May 2012 Blog Posts (17)

Western Sydney Cycling Network Five Year Anniversary

Coming up this sunday 3 June 2012 is our clubs five year anniversary and we're throwing a family friendly party for all to attend. An event has been put up on Sydney Cyclist for it here.

Check it out and hope to see you there.…


Added by Brian McMartin on May 31, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Bike on bike action (2)

It’s been taking rather a long time to sort out the problem with my fixie forks, and whilst I was riding it for a while the reaction of a mechanic in a local bike shop gave me pause for thought (he went pale, looked at me and simply said ‘Well, I wouldn’t ride it, not even to go…


Added by Dan on May 30, 2012 at 9:00pm — 10 Comments

Last month in Europe ... the long good bye

I've lived away from Sydney for too long. As part of a long good by I'm ordering a new bike.

Cannondale Evo Super Six

I'll be writing a blog on the fitting and buying processes starting tomorrow. 

Added by Michael Fagan on May 28, 2012 at 7:42am — 2 Comments

Rain-soaked wonderland

It was a lovely day when I set off for work this morning – a fabulous day for a ride, in fact. It stayed nice all morning, and then in the afternoon the low cloud came in, and it began to rain.

Cold, wet, drizzly rain. I had a rehearsal again tonight, so afterwards faced the delights of a fairly long ride home, on the laden Radish, with no waterproofs or even sensible rain clothing…


Added by Dan on May 25, 2012 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

The Most Puncture Proof "Tyre" Ever

I believe it qualifies as an interpretation of the pneumatic tyre rather than a rim or solid tyre given the effort to imitate the action of a tire in absorbing and conforming to the road surface.  The actual outer surface was bound to leather.  Would love to see the inertial forces these had!  Germany, 1915 from Farren Collection.…


Added by Omar@Go! Alliance on May 24, 2012 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

House-sitters available for duty!

Hi fellow cyclistes
Sorry to get slightly off topic here, but I'm the lookout for houses, and house-owners who might need a family of sitters to take care of their house in Sydney's Inner South West over the mid-August to end of the year period.
We're a cycling family of four, and happy to look after cats, dogs, gardens, etc in exchange. Get in touch via SydCyc if you've got a place in need of sitters!


Added by Miguel on May 21, 2012 at 10:44am — No Comments

Call for papers on active transport, urban design and population health - Journal of Environmental and Public Health

The Effect of Active Transport, Transport Systems, and Urban Design on Population Health - Call for Papers Contemporary public health research and policy recognises that active transport (walking, cycling and the use of public transport), transport systems, and urban design affect population health. These associations are evident at international, national, regional, and local levels. They operate through the safety of populations in terms of injuries due to road crashes,…


Added by dr bean on May 18, 2012 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Cyclists required at Hornsby Council Chambers, 7pm tonight!!

HSMBA will be stating their case for MTB trails in Hornsby. Please come and support them.

As usual, there will be a vocal opposition group, who know nothing about cycling

& can't seem to discern between a…


Added by Susanna Mills on May 16, 2012 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

Blue bike blurb

I love the blue bikes. They are incredibly handy, fun, good for a bit of exercise and a nice way to start the day. There are 175 stations along a 13km strip and a station at both ends of my street.

Getting to the airport: 15 minutes.

Getting to a hotel in order to meet a old work mate: 5 minutes.

Getting to the airport bus stop to get the no. 70 bus: 12 minutes. That's as quick as the bus without the wait, which can easily add 20 minutes.

And tonight, I had to drop off…


Added by Edward Re on May 16, 2012 at 8:17am — 4 Comments

Cyclists and bike paths and rules of the road and avoiding head ons and simple common courtesy

I've been holding my tongue about this for a while, but I'd be curious to know what everyone's opinion is about this... and whether I'm being entirely unreasonable. Are there no bike path rules? Is it every cyclist for him/herself? This may be an inarticulate rant...

My understanding of bike paths is that they should follow similar rules to that of the road. Keep left, keep to within your lane, give way in the usual road rule way.

I ride every day on bike paths and roads, and…


Added by Anne-Lise Larsen on May 15, 2012 at 12:02am — 7 Comments

Cycling USA - Chicago gets it right

Americans love their cars, but Chicago is trying hard to define itself as a bike-friendly city, and it's working:

Added by Richard Tulloch on May 12, 2012 at 7:15am — 4 Comments

Schadenfreude .... ain't it sweet. And a bike race in Geneva...

Today's blog.....

Schadenfreude .... ain't it sweet. And a bike race in Geneva... 

Added by Michael Fagan on May 12, 2012 at 3:47am — No Comments

Bike for Sale

Hi, I'm selling my bike. It's nearly 2 years old & new.
It's a Genius bike purchased from New Zealand.

Added by Jacinta Collier on May 10, 2012 at 12:14am — 2 Comments

A useful skill, or the mark of a shameless poseur?

I’ve been working on this for years. It’s something I wanted to be able to do – but not enough such that I went out to practise for hours until I could do it. However, I’ve been gradually getting better, and I think I am now good enough to be able announce <drumroll> that I can at last do a trackstand.

I’m not brilliant, and certainly can’t do all the no-handed,…


Added by Dan on May 7, 2012 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

Where are our bikes?

I think this one is a bit tough, so I will give you a few clues:

1. These aren't technically our bikes. We had to leave ours at home and rent these for the day but they did the job well, nice light aluminum hybrids with Shimano Alfine 8 Speed hubs.

2. We were about to stop for lunch here by a beach that I think is probably better viewed…


Added by Rob Berry on May 5, 2012 at 10:36am — 9 Comments

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