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Ben O'Keeffe
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Was supposed to spend today listening to music recommended by a friend... but that'll have to wait because the new Sugar Army album is out!

At first listen, sounds very polished and groovy. Will have to give it some more spins.
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There are some things I don't miss about bicycle commuting, like riding to work when the apparent temperature is -7C with strong winds and snow flurries.

(Photo stolen from +Joanne O'Keeffe, who always takes much better photos than me.)
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You're tougher than me, +Mike Ferryall 
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My road bike doesn't get much love.

I've had it for years, and maintenance only happens once something actually goes wrong. For the last few months the brakes have been getting worse and worse, culminating in the sensation of not really being able to stop during a ride last week.

Decided that brake issues probably need more proactive maintenance, so bike goes to shop for new brake pads. Bike comes back from the shop with complete new set of brakes (your old brakes were rooted, mate).

Almost went over the bars on the first stop.
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Had a realization yesterday that road brakes are also  still 'linear pull' brakes. While 'x' is a line, '4x' is still a line. Just sayin'
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Proof that I'm not as fit as I was at this time last year. Buried myself on a lap of Black Mountain today, and still 1:26 behind my PR
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The difference between quality and quantity.

Last year I was doing lots of HR-based road intervals and some climbing. This year, I'm trying to finish all the monthly climbing challenges so don't have time for much other than climbing repeats.
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Can't stop eating the Yorkshire puddings!
Cooked 11.
Served 4 with dinner.
After cleaning up, there is only 1 left.
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Broken chain while climbing leads to a rather graceless dismount. Luckily I was close enough to scoot home without being too late.
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Glad to hear that it was fairly innocuous in every way.
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Receives random text message:

"Your Apple ID must be verified with iTunes. Please go on www.apple-aus-mobi.com_ and complete verification process!"

Might be serious, but then there's that exclamation mark at the end.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, they're way too enthusiastic about account verification processes... so probably not gonna do that.
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"Go tubeless" they said!
"Fewer punctures" they said!

Forgot about the fine print: Every puncture you do have will be of the catastrophic variety
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Ouch😖
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A general goal for this year is to complete the CORC 3hr XC series, with the first round held last Sunday at Mt Stromlo.

After a very cold start, it was a great morning to be out riding. Good 10km course with a solid fire road climb and loads of fun and familiar single track. First two laps felt really good, topped off with a quick visit from the family in the transition area.

Literally seconds after saying goodbye and starting the third lap, my chain snapped before leaving transition. Lost 10 minutes while casually putting it back together while talking to the guy next to me who'd torn a tyre on his first lap. Back on the bike, and finished 3 more laps for an acceptable total of 50km with just over 1000m of climbing.

Not sure if I'll be able to enter the next round as it's the same day as my wedding anniversary.
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Been there, done that :D
It's a lesson you only need once.
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Over-shifting the big ring while accelerating past 50kph on a push bike is exciting!

I was planning on doing four repeats of Mt Ainslie during lunch today. Paced myself up the first two climbs, and started back down for the third. Rolled through the first corner, then shifted up to start pedalling for the next corner and long, fast straight that comes after it.

Chain comes off the big ring and wraps itself around my pedal and shoe! Suddenly can't pedal and lurch awkwardly toward the front of the bike, but thankfully not over.

Quick stop and unravelling of chain, shoe and pedal, and all seems well. Except that I've lost my motivation to keep riding.

Oh well. More riding tomorrow?
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Eeeep, that can get super exciting.
I had the opposite yesterday: going into a big hill, snapshift to the small chainring, chain fell off and got jammed between small ring and frame. Huge pain to get loose and carbon frame was not happy about it.
Maybe SRAM is right.
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Would actually watch horse racing if it was all like this
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Getting psyched up for a solid lunch-time ride.
Starts 15 minute count-down.
10 minutes to go, glances at keys under my monitor.
Wait, those are the wrong keys...

Count-down aborted.

Crap!
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A walk will have to do
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Code Monkey
Employment
  • Oracle Corporation
    Software Engineer, 2011 - present
  • Department of Human Services - Medicare
    Senior Java Developer, 2009 - 2011
  • CrimTrac
    Senior Java Developer, 2006 - 2009
  • Centrelink
    IT Consultant, 2006 - 2006
  • Jade Direct Australia
    Senior Software Engineer, 2003 - 2006
  • Logica CMG
    IT Consultant, 2001 - 2003
  • Department of Defence
    Software Engineer, 1998 - 2001
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Family friendly geek and dirty cyclist
Introduction
My world has a number of very different moving  parts. Some times they seem to move in random directions, other times they move in harmony. Either way, it is a very interesting experience.

Husband of a beautiful, talented photographer who is way more popular than me on Google+... and I'm okay with that.

Father of two boys that just won't stop moving. They keep me on my toes and make life very exciting.

Bicycle enthusiast, with a particular affection for mountain bikes and single-speeds.

I don't believe you can force your musical tastes upon anyone or argue with them that the music they like is no good. If the music makes you feel something, then that is the music for you.

Professional code monkey, spending the work days ploughing through very strangely formed sentences.

Amateur tinkerer of technical stuff and gadgets, just because I don't get enough of that at work.
Bragging rights
Taller than at least 50% of the population!
Education
  • Australian National University
    Information Technology - Software Engineering, 1994 - 1997
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