UPDATE: THIS BLOG IS NOW INACTIVE AND IS KEPT ALIVE IN 2021 AS AN ARCHIVE. I DO NOT BELIEVE I WILL REACTIVATE IT IN THIS FORM.
Hi. Wondering about me? Well my name is Andrew and I live in Western Australia hence there is a bit of a Western Australia focus on this blog. In the past, I was a bit of a gear tester so I have kept up that interest in this blog, hence lots of owner reviews on cycling gear and some camping gear. I am also interested in advocacy; comes from being a bit opinionated 🙂 You will find the advocacy side of things (former board member of the now-defunct Bicycle Transport Alliance) and now a member of BikeFreo. I am also interested in photography, running and social history so there is also that element of my interests creeping into this blog.
Aushiker and Cycling
I am particularly interested in cycling (commuting, road touring, mountain bike touring, and Audax style riding, ride safety and improving cycling infrastructure for all), and to a less extent nowadays, bushwalking (also known as tramping or hiking). I am a past gear tester (and Senior Edit Moderator) with BackpackGearTest.org. I resigned from BackpackGearTest.org in August 2008 but continue to support wholeheartedly their aims.
I come into cycling keen to extend my outdoor activities as well as to improve my fitness, to lose weight, to enhance my enjoyment of life, to contribute more constructively to the environment and so on. Given my great passion for backpacking I am keen on adding the camping aspect and the long-distance travelling aspect to my cycling, hence my interest in off-road and on-road touring as well as just commuting.
I like to mix my enjoyment of camping with my cycling activities, hence my interest in touring on and off-road, i.e., bikepacking. I am also keen on replacing my car usage as much as possible with cycling instead.
Currently, my day to day rides are my touring bike, my Surly Long Haul Trucker, my Giant road bike which I converted to an eBike and my Giant Defy roadie. My bikepacking and off-road riding is done on my Salsa Mukluk.
My first foray into touring was in October 2007 when I led a weekend group ride of the Waterous Trail for the Perth Bushwalkers Club. Since then I have completed the Munda Biddi Trail in December 2013 which I first rode in April 2008, a tour from Geraldton to Perth in 2009 and in April 2010 my first 1,000 km tourer, Esperance to Perth and my biggest tour a 3,000 km ride into the Gascoyne plus two attempts at riding from Esperance to Albany along the coast. The second attempt was successful. I also rode the Holland Track from Hyden to Coolgardie and then on to Kalgoorlie.
This first tour (can you call a weekend ride a tour?) was on Joe the Boulder SE (since sold) and was a pannier ride. I fitted a set of Delta racks to Joe and used a pair of Deuter Rack Pack II panniers on the rear and a pair of Ortlieb Front Roller Classic panniers on the front. Picked these up for $105 landed in Perth still with the tags attached. What a bargain!
I have now moved on to using an Extrawheel Voyager as my load-carrying device or panniers on the road. Just depends on how much water I need to carry.
My first big tour was to be the Dreaming Tour, however, this became a four-day ride in the Northern Territory, an expensive one and was replaced later with my Chasing the Dirt – Out and Back to Burringurrah (Mt Augustus) by Bicycle Tour.
My preference for chasing dirt has lead me into bikepacking and my first bikepacking ride was completing the Holland Track here in Western Australia; a ride from Hyden to Kalgoorlie via the Holland Track, a 4WD track.
With my growing interest (dare I say it passion?) for cycling my bushwalking activities are getting pushed into the background. That said I still love bushwalking and camping but see my camping direction go more towards cycle touring rather than walking in the bush. However, I will continue to keep up my pages on bushwalking as a resource for people interested in bushwalking here in Western Australia. I am also a former member and walk leader for the Perth Bushwalking Club. My last pack carry was a six-day walk of the Cape to Cape Track.
Contacting Andrew aka Aushiker
I am more than happy to help out where I can so I am happy to hear from you. I do try to respond within a couple of days but please forgive me if it takes a little longer. If you want to contact me here are some ways you can go about it:
- Comments. I love comments and having interaction on the blog. I try to reply to all comments.
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- Twitter. I am a big Twitter fan. You can find me @Aushiker.
- Facebook. I am no longer active on Facebook.
- My YouTube, Vimeo, and Pinterest accounts are still open but not active.