Michael S. (Boxhead)
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Michael S. (Boxhead)'s Discussions

Outback Odyssey - riding the Mawson Trail

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dabba Apr 17, 2017. 11 Replies

Cranks Bikestore North Sydney - it's gone

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathon Troy Jan 31, 2013. 93 Replies

Full disclosure

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael S. (Boxhead) Oct 21, 2012. 40 Replies


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Michael S. (Boxhead) commented on Adrian's group Audax Riders
"Great to hear from you Bill. Thanks for the update. I hope your recovery is smooth."
Mar 12
Michael S. (Boxhead) commented on Adrian's group Audax Riders
"Good on you Bhanu. I’m glad you enjoyed the experience.  Katherine is truly amazing. She had every reason not to start. They’re a good team, Ian and Katherine. "
Sep 5, 2019
Michael S. (Boxhead) commented on Adrian's group Audax Riders
"Everything you carry should be able to do two things. So nicks as beanie, makes sense. Ha ha. "
Aug 27, 2019
Michael S. (Boxhead) commented on Adrian's group Audax Riders
"Well done guys. Wonderful. Enjoy the achievement, the satisfaction, the food and, most of all, the sleep. :-)"
Aug 22, 2019
Michael S. (Boxhead) commented on Adrian's group Audax Riders
"Good on you Bill.  Best wishes guys. I hope you have a very enjoyable ride. Rubber side down. "
Aug 13, 2019
Michael S. (Boxhead) commented on Adrian's group Audax Riders
"Having a head torch, or similar, handy at night for searching for route markers. The route markers are reflective but there was more than one spot where they didn’t easily pick up the light from the bike. I had a budget head torch on my…"
Jul 25, 2019
Michael S. (Boxhead) commented on Adrian's group Audax Riders
"“PBP course is fully signposted at every turn” but there can be hiccups eg like some idiot standing in front of right turn arrow, blocking it from view, that caused a few to keep going straight ahead. If he was still there when I…"
Jul 25, 2019

Profile Information

What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Recreational, Whatever
Where in Sydney do you live ?
Dulwich Hill
Tell us about your bikes
Specialized Stumpjumper. 20 year old. Great bike. Still works really well.
(sold) Fuji Absolute 1.0, 2008. New. Christmas present / reward for riding to work. Light and fast. Hope it lasts as well as the stumpjumper.
Azzurri Primo 2008 - (cheap) full carbon, full 6600 Ultegra, the long distance work horse.
Kicar single speed, back pedal brake, puncture proof tyres, rear suspension, good for (very) short trips.
Apolla Elite 2008 tandem.
Fixie ... a unicycle.
Salsa Fargo - the go anywhere tourer.
About Me:
50-ish, getting fit, dig out the old bike, get to riding to work, Spring Cycle, Gong ride, regular commute, new bike. 2009 - the year of the bike.
2010 - the year to show it's not a faze. Time to consolidate fitness, develop some hill climbing endurance and learn to true my wheels.
2011-... Audax, commute

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Michael S. (Boxhead)'s Blog

Adventures on the Old Great North Road

Posted on April 19, 2017 at 10:22pm 20 Comments

Wyong to Windsor via the Old Great North Rd

11-12 April 2017

I planned a simple overnight ride through some of my favourite riding country west of Wyong. The plan was to catch a morning train to Wyong and ride west through the Yarramalong Valley, enjoy an early lunch (plus toilet and water stop) at the Yarramalong…



Posted on April 13, 2017 at 1:20pm 10 Comments

2011 stocktake - Egocentric statistical nerdom

Posted on December 31, 2011 at 10:00pm 4 Comments

Credit to Si for "Egocentric statistical nerdom" title.

A quick stocktake of my year cycling in 2011. 

- joined Audax Australia (the long distance cycling club)

- dnf'd my first audax ride (rear gear cable snapped), completed 1 x 100, 5 x 200, 1 x 300.

- rode the 3 Peaks event in March (a ride that makes all the others seem ok)

- rode inaugural Canberra-Mogo Zoo2Zoo in Sept

- rode first 300km audax in Oct 

- rode Sydney-Dubbo…


Tractor goes-a-touring

Posted on October 29, 2011 at 9:49pm 5 Comments

I recently rode a charity ride from Taronga Zoo, Sydney, to Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo over 3 days in October (read more here).


After resting in Dubbo overnight I rode off on my own personal cycling tour from Dubbo to Canberra. It was a small "t" tour, staying in motels and buying my food along the way.



Comment Wall (44 comments)

At 3:50pm on January 2, 2009, Diplomat said…
Hi Boxhead !! Nice mug shot....Welcome aboard.....I am new too... Ride safe
At 7:22pm on January 2, 2009, BikeSaint said…
I reckon you're right: "2009 - the year of the bike". I've been thinking the same. This year is going to be amazing for bikes.

At 9:46pm on January 8, 2009, DamianM said…
Hi there Boxhead
Welcome to Sydney Cyclist! (Slightly belatedly I know)
At 9:35pm on April 6, 2009, Brian McMartin said…
Gasp - Steal my idea. Ha I'm not bothered really. Well for one thing the idea is kind of stolen from Where in the world is Carmen Sandiago. Good luck.
At 2:25pm on May 6, 2009, Neil Jackson said…
Re Power Assist: it's an expensive option but I made the choice because I use my bike for commuting (satisfies the cost-benefits test) and my knees feel the strain of the steeper hills. I am happy with the kit I bought from Epac Power. When I pedal a freewheel rachet means I am not turning the motor, and when the motor is energised it drives my pedals around (lots of useful images at www.epacpower.com.au). There is a similar kit available from www.elationbikes.com.au (as seen on ABC's New Inventors) but I chose Epac because I already had the same motor from a DIY project and they were willing to sell me just the bits I needed. Another similarity between these 2 companies is that they both do a version where you don't have to pedal (an extra clutch/freewheel, but it costs extra). The eLation is a deluxe model because it includes a chain tensioner. These kits drive thru the front gear ring so you benefit from extra torque thru all your gear ratios. This means I accelerate faster from traffic lights (with less low speed wobble) and can maintain a good cruise speed (the max revs, under load, of the motor means it is "limited" to 33kmh). If you want to go faster you have to pedal (and release the throttle lever). Another benefit: if you have to make a quick stop without having the chance to change down then the motor helps you get away again. Obviously it is good for hill starts, and the whine of the motor warns others of my approach. Brushed motors (ie. old style) seem to be more robust/reliable than brushless motors (as far as I can see from the internet). Note: if you have grip-shift gear change then you will need the thumb-lever type throttle, the twist throttle type takes up too much space and you would have to change your grip to use the brake. After 3 years of using a 10kg (!) 24v Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) battery I am about to switch to a newer, and lighter, LiFePO4 battery. I commute between Eastwood and North Sydney and a 10Ah battery is OK (I don't have the motor running all the time and full current is only drawn on the hills), ie. it doesn't go flat before I reach home (I recharge the battery overnight). Let me know if you have any other questions.
At 11:13pm on July 2, 2009, baa baa said…
How the devil do you start and worse still can you ever stop with out doing some bad barrow damage to yourself.
At 9:41am on July 18, 2009, Megatron said…
Thanks so much for the great link!
Feel free to add anything into the event that you would like, its not really my 'patch' and the more people who contribute the better!

Hope you can make it next week!
At 5:33pm on July 24, 2009, Ma Dame Vélo said…
Hey Boxhead, it was a pleasure to meet you and your wife on Saturday. But what is it about you and non-flattering avatars? .....?
At 8:03am on August 17, 2009, Pine Moore said…
Hey, those are my photos of West Head on my blog, Boxhead.
I Rode to Akuna and Church point yesterday. Finished in St Ives 60km ride.
I will be doing West head again on Wednesday. Yes the old surface was bumpy like Akuna.
At 9:42am on August 17, 2009, Ma Dame Vélo said…
Hi Michael, I am booked in for the knee surgery on 18th September. I was counting down the days until last week I went back to the Breastscreen Clinic at RNS for a post-operative check up (I was supposed to have a benign tumour removed in March). Apparently the surgeon did not remove the lump properly in March so I have to have that operation re-done!! Shit! :-( So now I don't know whether I will have to delay the knee surgery. I see the breast surgeon on Thursday. I am just unsure as to how close together you can have two separate operations. Although the lump is benign, it is one of those that can turn malignant so there is a certain amount of urgency to get it removed - ahead of painful knees.

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