September 2009 Blog Posts (21)

Now Stocking 'Charge' Bicycles

Just to let all the conesiuer's of fine cycles that Steel City Cycle Works in Thirroul is now stocking 'Charge' bicycles and accessories. UK brand producing affordable Tange Cromoly and Titanium bikes and frames - SS, road and MTB.



check out -



http://www.chargebikes.com/home/



www.fixed-mag.com…



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Added by Fixit on September 29, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

When vehicles start talking

I had the strangest experience on Sunday while cycling along York Street in the city. I pulled up at a red light on the right side of a bus. As I sat there admiring sydney's architecture, I notice the bus creep forward next to me. The bus driver then started to speak to me as his window was now inline with me. He was worried about me getting sunburnt but I reassured him I was covered in sun screen from head to toe. After this conversation starter we proceeded have a nice little chat. He was… Continue

Added by Jacqueline Hicks on September 29, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

So proud of my little boy

So on Sunday we headed to Cenennial Park for a BBQ with some friends. Miles (who has just turned four) was going a bit stir crazy having been inside for a few days so we decided to take his new bike, and I rode mine over.

So, despite the wind, which was savage, Miles has now ridden his first lap of Centennial park! and is very proud of riding four kilometers when he is four.…



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Added by DamianM on September 28, 2009 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

Watch out for defiant ducks....

This morning I was riding through a quiet National Park (no cars allowed) on the way to work when I came across a duck standing in the middle of the road. I kept riding, figuring that I could wait for him to make the first sideways move and then I'd move the other way to go around him.



As I approached, this defiant duck just stood still in the middle of the road, looking straight at me, but refusing to flinch. I figured that if he wasn't going to pick a side, then I'd just have to go… Continue

Added by Tony Arnold on September 25, 2009 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

My long distance commute through the suburbs

Although I ride almost every day, it's rare that I ever ride more than about 6km in any one go, and most of my trips are 2km or less. But today I rode to Rhodes from Darlinghurst, which is about 20km. It's a different experience.



It was morning rush hour and I got to experience stuff like the crowd on Pyrmont Bridge that everybody talks about. I can't see the problem there; if I was to imagine a perfect street for cycling it would be the Pyrmont Bridge - no cars, a pleasant view, and… Continue

Added by Colin on September 25, 2009 at 12:05pm — 5 Comments

Cycle facility and safety prediction

I am doing a project on cyclist safety on road relating to different cycle facilities, the project aim to develop and promote appropriate safety facilities for cyclist.

Can any one know the signalised interactions for cyclist in Sydney? I knew there is one close to Macqurie shopping center with a separate cycle way about 1m wide.

Pls just leave a short message with the road name with suburb, thanks for any help.

Added by Ivy on September 24, 2009 at 11:18pm — 8 Comments

back on the road...

Hi

Are people cycling again today, I did, but everyone is telling me I should wait another few days before exercising outdoors. I don't believe there was any dust today when I peddled to the city from the North Shore.

Added by Petra Jenkins on September 24, 2009 at 8:38am — 2 Comments

Changing phases - how to ask the RTA to consider cyclists

Through a mixture of frustration (directed towards the RTA for their lack of consideration of cyclists), procrastination (directed towards my uni work) and determination (directed at me trying to be a worthwhile citizen) - I decided to try and change the phasing of the traffic lights at the intersection of Darley Road and Alison Road. I thought I would tell the trials and moments of inspiration just on the off chance that it spurs you into action in tackling your favorite inconvenience, death… Continue

Added by Jacqueline Hicks on September 23, 2009 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Did the Pengana City ride - the charity ride last Sunday with 120 riders. Only flat bar amongst a lot of very expensive looking machinery. Great day, very challenging and the pace was set at an avera…

Did the Pengana City ride - the charity ride last Sunday with 120 riders. Only flat bar amongst a lot of very expensive looking machinery. Great day, very challenging and the pace was set at an average speed of 34 plus clicks. Thank god the 'sweep bus' didn't catch me. I'll do it again next year on a lighter machine with drop downs! Continue

Added by Ron Krueger on September 21, 2009 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Still looking for a kid's bike

I hear that Cell may be a good brand and price? Is there a Cell website where I can view the bikes? Unfortunately, Cell Bikes at Parramatta don't have images of children's bikes on their website. Why is that so many bike shops miss the critical mass - the mums and dads and kids - who wish to ride but don't have access to online information? Another business opportunity going, going, gone.

Added by Ron Krueger on September 21, 2009 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

The search for the "beautiful bicycle"

I’ve worn out my old bike and it’s time for a new one, but what to buy?



In May in Paris I bought a department store bike for €139 to get around (basket, rack and dynamo front light included!). I sold it for £50 three weeks later, so it was cheaper than a rental, and I didn’t stand out as a tourist. What a wonderful experience to ride a Euro bike – so comfortable and easy. This is a picture of my bike visiting the Luxumberg Palace Gardens in Paris.…



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Added by BikeSaint on September 19, 2009 at 11:07pm — 19 Comments

London: First Impressions

I arrived in London on Monday on a three week visit to look at how bicycle advocacy is done here. The trip is part of an eleven week journey across the UK, US and Canada funded by a Churchill Fellowship.



Why go to London?

The number of people cycling here has doubled since 2000. Despite the increased numbers of people on bikes, casualties are going down. The road culture is similar to Sydney's - congestion is chronic and sharing a contested space is fraught.



I'm… Continue

Added by Elaena on September 18, 2009 at 6:57am — 7 Comments

Pea soup anyone?

How was the fog this morning. I decided to snap a couple of shots as I was approaching the city this morning.



The first is looking towards the SHB from Anzac bridge.



The second is Pyrmont bridge looking towards the city:…

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Added by Peter H on September 17, 2009 at 9:26am — 4 Comments

Looking for a child's bicycle

I'm searching for a bike for my 9 year old daughter and it's got to be a big improvement on the K-Mart special she received for her 7th birthday.



I trawled the sites and found Isla bikes based in UK - which look like just the type of bike I want to purchase her.

The designer has put some detailed thought into constructing a bike which is light (in comparison to most kids' bikes), has brakes that are easy to use, light weight componentry, etc etc.



Does anyone know of a… Continue

Added by Ron Krueger on September 15, 2009 at 2:48pm — 6 Comments

Pimp your bike UGLY style

I liked this article. While I am busy 'pimping' my new bike to be the most beautiful thing I own, I am ever conscious of the inevitable contradiction that I am creating a completely impractical bike that will not allow me the freedom to go wherever, whenever and leave it - one of the main points of a bike for me!



Anyway here is how to un-pimp your bike 'derelique' style:



I have seen a few good ones in the city myself.…



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Added by naomi on September 11, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

"Bloody cyclists" elevator conversation.

Got into a packed lift today and one of my clients started having a dig at me.



"Bloody Couriers they take up so much space" (he was referring to my bag)

Then another client joined in sarcastically about cyclists taking up space on the road.



Agreeing with them worked really well.

" Yes and we park our bloody bikes on the road also... Why shouldn't we block two lanes of traffic just to park our bicycles?"



"And why don't cyclists like me pay to use our… Continue

Added by Doddsy on September 9, 2009 at 6:30pm — 9 Comments

Why We Can't Resist Bicycle Infrastructure

This was an interesting read - thought I would pass it on

http://newmatilda.com/2009/09/09/why-we-cant-resist-bicycle-infrastructure

Added by naomi on September 9, 2009 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

♫ Go ahead child / Go ahead, be gone with it. ♫

Dear douchebag who told me to 'hurry up' on the SHB,



If 20km/h up the Dawes Point end is too slow for you, that's what overtaking is for. I'm glad you figured that out eventually; I hope that the 15 second lead you'd built up by the Milson's Point stairs was every bit as satisfying as you'd wished for, and that your saddle causes pudendal nerve entrapment.



Love,

Conrad





Admittedly I'm somewhat amused by the fact that two months into my life as a… Continue

Added by Conrad on September 9, 2009 at 11:47am — 8 Comments

Add your magpie attack locations to a public map to & alert fellow riders.

Hello,



A fellow cyclist has created an… Continue

Added by Gusk on September 8, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Creak

Don't you hate it when your bike develops a creak ?



Mine did this week, somewhere on the left hand side of the handlebars. It stopped if I took my hand off the brake hoods, so I figured it was there. Nothing serious, I thought I'd spend a few minutes this weekend to check it out.



So Thursday night I was riding home from work....creak....creak... getting pretty annoying but whatever. I hit Enmore road, and as I accelerated up the hill past a car I felt the bars move a… Continue

Added by DamianM on September 5, 2009 at 11:25pm — 18 Comments

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