January 2013 Blog Posts (14)


Yesterday I did a bicycle maintenance course with Bike Wise (http://www.bikewise.com.au/). It's supported by Sydney City Council and is free.

I highly recommend it. Ben, our tutor, was knowledgeable and thorough, and he didn't 'talk down' to us. (Bike shops you could take note - no one likes a smart arse)…


Added by Pauline Webber on January 28, 2013 at 11:26am — 1 Comment

Stupid place to lock your bike

Central Station, Devonshire Street exit.

Well done, dickhead.

Added by Mark Lambert on January 24, 2013 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

All's fine with the Alfine 3 years and 20,000 kms

This comes to you about a 8 weeks later than I anticipated thanks to a dooring in mid-November that left with me with a broken 5th metacarpal in my left hand and sore arm. So it took a couple of months longer to reach the 20,000 milestone. I also had a broken wrist earlier in the year which put a dent in reaching the milestone sooner or making it closer to 24,000.

So its been over 3 years since I took delivery of my Kona DrFine with 8 speed Alfine rear hub and started commuting from…


Added by DrFine on January 23, 2013 at 11:34pm — 14 Comments

what are the top 5 lubricants that you preffer on your bike?

your 5 top lubricants that you have use on your bike? why? and would you recommend them to someone else?

Added by Michy on January 23, 2013 at 10:55pm — 4 Comments

Experience Bike Buddy

 am looking for an experienced  female bike buddy to pair up with me in my search for the "right" bike to buy. Also would be great to have some advise on the some of the popular bike shops and  paths to start with (apart from Parramatta Park in my region). Thanks !

Added by Jigs on January 23, 2013 at 6:41pm — 3 Comments

Female experienced Bike buddy

I am looking for a female experienced bike buddy to pair up with me in my search for the "right" bike to buy. Also would be great to have some advise on the some of the popular bike shops and  paths to start with (apart from Parramatta Park in my region). Thanks !

Added by Jigs on January 23, 2013 at 6:40pm — No Comments

a new beginning.

Hi Guys

I want to start a new passion of exploring world on 2 wheels with some good company. Please suggest the best beginner's bike to buy/necessary gear. Thanks!

Added by Jigs on January 20, 2013 at 7:21pm — 12 Comments

The Hottest Day

The man upstairs told me to take lots of pictures, so I did.

He's an architect, but not the architect.

Climate change is yesterday's news, yesterday's easily escapable truth, yesterday's easily escapable future but now sadly, today's inescapable reality.

Today being Sydney's hottest day. Ever.

The people on Sydney Cyclist discuss the Heat and…


Added by Robert Minard on January 19, 2013 at 11:01am — 2 Comments

Cycling in the family tree

As often happens in the lazy hours over Christmas and New Year when you spend time with family, there's ample opportunity for reminiscence and discussion of family history. On my mother's side, we know a great deal of this going back many generations; my uncle is retired and an amateur history buff. On my late father's side, we know very little at all, even only a generation or two back.

My mother casually mentioned this latter fact to my uncle during the break and he chose to…


Added by dr bean on January 11, 2013 at 1:29pm — 1 Comment

Bikes in Advertising

I have always been fascinated with advertising using bicycles.

I love this photo from Michelozzo custom dress shirts and tailored shirts.

Totally dig color of this bike.…


Added by Bill Lawes on January 10, 2013 at 10:36pm — No Comments

My lounge room as a bike shed

Just thought I would share this pic I snapped yesterday after a bit of bike shopping with my ex:

From left to right: Byron Cheater (Piece of crap), Esperia Partner (new), Avanti Sprint (my old bike - might rebuild or retire), Potenza Forza (my new bike), BSO (my slow utility bike).

The Esperia Partner and Potenza Forza are the new…


Added by Peter H on January 7, 2013 at 6:00am — 3 Comments


So I put Strava on my phone. Strava, in case you are not acquainted with it, is an app which tracks your route, how fast you go, how long you take and so on. And then the really evil bit – it compares how fast you ride each ‘segment’ with other riders who have followed the same route (or bits of the route). If you are fast enough, you get an award, a place on the leader-board and a ‘King of the Mountain’ (KoM) badge. This has also sparked some controversy, as it may encourage people to ride…


Added by Dan on January 6, 2013 at 10:57am — 3 Comments

When N+1=1...

Christmas was a very exciting time in our household. A new bike was waiting underneath the Christmas tree! Unfortunately, it was not for me – but for my daughter, who has now reached an age where her full indoctrination can begin. Actually, in many ways I was more excited than if it had been for me.

She was very excited by her new balance bike, and had several goes –…


Added by Dan on January 5, 2013 at 11:45am — 3 Comments

Worse-than-Third-World cycling conditions. Yes, a New South Wales tale.

I had a whole day to kill yesterday. The solution was, of course, a bike ride.

It didn't matter where, but it was going to be long. In the end, I made it up as I went along, setting off on a loop from the lovely, leafy North Shore out to Parramatta, then Liverpool, Campbelltown and into the southern highlands via the freeway and, after Picton, the old Hume Hwy. Where then would depend on how I felt.

Not everything went as well as it might. For which I blame the government. Not…


Added by Neil Alexander on January 4, 2013 at 9:30am — 17 Comments

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