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Our Gear – OneUpComponents EDC Multitool system (steerer tube version)

So our new OneUpComponents EDC tool systems have arrived and I couldn’t wait, I went straight out to the garage to fit them.

To save you reading this long winded rambling post I’ll cut to the chase. Based on a weekend of riding I love them, they are fantastically innovative and work spectacularly well. I’d recommend one to any cyclist (mountain biker, roadie, bikepacker and/or commuter) with a tapered steerer.

There, done. But if you want to know why I like it you’ll have to read on.

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OneUp EDC – now available

OneUp Component’s much anticipated EDC tool/storage system is now available to those who have registered interest. I have my order confirmed and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on mine.

This follows on from my research I covered in Ditching the mtb backpack – research notes

With the release has been a stack of information I haven’t previously seen including detailed fitting instructions, weights and dimensions etc etc.

In this post I’m going to look at the info and what it tells us

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Ditching the mtb backpack – research notes

Now lets be clear, I love how efficiently my hydration pack carries everything I need for a days riding. Up to 3 litres of water, clothing to deal with the days temperature fluctuations or precipitation and a selection of spares to allow me (and riding buddies) to finish rides despite unexpected mechanicals and there is a first aid kit in there too.

but….

Riding ‘sans pack’ feels great, like going commando. Free-er, cooler, looser, lighter.

but……

I HATE pushing a bike just because I haven’t got the stuff to mend a puncture trailside.

So I’ve been looking at different options for carrying what I need on the bike rather than on me. Just the very basic bits and bobs needed for riding 1 to 2 hour local rides or uplift days at Thredbo for example.

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Photo – Loftus, RNP, Sydney

After a ride from Loftus Oval over to Wonderland and back this morning Alex graciously put up with Ian’s “Just Once More” photography direction. The photo was taken at midday is glaring sunlight but uses off camera fill in flash to balnace things up nicely.

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This is on the trail down to Temptation Creek from Loftus Oval, one of the NPWS sanctioned trails in the area. Its a fun fast flowy bit of track, we love it.

Apptastic – using Strava for #seekingnewtrails

strava_app_logo_squareStrava is probably the best known cycling app out there. Many will tell you “if its not on Strava it didnt happen”!

But there is another side to Strava that we find incredibly useful for #seekingnewtrails and planning rides. In this first post of our new Apptastic series looking at the software we use regularly I’ll explain how we use it.

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Rotorua – MTB Route Designer

For anyone planning a visit to the Redwoods this is probably the best tip I could give you as I’ve found this pdf to be incredibly useful for planning trail combinations at Rotorua. Download it and print off a couple of copies before you go.

Pick your start point, level, time frame and shuttle option then use the code to get a route recommendation. Its so simple and so awesome!!

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Rotorua – Weather Forecast & Historical Averages

For the current weather forecast and recent past weather go to metservice.com/towns-cities/rotorua

To help with planning a trip to the Redwoods here is an image (taken from the above link) showing the historical averages for temperature and rainfall.

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For all other posts relating to Rotorua check this link seekerbikes.com/category/new-zealand-mtb/rotorua/

Sydney Magpie Season

Its spring in Sydney and that means its time for cyclists to beware, the magpies are out to get you

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For all those in an area that is affected a fantastic social website provides upto date warnings on locations affected www.magpiealert.com

They have also being collating some really interesting statisitcs which have been reported in todays Sydney Morning Herald. Check out the article, (CLICK HERE) its worth a read.