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Time to change tyre?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sir Ubu, Viscount of Sitlandria Aug 29. 11 Replies

This tyre has been really good. Not a single puncture in 2 years, riding mostly on inner city streets. It is a Vittoria Randonneur.Looks like it might need to replaced but I'm tempted to keep it for…Continue

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 jelyot May 24, 2013. 58 Replies

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

 

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Kathy Francis replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Examples of helmet propaganda in the group Helmetless riders
"Bicycle Network cannot distinguish coercion into wearing a helmet from agreement with the law. After they argued successfully to massively increase helmet fines to absurd levels in Victoria, many people could no longer afford to ride without a…"
Sunday
Keen Cyclist replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Examples of helmet propaganda in the group Helmetless riders
".......and even if you believe that helmets reduce injury by 29%, that does not in itself justify a helmet law. I'm sure bullet proof vests reduce gun shot wounds by a similar amount, yet there is no mbpvl."
Sunday
sydneyCommuter added a discussion to the group Helmetless riders
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Examples of helmet propaganda

There has been mention in the general comments of an article that appears to be impartial, while peddling misleading helmet “studies”. It might be worthwhile bringing this into a discussion, so that the discussion is not lost in the comments.The article was published in a magazine called Ride-On, published by Bicycle Network, a group funded by car manufacturers.For years, Bicycle…See More
Sunday
sydneyCommuter commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"About this: Hello all, found a link to a recent Ride Ons story on helmets here. (PDF) Despite the emotional anecdote at the beginning and ending I think the author remained pretty impartial throughout. Reading the article more carefully, it is an…"
Aug 31
Sir Ubu, Viscount of Sitlandria replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Time to change tyre?
"$0.35, or 1/20th of a GP co-pay. I suspect you'd be needing more than one GP visit every 20 tyres in this condition! ;-)"
Aug 29
PeterT replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Time to change tyre?
"but I'm tempted to keep it for as long as it can last. I think he's pretty much made up his mind on this. I mean if cold hard 35cents/week and 12% costing numbers can't sway him I doubt if a hypothetical medical visit can! (...and I…"
Aug 28
Sir Ubu, Viscount of Sitlandria replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Time to change tyre?
"Just be careful - it may not end well. And it's not just about speed - a blow out could cause a fall or a wobble that involves another vehicle! Always good to have a plan B like the train in case of a mechanical, but a "medical" is a…"
Aug 28
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Aug 28
sydneyCommuter commented on Colin's group Helmetless riders
"Hello all, found a link to a recent Ride Ons story on helmets here. (PDF) Despite the emotional anecdote at the beginning and ending I think the author remained pretty impartial throughout. It seems naive to call this impartial. The article…"
Aug 28
sydneyCommuter replied to YUGYUG's discussion Doctors familiar with the MHL issue in the group Helmetless riders
"I've had a similar experience. My doctor is a helmet believer. He lectured me as to how helmets save lives and even protect from face injuries. There was no point arguing. Would be keen to find an enlightened doctor who understands the risks of…"
Aug 28
sydneyCommuter replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Time to change tyre?
"My cycle commute is never far from the train line. If I had a flat tyre, I would continue for the rest of the trip on a train. Not too worried about a flat tyre at the back wheel. I had one tyre that got punctured by a piece of metal a few years…"
Aug 28
sydneyCommuter replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Time to change tyre?
"I don't think it's the canvas showing. It is still rubber, just a different color. Interesting observation. My commute to work is pretty all straight roads. :)"
Aug 28
sydneyCommuter replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Time to change tyre?
"I think it is the standard version. I do have a spare tyre on standby."
Aug 28
PeterT replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Time to change tyre?
"And - lastly, you'll save yourself patching or throwing away one inner tube. "
Aug 27
Sir Ubu, Viscount of Sitlandria replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Time to change tyre?
"Ask yourself this, can you afford to have it fail - both from the safety and time/location perspective? In this condition you know it's only a matter of time before, i.e. when not if, it fails. And it has obviously given good and faithful…"
Aug 25
PeterT replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Time to change tyre?
"One more thing - do as I say and don't do I did. I bought my spare tires for my compromised tire and didn't get around to changing it (one weekend rolled to the next.. ) and today I had to leg it after I found my tire blew out while…"
Aug 25

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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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