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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

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Quite a number of months ago, my friend Chris became a Vegan Cyclist (the mirth I need to supress when expressing things in these terms is quite considerable). Chris did this as he'd tried everything to lose weight. And no, not one of those "I've tried everything" people who are still munging down on doughnuts… Read the rest

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How tall should cycling socks be: an investigation into optimum sock height and its effect on peak cycling performance. Isn't cycling a funny old sport? The whims and whimsies of each individual are divergent, many-varied and ever on display, often in an overt display much like a male peacock's routine. And it's funny how quickly… Read the rest

Atlantic Pyrenees

Atlantic Pyrenees: image from Col de la Pierre St Martin

Ah, the Atlantic Pyrenees: perfect for cycling. I can still remember the buzz of cicadas in the warm, balmy summer air; long, long days; epic Atlantic Pyrenees cycling routes and amazing atmosphere. I remember delicious dinners, cold beers or local wines, going to sleep late and waking up to another warm day of exploring the… Read the rest

Etape du Tour medical certificate: registering at Etape

All Etape participants need an Etape du Tour medical certificate. The Etape du Tour medical certificate must be filled out in a precise manner, or else you can be denied entry to Etape when you register in the days prior. In 2011, I saw an Italian guy being denied a start place as his Etape… Read the rest

Cyclist nutrition

Kapai Puku ingredients

I get lots of traffic to the site for people looking for a cycling nutrition. And those people are smart, because they're looking for a way to lose weight by controlling their diet. Let me tell you a little story. My weight's been a yo-yo since I was little. Chubby kid with problems with asthma… Read the rest