle Bag Comparison

The good folks at Scicon sent me a batch of Scicon Saddle Bags from Cycling Silicon Valley in Italy to review and compare. And it got me thinking: saddle bags aren’t an entirely sexy topic (are they?). By what metrics do we compare them? I've never thought much about saddle bags, but since I had… Read the rest


So, SRAM has done something interesting and put out a 1 chainring group set for the road market in their Force and Rival lines. (Not to say SRAM don’t do interesting things, it just seemed an appropriate intro). Called 1x henceforth, and specifically available as Force 1 and Rival 1, it’s aimed at road, CX… Read the rest

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Disclaimer: Velonomad uses and recommends Scicon Bike Bags, most particularly the Aerocomfort 2.0 TSA. Here's my Scicon Aerocomfort 2 TSA review. Here's a breakdown on how the Scicon-sponsored Tour of California teams manage their logistics and why they love the Aerocomfort 2 TSA bike bags. *** California: a place that conjures up images of glamour… Read the rest


When I think of Merino wool, I think of Australia (sorry, Kiwis!): Australia getting rich on the back of the sheep. (Though with the Kiwi dollar at parity with the AUD, I guess our frunds across the dutch are having the last laugh!) I think of big Merino rams....just like in the photo above (Goulburn… Read the rest


CONTROVERSY ALERT! Whenever I talk about diet, nutrition and supplements, I’m mindful of not appearing to be proselytising. You guys know I just care about you, right? And for those who haven't been following Velonomad for a while, my diet is mostly vegan for both health and ethical reasons. You can read more about my… Read the rest

Sworks Roubaix review

Since originally writing this in July 2013, I subsequently have ridden and owned a Tarmac SWorks SL3 and Colnago C59 Italia and am now on a BH Ultralight RC. Each has their pros and cons but there are numerous reasons for such a ridiculous array of bikes in such a short period of time which… Read the rest

Scicon Bike Defender review: bike on roof

In undertaking this Scicon Bike Defender review, it became patently obvious that every travelling cyclist should own one. Here’s why. This past Christmas, Mrs Velonomad, Velonomad Head of Chook Herding, Poppins the Golden Retriever, and I drove a round trip of around 4000km to Melbourne and back to visit family. My precious Colnago was to be… Read the rest

club des cingles du mont ventoux

Although VeloNomad is all about self-touring holidays and planning it yourself, sometimes it’s easier to join a tour and let someone else take care of the small stuff so you can just turn up and ride. With this in mind, here’s how I’d do a two week trip, hassle free. Before we start, here's some… Read the rest

Etape du Tour last minute tips

The 2015 Etape du Tour route has been announced; and boy, what a doozy. Whilst reader Paul conveyed his disappointment that the Etape won’t be the Modane-Alpe D’Huez TdF stage (Stage 20)—saying “How much of a crush to morale is a long downhill stretch with Telegraphe/Glandon next up”—this route will still be a moral crusher. (And… Read the rest

Etape du Tour last minute tips

Some of the very awesome Velonomad readers wrote in with amazing 2014 Etape reports and photos from their epic completions of Etape 2014. Without further ado, we have reports from Paul T, Mario, Darren, Andrew, Bayne and Matt A. Hi Tim Hope you are very well - wanted to send you a note to say… Read the rest

Sticky Pod review

Sticky Pod in jersey

Whilst energy gels are great, what do you do with the packet after you're done? If it's an event like Etape or a sportive, you try and time your consumption near the rubbish spots and chuck the packet out. If it's a big bike race, well, you roll it up nice and tight and put… Read the rest

Apple Watch Sport: for cyclists

Lots of cyclists just love the latest tech. Mostly our focus is on group sets, computers and power meters. But something rather large and game changing happened last week. Apple released its Apple Watch. Whilst you'll find incredible reviews by watch nerds and tech nerds (John Gruber's EXCELLENT summary, if you like tech reads) none… Read the rest

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I love simple things. And this Scicon Elan Saddle Bag Review shows a saddle bag that's as simple as it gets. Life is busy enough without unnecessary distractions or complications. (Exceptions of course include an overly complex tractor for the farm.) And it does not get much simpler than this Scicon Elan 210 Saddle Bag… Read the rest

Tour de France Spectator Tips

These are my favourite Tour de France Spectator Tips. These help ensure you don't waste time on the day arguing with gendarmes, getting there late, or forgetting things you'll need.where's And hopefully they stop you looking like an idiot on international television. You can read these Tour de France Spectator tips in more detail in… Read the rest

Mont Ventoux training

Mont Ventou Training

"Mont Ventoux training: is it necessary?", you ask. Ah, Mont Ventoux. My favourite climb in the world (by a mile). Many cyclists have seen Le Geant on TV or read about it. Its eerie moonscape-like upper slopes beckon with a challenge. But you'll find the Mont's slopes littered with the broken dreams of thousands of… Read the rest

Are wider wheels better

Are wider rims better? I think so, but to get a professional take on this, I asked local wheelbuilder extraordinaire Josh Beck of XLR8 wheels why wider rims are better on the road. Josh has been building bikes and wheels for 25 years and puts my developing mechanical skills to utter shame. TM: What is… Read the rest