April 2011 Blog Posts (15)

Anti sprawl songs

Paul Krugman brings up the question, what is the best song about urban sprawl. There's

Big yellow Taxi, Little boxes (yay San Francisco, you even get into this contest), but I'd have to agree with his final choice. The Pretenders…


Added by Edward Re on April 29, 2011 at 8:23pm — 3 Comments

Brakeless fixie scofflaw!

Either I am going soft, or having the Radish is metamorphosing me into a full on European-style utility cyclist, as when i left work tonight it was a bit chilly in my cycling shorts and jersey, and for the first few minutes I thought longingly of how much more comfortable I would be all rugged up and riding the Radish.

However after a few minutes I warmed up and started to enjoy myself. However that enjoyment was curtailed by a slight wobbling, loose sensation on the right side of the…


Added by Dan on April 27, 2011 at 11:06pm — 3 Comments

Where in the world is my bike? 23/4/11

I've put this as a "Where in the world is my bike?" just to keep with the theme, and I'm just dieing to say that I had a great long weekend over easter. Found out when I got back to Sydney yesterday that Sydney has had miserable weather where the people (390 of us), that were participating where I was had perfect weather (cold overnight & perfect during the…


Added by Mark on April 26, 2011 at 9:23am — 7 Comments

All Spokes Festival


Has anyone attended this event?


Looks great... i am going to give it a go this year.



Added by Georgia Davies on April 21, 2011 at 5:17pm — 1 Comment

Cruising the Gold Coast



Just came back from a week on the Gold Coast.


We spent the first few days doing the theme parks with the 7 year old. He had a great time while I relived my youth through his eyes. But I was over it by Friday so my partner offered to take the boy on her own for his second visit to Wet and Wild and left me to my own devices.


Plan was to do some home work on the laptop after a quick bus trip into surfers paradise however I ended up hiring a…


Added by DrFine on April 18, 2011 at 10:18pm — 1 Comment

You hit my dog!

There’s always a new experience waiting to happen when you jump on a bike and tonight was no exception. I made a last minute arrangement to meet a couple of friends for a drink, and of course jumped on the bike for the short ride down to the pub. I arrived and was looking for somewhere to lock up the bike when suddenly I was approached by someone.

‘I know you!’ she…


Added by Dan on April 18, 2011 at 12:00am — 21 Comments

A ride in the wild, wild, west (otherwise known as the pre-Riverstone Loop Ride)

Today I had the pleasure of joining in the Pre-Riverstone Loop Ride. It was kind of a dress rehearsal for the Ride to Riverstone (R2R), http://ride2riverstone.com.au/, on 1st May (Syd Cyclist event page). 


As the R2R website says "Cycle the best rural scenery in Western Sydney whilst raising funds for kids with…


Added by Michael S. (Boxhead) on April 17, 2011 at 11:12pm — 3 Comments

Europe's cheapest B&Bs - for cyclists only!

There's a great network of cheap B&B accommodation spreading across Europe. It's available only to cyclists and other active travellers, set up by a Dutch organisation Vrienden op de Fiets (Friends on the Bike). If you're thinking of cycle touring in Europe (and I am!) it's well worth joining. Could it work in Australia too eventually?…


Added by Richard Tulloch on April 12, 2011 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Cycling recycling

One of the things I like about the area of Sydney where I live is that rather than chuck stuff away, people leave it out on the footpath for a while first. It’s amazing how much stuff gets carted off by people to be re-used; I’ve got rid of all sorts of things this way, and its much more satisfying that putting it in the trash or taking it to the tip.

I generally…


Added by Dan on April 11, 2011 at 12:46pm — 5 Comments

Where in the world is my bike? 10/4/11

Added by Mark on April 10, 2011 at 3:37pm — 8 Comments

Waving through the barbed wire...

On the way home on Friday, I happened to be riding across the Harbour Bridge at the same time a cruise liner was passing underneath. It was quite a sight, and along with many other cyclists I stopped to watch it go by, and wave to the passengers crowded on the deck below.

Many of them waved back, and the height of the vessel meant they were close enough to call out to as…


Added by Dan on April 9, 2011 at 10:50pm — 16 Comments

My photos from WA Great Escapade March, 2011



Click on the photos and see more.  Essentially they are in separate albums sorted roughly by date.

Added by Ma Dame Vélo on April 8, 2011 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Touring Tasmania

I recently returned from a touring trip in Tasmania. The plan was for three of us to start out from Hobart and work our way up the east coat, across to Launceston and then back to Hobart by the central tablelands. We would mostly be camping and had allowed about two  and a half weeks for the journey, averaging 50 km per day. Used Lonely Planet's 'Cycling in Australia' as a guide.

The Bike

I couldn't really justify a…


Added by KimR on April 7, 2011 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

Hordes of Cyclists

The Herald article on injuries to MAM started off with "hordes of middle aged men have taken up cycling..." so I thought it appropriate to mention the Horde of MAM (quite a few MAW too) I saw in Annandale on Sunday. I was just returning from a ride  with LBUG via some of Clover's new cycleways. We started with 10 riders, which is about an average turnout for LBUG. Sometimes we get 15 or even 20, and sometimes only a  few gnarly old regulars turn up, but it doesn't matter, we go…


Added by Bob Moore on April 5, 2011 at 1:40am — 6 Comments

What were they thinking?

What were they thinking?

A photo essay on bicycle engineering disasters

Sometimes when I’m riding I come across such engineering messes that I stop and wonder, what were they thinking? Here are some of the best examples in Sydney’s West: 


  Can’t Cross the Road

This one is in Blacktown and…


Added by mark robson on April 1, 2011 at 4:08pm — 4 Comments

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