October 2010 Blog Posts (21)

Great photo competition over at Eco Velo

I am really enjoying the photos and blurbs for Eco Velo's photo competition - 'Why I ride'



Check it out - it will bring a smile to your face.…









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Added by naomi on October 27, 2010 at 3:21pm — 10 Comments

About sore knees, bike fit and gears.

Having taught basic bike fit, in a bike maintenance course I used to teach, I still get asked questions about sore knees which relates to bike fit and gears. Thought I'd share my latest answer. You may not agree or have some other ideas, feel free to comment or send it on to others.



In my experience it's not unusual that people new to, or returning to cycling overcook it and get knee problems. We are especially going to see more of it with all… Continue

Added by Matt C on October 26, 2010 at 5:34pm — 14 Comments

Stolen Bike - Please Help - Reward

This is my valued Giant Alias 2009 Model mountain bike. Easy to recognise with flourescent green and black colours.

Stolen between Saturday evening and Sunday evening last weekend (24/25/10). Stolen from Paddington area.

I am needing my bike back very much and am happy to pay a reward to anyone supplying me with info leading to the recovery of the bike.

Please contact me on…

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Added by Karyn on October 26, 2010 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Huge bike garage sale!!! Many parts, lots of cheap/free stuff too.

My mega garage sale

I'll be moving in roughly 6 months so to get started on downsizing my garage I'm selling all my excess bike stuff. Could be a lot of handy stuff in there especially if you're building a bike.



I thought I'd offer this stuff to Sydney Cyclist members first. Anything left over I'll put on ebay, gumtree or take down to cycle-recycle in waterloo.



I've put pictures,…
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Added by Nick on October 24, 2010 at 8:30pm — 11 Comments

RPA count

Had reason to wait at RPA Hospital today (Grrr). It was nice to see some bicycles parked at the KIng George V building.


10 bikes
4 rear racks
2 front baskets
1 single speed
1 internal gear hub
Others derailers
1 set of mudguards
1 front shocks
1 handlebar mirror
1 drop bars
5 U-Locks


Caveat: some of the gourmet nice bicycles…
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Added by Lauren on October 20, 2010 at 11:13pm — 2 Comments

More Radish adventures

I have been ha ving some more adventures on the Radish.



On Monday I needed to drop off a six-piece vintage tea service somewhere on the way to work. So I boxed it up carefully and strapped it onto the back of the Radish, and off I went.



It was a lovely morning, and I was cruising along. It's all become much more pleasurable since I fixed the gears. You may remember I have been having lots of problems with them. Well, I discovered the cause. The gears are fine;… Continue

Added by Dan on October 20, 2010 at 8:37pm — 7 Comments

1200kms for Kids team arrive in Brisbane

As you all probably know, David Taylor was taking part with a group of riders going from Sydney to Brisbane to raise money for seriously ill children and their families.If you didn't know, check out the page here and his blog posts about the ride.


Well the good news is, despite rain, hail, sleet, blood, sweat and tears they made it to Brisbane…
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Added by DamianM on October 19, 2010 at 11:23pm — 11 Comments

zoo2zoo ride report

Just a short (or not so short) report on my experience participating in the 2010 zoo2zoo charity ride. The zoo2zoo is, this year, raising money for the Black Dog Institute.


The ride started with almost 100 cyclists gathering at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, at 5am Friday morning. The ride is organised by a small group of volunteers and they are assisted during the ride by about a dozen support helpers driving support vehicles and assisting the riding group. The ride cost…
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Added by Michael S. (Boxhead) on October 18, 2010 at 11:15pm — 9 Comments

KCNP by night

I guess in the end it was guilt which dragged me off the couch and onto my bike again. But I blame Mr O' for starting the slide in my fitness. It was he who had destroyed my motivation for training when he pulled the plug on the Awaba St Time Trial after his own… Continue

Added by Neil Alexander on October 18, 2010 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Where in the state is my bike lane?

I've just got back from 2 weeks away. Saw some great things, and was impressed with the facilities around. Here is a shot from a main street (I think). Can you guess the town?



Car parking is at 45 degrees. You wouldn't have to worry about riding in the door zone with this type of lane, but when a car is ready to leave a parking spot, look out! When leaving a 45 degree parking spot in a car, often you can't see up the street. You pull out slowly, but that might be a bit scary for a… Continue

Added by Edward Re on October 17, 2010 at 9:11pm — 8 Comments

So wrong but so right



I do not condone violence... but ~sigh~



i remember in the early 90's we caught a bike thief and U locked him to a pole... though the day lots of urine got on him... go… Continue

Added by yogi on October 17, 2010 at 10:46am — 5 Comments

The Long Road To Brisvegas 10

Well today had a bit of everything, we traveled from Tamworth to Armidale starting out in cold wet conditions.

We cruised along pretty nicely until we got to the Moonby Hill which for anyone that hasn't ridden up it is a lot like riding the bad way out of Woolongong towards Sydney.

Suffice to say when we got to the top there were a few thankful looks including mine.

During this whole climbing phase the other thing that was happening was the temperature, by the time we hit the top of… Continue

Added by David Taylor on October 16, 2010 at 6:10pm — 4 Comments

The Long Road To Brisvegas 9

Today was a shocker, we started out from the hotel at 7am towards Tamworth straight into a headwind, all good until the rain. Wet cloths and saddle chafe aren't a great combo.

Having said that the kms clicked by pretty quickly, there were a few stops for mechanical issues that our mechanic Paul (one of the owners of Cranks cycles) sorted out quickly, and a stop in Muswellbrook for afternoon tea courtesy of the council.

After that things got a bit tough, the rain eased off but the wind… Continue

Added by David Taylor on October 15, 2010 at 11:12pm — 5 Comments

The Long Road to Brisvegas 8

Well the first day is down, 180km riding from Sydney to just outside Cessnock. It was interesting riding in the bunch with a lot of new people, some with a lot of experience some with almost none, no accidents though there were some funny incidents involving new people and cleats :)

Tomorrow is a much bigger day 270kms with a lot more hills, we are riding from here to Tamworth and I think we will have a few people riding in the bus before the day is over. It's been great to see people step… Continue

Added by David Taylor on October 14, 2010 at 10:26pm — 7 Comments

That's the lemon next to the pie.

Ah, spring! It seems like the time of year for crazy long rides. "Long rides" means different things to different people.
One person's Spring Cycle is another's Around that Bay in a Day.
One person's Gong ride is another's Fitz Clasic.


As you may have read…
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Added by Michael S. (Boxhead) on October 13, 2010 at 7:42pm — 10 Comments

Dawn was a full of bikes

This morning at 5.20 AM I rode to the round about up the street and met with 3 ladies whom I rode to Hyde Park with, I dont normally 'Bike Bus'but today was different. It is Ride to Work Day. We had a leisurely ride down the hill and though Centennial Park. The ride could be done in a short sleeve shirt.. It was pleasant indeed.



We rode along the cycleway on Anzac Parade showing one of the ladies on where to stop on a red to get accross safely.… Continue

Added by yogi on October 13, 2010 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

The long road to Brisvegas 7

Well the day is almost upon me, tomorrow myself a 29 other riders will take to the roads of Sydney on our way north for some fun, adventure and hopefully raising a lot of money for a great charity. To date we have raised almost $120 000 and we are hoping to do even better by the end of the ride.

The charity supports Randwick and Brisbane children;s hospitals providing much needed support for research into children's diseases and care including… Continue

Added by David Taylor on October 12, 2010 at 8:38am — 6 Comments

World Road Championships 2010

A few pictures from the weekend down in Geelong.





Reformed - David Millar - the only person who could go toe-to-toe with…

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Added by Tinysaur on October 11, 2010 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Nice weekend for a ride...

Well, the tradition of wet long weekends continued last weekend, but that didn't stop me getting out for a bit of a spin on Sunday morning.



I met up with a mate, and we headed out west, towards Olympic Park. Now, I've ridden to Olympic Park lots of times, and know various routes to get there. However, on Monday we got lost. Probably too much yakking and not enough paying attention to…

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Added by Dan on October 6, 2010 at 7:50pm — 6 Comments

Pyrmont gets moody...

Riding home last night, I was stuck by the moody red lighting on Pyrmont Bridge.



All of the street lamps have had red filters put over the globes; presumably it's part of creating an atmosphere for the 'Fiesta' events over the long weekend.



It was all rather tremendous, although it also made the bridge rather dark - with the filters the lamps put out a lot less light.



Interestingly, it seemed to make the cyclists go a lot slower. I didn't ride over at peak… Continue

Added by Dan on October 2, 2010 at 9:32am — 4 Comments

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