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Riders rock Rule #9 at Bright

Riders ascend Mt Buffalo

It's been a few years since I've been to Bright, in the Victorian Alps, on the Australia Day weekend for the Audax Alpine Classic.

Increased motor traffic on the course, minimal motivation, too little training, and, if truth be known, advancing age has seen me retire from…

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Added by Neil Alexander on January 30, 2019 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

Fixie at 46

“I still feel that variable gears are only for people over 45. Isn’t it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft; as for me, give me a fixed gear!” - Henri Desgrange

Yesterday I turned 46. And I still ride a fixie. 

Officially I am therefore still 45. And will remain so for as long as I can turn those pedals..…

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Added by Dan on January 4, 2019 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

45

All right, short-attention-span millennials, you don't have to read any further. Forty-five (45) was the number of other cyclists I saw on this year's 72km December 25 ride.

Actually quite an improvement over last year's dismal 20 in 60km, but still well under my benchmark 1-cyclist/km, way down on any other holiday of the year, certainly far fewer than…

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Added by Neil Alexander on December 25, 2018 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Save Flat Rock Gully - for active transport, bushland and open space

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Added by Truewheels on October 17, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

SPRING RIDE (with a touch of dirt)

OCTOBER RIDE: 43km ST. ALBAN’S LOOP

 

Every now and then, I yearn for adventure. Indulging that impulse, I decided to investigate rumours that similar souls have cycled up and down the…

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Added by Susanna Mills on October 10, 2018 at 11:04am — No Comments

Eight years of being Captain Dashboard

Eight years ago today was the day I first made the detachable dashboard for my bike.

All the accessories have changed over the years, as has the mounting system. The portion of handlebar is the only part that remains from the original.

2011

When I take it indoors, it's a great conversation…

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Added by Kerry on July 28, 2018 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Hit by a car...

Yes, it happened again. Again, when I was stationary. Festooned in hi-viz and flashing lights. A car drove into me – a sort of low-speed crunching as my bicycle was devoured by the front of his gas-guzzling SUV. Thankfully the driver…

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Added by Dan on July 27, 2018 at 8:52am — 9 Comments

Christmas in July

You didn't go for a ride this morning (Sunday), did you?

I know this because I would have noticed another rider, or two, on the road.

Uncharacteristically, I exaggerate slightly because there were other cyclists, just very few. In fact the roads were as devoid of my fellow pedallers as they seem to be every…

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Added by Neil Alexander on July 15, 2018 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Hills Shire Council Bike Paths Network

Hills Council compiled a comprehensive plan for road cycling in 2009. In 2018, they continue to deliver on it. With major developments like North Kellyville along Cattai Creek, thousands of new homes are being built throughout the Hills. Residents and businesses need alternative, efficient transport options to events, shopping centres, schools, work and transit hubs. It's time to ride there, folks!…

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Added by Susanna Mills on June 25, 2018 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

A good pass

You may remember a little while ago I blogged about a truck driver who gave me plenty of room. Well, I had another very positive experience the other day with a cement truck driver. It was around the same spot, at a point where the bike lane (a painted on one of course, so not proper bike infrastructure) follows the road around to the left, and I wanted to go straight on – meaning I have to go…

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Added by Dan on June 1, 2018 at 11:30pm — No Comments

THE CONVICT TRAILS ROCK ! (and Roll...)

It is a privilege to experience the historic Convict Trail on a bicycle. The range of distances and terrain that a mountain bicycle can cover extremely efficiently, means that you get to see much more of this fascinating trail than you would on foot.

Wisemans Ferry is easily accessible from any suburb North West of Galston Gorge- eit…

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Added by Susanna Mills on May 20, 2018 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Stop line and police lines

[ [click for video] Every day, I cycle through Sydney Olympic Park. As do many cyclists; it…

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Added by Dan on May 19, 2018 at 7:15pm — 6 Comments

Return of Grocery Shopping By Bike

From Home -> Westfield Chatswood -> Castlecrag Grumpy Baker -> Home via the Gazelle Esprit (now electrified), stash carried in Wald side basket and a backpack.

Meals we are planning for this week: split pea and ham soup, bratwurst, bratkartoffeln and sauerkraut, veggie burgers. …

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Added by Helen Leung on May 12, 2018 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Cycling the Bardo (Part III)

Wednesday morning saw my departure from Jugiong, and from the Hume Highway, to the safety and peace, but also relative isolation and exposure of a country back road. What I conceived in my mind as a meandering idyll beside the meandering Murrumbidgee began with a short sharp climb of about 100…

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Added by Niall on February 12, 2018 at 7:18pm — 2 Comments

Cycling the Bardo (Part III)

Wednesday morning saw my departure from Jugiong, and from the Hume Highway, to the safety and peace, but also relative isolation and exposure of a country back road. What I conceived in my mind as a meandering idyll beside the meandering Murrumbidgee began with a short sharp climb of about 100…

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Added by Niall on February 12, 2018 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Cycling the Bardo (Part 2)

This Tuesday afternoon, I arrived in Jugiong, nestled on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. The first sign of the river is at the top of the hill on the Hume Highway, just before you turn off and down into Riverside Drive, on the Old Hume Highway. You can’t see the river itself but it…

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Added by Niall on February 8, 2018 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Cycling the Bardo (Part 1)





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Added by Niall on February 2, 2018 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The Bicycle Thief

2 years ago, I had a bit of luck (albeit disguised at the time), in a year distinguished by its general, almost unrelenting.…

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Added by Niall on January 27, 2018 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

More bikeshare – Ofo vs Mobike vs Earthbike

Hot on the heels of ReddyGo and Obike (click here for my in-depth review of those two schemes) three more bikeshare companies have arrived in Sydney. And, of course, your intrepid correspondent has tried out all of them for your enjoyment and education.…

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Added by Dan on January 1, 2018 at 6:54pm — 2 Comments

December 25 rider numbers plummet to new low

Not a sight you see on December 25 but, the next day, riders are out in force... On the Akuna Bay route

There are several traditions I observe each year on the morning of the December 25 public holiday (usually;…

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Added by Neil Alexander on December 25, 2017 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

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