June 2010 Blog Posts (23)

The long road to Brisvegas 2

Ok so the clock is ticking and and there are really three things I need to do to get things heading in the right direction.

First I need to get my weight heading southwards and there's only one way to do that, fix the diet.

I don't know about you but I love cooking and when I think about what to cook I tend not to think in terms of what will be healthiest or appropriate, it's more about interest and tastiness. I love Moroccan, French, Italian, Japanese you name it, on top of that I… Continue

Added by David Taylor on June 30, 2010 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Le Tour du Pont d'ANZAC

It was the Cannondale guy I had my eye on. He looked dangerous. We'd already left the peloton behind in Pyrmont, and the breakaway group of four were gearing up for the hill. He was first onto the ramp, and came out of the saddle to push some pace up the ramp. I was at the back, and I watched as the third placed Bright Lights pulled out and went past Hybrid dude on the first incline. Probably not a manoeuvre I'd recommend; however he executed it well, taking the long outside line on the first… Continue

Added by Dan on June 29, 2010 at 10:27pm — 4 Comments

LE TOUR DE FRANCE begins in le Rotterdamme

I'll be following le Tour from le start in le Nederland.


Added by Richard Tulloch on June 29, 2010 at 7:01pm — No Comments

The long road to Brisvegas

Ok so the story so far:

Late last year after much riding a good level of fitness and my first 200km Audax ride in typical form for me I announced to the world or at least those close enough to hear, that I David Taylor was ready for some kind of big challenge and would take on all comers.

Some short number of days later Tash fires me off an email with an innocuous enough link to the 1200kms for kids website

Full of energy and… Continue

Added by David Taylor on June 25, 2010 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Pimp my ride

I put a post up on Brisbane cyclist about a bike modification project I've been thinking about this week.

Thought I'd get lots of comments from the Sydney lot as well.

Any thoughts ? Feel free to add here :)

Added by DamianM on June 23, 2010 at 8:23pm — 9 Comments

Sydney Morning Herald


I am a reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald,

I'm doing a story on the recent move by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority to put a ranger over Pyrmont Bridge in peak hour commuting,

If anyone uses the bridge or knows anyone who does and would like to comment on the move,

please contact me at on 0425297577 asap,


Clare Barnes.

Added by clare barnes on June 23, 2010 at 12:39pm — 16 Comments

Poit's triumph

On Saturday night, June 19, I had the privilege and pleasure of again meeting one of Australia's greatest cycling athletes. A more modest, understated and self-effacing human being, and a more unlikely extreme athlete, it would be hard to imagine. Peter Heal, a dinkum Aussie in his early 50s and commonly known to his mates as “Poit”, had just completed a superhuman feat of endurance by cycling, alone and unsupported, around the coast of…


Added by Neil Alexander on June 23, 2010 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

Have trombone, will travel...

On Saturday, I was playing for the crowds gathered in the FIFA Fan Fest at Darling Harbour. Well, I say crowds; there actually weren't many people there. This probably had something to do with the fact that neither the bar nor any of the food outlets were open.

Anyway, given that Darling Harbour isn't far away, I thought it was an excellent chance to try transporting my trombone (and related paraphernalia - music, mutes, beer etc) on the…


Added by Dan on June 22, 2010 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments


On Saturday (19/6) I took my new bike on it's first dirt ride. I chose to ride the fire trail that runs the length of Narrowneck, the beautiful sandstone ridge that separates the Megalong and Jamison Valleys just west of Katoombe. If you have ever admired the view from Echo Point at Katoomba you have seen Narrowneck to the west of Echo Point.

The day started with a ride from Dulwich Hill to Central to catch the 07:18 train to Katoomba. Hung the bike on a spare hook in the…

Added by Michael S. (Boxhead) on June 20, 2010 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards

Well as you probably know by now, last week I was awarded the Cycling Award of the Year in the Honorary category for Sydney Cyclist. The awards are an initiative of the Cycling Promotion Fund and aim to recognise innovation and contribution to promote cycling in the community.

The event was somewhat…

Added by DamianM on June 20, 2010 at 1:20pm — 6 Comments

Cold hands whilst riding - a cautionary tale

I was a little late leaving work tonight, which meant I had to dash back so that I wasn't late getting home. I jumped on the bike after escaping a meeting that had run late, and powered through Sydney.

I was riding the fixie. I love my fixie. I've been riding my other bikes a lot recently, including the heavy (and slow) Radish, and the tourer with panniers and so on, and getting on the fixie was just a joy. It is my favourite bike, I have to say. Just so much fun; it accelerates like… Continue

Added by Dan on June 17, 2010 at 11:59pm — 4 Comments

Latvia and Estonia have better cycling infrastructure than Australia!

They may not be high on people's list of places to go riding, but the Baltic States are fast developing into excellent cycle touring countries:


Added by Richard Tulloch on June 16, 2010 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Latvia and Estonia have better cycling infrastructure than Australia!

They may not be high on people's list of places to go riding, but the Baltic States are fast developing into excellent cycle touring countries:


Added by Richard Tulloch on June 16, 2010 at 9:26pm — 2 Comments

Back to the races 14/6/2010. More to think about

Since my last race day, i put plenty of thought into what I should do next. The lead up couple of weeks was very hectic with plenty of riding, running and squash. The legs were sore and a couple of light rides leading into helped soothe the legs. (10km with the trailer and daughter on Saturday, and 30kms of fire trails on Sunday- followed up with an epsom salt bath Sunday night)

Monday morning I woke up nice and early to watch Australia get pumped by Germany- followed by some…


Added by Steve H on June 15, 2010 at 2:15pm — 4 Comments

Cargo Bike Lock

I love my cargo bike (Gazelle Cabby). Can't really fault it, being able to ride over to the Metro and chuck a trolley load of groceries in it is bloody marvellous. I did have one small problem, and that is how do I secure the bike?

It has a nice wide, stable stand so I didn't need to lean it against anything, and it has a built in Axa lock on the back wheel, so people can't ride away on it. But I was still worried about people…


Added by Mark Lambert on June 10, 2010 at 4:43pm — 7 Comments

The boys in blue

I'm really in two minds about whether to post this blog. On the one hand, I had a couple of kind of interesting / amusing incidents on my bike today. On the other hand, it kind of vaguely relates to you-know-what, and, well, I have a resolution to never raise them as an issue. (When others do it, well, they have to accept the consequences...).

Oh well, here we go.

On the way to work, I was stopped on Pyrmont Bridge by a couple of bicycle cops. They queries me about my lack of… Continue

Added by Dan on June 9, 2010 at 9:26pm — 10 Comments

Riding the Radish in the Rain

On Sunday, the Radish came into it's own. Indeed, up until Sunday I had failed to appreciate the fun there is to be had on this machine; however I am now a confirmed Xtracycle fan.

It came about because we had to go and get groceries. Mrs Dan initially wanted to go, as sending me with a list wasn't god enough, as 'I wouldn't buy the things that she didn't know we needed'. Hmmmm. Mrs Dan and I have very different ideas… Continue

Added by Dan on June 8, 2010 at 10:47pm — 10 Comments

On the Street | Happy Trails

Stumbled on this nice photo montage with commentary. How nice would it be to see this? Hopefully with Clover's changes, it may happen.

On the Street | Happy Trails

It seems like everyone, with or without a safety ..[no commentary on the h word please - just enjoy the photos].., is on wheels, from scooters and skateboards to inline skates and pedal carts.…


Added by Edward Re on June 8, 2010 at 8:41pm — 2 Comments

Google Street View

I've been planning a trip to Europe and using Google Maps to get a feel for where I'm going. I've even been able to see the quality of the bike paths besides the roads! Street view has been fantastic. I'm wondering whether I even need to go and visit! I feel like I've been there already ;-)

I'm drooling at the prospect of riding on separated paths for hundreds of kms along flat roads.…


Added by Tony Arnold on June 4, 2010 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

These angry horns

I have just joined this forum almost as a therapy...I have been commuting to work rain, hail or shine for 4 years after moving here from the Netherlands and generally my route between Rozelle and Redfern is peaceful. However, in the last month I have had three occasions where drivers have spoken through their horns and even tried to run me off the road. On the last two occasions I actually stopped these angry people and asked them what I was doing wrong to which they said I was taking up an… Continue

Added by Floris van Ogtrop on June 3, 2010 at 10:54am — 9 Comments

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