Neil Jackson
  • 52, Male
  • Sydney, NSW
  • Australia
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Epping Road SUP is so convenient!

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Police car parked across shared path

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Recreational
Where in Sydney do you live ?
Eastwood
Tell us about your bikes
Only one bike: Trek 720 "Hybrid" (purchased 1994) retro-fitted with an electric power-assist motor.
About Me:
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.

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At 2:15pm on April 12, 2009, Garry said…
Hi Neil,

Do I have your lights from the full-moon-ride?

I want to return them to the Neil who so kindly lent them to me after my bike was stolen and I was riding an unfamiliar borrowed mountain bike with poor gears for going up hills.

I will be on the next twilight ride to return them to you.

Cheers and thanks

Garry
0402 264 489
At 9:28pm on May 5, 2009, Michael S. (Boxhead) said…
Hi Neil,

I note that you have a bike "retro-fitted with an electric power-assist motor". I have been doing some casual research about doing something similar for my wife's bike.

What's you experience of the power assist been? I get the impression that there are large differences in the power and quality of the the kits and complete bikes available.

Did you buy a kit or construct your own?

Thanks,
Michael
At 7:44pm on May 6, 2009, Michael S. (Boxhead) said…
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.
At 3:11pm on May 20, 2009, Eugene said…
Hi Neil,

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.

Eugene
At 10:03am on May 23, 2009, Eugene said…
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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