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

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

Anyone do Ride 2 Riverstone today?

Started this discussion. Last reply by terry osmetti May 7, 2012. 5 Replies


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Michael S. (Boxhead) replied to Robflyte's discussion Online Permanents in the group Audax Riders
"A simple, initial check the automated system could do is look for any calendar rides on the date of the permanent. 5 or 6 days per week there won't be any calendar rides. No checking by RO required."
Mar 2
Michael S. (Boxhead) replied to Robflyte's discussion Online Permanents in the group Audax Riders
"I'd be happy with a fully automated system without RO approval being required to ride. The manual system requires quite a bit of processing by the RO eg filling out a brevet and mailing it to the registrant. In the automated system what would…"
Mar 2
Michael S. (Boxhead) replied to Robflyte's discussion Online Permanents in the group Audax Riders
"Excellent. I hope to be a buyer soon."
Mar 1
Michael S. (Boxhead) commented on Adrian's group Audax Riders
"Thanks Bill. I'll probably give one of them a try during February."
Jan 31
Michael S. (Boxhead) commented on Adrian's group Audax Riders
"Bill does the e-Perm just replace the paper form or does it also email out a print your own brevet card and reduce the lead time required? I notice the e-Perm page stills wants prior contact with ride organiser for approval before online…"
Jan 31
Michael S. (Boxhead) commented on Adrian's group Audax Riders
"Good luck with the weight loss Bill. I didn't want to say anything but you were looking a bit porky when I last saw you. If you can drop those 25 kg you'll float up the hills."
Jan 30
Michael S. (Boxhead) replied to Dan's discussion WITHIMB
"Bill, can you make out anything useful from the sign in the bike hire photo. It's all a blur on my old phone. Cheers"
Jan 13
Michael S. (Boxhead) replied to Aaron Clement's discussion Audax Alpine Classic
"Hi Bill, I'll should be there Sunday to Sunday. I'm going to ride down. It's my master plan to kickstart my riding. I hope to do some of the shorter daily rides during the week. I'm unlikely to be riding any longer stuff. What…"
Jan 4

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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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.



Tractor time again - zoo2zoo Sydney to Dubbo 2011

Posted on October 29, 2011 at 9:30pm 4 Comments

Zoo2Zoo 2011 Sydney to Dubbo (14-16 Oct 2011)

Day 1: Taronga Zoo to Mt Victoria via Richmond and Springwood (about 165 km).


109 riders started at about 6.00 am from Taronga Zoo and headed off through northern Sydney to Windsor and Richmond. It was to be a long(ish) wet day on the road.

We started in 9 groups with the intention of staying together in those groups for the day. Groups 1 & 2 were designated…


Tractor time - Zoo2Zoo hits the dirt

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 9:50pm 7 Comments

A few weeks ago I participated in the inaugural Canberra to Mogo Zoo2Zoo ride. The ride was, not surprisingly, from Canberra Zoo to Mogo Zoo. We covered almost 200 km over two days (17-18 Sept) mostly on dirt roads or single track. A small group of 13 riders participated this time. 


I rode my tractor. The tractor is a Salsa Fargo - a drop bar, rigid 29er. I stripped the racks and excess bottle cages off the tractor and swapped the skinny tyres (40mm) for the fat 29ers (55mm).…


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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