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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Comment Wall

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 KT on May 25, 2009 at 9:52pm
X-O I'm not sure how many YEARS it'd take me to get back into the black with my folding bike! It's been justified with the "qualitative factors" such as the convenience of not waiting for a crowded bus; the pleasure of an early morning cruise to work; exercise that I'd otherwise wouldn't be able to find the time to do etc.
Comment by Ed74mnd on May 26, 2009 at 8:56am
I cost it per km...
my last bike got down to something ridiculously cheap including gear and yearly maintenance fees.
20,000km / 4 years / $1500 bike / 250 year maintenance and clothes.
works out very cheap 12.5c/km travelled.

upgraded to new bike $1750 (2nd hand), sold the last for $600.. so you start to get some really good economy happening!!

the key is just to ride it.. for pleasure, whatever.. just ride it and have fun.




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