This WITWIMB won't be very hard at all, of course, as mine always are (or do I mean "aren't"?).

Actually, it's just an excuse to upload a picture of the new bike I bought myself in the post-christmas sales. (Yes, it's a case of "Oops, I did it again. Again.")

It's an alloy BMC AlpenChallenge02 hybrid. A style of bike I swore I would never buy but, since I have been on the lookout for something to replace my near 30-y-o commuter MTB, I couldn't resist such a thing of beauty. It has all the lovely stuff like hydraulic disc brakes (it's totes about the "feel" with hydraulics; so much smoother, more effective and responsive than cable brakes), really low gearing (triple, with 26x34 bottom-end) and reflective graphics on the frame, all in a tasteful charcoal grey colour scheme.

Lights, a rear pannier rack, (on order), maybe some bar-ends, and a set of mudguards, will turn it into a city bike par excellence!

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Comment by Dabba on January 1, 2017 at 4:05pm

Brisbane River east of Southbank.

Comment by Neil Alexander on January 1, 2017 at 5:44pm

No. It's south of Southbank.

Comment by Dabba on January 2, 2017 at 12:12pm

This is not one of the shop soiled Aldi bikes that we heard so much about!

Comment by Neil Alexander on January 2, 2017 at 3:25pm


But that is not what WITWIMB stands for. ;-)

Comment by Dabba on January 2, 2017 at 3:48pm

Pleased to see that you went back to a triple. I wonder how long it will be before they are re-introduced as "the normal" setup again!

Comment by Dabba on January 2, 2017 at 3:55pm

The moths must be exhausted now that you've let them out for their regular 2 yearly flutter around a bike shop! :-)

Comment by baa baa on January 2, 2017 at 4:04pm

Sorry, but you are not fooling anyone, that is just not TC. Would need a better pic of the oysters to have a better stab if Qld or NSW know, umm, eerrh, Lane Cove River, maybe North(ern)bank side.

Bike looks good, really, peoples starting out now get such good kit for the price. That would be a pretty good candidate for the mystical one bike to do it all.

Comment by Bill Parker on January 2, 2017 at 4:36pm
baa baa I have been accused in the past of uttering heresy when alluding to "one bike to do it all" or any suggestion of N-1 situations. But I have had the Vivente out in resent weeks (triple Dabba, lowest gear 24x36 Neil) and my mind does wander into the heresy direction, longer wheel base, longer track, nice steering, more stable, I could get used to this, might get it out on a longer ride on the weekend, maybe take it to Parkes for Elvis. Yours looks nice too Neil.
Comment by Neil Alexander on January 2, 2017 at 4:57pm

Yeah, baa baa, it's nowhere around Trunkey, but it is the LCR around about here:

As for the One Ring... er, Bike, To Do It All, this might be a candidate, Bill. As a commuter it will be great when I set it all up and, from there, it's not hard to imagine touring on it, since it has all the rack mounts necessary, though it could do with bosses for a 3rd bottle cage. As a road bike it is not half-bad either, despite being a little heavyish and a bit wandery in the steering. I took it around the Church Point loop this morning and, despite suffering on climbs due to lack of bar-ends to help with out-of-the-saddle cranking, I was surprised to record a 25.1 km/h moving average over the 68 km (which may have been helped by tagging onto a couple of fast-moving groups for a little while). That's something I usually barely achieve on the Lynskey.

Comment by baa baa on January 2, 2017 at 5:34pm

Oh and Bill, do feel free to drop into baa baa Flats, Lambing Towers (aka baa baa Towers, Lambing Flats as Dabba may well be reading this..) on the way in or out to Parkes. A few hills about if you wish some lambing flats lactic acid in the leg, if you need a bed for the night or two that's fine, just be aware the nightly rate is having to face the enemy in the eye and feed them a handful of rolled oats.

As with all good gatekeepers, they can get cranky if they don’t get them oats in the morn.


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