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The search for the "beautiful bicycle"

Posted on September 19, 2009 at 11:07pm 19 Comments

I’ve worn out my old bike and it’s time for a new one, but what to buy?

In May in Paris I bought a department store bike for €139 to get around (basket, rack and dynamo front light included!). I sold it for £50 three weeks later, so it was cheaper than a rental, and I didn’t stand out as a tourist. What a wonderful experience to ride a Euro bike – so comfortable and easy. This is a picture of my bike visiting the Luxumberg Palace Gardens in Paris.…


Gotta love folding bikes!

Posted on June 28, 2009 at 4:27am 7 Comments

Had to pop in to kmart for one quick item. Wheeled my bike in to the shopping centre - why not, everyone else is wheeling shopping trolleys. Tried to wheel it past the kmart door guy.

"you can't bring that in here".

"ok, I'll lock it to the railing next to you here, then".

"no, bikes shouldn't be in the centre at all".

"how about I fold it up and put it in a trolley?"

"ok" (in an "as if" tone)

Twist, click, clack, flick, push, click. Lift into nearby… Continue

Burn Carbs not Hydrocarbs! - on Thursday at 6:15pm

Posted on May 26, 2008 at 7:00am 3 Comments

Anyone in your office/network/street considering making the shift to bike, whether for commuting, touring or getting around and in need of a boost to help?

Please let them know.



"Burn Carbs Not Hydrocarbs" - Bicycle Commuting for a Greener, Saner Sydney

Thursday 6.15-7.30pm, Clarence St Cyclery, 104 Clarence St Sydney NSW 2000

Guest speakers from Bicycle NSW, The Bike Bus, BIKEast and Bike Friday talk bike-to-work… Continue

Parliament: cycling question from Fred Nile

Posted on May 16, 2008 at 7:32am 2 Comments

Thanks to Sam and others who wrote letters to the Minister for Roads. It seems Roozendaal has finally learned his lines properly this time , after his foolish comment in the media last Friday that groups of cyclists shouldn't be on the road in peak hour. This is from Hansard on 13 May, during questions without notice.



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Reverend the Hon. FRED NILE: I ask the Minister for Roads a question without notice. Is the Minister aware… Continue

Wanted: old ski poles (yes, it's about bikes!)

Posted on April 26, 2008 at 3:08pm 13 Comments

Rummage your attics and garages, and those of your friends. We need old ski poles to make bicycle polo mallets. The aim is to be able to run bicycle polo championships by the end of the year. Search far and wide...

Comment Wall (31 comments)

At 9:01am on November 9, 2007, Richard said…
Hi Fiona, welcome to the fray. Some interesting things on the site already!
At 10:11am on November 9, 2007, DamianM said…
Hi Fiona
Welcome to the site, it's great to have you as a member here.
At 8:54pm on December 5, 2007, Geoff M said…
Hi Fiona, took you awhile to find us........welcome aboard
At 7:07am on February 4, 2008, Tony Ascenso said…
Hi Fiona,
The M7 cycleway is a great facility. It isn't flat and one needs a reasonable level of fitness to go from end to end. My favourite ride is from home (3-5Kms to the cycleway) to Preston and back, that's 55-60Kms, with some challenging hills on the way back. I believe the venue is getting more and more popular, it's difficult to say, I would still like to see it busier. You see primarily cyclists and walkers on their own or with dogs (danger, danger, especially as some people walk their dogs unleashed!!). Don't know about commuting, sharing the cycleway with pedestrians is not a problem, one has to be on notice with the dogs. I have had a few close encounters. John H is right about Rob K. Rob can be your main source of data/info re cycling in (especially) western Sydney.
At 8:40pm on February 4, 2008, RobK said…
Hi Fiona,
Brief (!) take on my view of the M7:
- Commuting: I think as you were quoted saying in response to the NRMA comments a few weeks back, shared paths are built where convenient, not where needed. (Sorry, probably a bit of a paraphrase there...). A large part of the M7 basically heads north-south, where as a large chunk of the population heads east-west on a daily basis. It passes close to Rooty Hill Railway station, but no others. (Seven Hills in the north & GIenfield in the south within 5 kms or so). It passes close to the developing industrial estate at Eastern Ck.
I know of one lady who regularly commutes from Kings Langley to Penrith (via M7 shared path & M4 shoulder). I know of another guy who rides some days to Rooty Hill station from further north. I just noticed today that extra bike lockers have been installed at the station, so maybe more people are using the path?
- Recreation - It's a fantastic facility. North of Rooty Hill, a number of pedestrians (incl with dogs) use the path, particularly in the evenings. Also kids on bikes, scooters etc. This section can be seen as a dodgem course by some cyclists. The section south of Rooty Hill doesn't see nearly as many pedestrians, as it's further away from houses. A few joggers and keener walkers, but mainly cyclists. The path is quite busy on weekend mornings. Probably a few more out on Sunday than Saturday. Both individuals and groups - MTB, roadies, beginners. I've ridden from the south on a hot weekend afternoon and seen no-one else. Normally you'd pass a few people in the afternoon though. As the whole route is lit, I've seen groups of cyclists up until around 10pm.
The more serious riders would do the complete length. Other riders stop at the M4 overpass or Elizabeth Dr and turn around.
One of the important functions of the path is good linkages. There has been great shared path infrastructure in the Fairfield area for a few years, but we had no safe way of getting there (from Rooty Hill). We do now. A few other good linkages have recently been built (or half built).
A lot of the more serious cyclists/roadies don't like the path - preferring to stick to the road shoulder - Not as many hills or obstacles to dodge. I've heard of some doing one direction on the shared path, then doing the return leg on the road shoulder.
Hope this has given you some picture! I think the path's usage is slowly growing. As more development happens along the route, particularly in the south, I think usage will continue to grow.
Do others agree with these comments/observations?
At 10:04pm on June 25, 2008, noelbike said…
hi bike saint - what a nice name you have!

hey - the footpath coming down to Kent St from where I saw you last week... could that be designated "shared" as I don't think it is and as you know it is mainly used by bikes.

Also, the Glebe Point Rd/ Bridge Road intersection - it has had road works for many months. They will eventually finish. But in the meantime the bikes coming toward the city are going fast at that point and it is quite dangerous. Perhaps worth a look. I am pretty concerned about it.

Kim and I just spent 2 weeks riding in Turkey together.... it was great
At 4:16pm on November 2, 2008, Paul Johnson said…
Hi Fiona,

I'd just got used to you working for the City of Sydney, now you've changed career again and taken up modelling on the catwalk at the fashion show!
At 10:55pm on November 2, 2008, Lis Bastian said…
Thanks so much Fiona - I'll make sure I'm at the NRMA AGM anyway - especially after they were on the ABC news last night saying they supported cycleways .... time to hold them to it.
At 5:45am on December 31, 2008, Ahmad said…
Hi BikeSaint,
Not very practical in Capital (Tehran) but usual in small cities.
Could you please help me with these questions?
1- How long does it take from sydney to wollongong by train?
2- can I take my bike?
At 6:02pm on January 4, 2009, paragon said…
ehy fiona ; happy new year and all that good stuff ! just checking that santa brought your bike-bus friend (with the ill fitting helmet that i was concerned about) what she wished for. still have a spare one for her if she needs it. ta. paragon

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