October 2008 Blog Posts (18)

Ever had that... "The Castle" moment?

This afternoon I went to get my blue appollo track bike to take it to the velodrome tonight. I hadn't been on it for months and it had slowy made its way to the front of row of bikes that fills one hallway and annnoys the crap out of my flatmate.

And then I had a The Castle moment.

Ay Steve, Can you move the Camira? I need to get the Torana out to get to the Commodore.

Sure thing Dad, but I'll have to get the keys to the…

Added by Adrian on October 30, 2008 at 5:13pm — 9 Comments

Sydneycyclist First Birthday

Just got home from the Alexandria Hotel after an awesome night. It was great to put a bunch of faces to names, have a few beers and some good conversations and laughs.

Thanks so much to everyone who made it out, and a HUGE thanks to Adrian. If he hadn't just made the call and set a date and place it never would have happened. Also, he brought cake!

It's been a great year for the site, something I started as an experiment and sent to a couple of friends. It has obviously… Continue

Added by DamianM on October 29, 2008 at 9:25pm — 6 Comments

2008 Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards

Just got this communique from the CPF, might be of interest to some.

The Cycling Promotion Fund is contacting you to inform you and your cycling group that nominations are now open for the 2008 Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards. As many of us realise, making Australia more bicycle friendly requires action, commitment, innovation, vision and persistence.

Without the work of dedicated individuals and organisations, many of the facilities and initiatives we take… Continue

Added by DamianM on October 28, 2008 at 2:41pm — 3 Comments

Bike paths that just



I went for a nice ride today, from the inner west to Landsdowne park, then along the bike path that follows Prospect Creek until it just .... stops.

Later on, I followed a path that was signposted as heading towards Granville. It stopped, on a street, in the middle of somewhere near Guildford, without a single signpost in any direction.

This silliness spoiled an otherwise delightful ride. The Landsdowne Park/Prospect Creek part was… Continue

Added by Simon Sharwood on October 26, 2008 at 4:53pm — 16 Comments

I went for a bike ride today

and had a great time!!

That is all

Added by DamianM on October 24, 2008 at 5:27pm — 11 Comments

On this cold October morning

I just like to say good morning to all my fellow cyclists who braved the cold wind and rain and continued to cycle to wherever you all cycle to. My toes are still numb :)

Added by Peter H on October 22, 2008 at 8:17am — 22 Comments

Free Bikes for Uni Students

Here is a nice story from today's NY Times...

BIDDEFORD, Me. — When Kylie Galliani started at the University of New England in August, she was given a key to her dorm, a class schedule and something more unusual: a $480 bicycle.

“I was like, ‘A free bike, no catch?’ ” Ms. Galliani, 17, a freshman from Fort Bragg, Calif., asked. “It’s really an ideal way to get around the campus.”

University administrators and students nationwide are increasingly feeling that way… Continue

Added by Tony Arnold on October 20, 2008 at 10:10pm — No Comments

And now BMX Bandits chinese kung fu style


Added by Andrew on October 19, 2008 at 4:56pm — 1 Comment

A Promo ad from Hutchinson

long but why can't we see more quality ads like this - rather than car ads on… Continue

Added by Andrew on October 19, 2008 at 4:35pm — 12 Comments

Tony Abbott talks bikes

The Liberal Party's Tony Abbott pens a favourable piece about cycling in today's Oz.

But jump on a bike and not only can you flaunt your social conscience but you set the destination and the timetable. The bike is a freedom machine for people who'd rather not pay for petrol and like being fitter than their contemporaries. The disdain motorists express for cyclists is secret…

Added by Phil on October 18, 2008 at 6:46am — 13 Comments

Tips for the cycling novice

via cyclelicio.us

How to use SPD pedals

Bikerumor.com's Guide to Using SPD Pedals from Bike Rumor on… Continue

Added by Adrian on October 15, 2008 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Having trouble keeping up with technology?

I sure am.

Even socks are becoming complicated, sophisticated devices. I bought a couple of pairs of cycling socks last week, one pair for each foot. (Yes, I am the last of the big spenders.) Well, I thought I was buying two pairs of mere ordinary socks but it turns out they are two "Exustar Biking Socks Systems".

Each "system" came with a printed "instruction" sheet, with advice to read the "instructions" carefully. Of course, I did. Don't think the "instructions" were…


Added by Neil Alexander on October 8, 2008 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

There are some scary people out there - Rex Hunt road rages cyclist.



I know it did not happen in Sydney but it makes me wonder as we wait for Hassan Bakr to roll up to court if anything will happen. Will celebrity save Rex?

Some people would claim that if he does cop a conviction for the assault and or has to pay out a large sum in compensation he is being made an example of because he is famous. I would say that would not be a bad thing for motorists to be shown that no one is above… Continue

Added by Jonathon Troy on October 8, 2008 at 9:27am — 16 Comments

LBUG's Big Bike Adventure

For the Oct long weekend just passed LBUG went to Nowra. There were only 5 of us, a bit disappointing, but some of our regulars were overseas or working, and there was a tour the previous weekend. Anyway, we went. The train down takes about 3 hours, changing at Kiama. We stayed at a motel just over the bridge into Nowra, only a short ride from the station in Bomaderry.

The rain stopped and although it was still overcast we set off for a ride after lunch. We headed east on Terara Rd,… Continue

Added by Bob Moore on October 8, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

Please join our group

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Added by Jake on October 4, 2008 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Interest Rate Cut to Save the SUV..... not likely!

This article in today's SMH says that the Australian Automotive Industry is calling for interest rate cuts. Why? Because sales are down. Not overall sales mind you, which are up 0.3% for the year to date. It is just that, "Sales in most passenger car and SUV segments were down, except for small and medium cars, according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive… Continue

Added by Tony Arnold on October 3, 2008 at 5:38pm — 1 Comment

Welcome to the Jungle - Surviving the city on a bike

Found an entertaining and pertinent article for Sydney cyclists via another bike blog Sydney Body Art Ride.

So I am passing it on:


Added by naomi on October 3, 2008 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

No good deed goes unrewarded ...

My Dad is a fit 68 year old who has just rediscovered cycling. Most days he does a pretty punishing ride from Bondi to Watson's Bay and back, pushing a big gear up the hills!

Anyway ... the other day he was driving home when he saw a couple of cyclists in front of him, a couple of hundred meters before a street he wanted to turn into.

Now that he rides a lot, he slowed down to match the cyclists' speed so they could stay in front of him without worrying about being overtaken and then… Continue

Added by Simon Sharwood on October 1, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

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