January 2009 Blog Posts (22)

Second hand bikes

I'm currently in the market for a 'new' road bike and thought that second hand may be the way to go to get the best bang for my buck. Can anyone recomend anywhere in Sydney which specialises in selling second hand road bikes? I am looking to spend about $1000 and figured this may be the best way to go, or i'll just get a Cell... Cheers!

Added by Sarah on January 31, 2009 at 7:51am — 11 Comments

HarbourLink: nice try but no cigar, says Albanese

Here's my effort to get HarbourLink built -- and the response.



Dear Mr Albanese,



I am writing in support of federal funding for the HarbourLink project.



I am a resident of Rozelle in Sydney, and a regular cyclist. I ride to work most days.



I also ride on weekends to my mother's house in Mosman, across the Anzac Bridge, through the city and over the Harbour Bridge.



Being middle-aged and not particularly fit, with reflexes not what they once… Continue

Added by Chris Henning on January 30, 2009 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

2 day Rooty Hill to Moss Vale Tour Ride Report

For quite some time I'd been wanting to find a safe and enjoyable way of cycling out of Sydney to the south. A few years back a group of us started a tour at Moss Vale (See Moss Vale to Nowra via Numerella Tour). I've done some other riding around the Southern Highlands and beyond, but never felt comfortable about cycling there from Sydney. I'd taken part in the 2003 Big Ride, which… Continue

Added by RobK on January 27, 2009 at 9:18pm — 3 Comments

Happy where I am at

Well had my first Crit for the season and although I only lasted 36.16 out of a 40min + 2lap race, I am happy where I am at. For now. I entered into the Elite A Bank Of Queensland Twilight Crit series Race 3. Jokingly some one yelled out for no attacks for the first 10 minutes, I think that got confused with 10 seconds as it was on immediately. With crazy speeds of 69km/h with around 40 in the race, and attack after attack, it was a tough day out. I helped bring back a dangerous attack, but at… Continue

Added by Luke on January 22, 2009 at 8:04am — No Comments

Great ride at Christmas

Although not around Sydney, I did a fantastic 30+ km ride while visiting my parents in Bairnsdale over Christmas. I'd been thinking of doing this ride for a couple of years, and finally did it. I wish I could do it more often....See Route Description and a few photos.

Added by RobK on January 20, 2009 at 8:09pm — 5 Comments

Went for a ride on Sunday

Great day for a ride, sunny but not hot, even a little cool (for summer). There was no excuse not to get out for a ride! A good crowd turned up at the Cafe in Moore St. Maybe there weren't too many other rides on, or maybe people just like the Cruise to La Perouse we (LBUG) do. Its about 45 km return, with a couple of steep hills around Maroubra, Malabar and Long Bay (Broome, Howe and Bilga Cr) on the way out… Continue

Added by Bob Moore on January 19, 2009 at 10:52pm — 6 Comments

The season has started

Well not quite. It really starts on Tuesday. The Cancer Council Criterium was held in Adelaide, South Australia last night, and as much as many of the US and Euro Pros dont like him, Australia's pocket rocket won a lightening quick(47.417km/h ave sp). Go Robbie McEwen. Now most of the attention leading up to the Tour Down Under, which is yet to officialy start has been on the return of Lance Armstrong, therefore taking some of the pressure off the Australians in the race. It very much expected… Continue

Added by Luke on January 19, 2009 at 6:44pm — No Comments

My last day and Eilish has her first day

Yesterday as promised was a Daddy Daughter day. It started at about 0630 in the morning when I was woken by Rohan watching Cartoon Network on Foxtel. So I got up and got myself some brekkie and then Eilish got up and sorted herself out. At around 0730 we headed of to Chandler and jumped into the training session that was going on with LCCC..



Kevin, another ADCC member had a small track bike setup for his daughter to use but kindly offered Eilish the opportunity to put on… Continue

Added by Luke on January 19, 2009 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Some pics from the track.

Hey, I finally got some pics. Although they are only copied off a www site they have the water mark on them but until I get the DVD from the photographer these will do.

The races I did were a 25 lap scratch race, 1600m Wheelrace, 24 Lap points race…











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Added by Luke on January 16, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

BikeLove on 2SER radio 107.3fm

Hi,

I produce a radio show on 2SER all about bikes. It's aired at 5pm Monday and then the same show is repeated 10.30am Wednesday.

You can hear some previous shows on the bikelove website. Or you can email me at bikelove@2ser.com

If anyone has any great ideas for future shows I'd love to hear from you.

Ride on
Jo

Added by BikeLove on January 15, 2009 at 6:48am — No Comments

Mt Nebo or Nudgee Beach?? Cimbing or flat??

Judging by the title you can imagine what I ended up doing cant you. I was meeting up with Rocky, a mate from work, for a training ride this morning. Originally we planned to to do Mt Nebo to Jolly's lookout, but he mentioned to me that he did Mt Coothat yesterday and it nearly destroyed him. So after a shocking sleep and a long night I woke up this morning not so refreshed and not keen for 45min of pain along with the numerous undulations between home and the start. Besides with the… Continue

Added by Luke on January 14, 2009 at 10:47am — 1 Comment

Off topic but anyway - lost dog

Last Sunday, 11th Jan. The back gate "opened" itself and my dog got out. She was seen on Sunday evening near the IGA at Doonside, and then seen at the cricket / tennis / netball park Doonside on Monday. I was out until 11pm last night looking for her and putting up posters.



If anyone riding the M7 sees a grey and white husky, could you try to catch her, and if you are successful call the pound. She is very friendly. She has one brown eye and one blue eye.



Cash… Continue

Added by Peter H on January 14, 2009 at 7:29am — 4 Comments

A walking disaster

Went for a little ride this evening, just for something to do. Left kind of late to avoid the heat, decided to make it a short, brisk one. Tooled through the back streets from Marrickville to Dulwich Hill Station, then sprinted down Wardell Road to Cooks River and onto the river trail. Powered through to Illawarra road, decided I still had some steam left in me before the light started fading, and hauled ass through to Tempe Station.



I'd just started my return leg down the other side… Continue

Added by Conrad on January 13, 2009 at 10:36pm — 5 Comments

Early starts and Stolen silence

Well, I am back to the early starts. Was up at 0430 this morning so I could go out and get some training in. Met up with Sandra, Mark, Suz, Mick and at least dozen more riders for out Tuesday morning sprint intervals at Nundah. It was the biggest group so far, and really it was to big for the track and the number of other groups using the same track. Maybeb not too big but the difference in cycling fitness and ability was huge. So it was a struggle to get a some consistant effort in. The fitter… Continue

Added by Luke on January 13, 2009 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Riding and Crab and Chilli pasta

So how has my bike riding going? Had a rest over the weekend to recover fromt he track carnival and went back out today. Knocked out a quick 40km of flat and then added another 10km of power climbs on the ay home. Concentrated on cadence and sustained effort. Tomorrow I am heading out to Nundah to have an interval session with Mark and a few others. These sessions are good. 5 lap intervals at about 40km/h with a full gas sprint at the end, then 2 laps recovery and start again. We start at 0530… Continue

Added by Luke on January 12, 2009 at 7:27pm — No Comments

Helmets continued... Went to all this effort to write it, but then discussion closed - so here it is:

Regarding this discussion:





Q: >>How would I or anyone know if you did present a paper, researched it or what.



A: Maybe because generally conference proceedings and papers are published and as such the existence of the paper would be much easier to verify than some of the opinion based comments you have put forward??: Comments involving sarcasm and… Continue

Added by Nick on January 11, 2009 at 4:31pm — 14 Comments

A successful night on the track

Well, considering how much time off the bike i have had and how long I have been back on it, Friday night was a success.

Turned up with plenty of time to warm upand settle myself. Pinned my number on and started to focus. RAce 1 was a 25 lap Scratch race. I was the oldest in the Elite B race and at 34 up against 17-23 year olds I did ok. 2nd in the intermediate sprint and 4th on the line. Happy with that.

Race 2 1600m Wheelrace. Held of the Scratchies until 3/4 lap to go and the… Continue

Added by Luke on January 11, 2009 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Race nerves again. Is it wierd to enjoy them

As much as i tried to have a good night sleep and do the right things to prepare for the track carnival tonight, I had a shocker. Tossed and turned all night and didn't sleep well at all. The only thing I could think of was Pre race nerves kicking in early. Even as I type this I have butterflies. Problem is I really enjoy it. My senses are heightened and my reactions quicker and really cant wait to get on the track now. For a long time now I haven't had these felings unless it has been a title… Continue

Added by Luke on January 9, 2009 at 2:23pm — 5 Comments

My first blog in Sydney

Although I currently live in the Vegas, Brisbane and hate it. Yes thats right I hate it. I love the weather and i love the bike racing up here but the people, drivers and my work are the worst I have met. You politely wave to a fellow cyclist as you pass and NO repsonse. Is using manners such a hassle in your training ride that you cant simply acknowledge another rider.

Anyway of track a little. When I first joined the Army I lived in Sydney. I never rode a bike there except for the… Continue

Added by Luke on January 8, 2009 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Who was Brewongle?

Went to the cricket yesterday. The Aussies were batting on day 4 and needed to get some quick runs to put the Seth Efricans in, so I thought it might be worth going. How to get there from Leichhardt? Bus to Central, walk around to Chalmers St, another bus to the SCG? Nah, ride the bike. It was warm and humid but not excessive so packed up the sangers, a drink, binoculars, hat and off. Cross the City West Link on Catherine St, left at Moore St, through Annandale on Booth St, left at Bridge Rd,… Continue

Added by Bob Moore on January 7, 2009 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

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