Spinway in Fremantle: Celebrating Cycling the Freo Way

Spinway in Freo

Spinway WA bicycle hire vending machine located at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle.  Spinway WA is a bike hire vending machine business based on the very popular bike share systems currently running around the world.

Due to Western Australian law and our commitment at Spinway WA to bike safety all bike stations are located near a customer service counter so that bike helmets and locks can be borrowed free of charge with each bike.



Bikepacking the Holland Track: The Salsa Mukluk

Holland Track Day 2: Salsa Mukluk at Granite Rock Outcrop

My first bikepacking ride and the first serious outing for my Salsa Mukluk fatbike. This photo was taken on second day of my ride of the Holland Track. It shows a typical trail marker found where the Track crosses a granite outcrop. On one or two occasions these trail markers where missing in action resulting in some interesting riding around in circles to find the most likely egress point. Oh the bike performed well the packing not so much. A few small changes bags are in train before the next bikepacking trip.

The photo was taken with a Panasonic DMC-LX100, f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/1250 and processed in Lightroom CC 2015.10.1


Fremantle Visitors Centre: Social History through Waymarking

Fremantle Visitors Centre - Tourist Information Centres - Visitor Centres

A little change in direction for my blog, which has been rather dormant for a long time. I am going to fire it back up, finish off some of the bicycling posts from the past whilst at the same time expanding its focus to include a little bit more photography and particular my interest in documenting social history of the Fremantle area in particular.

This photograph is part of my social history project documenting both the mundane and the interesting in the City of Fremantle and surrounding areas through the medium of

Whilst this is a mundane subject and an even more mundane photo it does capture a slice of social history.  The City of Fremantle is commencing the redevelopment of Kings Square and in the near future this long-standing visitors centre will be no more and so this photo will stand as a reminder of what was once but is no more.

Details of the redevelopment can be found on the City of Fremantle website.


Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket Owner Review

Uniqlo Ultra Light Down jacket

The Uniqlo Men’s Ultra Light Down Jacket – Item Code 156558 is a recent addition to my ultralight bikepacking system. It replaces a Outdoor Research Down Jacket which weighs in at 500 grams. The Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket with stuff sack weighs in at 266 grams (size large), a nice saving of 234 grams.  I may save a further 5.5 grams and more compression by swapping out the stuff sack for a Zpacks small cuben stuff sack.

Initially this is my first impressions on the jacket. I will update this post following further use.

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Bikepacking the Holland Track in Western Australia

Salsa Anything Cage HD

Updated October 24, 2016

This post is about cycling the Holland Track from Hyden to Coolgardie with an extension on to Kalgoorlie in September, 2016 on my bikepacking configured Salsa Mukluk fatbike. This will be my inaugural bikepacking ride so it will be interesting to see how it turns out.  This post is going to be a work in progress as I document my planning and later riding of the Holland Track in Western Australia. Working notes for me and anyone curious in riding the Holland Track.

Also with this post I am going to document some of the gear choices I make as move from what may be described as a traditional pannier based touring style where I didn’t have a strong focus on weight carried or volume of gear carried to where I have much more limited carrying space and hence volume and weight become more important, e.g., my Chasing the Dirt Tour.

That said riding the Holland Track as planned means there will be no re-supply points between Hyden and Coolgardie and hence I need to carry sufficient food and water.  Riding in spring, late September, assuming good winter rains there should be water available at a couple of granite rock outcrops, Thursday Rock and Victoria Rock. However Thursday Rock is likely to be three days riding from Hyden and Victoria Rock is four days riding, hence I will need to carry at least three days water for most of the ride, i.e., about 18 litres or look at the possibility of a couple water drops to spread the load.  If water drops turn out to not be an option I will need to pull my Extrawheel trailer. The trailer will only be used to carry the water for the first three days.

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