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Everseting for Edgar’s Mission, Tai’s Story

Reblogged from Northern Sydney Cycling Club
Saturday the 9th of August. That would be the day. The day I choose to ride 8848m in elevation to help raise money for Edgar’s Mission.

Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit farm sanctuary that has a very warm place in my heart. Although based in the foot hills of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria, the loving and kind work of Pam Ahern (founder of Edgar’s Mission) has reached the hearts of many people all over the nation. Her dedication, her passion and her love for these animals is simply inspiring.

Driven by this, I chose the toughest climb I know in Sydney to Everest. Rosemead Rd, Hornsby (Strava segment: This is a climb that ramps up to over 20% on many occasions. Its descent is technical and fast with off camber corners. Leave your carbon clinchers at home. 76 repeats will give me my 8848m. 76 long and gruelling ascents, followed by 76 hair raising descents. 76 repeats to try and raise $5,000 for Edgar’s Mission.

I am always a nervous wreck when it comes to anything cycling. Whether it is racing at Beauie World’s or a Grand Fondo with mates, the excitement and anxiety always gets the better of me. Everesting was no different. With only 4 hours sleep, I set out on the challenge at 4am on what seemed like sub zero temperatures. It was in fact 5 degrees according to the Garmin. Nonetheless it was not a balmy 20 degrees. Everything was going fine for the first hour or so.


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Yeti’s new Super-Bike, the SB5C! Check it out in the flesh next Wednesday (23/7)

Yeti Cycles publicly released the successor to their super popular SB line last night with the new SB5C. The revolutionary design of the SB5C’s link comes through combining their experience with the Switch linkage of the old SB series and their rail system proven on the 303 DH series, giving you Switch Infinity. The Switch Infinity Link, visible just above the bike’s BB, allowed Yeti to create linear floating lower pivot which switches direction through the bike’s travel to provide unique and refined suspension characteristics.

What’s even better news? TBSM are giving you the chance to check the new SB5C out in the flesh next Wednesday 23rd July!! Yeti Cycles Australia will be joining the TBSM Wednesday MTB ride leaving from Waratah Park in Loftus at 6:30pm. Come along for the ride to see the new super bike in action.


Rather than making their own linear pivot system from scratch, Yeti Cycles called out to Fox Racing Shox who provided the technology possible for the Switch Infinity linkage. Fox’s technology behind the linkage has been borrowed from their suspension range with two Kashima Coated piston-looking shafts, bushings and seals all looking very similar to what you find on their Float series of shocks.


Yeti have fitted all of this technology into a refined version of their SB carbon frame, one of the cleanest and nicest looking frames on the market. High quality carbon construction with smooth lines, internal stealth seat post cable provisions and integrated frame protectors live up to what we have come to expect from Yeti.

Specs:TRAVEL 5″ (127MM)
WEIGHT 5.1 LBS (2.31 KG)
R.SHOCK FOX CTD ADJUST BV (7.875” x 2.0”)
R.WHEEL 142mm X 12mm (Shimano 12mm QR Axle Only)
F.DERAILLEUR D-Type (Shimano Top-Pull Only)


Stay tuned for release dates, build options and pricing information plus photos from our ride night next week!

Shimano XTR 11sp M9000/M9050 Launch

With their new XTR Di2 11sp group due in a few month’s time Shimano Australia held a product info seminar with prototypes and examples from the new kit. The new XTR, M9000 for mechanical and M9050 for electronic Di2, group moves Shimano into an 11sp drivetrain with cassettes in 11-40t configuration and the option of 1x, 2x or 3x front cranks.

Their new electronically shifting XTR Di2 builds on their years of experience from the road scene and is going to be a great option for those looking for a zero compromise drivetrain with insanely fast and accurate shifting. The system is extremely intelligent and offers a Synchronized Shift mode whereby the right hand side shifter can control front shifting on bikes fitted with a 2x or 3x setup.

Check out this link for more info!


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Alex & Coreen Test The Fresh New TBSM Kit

To test out our fresh new TBSM Capo cycling kit Alex and Coreen headed out to Oatley Park before work for a few hot laps. After the wet and miserable weather over the last few weeks the pair were delighted to see the sun was finally shining while the roads were dry.
The custom TBSM kit is based off Capo’s Super Corsa model with a race-inspired Italian design for optimal performance and comfort. A chamois made from Elastic Interface Technology® provides exceptional comfort while V-Mesh 360 ventilation offers cooling for the not so cold Australian climate.
The kit, jersey and custom TBSM-Babici socks tested out by Alex and Coreen are available in-store or online through the following link: Custom TBSM Cycling Apparel.

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Interview with staff ace mechanic Andy Groves

Andy @ TBSM WorkshopStaff interviews continue this month with Andy Groves.  Versatile in many roles at TBSM and an ace in the workshop!

1.  You have held various roles with TBSM over the years, what department are you currently working in?

Yes certainly, I started off in the TBSM workshop. Then I had moved to sales and stock entry early in the morning. Stock entry had turned out to become a full time job for me, from stock entry I had moved to web sales for over a year. Now I am back to my roots in the workshop.

2.  When/How did you learn the craft of bike maintenance?

As a young lad I had pulled apart and repaired most of the damage done to my BMX, I also had the advantage of using my local bike shop workshop after hours which was a blessing to me.

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Women’s MTB Skills Evening

BSM Women's Skills EveningTBSM launched the inaugural Women’s Skills Evening on March 10, we hope that those who attended learned some valuable skills.

The next Women’s Skills Evening is on Monday, March 24, at Sutherland Cycling Club at 6.30pm. We will be heading to a slightly more technical descent in a real world scenario.

There are still spots available for those who wish to attend! Also, if you’d like to try out a new bike, the Giant Bicycles Trance Advanced 2 will be available for hire for anyone who is interested. Please contact Jason to reserve your spot and organize a bike if necessary.

Phone 0295 860 138

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tyre gluing technique

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Not many shops glue tubulars with the same care that we do.

Brad applies a double glue layer to the rim and a single layer to the tyre. Both surfaces are allowed to dry completely before fitting the tyre and checking alignment. The tyre gets inflated and double checked for alignment before its final press on. This technique insures a very true, secure and safe fit. It is recommended to wait 24 hours before riding.


Which wheel size is king?

Wheel sizes – 26, 27.5 or 29 inches – which one is the best? The Trans Gran Canaria MTB epic was used as an experiment to see which wheel size performed better. Both the scenery and riding are spectacular. Do you have a wheel size preference? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.