September 2008 Blog Posts (17)

a bike from the future


http://www.ceepo.com/

Added by Nic on September 28, 2008 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

what is your top bike speed? 132.5 kph..?

http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/09/worlds-fastest.html

in this:

http://www.wisil.recumbents.com/wisil/whpsc2001/varna_detail.htm

Added by Nic on September 27, 2008 at 5:48pm — 12 Comments

technology and bikes

Funny how you wait for an interesting article on bikes on the internet and then three come along at once:



Using bamboo in carbon fibre frames:

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/09/natural-materia.html



Bike frames actually made from specially grown/shaped bamboo:

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/09/growing-bamboo.html



And a nifty combo of bike… Continue

Added by Nic on September 27, 2008 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Encouraging Cyclists - Sydney Underground Metro Loop

We often talk about how to encourage cycling by changing the rules for cyclists (helmets, red light running, lane rights etc). I think that the thing that would encourage cyclists most is to make the CBD streets car-unfriendly or even car-free while providing cyclists with good regional routes for longer trips. At the moment, it is impossible to do this though, because our public transport sucks. If there was a huge swing to public transport, it couldn't cope. It hardly copes… Continue

Added by Tony Arnold on September 26, 2008 at 12:53pm — 4 Comments

Sharing the road with older drivers

My mother and father are reaching the age where they are loosing the skills necessary for safe driving. They are not Robinson Crusoe in this regard. I do not know the percentage of the population over the age of 60 but it is quite significant. When the RTA proposed imposing strict conditions on older drivers the NRMA and senior citizens organisations went all out to voice their opposition to the policy, claiming that the changes would rob older people of their independence.

Given the… Continue

Added by Jonathon Troy on September 26, 2008 at 11:02am — 16 Comments

Single Speed tourist coming to Australia soon!

Maybe we can give this guy a welcome when he arrives. I love this kind of ingenuity and determination.

On global tour of joy and pain, he pedals on

In 2001, Yiming Liu left China on the ride of his life, through Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Riverview ...

By ANDREW MEACHAM

Published September 22, 2006





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RIVERVIEW - He's been hungry enough to eat a poisonous fruit,… Continue

Added by Jonathon Troy on September 23, 2008 at 5:34pm — 1 Comment

Ride around Sydney

Last Sunday I rode the M7 for the first time and enjoyed it.



This Saturday I've decided to ride the M7 -> M5 -> M2 "loop".



If anyone is interested, I plan on getting onto the M7 at Blacktown Olympic Park around 7am. Head south to Prestons. Breakfast at McDonalds then up the M5. Stop somewhere in the city for lunch, then over the bridge and back out the M2. It is around 140Km give or take a bit.



Part 1.… Continue

Added by Peter H on September 23, 2008 at 12:47pm — 10 Comments

Flickr bikes

For those who are familiar with Google's invasive/genius/gimmick (you delete as applicable) Street View, you'll be impressed to know that there is a bike version - Flickr Bike.



Sadly USA based, the technology behind it all is pretty impressive. Shame the same can't be said for the bike they picked.



http://lifehacker.com/5049737/flickr-bikes-photo+map-locales-across-the-globe









Google Street View… Continue

Added by Nic on September 21, 2008 at 10:11am — No Comments

Odd rumour of the day

It's not often that I'm lost for words about anything to do with Lance Armstrong but this bit of conjecture by Rupert Guinness in Saturdays SMH has pretty well done the trick for me.



Rumours are circulating that behind Armstrong's decision, which will allow him to race in next year's Tour de France, is an audacious plan that will change the face…
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Added by Phil on September 20, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Politics and the Art Inner-Urban Cycling

Following is a conversation between myself and Verity Firth, state member for Balmain.



Hi Verity,



I don't apologise for the tone. I'm out in this stuff every day and nothing gets better. If anyone should be apologising, it should be the government. You've been in power for 12 years and the results of your efforts to wean Sydneysiders away from their cars even occasionally is pitiful.



It's becoming increasingly difficult to take the government seriously as you… Continue

Added by Chris Virtue on September 17, 2008 at 3:41pm — 4 Comments

My precious commute - gone!?

My most enjoyable 21km or so ride into the city a few days a week is going to have to change, big time.



We're most likely about to move out of Sydney all together - although only just - to Picton. The selection of that was based on rural setting but commute (by train) distance to CBD/Parramatta.



Current thoughts are to possibly ride to Cambelltown station now and then, which is about 28km, but over Razorback. That will tire this little wuss out more than enough, plus even… Continue

Added by Tim on September 14, 2008 at 9:38pm — 3 Comments

Don't park here

I saw this letter attached to a bicycle chained up at Redfern station this afternoon. The bicycle was parked inside the gated areas of the station (a clear no-no and incursion on RailCorp property). Personally, I think it would be great if Rail Corp provided bike parking inside their stations. Perhaps something like… Continue

Added by Adrian on September 13, 2008 at 8:01pm — 16 Comments

Punch drunk vanity

This one has been brewing for a while now. I first heard about a possible Lance Armstrong comeback a couple of weeks ago but blew it off as a joke, now the rumours are stronger with Velo News all but confirming this.



Lance Armstrong will come out of retirement next year to compete in five road races with the Astana team, according to sources familiar with the developing situation.…
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Added by Phil on September 9, 2008 at 8:54am — 15 Comments

Celebration of Cycling Photo competition

Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick Council are having a Celebration of Cycling day on Sunday 28th September at the Learners' Cycleway in Centennial Park. As part of this there is a photo competition that I encourage you to enter. Entry is easy and all photos with a bike theme are eligible.







See http://www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/council/enviro/sustainable/ for more… Continue

Added by Sam on September 8, 2008 at 4:33pm — No Comments

First Sunday of the month, so it was the LBUG EasyRider yesterday, a morning ride around the Inner West for new cyclists or "returning cyclists", or anyone who wants a quick spin around, not too fast…

First Sunday of the month, so it was the LBUG EasyRider yesterday, a morning ride around the Inner West for new cyclists or "returning cyclists", or anyone who wants a quick spin around, not too fast, meet local cyclists, see some scenery and home for lunch. Thats the theory anyway, and we do get some new cyclists along, plus a few regulars who like the pace (easy) and the sort of places we explore, like the Harbour foreshores, or out to Homebush, or… Continue

Added by Bob Moore on September 8, 2008 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Left behind by the Yanks of all people!

I'm currently in Arizona and the cover story in one of the sections in the newspaper "USA today" was entitled "The Bicycle Revolution". It was a two page story on two-wheel touring but also had a top 10 list of best bike-friendly states. No. 1 was the state of Washington and the worst state was West Virginia (so don't go there with a bike is the message). I suppose people may be able to find a link on the web to this article but I thought I would share it with everyone back home - to me it was… Continue

Added by Adam 1st Earl of Ormond on September 6, 2008 at 2:31pm — 2 Comments

Share the road?

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Added by Adrian on September 4, 2008 at 12:11pm — 18 Comments

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