Only one bike: Trek 720 "Hybrid" (purchased 1994) retro-fitted with an electric power-assist motor.
My parents couldn't afford a car when I was young so we cycled everywhere. In Manchester that's a big ask: we have as many words to describe rain as the inuit (eskimos) have for snow. Winters were real fun, with chilblains in our feet to keep us amused (think "mild frostbite"). The only benefit of living south of Manchester was the flattish topology. Graduated as an Electrical Engineer and I get really annoyed when I see crappy design in cyclepaths and similar infrastructure - I think Aussies should complain a lot more, otherwise government will continue to give us a bad deal. I want see government make Active Transport much more attractive to the average person. I am currently commuting by bike via Epping Rd and Gore Hill Freeway shared cyclepath to North Sydney.
Thanks Neil. That is great information. I'll be checking out those two sites. As you warned, electric assist bikes are expensive. But at the moment it might be difference between my wife being able to ride with me or not. Thanks again.
I just read your article in the Northern District Times. This article is incredible because the exact same thing happened to me at Blacktown almost 9 months ago. Unfortunatly to avoid hitting the back of the car before the roundabout I locked my front wheel up and went straight over the handle bar, and smashed my wrist into many peices. Naturally the driver did not stop, nor were there any witnesses, nor did I get the number plate. But the incident was identicle to yours. I was approaching the roundabout. I decided to take up the left lane myself to avoid being squashed. The driver behind me overtook me with their foot to the floor, cut back in front of me and then braked hard. The only difference was that the car could have just overtaken me in the other lane - it was a two land roundabout with no other cars in sight, they didn't have to cut back in front of me.
So now I have a metal plate screwed into my wrist for the rest of my life, all because some idiot was too impatent to wait 4 seconds. Anyway, it could have been worse I guess.
never heard of that website, but I also can't seem to get there. Must be down for maintenanace.
I agree was your assessment of how a crash or near miss can change habits. I'm ultra cautious on the road now - always expecting the worst from drivers... in a way my incident may contribute towards my future safety.
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