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Yet Yet Another Another WITWIMB

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Knight 31 minutes ago. 12 Replies

One WITWIMB down, so...

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John Knight replied to Neil Alexander's discussion Yet Yet Another Another WITWIMB
"Bloody hell. Terrible.  I hope Bhanu is OK."
31 minutes ago
Bill Parker replied to Neil Alexander's discussion Yet Yet Another Another WITWIMB
"Bhanu will no doubt update us on his ride but otherwise no-one seems to have any facts regarding the rider found south of Marulan so refraining from speculation, pretty sad all round, he went through the control where I was and 8 hours later..?"
39 minutes ago
John Knight replied to Neil Alexander's discussion Yet Yet Another Another WITWIMB
"Bill, what the hell is going on with the SM1200? - I just saw a competitor was found dead on the side of the road in the Southern Highlands. And Bhanu retired :-( No chatter on the Audax group ......   "
49 minutes ago
Neil Alexander replied to Neil Alexander's discussion Yet Yet Another Another WITWIMB
"We'll have NO cheating, thank you!  But just to give the lie to my "no more Mr Nice Guy" threat, here is some scenery down the track:"
7 hours ago

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Road Cycling, Mountain Biking, Recreational, Touring, Whatever
Where in Sydney do you live ?
NSW
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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WITWIMB? And a christmas day 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…

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Another Christmas Day FAIL by Sydney cyclists

Posted on December 25, 2015 at 9:24am 5 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. 

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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?…

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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).…

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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…

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Enigma in 21 Episodes

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 11:30am 1 Comment

Well, I don't know what you have been doing for the last three weeks but I have been dipping into a strange series on SBS, which airs rather late at night.

The show features quite a few Australians, despite being set in France.

If you haven't seen it, it may interest you as an SC member because there's often a lot of people riding bikes in it. But they are not the main characters.

Despite each episode running for four (yes, 4!) hours or more, in prime-sleeping-time, I…

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North Sydney Cycling Strategy

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 4:21pm 1 Comment

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the bicycle strategy for North Sydney. I fully support the strategy's recommendations and proposed routes.

There is no doubt that access to the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the Number One problem for cyclists travelling through North Sydney. It is very exciting to think that cyclists could get a well-engineered bi-directional route on Pacific Hwy and I encourage Council to…

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When you LEAST expect it

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 3:00pm 11 Comments

I don't know about you, but I am not feeling very comfortable on the roads or in traffic at the moment. Sunday's so-far-unexplained incident with multiple riders down on SCD has made me very nervous. I don't like to have anyone in a motor vehicle anywhere near me, especially behind.

Cycling is not relaxing anymore. If it ever was. I am coming to think that if you are relaxed while riding you are not paying enough…

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A not-quite-so-lonely New Year's Day ride

Posted on January 1, 2014 at 11:00am 11 Comments

Here's another lament on low cyclist numbers on low-motor-traffic days written due to overwhelming popular demand. (Well, actually only from Mr O'Rwelly who I suspect just wanted to post another link to 10 hours of sad violin music or, perhaps, some Elvis song. But at least four of you "liked" my Christmas Day…

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Another lonely Christmas Day ride

Posted on December 25, 2013 at 9:30am 4 Comments

Forty-one (41) other riders, in 65km between 0615 and 0845. That's all I saw out this morning on my Artarmon–Church Point–Artarmon loop. A ratio of less than 1 c/km, to use the official measure.

Now, we've been through this all before, in 2009, in…

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Comment Wall (105 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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