April 2008 Blog Posts (6)

Is Jack Walsh's Punchbowl shop closed?

I heard over the weekend that Jack Walsh's Punchbowl bicycle shop has closed. It truly marks the passing of an era in Sydney's south-west and in Australian cycling. Jack once rebuilt a set of wheels for a road bike of mine and his handiwork is a prized posession of mine. Jack has run his shop on Punchbowl road continuously for 65 years. The shop has some fantastic murals, and the obligatory selection of cycling photos, some of which have made their way to his great mate Mick Mazza's shop on…


Added by Miguel on April 28, 2008 at 12:15pm — 16 Comments

Wanted: old ski poles (yes, it's about bikes!)

Rummage your attics and garages, and those of your friends. We need old ski poles to make bicycle polo mallets. The aim is to be able to run bicycle polo championships by the end of the year. Search far and wide...

Added by BikeSaint on April 26, 2008 at 3:08pm — 13 Comments

Waterfall vs. my face

The first time I ever rode to waterfall was in the infamous 2006 Gong ride, when a howling southerly made life hell for everyone and left me ill for most of a month with a bout of sinusitis. I've since learned I have a predeliction to sinusitis and will at some point in the future have, as my specialist says, my face "re-plumbed."

So when I woke up this morning intending to do my first training ride to Waterfall and saw a few showers on the radar, gray skies and a bit of wind, I had to… Continue

Added by Simon Sharwood on April 20, 2008 at 8:48pm — 3 Comments

Sitting in and bowing out

Bike Snob NYC can be a little hit and miss, but his take today on amateur bike racing is a funny read.

I believe it was either Sheldon Brown or Ben Franklin who said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” This is especially true when it comes to road racing. Basically, if…

Added by DamianM on April 15, 2008 at 10:51am — No Comments

The greatest bicycle race in the world

You can have your Tour de France.
I want to race in the Tour de Donut.
Mmmmmmmm ..... donuts ....

Added by Simon Sharwood on April 9, 2008 at 12:20pm — No Comments


from rec.bicycles.rides:

A piece of road walks into a bar and declares to all its occupants:

"I'm the hardest bit of bitumen in the whole of this town!"

The piano player stops and the bar goes deadly silent. After a brief

pause, all eyes drop, the pianist returns to playing and the piece of

road pulls up a bar stool and settles down to a beer.

Five minutes later, a piece of dual carriageway throws open the bar

door. Once again, the bar goes… Continue

Added by vasco on April 6, 2008 at 6:19pm — 2 Comments

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