Yesterday evening, I acquired a new skill. Or rather, I did something for the first time, which means next time I do it I'll know how to do it better. But probably still not skilfully.
Anyway, the story started when I decided to replace the bars on my Peugeot; the ones that were on there were rather narrow and not comfortable. The bike, being old, has a quill-style stem which requires the bars to be threaded through (as opposed to the more common 'pop top' on modern stems), so I also… Continue
So I went back down to Bright, Vic for the Australia Day long weekend for the 4th time for the Audax Alpine Classic. This year was my second year of entering the event after getting a road bike last year and deciding that instead of hanging around waiting… Continue
A friend of mine has just come back from Adelaide, where he spent the summer break with his family. He came back just a bit too early to see any of the tour, but his brother-in-law rode the open ride stage, and had a lot of fun (notwithstanding the stinking hot weather and the headwind!). Anyway, he's fired up to do the same thing next year, and bombarded me with a bunch of texts about 'training'.
I was just trying to gauge the level of interest out there to revive the Big Ride, perhaps by someone other than BNSW. When would you see the best time of year being and what rides would be of interest?
I went for a few days to Canberra to visit some friends so I took advantage of some of the nice bicycle infrastructure to get around. The thing that really stands out about Canberra infrastructure is that everything is so spaced out. Suburbs are separated by huge easements that contain parks, freeways, canals, bike paths etc. There are lots of people riding bikes, many in normal clothes (even with the temp about 30deg) and quite a few without helmets.
11/01/2010, 0952HRS, BUS 370, north-east end of Lenthall street, Kensington, Sydney.
Almost crushed me whilst commuting. I swerved and braked to avoid the incoming rear as it overtook. It immediately stopped because of the… Continue
I was in the city for the opening night of the Sydney Festival with my trusty steed. Many streets were blocked off so that stages could be set up and people could roam the streets.
Like a good, law-abiding cyclist (aren't we all) I was walking my bike through the crowd. Thankfully I spotted a street that was not blocked off for the festival and decided to exit the crowd and take advantage of the empty streets to make it to my next destination.
I have finaly crossed one of my big cyclng goals off my list of to do items.
30th December 2009 Stage 1 Lithgow to Katoomba
On Wednesday, I rolled out of bed with a determination to test the route for a ride from my parents place to Sydney. I decided to make it a minimalist tour, so I was going to carry very little. I also have wanted to do this ride as a means of showing that tours can be done on an average or even a below average bike. I chose to do this tour on the Holstar… Continue
With Neil's admonition ringing in my head, this morning I made it out for a ride. Because I didn't get into gear early enough, I ended up leaving after it had gone 9am. I guess it's for this reason I didn't see many other cyclists, as you are all dedicated enough to be up and out and have returned by then...
So I meandered around for a while rather aimlessly; after various excursions by the… Continue