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Ridewiser Body Temple Program – second update by marcusoc
June 3, 2010, 4:28 pm
Filed under: Making Fun of Others, Tips

Kiwicyclist and I are now in Week 1 of Crowey’s Winter Weight Loss Program or, as it is more formally known, the “Body Temple Program”. My body has been less Temple, more Amusement Park since the Murray to Moyne so I am in ideal “before shot” condition.

For those of you who don’t know him, Rob Crowe is a pro cyclist, Olympian, cycling coach and all round good guy who has forgotten more than most will ever know about “you know what” – and he knows a lot about cycling too. Even though he still dominates A Grade crits around Melbourne, lets just say Crowe aint your average emaciated cyclist. Accordingly he is “part of the program” too.

The program began last Friday with a group “lecture” from Crowey where he laid out the principles we are to follow. These cannot be revealed as they are top secret, available only to Body Temple Grasshoppers. The briefing took place on a Friday night between 5:30 and 7pm. In what I can only guess was a reflection of the intent of this program no beer was served. At a conservative guess, this would make it the first time I have been “dry” during that time period on a Friday in over 12 years. Guess this is serious.

It was good to see a few guys and girls turn up who will no doubt benefit from the program. Some of us were prepared to pose for a couple of before shots on the night.

Check out the rear tyre on Nordic Girl (the tyre on the bike that is).

Crowey has promised that if we stick to our program we will soon end up looking like this.

and this


For those of you wondering (presuming somebody actually has read this far), the purpose of this post was really an excuse to get a few of the above photos up on our blog. The alternative article using these photos, “Big and Burly: Viking Chicks and their Bikes”, probably wasn’t going to get too many hits.

Will report back with a progress update shortly.


Serious but important – Insurance cover for cyclists by kiwicyclist
May 12, 2010, 7:45 am
Filed under: Tips

Marcus recently posted the following note on Cyclingtipsblog.com (see link opposite) in response to a post by Wade on the merits of bike registration for riders. It contains a helpful summary at the end of different types of cover to think about having as rider.

Here are a few thoughts on insurance which I am happy to expand upon if you are interested (my background is that I am a lawyer and financial adviser as well as being an ordinary cyclist – I am naturally biased towards insurance so the following is somewhat self-serving).

A Cyclingtips Reader’s Guide to Insurance

1. Watch Michael Forbes’ video.

2. The FIRST rule of thumb when it comes to insurance is NOT TO RELY on any generalised policy provided when you register with a cycling body or any other organisation. Any payout from this source should be seen as a bonus.

Reason for this is that these policies necessarily cover the “lowest common denominator” and cannot be expected to meet your individual circumstances. One size fits all doesn’t work with bikes and it doesn’t work with insurance.

3. You need a policy that you can rely on paying out a benefit when catastrophe strikes. If something terrible happens, you do not want you or your loved ones to be HOPING for an insurance payout. So you need insurance tailored to your circumstances.

4. Insurance doesn’t just protect YOU: it also protects your dependants and your carers (read family). EVERY cyclist owes it to themselves and their loved ones to take out appropriate insurances – see below for a brief rundown.

Even if you are single with no dependants, you at least need income protection. Do you think it would be fair on your parents/other next of kin to need to step in and become your carer AND be expected to foot the bills?

5. TAC (or other state equivalent) payouts provide a very necessary service to traffic accident victims however there is no guarantee that cyclists injured on the road would be eligible for a payout. If you crash in a bunch of cyclists with no cars involved you may not be covered. If things were worse in last Saturday’s Hell Ride crash, there is no certainty TAC would have stepped in to foot the bill.

6. Go see an independent financial adviser (not one tied to a bank or insurance company) so they have access to all insurers. Obtain a recommendation and ask lots of questions. If you can, go see more than one adviser until you find one you LIKE AND TRUST.

7a. Compare the cost (after tax) of your recommended insurances against your annual bike gear expenditure outside of the cost of your bike itself.

7b. If you still think insurance is too expensive, write out the two amounts described in 7a and then (if you dare) show them to your loved ones and tell them you are not getting insurance and you are going to keep riding your bike.

8. Re-watch Michael Forbes’ video.

Personal insurance is the responsibility of all cyclists individually, not some state body. Take responsibility for yourself and get yourself appropriately covered.

Types of Insurances

Life: Paid on your death – you must have this if you have dependants.

Total & Permanent Disability – as the name suggests – doesn’t cost much more when combined with Life insurance.

Trauma – pays out if you suffer a specific illness/injury such as paralysis, cancer, stroke, heart attack, etc. More expensive but more likely to pay out.

Income Protection – designed to pay you an amount to cover income lost if you can’t work. A must have for everybody.

Marcus O’Callaghan

Belmont Financial Pty Ltd

2.09, 9 Claremont St
South Yarra Vic 3141
Phone: 03 9823 1322
Mobile: 0411 823 665
Fax: 03 9804 8633

e-mail: marcus@belmontfinancial.com.au

Clinchers vs Tubulars? by kiwicyclist
May 10, 2010, 8:14 am
Filed under: Tips

Like nearly all of us I primarily ride clinchers on the road.  However I race on tubulars on the track and they are fantastic to ride.

From time to time I’ve mulled over tubulars for the road – for one thing they might be more ‘period’ correct for some of the bikes I ride and for another they make good sense for a light race set of wheels for crits etc.

I stumbled across the following article on roadbikereview which contains some interesting comments on the merits of tubs vs clinchers and compares different offerings.


Interested to hear Marcus’ comments on his tubeless Hutchinsons….