July 2008 Blog Posts (25)

Greetings from Brisbane

I've just spent a few days in Brisbane and have enjoyed cycling around the city. My outsider/subjective view is that the city is getting many things right in terms of cycling. There are many bike racks, tracks and lanes all across the city and the city government have strongly including cycling as part of its broader transport services. I had time to check out the King George Cycle Centre which was an impressive bike parking facility.…



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Added by Adrian on July 30, 2008 at 4:25pm — 6 Comments

Nostradamus, Dogs and Cycling Accidents

Every week I remind at least one person on the Gore Hill shared Pedestrian / Dog / Stroller / Bike Path that they should keep their dog on a leash because one day "they will cause an accident with a cyclist". Well, it looks like that day has come for me...



This morning as I approached a couple of walkers taking up one bike lane each, while leaving the pedestrian lane free (a pretty common scenario)! I noticed two dogs playing in the bushes. I rang my bell about 5 times and slowed… Continue

Added by Tony Arnold on July 30, 2008 at 1:13pm — 17 Comments

Steal this bike: An audio documentary

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Added by Phil on July 30, 2008 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Pimp my ride (what else would I call this link)

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/07/29/led-lighting-system.html

Added by Nic on July 30, 2008 at 10:05am — 1 Comment

I am Lance Armstrong... :)

So, i went in my first race on the weekend at heffron park. Too much fun!!



My goal for the day was to show up and race. if i managed to stay with the pack then that would be a bonus. With that in mind i immediately went to the back of the pack and stayed there for the entire race. figured couldn't get in anyones way back there.



14 laps and i stayed with them easy enough. no real energy expended. a couple of interesting surges here and there but nothing to bust the pack up.… Continue

Added by T6079 on July 28, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

New French bicycle helmet laws

Added by Phil on July 28, 2008 at 9:23am — 2 Comments

Bikes in Japan!

I've just come back from a trip to Tokyo, which looks like a rather nice city in which to ride.

I saw bikes everywhere, ridden by all sorts of people. And 95% of them rode without helmets.

Most of the bikes were step-through, single-speed town bikes, with baskets on the front. Very few were branded in any way, although the picture above shows what must be the most incongruous bike on the planet: the HUMMER bike. I saw two of these, so… Continue

Added by Simon Sharwood on July 21, 2008 at 2:37pm — 8 Comments

One grand

I've finally scored the gig I want which can get me on my bike five days a week, and get me a new bike to boot.



I'll be riding from Marrickville to Rhodes, so any advice on a commute will be very welcome. Have spotted nothing on bikely.com, but there's got to be a way there via a link-up between the Cooks river track and Homebush Bay. I'm open to suggestions there though.



But I reckon I'll have a grand to spend on a new bike, so I thought I'd take this to you people, the… Continue

Added by Miguel on July 21, 2008 at 11:46am — 14 Comments

The Motherf*&ing bike is here!


So it's finally here - the cherry red Surly Long Haul Trucker has landed and is living with the Monkeys.

Now I have to make some decisions..... handlebars, saddle all of the important things ;-)

Stay tuned as the build progresses.

Added by Sammy on July 19, 2008 at 7:21pm — 1 Comment

Friday's bike video

Afternoon all.

Firstly thanks to Peter H for sorting out my links. Beautiful day for riding...again. My ride avoids the CBD so I have missed all the WYD people.

I must say thanks too, to Silent Otto for pointing me to my favourite bike video - "Fast and Reliable". The one I have been looking for, for a long time. I won't say anything now other than, watch.





Have a good… Continue

Added by Nic on July 18, 2008 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Biker tribes exhibition

For any of you who may be in London next year this looks great - I love the interactives on wiki and Flickr that they have set up.



Telling the story of two-wheeled transport and the people who ride them. The Biker Tribes know these are truly beautiful objects.



* Passion: the on-going love affair we have with our bikes

* Grunt: pedal-powered or motorised, old or new, Biker Tribes encompasses… Continue

Added by naomi on July 16, 2008 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Bike fix and bike security

Hello all again. Couple of links:
a rather useful collection of videos on how to fix bikes:
http://bicycletutor.com/

and a rather extreme example of how to try and stop your bike being half-inched (pinched):
make your bike ugly: http://www.make-digital.com/make/vol11/?pg=76&u1=texterity&cookies=1

Added by Nic on July 15, 2008 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Gentlemen, Start your engines....

As metioned in a previous post, i've been thinking about getting into cycling as a sport. Well, this satruday my brilliant racing carrer will begin. I'm going to be racing at heffron park this saturday.



I was thinking i should train until i thought i was fit enough, but i'm bored with that idea already. i figure i might aswell just jump in and have a crack. My goal for this weekend is simply to show up and race. if i finish it'll be a bonus, but i'm in no way expecting… Continue

Added by T6079 on July 15, 2008 at 10:15am — 1 Comment

From the CEO of BP

We're Investing So Much In Alternative Fuels, Sometimes We Almost Forget To Pump Oil!

Ever since we changed our name from British Petroleum to BP (Beyond Petroleum) in 2000, we've led the way in developing progressive, environmentally friendly alternatives to gasoline. These last few years of pouring money into biofuels and renewable energy sources have been so great that I can't…
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Added by Colin on July 10, 2008 at 7:56pm — 1 Comment

New PB (the park)

Did the park this morning. A bit chilli but as always, simply the best way to start the day.



Up to this point i've not really been worried about how fast i was riding, but simply that i was riding and that i was getting some KM's into my legs.



Last saturday during the DHBC slowies ride i put in for one lap and got around in 8:06. Miles away from being fast, but i was happy enough with that at this point.



So this morning, on my second lap round i kept the big… Continue

Added by T6079 on July 10, 2008 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

How good is science!

Sometimes it comes up with ways of telling you to do stuff you love to do anyway!



From yesterday's SMH



Carbs and coffee refuel muscles faster


July 8, 2008 - 3:51PM





Drinking a cup of coffee with a plate of carbs will help athletes recover from their training sessions faster, Australian research shows.



Melbourne… Continue

Added by naomi on July 9, 2008 at 7:00pm — 14 Comments

The Badger gets feral


"As long as I breathe, I attack."

Added by Phil on July 8, 2008 at 8:59pm — No Comments

"Crazy Concept Bikes You'll Never Ride"

A short article from America's Wired magazine. Got to say, my favourite is the Pilen Concept.
http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/06/four-crazy-conc.html


Enjoy the photos,
Nic

Added by Nic on July 8, 2008 at 12:49am — 1 Comment

Punctures...

So, this morning, 6am. i'm up and i'm ready. about to head to the park for my (hopefully) regular 20km jaunt before work. I'm going through my usual morning ritual of turning on the lights and checking my tyres when i discover my front wheel is a flat as a tac.



I rode it on saturday morning without issue, i then went away for the weekend so hadn't touched it since 9:30am saturday morning. Not sure how it would have gone flat in that time but such is life.



So i set about… Continue

Added by T6079 on July 7, 2008 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Cops Heart Donuts

Even bicycle cops!


From Chic Cyclist.

Added by Colin on July 5, 2008 at 5:40pm — 2 Comments

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