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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 jelyot May 24, 2013. 58 Replies

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

rim brake pads

Started this discussion. Last reply by Common Old Garrwain Nov 9, 2011. 53 Replies

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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Michael White replied to sydneyCommuter's discussion Accident avoidance tips
"Not true sydneycommuter, I watched a SUV decide he'd waited long enough at an intersection last night and just turn into traffic in front of a car, I'd already spotted him and was waiting as I could tell he was a knob"
Friday
sydneyCommuter replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion Bicycle Network are coming (to Sydney)
"Talking to Bicycle Network is not entirely useless. It is a way to hear the “thinking” of the bureaucrats in Victoria. A bit of history might be useful. In the early 1980’s, bureaucrats in Victoria were pressured by doctors to…"
Jun 26
sydneyCommuter replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion Bicycle Network are coming (to Sydney)
""Don't need their condescending nonsense or their proclivity to lobby for more and bigger fines." Waooo! This letter from the president of Bicycle Network highlights a dangerous combination of self-delusion and intolerance.…"
Jun 25
sydneyCommuter replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion Bicycle Network are coming (to Sydney)
"“I have asked many, many people why they do not take up cycling and none has mentioned MHLs. Every one has said that they do not believe it is safe to share the road with motorists.”   As Neil eloquently said, can’t you see…"
Jun 25
sydneyCommuter commented on Paul Martin's blog post Ironman Cairns (2014)
"Well done for finishing it Paul. Awesome."
Jun 24
sydneyCommuter replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion Bicycle Network are coming (to Sydney)
"Here are the budget numbers for 2013: Bicycle Network: $12.7 millions. BNSW: $1.4 million."
Jun 24
sydneyCommuter replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion Bicycle Network are coming (to Sydney)
"I was aware that Bicycle Network was funded by Australian governments, but I didn't know they also received funding from the car industry. Who are they really representing? No wonder they have so much funds to expand in other states. Their…"
Jun 24
sydneyCommuter replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion Bicycle Network are coming (to Sydney)
"Well said Nicholas."
Jun 23
sydneyCommuter replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion Bicycle Network are coming (to Sydney)
"I ride with a h.. like that sometimes. Great protection from the sun. nice bike in the picture too. perhaps ask your doctor for a medical certificate exempting you from wearing a helmet. "
Jun 22
sydneyCommuter replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion Bicycle Network are coming (to Sydney)
"It is a perverse argument to claim to be “pro-choice” while refusing to even support helmet law reform at the same time. No chance of reforming the helmet law? Nonsense. The helmet law reform movement has growing support, with many…"
Jun 22
sydneyCommuter replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion Bicycle Network are coming (to Sydney)
"Why should we join an organisation so compromised that it can’t acknowledge that the helmet law is an anti-cycling law?"
Jun 22
sydneyCommuter replied to Jonathon Troy's discussion Bicycle Network are coming (to Sydney)
"“why the relentless bigotry base on what people chose to wear while cycling”   A bit ironic to be accusing others of bigotry. I have experienced first hand relentless bigotry from fellow cyclists, after I dared to openly oppose the…"
Jun 21
sydneyCommuter replied to Martyn P's discussion Operation Pedro. 'Targeting cyclist and pedestrian safety.'
"Thanks for clarifying Dan."
Jun 15
sydneyCommuter replied to Martyn P's discussion Operation Pedro. 'Targeting cyclist and pedestrian safety.'
"The defence of necessity has worked a few times, at least for Sue Abbot & Dan. It may not apply in Victoria, but in NSW it seems to work quite well."
Jun 13
sydneyCommuter replied to Martyn P's discussion Operation Pedro. 'Targeting cyclist and pedestrian safety.'
"Interesting Colin.   In the last 10 years, I have not been harassed once by the cops. This is mostly due to luck, as my cycle commute route does not cross any areas where these pests targeting bicycle helmets usually hang…"
Jun 12
sydneyCommuter replied to Bill Parker's discussion This person has no credability at all !!! (helmet warning)
"I have tested a helmet time and found it to have saved me some form of injury to the head on several occasions. I do however specialise in single vehicle accidents.   Why is it that people who keep falling off their bikes insist that everybody…"
Jun 4

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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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