Giant Defy Advanced 2 [MY 2018] Owner Review

Giant Defy Advanced 2 [MY2018]

Giant Defy Advanced 2 [MY2018]

Remembrance Day 2017 was a new bike day here at A MY2018 Giant Defy Advanced 2 in a rather mellow (not) green has joined the bike fleet replacing my sold with regret Look 555. I have realised that I miss the challenge of longish rides, well up to 200 kilometres at least and want to get back into audax riding. I didn’t feel my Surly Long Haul Trucker was really the best weapon of choice so a new bike was on the cards 🙂  My localish bike shop [LBS], Churchill Cycles at Booragoon came to the party once again and offered me the Giant at a very nice price of $2,300 with the change out of the rear tyre to a 28 mm Mavic tubeless.

I also wish to balance my sporting activities a bit more between cycling and running so the Defy will make a nice sportive ride for sub-50 km training rides.  To setup the bike to suit my intended purposes I will be making some changes to the standard build and will document them here as they get sorted.

This blog post was last updated on November 27, 2017 and at 101.5 kilometres on the bike.

Documenting the initial bike specifications and setup.

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Mr Frank Granger of Applecross Calls for a Cycle Curfew – Fremantle Gazette and Fremantle Herald

Mr Frank Granger of Applecross is known in some cycling circles in Perth as a “serial letter writer” with a dislike for people riding bicycles.  This letter in the Fremantle Gazette of November 14, 2017 and also in the Fremantle Herald of November 18, 2017 is one such example of his writing.

THERE has been a lot of discussion about cyclists on the road. It is my opinion that not all cyclists should be allowed on the road. There should be a minimum age for a person to ride on the road. Cyclists should not be on the road until an hour after daylight to an hour before dark, no matter whether they have lights on their bike or not. Some busy roads, particularly those with trucks or heavy traffic, should not allow cyclists at all. Most road accidents involving a cyclist and a motor vehicle usually happen early morning or late afternoon. Local councils spend thousands of dollars building excellent bike paths to keep cyclists safe. It all gets down to common sense.

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Cyclists Action Must Also Be Policed Says Denise S Cahill, Editor, Fremantle Gazette


The above opinion piece, was penned by Ms Denise S. Cahill, Regional Editor at the Community Newspaper Group [a News Corporation masthead which it seems reflects News Corporation ethos] and published in the Fremantle Gazette [and possibly other Community Newspaper publications] on November 7,2017. I felt such an ill-informed commentary couldn’t go unanswered and hence posted the following response on the Fremantle Gazette’s website.  I have since written a reply to a letter by Mr Frank Granger of Applecross a known disliker of bicycle riders and a serial letter writer. Interesting that letter has not been published by the Fremantle Gazette. Have I upset Ms Denise S. Cahill? 🙂

For the record I am publishing my response to Ms Denise S. Cahill as I don’t believe such a view can go without a response, more so in a world of false facts.

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