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Comment by naomi on February 18, 2010 at 11:38am
I have found Elizabeth st to be nasty with the buses and Alfred park inconvenient. Avoiding Pyrmont Bridge is also awesome - basically my way rocks:)
Comment by Mike Stuart on February 18, 2010 at 11:42pm
Haha, thanks again - there seems to be a hundred different ways to the cbd.
This morning I barely got past Erskineville station and I found at least half a dozen other cyclists so I basically followed them to central, then made my own way up Pitt/George to Circular Quay.

I usually start at 10 but today I had to be in for 9 to organise the new menu (I'm a chef) so i assume leaving Erskineville at 9 there'll be less cyclists and other traffic...

Anyway, on the way home (I finished at about 23.30), I went down Pitt Street then Elizabeth Street (little traffic at that time on a Thursday) then discovered I'd gone too far down Elizabeth to McEvoy, I think, and had to backtrack a little through Alexandria. Not too bad. With a bit of practise I'll figure out a route and stick to it, both ways! I have a pretty good sense of direction, but not so good with road names or distances... Thanks once more for all your advice!
Comment by Zhou Hao on February 21, 2010 at 9:12pm
It`s my first day to ride a bicyle in Sydeny, first one is a day-return from Croydon to City. Single trip costs half a hour, including traffic waiting time. I took Elizabeth Street, followed by Hume Hwy, finally the Great Western Hwy. Traffic was dense on GWH, I had to use pedestrian light to cross.

At the night I decided to visit a classmate of me in the Uni. of Sydney, who lives in Bardwell Park. I took Frederick Street first, followed by Milton Str. and King Str. Lees Park on the right hand of King Str, was worth-seeing. However there were stunning views of Sydney suburbs after I climbed up on Bexley Rd.

My bike is not in the perfect condition - got some noisy sound on the chain: it scratchs the main shifting bar(I don`t know it`s name, it shifts the chain up and down) Any one who knows how to fix it, or where are the bike repair shops around Inner West please give me some advise. Hearty appreciated!
Comment by Wei Ying on February 21, 2010 at 10:59pm
Hi Zhou Hao,

Welcome to Sydney's cycling scene.

To solve your problem with your bicycle's gear, you might need to tighten or loosen a bit of the gear cable to make sure the gear is in the right position. The other thing to ajust on your gear is the two screws that control how far the gear goes both ways. To learn how to ajust your gear or other things about fixing a bike, simply search for videoes on google using the right key words.

For a new cyclist from overseas like you, I would suggest joining in a local bicyle users' group and learn both the technical skills and local cycling culture. As opposed to China's mostly pratical use of bicycles as transport means at the moment (nothing wrong with that), cycling in downunder is more developed as a sub-culture due to Australia's more advanced social economic level. You will see for yourself all the differences and excitements.

Hope you are settling in well.
Comment by weiyun on February 22, 2010 at 1:00am
Pls don't try to ride Parramatta Rd and Liverpool Rd, at least not if you care for your life. There are plenty of quieter streets with established bike routing to use along that corridor. For city to Croydon, Anzac Br - Lilyfied - Bay Run/Five Dock is the way to go. Quiet and scenic.
Comment by Ben on February 22, 2010 at 5:20am
Maybe take a look at the map of cycle routes on Open Street Map -

Dark blue are local cycle routes, and cyan are "regional" routes. Dark dotted lines are off-road cycle ways. The map doesn't have all routes yet, but it is getting there.
Comment by Mark Lambert on February 22, 2010 at 7:51am
I was riding along Wilson Street Darlington last night and at the bollards where it becomes Little Eveleigh Street (the Green Lane near Redfern Station) somone had chalked on the ground "NO ENTRY TO BIKE NAZIS" or something like that. Can anyone explain what they are on about?
Comment by Zhou Hao on February 22, 2010 at 9:48am
Thanks for all the tips! Yesterday I had to follow my GPS, but it gave me the route which suitable for driving...However I will try the map route given by Ben, thanks for the help!
Comment by Paul Boundy on February 22, 2010 at 9:52am
A while ago, I have seen some cyclists travel through the area very quickly and there are often lots of peds and locals. Perhaps we need a reminder to take it easy, share the space and/or give way to peds.
Comment by weiyun on February 22, 2010 at 10:14am
Some cyclists have a lot to be desired when it comes to safety of others. They are probably in the same cohort of gene pool as those drivers who terrorise cyclists.


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