Saturday, 26 May 2012

Time flies

Not much happening here, or on Facebook and Twitter. Work is keeping me nailed down pretty thoroughly. When this relieving job is over I'll write a tell-all exposé, but until then it's just hard yakka.

The new bike is keeping me sane, and I even have a working mirror. I got a helmet mirror working but since I got the handlebar mirror ground down a bit to fit the narrow diameter bars, I'm a lot happier.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Memory lane

I recently purchased a slide scanner and today I started on a project I should have started 10 years ago - digitising our old family slides from the 50s and 60s. The slides, mainly taken on Agfa film which has faded, some on Kodachrome which hasn't, were taken when we lived on Nadi Airport in Fiji.

Me and my brother Cam, showing our racing starts at the Airport Club pool.
Living on an airport made me even more of an aircraft wonk. The planes behind me are USAF Lockheed U2 high altitude reconnaisance jets, heading for Australia for "atmospheric research", whatever that meant. (Apologies for the underexposure, even Photoshop couldn't rescue this one.)

Our Mum outside our ex-WW2 officers' house. Joy would have been about 33 or 34 when this was taken.

Old bike

My old Avanti Blade is now on Trademe with $100 reserve. Let the bidding war begin!

Sunday, 6 May 2012

New bike

I collected my new Avanti Explorer 3 yesterday afternoon, and soon had the panniers and other gear fitted. It's no faster than my old Blade, but it has a more relaxed riding position to help my neck and shoulders, wider tyres for munted Christchurch roads and riding on shingle, and front shocks. It also has hydraulic disk brakes and top line Shimano 27-speed gears. I have to modify my mirror to fit into the smaller diameter handlebars, otherwise it's all go.

Avanti Explorer 3

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Antisocial media

This can't be happening, can it? Oh, sorry, Mr Zuckerberg, didn't know you were listening.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012


Back from Otaki Beach, after a long weekend with Cam and Jen - and their fantastic new house. A picture's worth a 1000 words, so here are 4000...