August 2008 Blog Posts (25)

It Lives!

Thanks to a good hard rubbish find on the weekend, and a bolt of lightning, my trash-bike* fixie is finally finished. With the body of 1977 Raleigh Grand Prix, the head of a hybrid, and the webbed cranks of an 80s roadie it is a strange beast but a pleasure to ride.

I've survived a couple of commutes to the train station and so far the fixed experience has been as much fun as I expected and not nearly as terrifying. There have been a… Continue

Added by mtrauts on August 28, 2008 at 5:15pm — 3 Comments


I *finally* managed to get delivery of a MTE P7 SSC-C from Deal extreme. I took a couple of beam shots and hopefully you get the picture - this is one hell of a package!!.

50W Halogen

Half Power…


Added by threeta on August 27, 2008 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

WWW ride

Went on the annual LBUG WWW ride, from Windsor to Wyong via Wiseman's Ferry. Day 1 was fine and very cool, with a fresh tail wind.14 riders set off from Windsor station at 930 am and made excellent time to the Sackville ferry, via Ebernezer. Across the mighty Hawkesbury and up the hill to the Lower Portland turnoff. Lunch was a spot

by the road overlooking the river, not far from… Continue

Added by Bob Moore on August 25, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Tandemming anyone?

How many cyclists on this site ride tandems, I wonder. Should there be a tandem group to discuss everything tandemic? Perhaps. I am musing upon this subject after completing a very enjoyable 60km jaunt with my regular stoker, Andrew, on Sunday.

It was one of those crisp but shiny and bright Sunday mornings on the northern beaches with less than usual traffic. Maybe all that Olympics watching had tired out the otherwise early drivers who were catching up on their shut-eye instead.…


Added by Neil Alexander on August 25, 2008 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Very Cool Bike / Stroller / Cargo Bike

What makes it cool is that you can use the bike separately, the stroller separately, or the two together.

Demo Video

Web Site

Added by Tony Arnold on August 22, 2008 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Keepin' on Truckin'

Well the Long Haul Trucker has arrived. The baby is a couple of weeks old but we have spent some time getting to know each other before showing her off to the world.

Of note - Tilly loves her baby seat and is really enjoying riding, the basket is rocking and Dave's touch, the bell (blue with stars), is spectacular! It sounds like a doorbell - it's the Ding Dong, too cool!

Other features, low mountain bike gearing so I can… Continue

Added by Sammy on August 16, 2008 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Everyone, meet Roy...

Roy, meet everyone.

So, i went track riding on monday night. AWESOME!!

Thats about all the excuse i need to go and buy a new bike.

Ladies and gentlemen introducing my newest stede, Roy!!

Bring on Monday night training.

Added by T6079 on August 15, 2008 at 12:11pm — 10 Comments

Another Olympic event

We know it's not a competition. This Sydney/Melbourne rivalry is just so much hype. No truth to it at all.


We have to note that the Sydney Cyclist site (316 members) is (still) streets ahead of the Melbourne Cyclist site (247 members) as of this morning. Sydney Cyclist is powering towards the gold, even though one of our leading riders has taken a nasty tumble. (Bodies heal but that square wheel is gonna slow D down, so time for the rest of the team to share the… Continue

Added by Neil Alexander on August 15, 2008 at 10:24am — 2 Comments

Stylish bike helemts

More irrelevant Friday, cycling stuff: Rather nifty covers for your bike helmet:

Added by Nic on August 15, 2008 at 10:18am — 3 Comments

Just riding along

No really, I was.... and my wheel just locked up, collapsed on itself and cracked in half.

Next thing I know I'm on the ground with skin missing on my arm.

Well that's one way of looking at it, I think an alternate version might make more sense.

So the alternate version is I was sprinting off some lights to beat the cars, and headed into a sharp left hand turn at speed. On the fixie. I'm guessing I ground the pedal on the road, I've been riding my road bike a… Continue

Added by DamianM on August 14, 2008 at 11:21pm — 14 Comments

Ride to work day, how not to make it fizz.

A while ago I registered my workplace for ride to work day. We are well equiped for riding to work. We have a good secure bike room (you have to use your swipe card to get in and it is under CCTV). We are close to the Cooks River/Bay to Bay cyclepath. We have a locker room complete with showers. Cyclists get a locker for their uniforms etc and toiletries. We have a small group of regulars who commute by bike, as well as a few who ride in occasionally (they ride in regulary but occasionally have… Continue

Added by Jonathon Troy on August 13, 2008 at 4:18pm — 5 Comments

Went for ride- Waterfall to Bundeena

Went for a ride on Sunday. One of my favourites, Waterfall to Cronulla via Otford and Bundeena. see Bikely map The 8.40 am Wollongong train gets to Waterfall pretty promptly (9.22) and the Millenium carriages, if not actually designed to take bikes, are spacious and bikes fit easily in the area off the vestibule.

At Waterfall we met more of our group (LBUG) that had ridden all the way from Tempe - the keen… Continue

Added by Bob Moore on August 12, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

I am NOT Lance Armstrong....

Second race ever. Heffron park, this saturday just past.

On Advice from an experience heffron campaigner, i head to the front early to have a token turn in the lead. As i go to make my way to the back for a rest, a 3 man breakaway goes at the pimples and i foolishy (i now realise) chased them down. I was hoping to make it a 4 man breakaway but alas the pack came with us. After that effort i slowly started to make my way to the back but the pace never slowed. After 4 laps the avergage… Continue

Added by T6079 on August 11, 2008 at 9:49am — 2 Comments

Bike Parking Enclosure designed by Kafka

Since bad cycling infrastructure seems to be a leitmotif of sydneycyclist, I thought I might share my own anecdote.

I meet up with a lady from Hornsby this morning to talk about her idea for developing a fietsstalling bike parking facility at the train station. On my way back from Hornsby to Macquaire uni I thought I might survey a few more train stations to see what bike parking facilities existed in that area. As I… Continue

Added by Adrian on August 9, 2008 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

Live Green Festival 17th Aug (Sun) Meet BikeSydney

Live Green Festival is on again, on the 17th August at Victoria Park, Sydney and of course BikeSydney will be there.

Live Green - Ideas to green your life

“More than 10,000 people attended the first Live Green event in 2007 and this year’s program promises to offer more innovative and simple practical actions you can take to reduce your environmental impact and help make our Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision a reality.” Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP

So a run down of what is… Continue

Added by Andrew on August 8, 2008 at 12:14pm — 1 Comment

Hub gears vs derailleurs

Hi All

Been considering buying a hub-geared bike until I read here and in Richard's 21st Century Bicycle book, that hub gear systems lose up to half the pedalling energy a rider puts out.

Anyone here who can compare notes? I'm not wedded to the idea of a hub-geared bike but that has turned… Continue

Added by Miguel on August 7, 2008 at 5:50pm — 5 Comments

The sort of thing I have always wanted to do

Today while surfing the net looking at some of the interstate bicycle organisations I came across The idea of a ride around Australia is great, in fact it is as the title of the blog post says, something I have always wanted to do. To make it even better there it is for agood cause, something I have always been a soft touch for.

However given I have a limited funds and a limited amount of leave on hands I am torn between putting myself in for the stage… Continue

Added by Jonathon Troy on August 7, 2008 at 12:09pm — No Comments

everyone, meet monty...

monty, meet everyone.

Hey guys, check out my latest aquistion.

After years of looking in awe at trials riding, i have finally committed and have just purchased this weapon of mass distraction. yee haa!!

Will now be looking for people to ride with and learn from. Anyone keen for a ride with a trials noob, let me know.…


Added by T6079 on August 5, 2008 at 11:29am — 5 Comments

A little ray of winter sunshine

The bike path from South St to Brodie St in Rydalmere is finally open.

Instead of battling the horror of the Victoria Rd rail overpass, and Jame Ruse Dve intersections, I can now enjoy a meander through the UWS campus and the back streets of Rydalmere.

A map and a photo…


Added by mtrauts on August 4, 2008 at 5:41pm — 6 Comments

He's not the messiah, he's just a very naughty boy!

The Bicycle Messiah of Queen West.

Mr. Kenk, 49, has kept Toronto at rapt attention for two weeks, as police executed 16 search warrants on his Queen Street West shop, his home in tony Yorkville, and a series of garages he rented in the west part of downtown. And this week, journalists and bike activists packed the courtroom for a glimpse of him. He stared impassively through half-open eyes in a hangdog…

Added by Phil on August 4, 2008 at 2:12pm — No Comments

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