Commuting in Sydney. War stories, routes and tips

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Bicycle Commuting

All of us who do it know the benefits of getting to work on a bike. You arrive earlier (usually), happier (usually), it's cheaper, it's healthier and it's a great way to get rid of the days stresses.

Some links for bike commuting

The Sydney Easy Riders are a commuting group based on the North Shore. 

Or if you're in the inner west, the BikeBus is a great way to find a group of people riding to work in the same direction.

bicyclecommute an excellent resource from Sydneycyclist member brooza

If you're looking to start bike commuting and have questions, post a question here. We love to give advice.

Discussion Forum

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Scaring them away ?

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Comment Wall

Comment by Ed74mnd on May 22, 2009 at 3:24pm
yep 'tis great.. the hive is connected.

Benjamin, sounds like your cables and pivots need lube.
I use my one and only"good bike" for commuting and find all you need to do is just keep it well lubed and maintained... moreso in wet weather.
Comment by Benjamin Haslem on May 22, 2009 at 4:04pm
Thanks Ed74mnd. Seems the right front pad had worn unevenly, creating an uneven surface, which was catching the top of the rim when I braked heavily and sticking.
I lube the chain weekly and more often when wet. Bike is serviced at least every six months, sometimes more. I pity the fool who thinks riding a bike saves money LOL! Cheers.
Comment by Ed74mnd on May 22, 2009 at 4:18pm
hey Ben, I'm a fool who does save $$$!!
Servicing a bike is easy and saves plenty of $$.
Also use only top quality components which will last the distance.
in comparison to running a car, I still think we are all way in front.

Comment by Benjamin Haslem on May 22, 2009 at 5:03pm
I was having a joke. Though I would otherwise train and bus. Reckon I save about $35 a week on fares, though I only ride three days a week due to other commitments. Had a couple of bad punctures recently which both cost a tyre each. Pedals packed in. And so it goes. Agree about good equipment. My hybrid is 10 years old and will be put out to pasture at the end of the year. It's starting to show its age! New bike will have heavy focus on quality. But, hey, what price the sense of freedom and all those endorphins!?
Comment by Ed74mnd on May 22, 2009 at 6:05pm
Yeah I know you were Joking Ben, a good set of pedals can be taken from bike to bike Nothing to do about the punctures/tyres unfortunately…such is commuting!

Cate, $100/week saving.. nice.

just getting ready for "frantic friday" commute home.


Comment by Benjamin Haslem on May 22, 2009 at 6:29pm
Safe trip home Ed. Agree on pedals. Bought the lowest priced ones available and they packed in after 12 months. This time around bought Crank Bros Egg Beaters. Solid.
Comment by hartleymartin on May 23, 2009 at 1:46am
Hi Benjamin Haslem!

10 years? Showing its age? I'm trading my 80's MTB for a 60's roadster! I might also be riding on a 40's roadster, and have just been offered a 70's road bicycle. I personally think that vintage lugged steel is the real stuff!
Comment by Paul Jackson on May 25, 2009 at 10:19am
I'm keeping a spreadsheet with the expenses and savings on commuting by bike.
I'm currently about $600 in the red because I bought a 2nd hand bike, pedals parts etc.
I figure I'll break even in about 4-6 months by saving $30 week in train fares.
Then I can start saving for a new bike.
Comment by Paul Jackson on May 25, 2009 at 10:39am
From Clover:
FREE CYCLING BREAKFAST FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY: 7 – 9am 5 June, Hyde Park South, corner of Elizabeth and Park Streets, Sydney. This World Environment Day hop on your bike and join the City of Sydney for a free breakfast. There will be food and refreshments for bike commuters, cycling giveaways and information stalls. Bike parking will be available at the event. Information:
Comment by Paul on May 25, 2009 at 11:37am
I think I am about $1500 in the red. I save $40 a week from not having to catch the bus, so that adds up to $1920 per year (assuming I take 4 weeks off!). I bought a $1300 bike last June (but did not start riding it to work until August as we went on a holiday first).
Having not owned a bike for about 16 years before this, I had to re-kit myself with "stuff". You know what I mean, bike pumps, spare tubes, tools, lights, helmet, lock clothing etc
At first I started with the basics to get me going, was wearing regular shirts and running shoes (with regular pedals). After a few weeks in the cold and wet, I invested in some clipless pedals and shoes, then some cycling jerseys that didn't flap about in the wind. After that I got sick of carrying a backpack and getting a dirty stripe up my backside, so I got a rack, panniers and mudguards. Then swapped the tyres for some heavy duty commuter ones, then bought more powerful lights.
It all adds up...I am scared to check how much in case the CFO is reading :-)


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