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Sano Magic builds Mahogany Bicycles

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephan Meyn Sep 21, 2012. 2 Replies

Just noticed this gentleman. He builds bikes out of Mahogany. Production is about 4 bikes a year. Cost is 2 Million Yen, which is about $15,000 - not too different from a high quality carbon…Continue

An Airbag as a bicycle helmet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sir Ubu, Viscount of Sitlandria Aug 19, 2012. 8 Replies

My gadget trawl has found another, hopefully more useful idea. An airbag for your head that can replace the bicycle helmet. No more helmet hair!…Continue

One for the high tech lovers: convert your pedals into a bike lock

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edward Re Jul 17, 2012. 17 Replies

Two Taiwanese designers have concocted a new way of preventing bike theft: one that sees the pedals used to both clamp the wheel of, and (if necessary) incapacitate, the bicycle…Continue

Paris puts the bicyclette first

Started Jul 10, 2011 0 Replies

Paris has allowed bicycles to run one way streets in the opposite direction in all it's 30 km/h zones. This gives riders access to nearly 1000 streets.…Continue

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Stephan Meyn commented on chesty's group touring
"I think I have seen it at Anaconda.  Somehow intriguing for the tech nerd in me. Just can't make out whether it is a good idea or a just a gadget that provides no real value."
May 18, 2013
kirby commented on Stephan Meyn's blog post Fiets Watch
" 'unlike us Ozzies who make it a matter of athletic performance' That is as may be but we're out there and speaking personally this year never missed a day due to weather, and I wouldn't like to ride one of those…"
Dec 21, 2012
Neil Alexander commented on Stephan Meyn's blog post More Fietsen
"Two sets of traffic lights failed to detect me on my Sunday morning ride. It is not acceptable to have such a poor level of service to a significant proportion of the traffic stream, as cyclists are at that time. Imagine the outcry if this happened…"
Dec 17, 2012
dr bean commented on Stephan Meyn's blog post More Fietsen
"Hi again, Stephan - am currently planning a cycle trip of the Netherlands for around May next year - would love to pick yr brains when you get back on routes, good places to visit, etc!"
Dec 17, 2012
Jon commented on Stephan Meyn's blog post More Fietsen
"Red Lights: yeah on my commute, the cycling green only comes around once every 15-20minutes. Yet it is beside a dedicated T-way, where no vehicle can cross the cycling crossing when the t-way is active. So everyone just crosses with the T-way. At…"
Dec 15, 2012
Stephan Meyn commented on Stephan Meyn's blog post More Fietsen
"I went to Rotterdam and even there I didn't see much differences in behaviour. I guess the running red light phenomenon is also tied to the fact that in Sydney everyone tries to go fast and get there fast. Dutch cyclists are much more…"
Dec 14, 2012
Martyn P commented on Stephan Meyn's blog post More Fietsen
"Nice post Stephan, would love to see some more pictures. The traffic light thing depends largely on the location and the circumstances. In the big cities, red lights get flouted when its safe to do so but the fact that the traffic conditions are…"
Dec 14, 2012
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Dec 14, 2012
dr bean commented on Stephan Meyn's blog post More Fietsen
"It would be quite uncommon for instance for a bicycle rider to cross a red traffic light. It's just not done. Interesting, Stephan. To me, that sounds to be of a piece with what I'm told are very low rates of fare evasion on the…"
Dec 14, 2012
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It's been a fascinating time for me. I left Germany in 1984 and I had grown up in a small country town at the Dutch border so I shared much of the Dutch bicycle culture - I had been riding bicycles since I was 4 years old. So now I notice things that I either had forgotten about, or what has changed since or what at the time wasn't noticeable to me because I was so used to it.There are two things that stand out to me in regards to riding bicycles. One is that there is a lot less aggressiveness…See More
Dec 13, 2012
Martyn P liked Stephan Meyn's blog post Fiets Watch
Dec 11, 2012
Colin commented on Stephan Meyn's blog post Fiets Watch
"It's only when you see how it's done in another country that you can really see the way it's done in your own country."
Dec 11, 2012
Paul van Bellen commented on Stephan Meyn's blog post Fiets Watch
"Cool! Have a great time.... "
Dec 11, 2012
Stephan Meyn posted a blog post

Fiets Watch

I've been in Dordrecht in the Netherlands for the last week. Winter has truly arrived, we have had snow and ice (the lakes are freezing over). One thing that one can't avoid noticing is the Dutch attitude towards bicycles. They are utilitarian, using these bicycles as amode of transport - unlike us Ozzies who make it a matter of athletic performance. Almost all bicycles are of the sit-up version, many of them without gearing. …See More
Dec 9, 2012
Stephan Meyn commented on chesty's group touring
"Well an opportunity window has just opened up to do my first bicycle tour. It has to be within the next three weeks. So I was thinking taking the train to MacArthur or even Mittagong and then ride first southwest for a day and then backtrack and go…"
Oct 30, 2012

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Recreational, Touring
Where in Sydney do you live ?
Kensington
Tell us about your bikes
I ride a HP Velotehnik Skorpion trike. I ride to work and on weekends when I am not paddling my sea kayak.
About Me:
I'm 54 years old and gave up cycling about 25 years back because I found Sydney too dangerous for cycling. However for health reasons I want to get back into it.
When not riding a bike I paddle seakayaks and work as a volunteer instructor for the NSW seakayak club

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More Fietsen

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 6:00pm 6 Comments

It's been a fascinating time for me. I left Germany in 1984 and I had grown up in a small country town at the Dutch border so I shared much of the Dutch bicycle culture - I had been riding bicycles since I was 4 years old. So now I notice things that I either had forgotten about, or what has changed since or what at the time wasn't noticeable to me because I was so used to it.

There are two things that stand out to me in regards to riding bicycles. One is that there is a lot less…

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Fiets Watch

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 1:56am 3 Comments

I've been in Dordrecht in the Netherlands for the last week. Winter has truly arrived, we have had snow and ice (the lakes are freezing over). One thing that one can't avoid noticing is the Dutch attitude towards bicycles. They are utilitarian, using these bicycles as amode of transport - unlike us Ozzies who make it a matter of athletic performance. Almost all bicycles are of the sit-up version, many of them without gearing. …

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Spring Cycle

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 1:17pm 2 Comments

It was my first spring cycle, so in my excitement I was earlly. That turned out to be a good thing because after the first wave of fast riders left they called all the intermediate riders and I got off at just before 7 am.

Riding over the Harbour bridge was a bit of a let down for me, as in my recumbent I couldn't see a thing of the Harbour - the guide plank was at eye height. Instead I noticed a rich harvest of sports drink bottles rolling over the asphalt, presumably the result of them… Continue

A spill

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 8:12am 7 Comments

On Sunday I went to RNP for some riding, preparing for the Sydney to Gong ride. I picked a nice route on bikely whch starts at Audley weir, going south via Lady Carrington drive and the back north on Sir Betram Stevens drive. 

I had never been to Lady Carrington drive so I was surprised that it was more of a track than a drive. I wonder what Lady Carrington had thought of it. This one is more for MTBs than normal bikes. I made it through on my trike but it took me over an hour. At the…

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Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 11:44pm on August 29, 2009, RobK said…
Hi Stephan,
Welcome to Sydney Cyclist and the Slow Bicycle Movement group. I know what you mean about being overtaken!
- RobK
At 11:48pm on August 29, 2009, hartleymartin said…
Hi Stephan,

Welcome to the Slow Bicycle Movement group! I believe that taking things at a reasonable pace alloys you to enjoy each moment you live rather than rush through everything. Hope we'll meet on a ride sometime!

Regards,

Martin
At 11:58pm on August 29, 2009, RobK said…
What part of Sydney are you cycling around?
At 12:29am on August 30, 2009, Common Old Garrwain said…
Hi Stephan,
You're so lucky to be living in Kensington, its so flat! I sometimes go out your way as my Dutch bike likes to fantasize it is in Holland. Here in the foothills of the Himalayas (north of harbour) slow riding is strictly enforced by the laws of gravity.
At 9:44am on November 24, 2009, Peter Upstreampaddle said…
Hi Stephan,

I am interested in your folding Pouch. Would you be interested in sharing one of your kayak trips?
Thanks, Peter. www.upstreampaddle.com
At 7:29pm on November 24, 2009, Peter Upstreampaddle said…
Stephan,

I saw your Flickr page on kayaking, and approached you thru the cycle pages. I am in Brisbane. The "visiting" status was more virtual than real.
At 7:13pm on March 5, 2011, Paul Martin said…
Nice trike!

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