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Neil Alexander's Discussions

Should I write a christmas-day-cycling blog?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony De Lyall Jan 1, 2020. 16 Replies

WITWIT*B? At 139 Megalong St, Leura NSW. Obviously.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Moore Nov 11, 2019. 13 Replies

WITWIMB wisits Warriewood Wetwands

Started this discussion. Last reply by Neil Alexander Oct 5, 2019. 12 Replies


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Neil Alexander replied to Bob Moore's discussion Demolition of Lilyfield Rd footbridge over Victoria Rd
"It could surely have been placed between the chevron flags to the left of the path. For all the notice motorists will pay to it anyway."
Neil Alexander commented on Adrian's group Audax Riders
"Oh no, Bill... not the Lynskey?? Get well soon."
Mar 13
Neil Alexander commented on Adrian's group Audax Riders
"Thanks. I see. Bill who?"
Mar 6

Profile Information

What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Road Cycling, Mountain Biking, Recreational, Touring, Whatever
Where in Sydney do you live ?
Tell us about your bikes
Three roadies of various vintages, plus a drop-handlebar road tourer, commuting bike and hard-tail MTB.
About Me:
Retired from work but not from life. I cycle therefore I am.

Images from a 2005 cycletour of Tasmania

Laura helps her mum climb Bust-Me-Gall Hill in eastern Tasmania

Heading north on the east coast of Tasmania

A touring cyclist passes poppy fields in north-eastern Tasmania

Riders and their rigs ready to roll from the Pub in the Paddock, Pyengana, Tas

Over the mountain to Ringarooma, Tas. This was even steeper, rougher, tougher and wetter than it looks.

Easier riding once on top; the road less travelled (esp by cyclists).

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20/20 Vision of a 2019 Christmas Day Ride

Posted on December 25, 2019 at 10:00am 8 Comments

Can you guess where I went on December 25, 2019?

I can hardly believe this is the 11th iteration of this fairly pointless blog. I've been banging on about the same thing since 2009 and nothing has changed...

I'm not sure what I was expecting to happen but, you know, something…

Riders rock Rule #9 at Bright

Posted on January 30, 2019 at 7:00pm 6 Comments

Riders ascend Mt Buffalo

It's been a few years since I've been to Bright, in the Victorian Alps, on the Australia Day weekend for the Audax Alpine Classic.

Increased motor traffic on the course, minimal motivation, too little training, and, if truth be known, advancing age has seen me retire from…



Posted on December 25, 2018 at 8:00am 5 Comments

All right, short-attention-span millennials, you don't have to read any further. Forty-five (45) was the number of other cyclists I saw on this year's 72km December 25 ride.

Actually quite an improvement over last year's dismal 20 in 60km, but still well under my benchmark 1-cyclist/km, way down on any other holiday of the year, certainly far fewer than…


Christmas in July

Posted on July 15, 2018 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

You didn't go for a ride this morning (Sunday), did you?

I know this because I would have noticed another rider, or two, on the road.

Uncharacteristically, I exaggerate slightly because there were other cyclists, just very few. In fact the roads were as devoid of my fellow pedallers as they seem to be every…


December 25 rider numbers plummet to new low

Posted on December 25, 2017 at 10:00am 8 Comments

Not a sight you see on December 25 but, the next day, riders are out in force... On the Akuna Bay route

There are several traditions I observe each year on the morning of the December 25 public holiday (usually; last year…


WITWIMB? And a December 25 whinge.

Posted on December 25, 2016 at 12:00pm 20 Comments

Eagle-eyed readers will have immediately noticed something unusual about the picture above.

Yes, those are "cycling" socks but those are not (proper) cycling shoes. Of course, they can be used for cycling, and even occasionally are on my commuter bike with toe clips, but their primary purpose is for walking, not pedalling. 

Really insightful readers,…


Another Christmas Day FAIL by Sydney cyclists

Posted on December 25, 2015 at 9:24am 6 Comments

I'm over this, Sydney Cyclists. Every year I tell you what a great morning it is for cycling on Christmas Day and every year you all ignore me. Why should I tell you again? 

I'll just give you the stats: 73 cyclists in 76 km between 0615 and 0915 on an out-and-back run to scenic West Head. Hardly any car traffic and all of what there was failed to try to kill me. 

Like …


NRCA calls for bike rego

Posted on October 19, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

PRESS RELEASE February 8, 2008

Following the call for a levy on bicycles by Pat Farmer, Alan Odds, the President of the National Roads and Cyclists Association, today endorsed the call for cyclists to contribute to the cost of maintaining the road network.

"Let's face it. The situation is untenable. Motorists are constantly calling me a tax cheat. I hear 'Get off the road! Pay your taxes!' all too often on my daily commute to my consulting contract in the CBD.

Tax cheat?…


Barangaroo Headland Park

Posted on August 22, 2015 at 8:30pm 8 Comments

With great fanfare, the Barangaroo Headland Park was today opened by premier Baird in company with Paul Keating, former PM and prime mover for the restoration of the natural attributes of the area, and Malcolm Turnbull who tweeted that he came by Route 333 bus with his grandson (subtext: Not by helicopter, so not costing taxpayers very much).

When it was safe…


Worst. Turnout. Ever.

Posted on December 25, 2014 at 9:00am 12 Comments

In a showing that would make a NSW Cup rugby crowd look huge, cyclists have again failed to take advantage of the best riding day of the year. Official figures, gathered by me, show cyclists riding in the lowest numbers on Christmas Day since records began in 2009, a mere 35 whom I saw on my ride. (I'll ignore…


Comment Wall (104 comments)

At 6:29pm on June 19, 2008, noelbike said…
Hi. I have been in Kirribilli for 3 or 4 years but I get bagged out for it by my inner west mates so I don't advertise the fact.
I am often the thorntree website (lonly planet) but have increasingly noticed that this one is good.
Do you guys ride in bike north groups much or just with your friends?
At 7:13pm on June 19, 2008, noelbike said…
wots lct sup?
At 11:15pm on July 2, 2008, Phil said…
Yep, but off for July to do some editing work on the TdF site for SBS, back at the shop in August.
At 12:03pm on July 26, 2008, GW said…
Love the discussion about the number of cyclists! I ended up driving from Randwick to Redfern for work at peak hour this week (not something I"d normally do!), and was amazed at the sheer number of cyclists I saw.
At 9:12pm on August 11, 2008, KimR said…
Hi there. Thanks for posting the Times letter. Some people like Mr Herron just can't see there is more than one one to look at things. I still think that overall his extreme views help to raise the profile of cycling as people read and take in the more balanced replies to him.
At 12:09pm on August 12, 2008, Bob Moore said…
Hi Neil
Re those pics, I can save them off Sydneycyclist and then upload into my album, which seems a little roundabout. Not sure if there is a way to transfer them more directly - must ask Damian. Or you could start a photo gallery of your own and then I think its easy for me to drag and drop such pics into my album.
At 4:48pm on August 14, 2008, Dabba said…
Hmmm! I was a bit disappointed in Tassie. I found that the rewards weren't worth the effort required. Then again, I don't travel as far each day as you seem to, and certainly haven't climbed every mountain yet. Having done the trips there that are on my website, I doubt that I would go back again.

At this stage, I think that my Kosciuszko trip - which I hope to do in Mar/Apr next year is good, as are my planned 5 weeks away in Sep/Oct going from Lithgow to Cootamundra, West Wyalong, Dubbo, Muswellbrook, Manilla, down the Oxley Hwy to Wauchope and then back to Newcastle. I hope to do the beautiful areas of N NSW in spring of 2009. At some stage, I want to get to do the Flinders, but all of these plans hinge on my wife's health, so I can only dream at this stage, at least until I head off.

Good luck with your trip.
At 1:49pm on August 24, 2008, Kim said…
Neil, I'd love to cycle Tassy. Can you tell me what parts you would recommend? What time of year would you recommend?
At 6:09pm on August 24, 2008, Dabba said…
Seeing the photos of your tribe on tour reminded me of something that we did to make it easier to drag a laden tandem up the hill while we were touring. We made a "harness" for the stoker so that she could pull the bike up the hill while I balanced and pushed it. As you know, tandems aren't easy to balance and push up hill, and it is pretty near impossible for 2 people to push. We used our 3-4m clothesline and tied it to a shoulder strap that we had for carrying our handlebar bag. The strap formed a sash over the stoker's shoulder to spread the load and it all worked quite well for us. We got quite a few looks (especially from the tourist buses) and plenty of friendly toots.
At 6:48pm on August 24, 2008, Jamin said…
No suspension on the Mountain unicycle except for the legs being able to absorb all the impact. Legs do braking as well.

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