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Mike needs a new bike ...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stuart yesterday. 32 Replies

WITWI Mike's Bike - new challenge added

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Bike path v dog exercisers in Lower Gannons Park, Peakhurst?

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markysharky replied to Michael O'Reilly's discussion Any more bike shops closed recently?
"But Adrian owns that premises. I suspect he is just retiring and consolidating all interests to his son at Marrickville."
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Struggler replied to Michael O'Reilly's discussion Any more bike shops closed recently?
"King Street Cyclery relocated to Marrickville.  I guess cycle shops can't support high street rents any more. Not all bad news, of course.  Happy wheels Alexandria is flourishing in the new location, and Bike Bug shops continue to…"
Stuart replied to Michael O'Reilly's discussion Mike needs a new bike ...
"I'd go Ti (and wish I had when the AU$ was $1.05 against the greenback. But I digress).  Try these guys out >> https://www.habcycles.com/  Some fellow DHBCers have these and they do custom. Better than the Chinese Ti bikes.…"
Snowy_5 replied to Michael O'Reilly's discussion Mike needs a new bike ...
"Mr O`s new bike. Need micro touring bags.Getting there slower too see the scenery."
Snowy_5 replied to Michael O'Reilly's discussion Any more bike shops closed recently?
"Reid Cycles had closed their Forest Lodge store permanently from 16th April. No Reid store in Sydney but only 3 interstate stores still operating."
baa baa replied to Michael O'Reilly's discussion Mike needs a new bike ...
"Umm, I will give the three Qs a go... 1 Flip stem 2 Setback seatpost 3 Longer cranks oh and 4 find a new bike builder that can read "cms" as centimeters and not think he is seeing numbers in inches?"
Neil Alexander replied to Michael O'Reilly's discussion Mike needs a new bike ...
"You simply flipped the picture I posted and photoshopped in some background, different clothes and a helmet on your head, didn't you? ;-) Now answer the question three people have asked, please."
Neil Alexander replied to Michael O'Reilly's discussion Mike needs a new bike ...
"I've heard the "fixing a broken bike on a tour" argument for steel for years  Take it from me. It's true. [See PM] #wouldilietoyou?"

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Road Cycling
Where in Sydney do you live ?
Tell us about your bikes
Custom Hillbrick racer
Surly Disc Trucker
(Bismarck frame now in storage)
About Me:
Among other things, I write the "On Your Bike" cycling blog for Fairfax Media.

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At 9:14am on October 31, 2007, DamianM said…
Hey Michael, welcome to the site!
You'll have to post up some pics of the Hillbrick, that sounds like a fun bike.
At 1:23pm on August 7, 2014, noelbike said…

Hi MO, strangely unable to email you from the bike packing article in the SMH today so here are some added remarks. Great to see you publishing on this subject as I also think it is amazing what opens up to us if we can work out effective ways of flying with our bikes... 

Pick your airline carefully

In the US and in some other areas the weight is not enough. It’s also a volume issue. But it is still not simple. For example, if you have gone to the US on a Qantas ticket and for example have connections on local airlines (eg Alaskan or American) when you check in for your return on the local domestic flight to wherever you are connecting to Qantas (NYC, Dallas, LAX or SFO) you won’t be charged for your bike in a box as you are on a QF flight number.

Bag choices

The big disadvantage with the dedicated bike suitcase is that you have to deal with it at the other end.  So riding out of the airport is not an option. This may be ok if you are doing a loop and returning to this city. But it can be  a significant limitation. Meanwhile the problem with  soft bags is that you need to cart them around plus they are not as good as cartons for protecting your bike. This in turn varies as in some countries it is not a problem.  eg Japan where  handlers take great care of bikes in soft bags as it isa a requirement on trains and they are all used to it.

A few other subtopics are…

  • Storing or stashing cartons so you can find them when you return to the airport
  • Packing a bike without a carton
  • How to protect disc rotors, carbon tubing etc when packing (and it is not about foam)

You might have a look at some of my stuff on the vivente site about this general subject


At 12:23pm on December 4, 2014, John Watt said…

Hi Michael,

I scribe for a cycling group in Turramurra called Kranks, around 50 very mixed members.  We frequently pass Cottage Point and were all moved by the recent tragedy.

Allan thought I should share my comments with you, second batch below and prompted by your blog.  I was a bit tardy in forwarding to you, I just thought that the aggressive tendencies should be addressed appropriately.

If you are every in Turramurra looking for a ride (80 Km) or coffee, we are always keen to share our thoughts and stories.

Kind regards John


From: Allan Moss

Hi John

Great words.  You should send to Mike O’Reilly the Cycling Journalist at the Herald

Cheers Allan


From: John Watt 

Hi Phil,

Good thought, send me details if it is not already all over.  Does anyone have his name?

What is happening on our roads is unacceptable and our authorities are managing these dangerous and aggressive behaviours with a soft hand.  They are causing unnecessary polarisation, especially with younger drivers.  We need action from our legal system all the way from our Ministers down to our Police on patrols to demonstrate that Southern Cross Drive, threats to kill cyclists in Karrayong, throwing containers and incidents like this one are unacceptable.  If you hang out your window, throw things at pedestrians or cyclists and shout abuse you should be charged, no new law required, it is already in place.

The 17 year old P-Plater and his associates were hurling verbal abuse at cyclists before the accident.  In my books these abusive verbal actions demonstrated a level of intent to cause injury and as such, he should be charged with Manslaughter as an adult.  He is being charged as a child for dangerous driving!  He will not serve time and will be free to continue his ill directed aggressive behaviour. 

There is a tipping point, a point where the number of cyclists using our roads will demand that we be given fair rights and will be properly protected by the law.  Not sure when the perturbation will occur, we must just keep chipping in a positive way!

A closer alignment with Bicycle NSW might add value.

Kind regards,



G'day Bob,

Thanks for forwarding this. Deeply saddened to hear more terrible cycling-related news. Hopefully the accident will be properly investigated and that many cyclists turn out for the funeral. How wretched for the rider's wife and family.




From: Robert Elsworth 

More info on the cycling accident on McCarrs Creek Rd on Sat morn FYI....

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