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Cycling stimulates thinking?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rohan Tayler Dec 4, 2013. 8 Replies

I have noticed that good ideas often emerge while cycling, particularly cycling to work. It wasn't much more than an anecdote though. However, I discovered this interesting…Continue

No logic to cycle of abuse on roads

Started this discussion. Last reply by Le Marquis Géliot-Guillaume May 24, 2013. 58 Replies

A good article by Elizabeth Farrelly.Hopefully helps shift attitudes a bit.…Continue

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How long are brake pads supposed to last?  I'm used to replacing them every few years, but the ones I'm using now only last a few months.The ones I'm using now are these:…Continue

 

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Rohan Tayler replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Cycling stimulates thinking?
"There's no doubt my mind is at its sharpest during and just after my commute.  It's a pity I can't process work-related tasks at anything like the same level.. I'm mostly in Jason Brown's camp though.  Oftentimes…"
Dec 4, 2013
Jason Brown replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Cycling stimulates thinking?
"Makes perfect sense. I know that if I don't exercise for whatever reason, I'm prone to dips in mood, anxiety, frustration and general not-nice-to-be-aroundness. Then again, I might be like that all the time, but I don't notice after…"
Dec 4, 2013
Edward Re replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Cycling stimulates thinking?
"It absolutely does, and exercise in general too,  according to this: To learn more about how exercise affects the brain, scientists in Ireland recently asked a group of sedentary male college students to take part in a memory test followed…"
Dec 3, 2013
Dabba replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Cycling stimulates thinking?
"When I was bike commuting in the early 90's, I found that the morning ride (17k's) allowed me to plan my day and I got lots of things done.  The afternoon ride was either a wind down, mull over the issues/problems of the day, or if it…"
Dec 3, 2013
Pooliothrvwganster1 replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Cycling stimulates thinking?
" There are many studies showing walking aids in reducing the levels of depression, its makes sense riding will also helps, I take my time on the commute to and from work. There is time to think smell the roses and enjoy the views. "
Dec 3, 2013
John Knight replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Cycling stimulates thinking?
"I try and go pretty hard on most of my commutes - And though I generally can't remember a thing that I was thinking about on the way to work, I arrive at work far more relaxed and ready to work than if I drive. My ride to work days are always…"
Dec 3, 2013
sydneyCommuter replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Cycling stimulates thinking?
"Good point Jason. I tend to forget that my style of cycling (slow & relaxed) is not what is generally understood as "cycling" in Australia (sport cycling). Having different terms for these types of cycling would reduce the confusion."
Dec 3, 2013
Jason Brown replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Cycling stimulates thinking?
"I tend to think better when I'm walking, that much is true. When cycling, because I'm a "sporting cyclist", I tend more to be concerned on the riding itself, which interval I'm on, how hard I'm pushing, what intervals…"
Dec 2, 2013
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Cycling stimulates thinking?

I have noticed that good ideas often emerge while cycling, particularly cycling to work. It wasn't much more than an anecdote though. However, I discovered this interesting series of videos recently:These videos are done by a person who has studied the mechanisms of the brain, and relates it to our daily lives.The first one explains that our brain works better when we are moving.See More
Dec 2, 2013
sydneyCommuter commented on Paul Martin's blog post Cheating? A Lazy Man's Bike.
"Motorcycling is great fun... You have to he very alert though. You get to see the traffic from a different point of view. Nice to be able to accelerate away from it. Can feel heavy at the beginning, but you get used to it."
Jun 26, 2013
sydneyCommuter replied to BIKESydney's discussion No exemption from the MHL for Bike Share
"Anyone know which "recent study by the University of NSW" he's referring to? Here is the study. It was done by a team of helmet fanatics (linked to a previous SydneyCyclist member) using abstruse statistics. There is an…"
Jun 25, 2013
sydneyCommuter replied to Seb's discussion Many Helmetless riders? in the group Helmetless riders
"Welcome to Sydney Seb. The risk to get a fine for cycling without a helmet is pretty low in Sydney. Helmetless riders tend to get harassed only by the bicycle police in a few spots like the Pyrmont bridge.  Since returning to commuting by…"
Jun 9, 2013
Le Marquis Géliot-Guillaume replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion No logic to cycle of abuse on roads
"Ugh"
May 24, 2013
Bob replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion No logic to cycle of abuse on roads
"At least they didn't point out that the they weren't wearing helmets or floro clothing."
May 24, 2013
Ian replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion No logic to cycle of abuse on roads
"We are not the only ones angry at the bloody meeja. Read it and laugh (or cry)."
May 24, 2013
Sir Neil d'Ardthelmon replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion No logic to cycle of abuse on roads
"Police said the 85-year-old pedestrian died at the scene of the crash, near the intersection with Cleland Road. As far as I can tell, police didn't say the scene of the crash was near the intersection with Cleland…"
May 24, 2013

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What sort of riding do you do ?
Commuting, Recreational
Where in Sydney do you live ?
South
Tell us about your bikes
Sit-up, comfortable bike
About Me:
Grew up in Europe, in a world where cycling was normal and safe.
I cycle mainly as a mode of transport, using a sturdy bike.

Arrived in Australia in 1991. Cycled to work until 1992, when I was told in a rude & aggressive manner by the police to “Get off the road”. My crime? I wasn't wearing a polystyrene hat.

I switched to motorcycles and cycled mostly on off-road cycle paths, mostly on week-ends.

In 2007, my deteriorating health prompted to start cycling more regularly. Since cycling to work again, my health has improved a bit, although it is still a challenge.

This has prompted me to look at cycling as a mode of transport, especially for health benefits. Researching this topic made me realise the damage done by our helmet law, driven by irrational fears and superstition. I'm not the only one affected. I hope I can contribute to get rid of this idiocy.

Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 1:39am on August 26, 2010, Russ W said…
Excellent.
Russ Webber
President
North Shore Bicycle Group
www.sydneyharbourlink.com
webberrus@gmail.com
9906 7238
0405 404 005
At 1:31am on August 31, 2010, Ride2Wk said…
Thanks SC for the comments. Different style of bike & riding but looking at your Accident Avoidance article & other comments, it looks like we have similar good sense approach.
At 5:25pm on February 29, 2012, Bernard said…

It's a Dutch ID with two fat dogs on board.

At 3:37pm on April 28, 2012, CM said…

Hi SC!  Yes, I left Helmetless Riders in a bit of a huff a couple of months ago after a bit of unpleasant bollocking from couple of (then) members that jumped to the wrong conclusion about a post I made and then proceeded to dump on me for it without bothering to clarify what I was on about.  Looking back on it I can see what they were getting at, but at the time I was just over it all and didn't feel like wasting the time trying to sort it out.  Besides, some people's egos just get in the way of pleasant and engaging exchanges of ideas.  On a brighter note, I notice that both the main offenders have since left the site, so I might end up joining the group again.

At 3:22pm on June 4, 2012, Dan said…

Hi SC,

I'd rather keep it together for a few days,just because they're really part of the package but if things are quiet then I'd be happy to separate them..

That ok?

Cheers,

Dan

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