December 2008 Blog Posts (17)

Time to get rid of the Google ads

Anybody notice the ads that Google is serving up at the moment.



The full ad space taken up by the Holden fleet sales is my favourite. I wonder what they paid for that, and what keywords they are targeting. The "riding like a motorist drives" post is fun too, lots of ads for defence lawyers!



What I want to do is get rid of the Google ads and replace them with something local and relevant. I have some interest already, I have to sit down and figure out the next… Continue

Added by DamianM on December 28, 2008 at 8:17am — 8 Comments

Coffs Harbour

Feel like a ride averaging 40km/h ?

Get yourself up to Coffs Harbour and ride the new section of highway from Sawtell to the Bellingen turnoff. On a decent road bike, and a day with no wind, you should be able to get the average speed up above 35 km/h; anyone a bit fitter than me should be able to get close to a 40 average or higher; on my 12 yr old mountain bike I got the average above 30.

The bike track on the side of the road is smoooooth as and plenty wide. I'd recommend hitting… Continue

Added by bnicho on December 27, 2008 at 8:11pm — 3 Comments

"Riding" like a motorist "drives"

How do you ride?



I was chastised by a roadie on Beach Road (Melbourne) this morning because I was running red lights: "You'll give the rest of us a bad name running the reds".



Two things sprang to mind, but I didn't say anything. One is that I'm managing the risk, I've slowed down to not much more than walking pace and I'm nowhere near cars nor peds. Two, (and this is what really irks me) is that it's OK for motorists to have their pet set of road laws that they routinely… Continue

Added by Chris Virtue on December 26, 2008 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

So, it is time to get serious

After many requests by my better half, I have decided to try my hand at road racing. I am thinking about joining Marconi Cycling Club, so if anyone here is a member feel free to shout out. It was a bit of a shock to find that I will be riding in the Masters category. I didn't realize I was THAT old.

I guess that is that, and I will have to fix up my bike to get her race ready.

Added by Peter H on December 23, 2008 at 8:59am — 4 Comments

Welcome to Heffron Park

On Saturday was my last race at Heffron Park. I've decided to leave it for a while as it is so time consuming while I'm trying to finish my studies and maintain some semblance of a social life on weekends.



Here is some footage from the start of the race. Paul Craft (or Crafty) decided to lay into one guy when he turned up wearing a world champhionship jersey. Crafty does this any time a person wears a jersey that does not belong to them. This guy should have known better. He was… Continue

Added by Adrian on December 22, 2008 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Another How aware are you add campaign

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Added by Andrew on December 15, 2008 at 5:36am — 1 Comment

One for all the fixie riders

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Added by Andrew on December 14, 2008 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Vodka and bicycles....in an Absolut world

Came across this today.....


http://absolut.com/iaawau/realising.html

Added by naomi on December 12, 2008 at 3:28pm — No Comments

I love my work

Not only can I leave my bike against the wall in the office, I just changed my rear tyre while sitting at my desk. And then I got to borrow the manager's brand new floor pump he got from the bike shop earlier today.

BTW, there are shower facilities in the office also.

I thought you would all like to hear that :)

Added by Peter H on December 11, 2008 at 4:05pm — 16 Comments

WAKE UP - its the weekend, go for a ride

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Added by Andrew on December 6, 2008 at 8:21am — No Comments

Red light running is counterproductive

Despite various justifications people make, running red lights is done for selfish reasons and is bad PR for cyclists. At a time when we are trying to negotiate with government at all levels to improve conditions, safety and participation, we should behave as good ambassadors for cycling.



Firstly, definition of red-light running behavior for my rant:



*I’m not talking about flying through just as it goes from orange to red, or taking off just before it turns… Continue

Added by Nick on December 5, 2008 at 10:13pm — 22 Comments

At least we have the ABC to balance out the Terror!

Ok so there may be one or two biased members of the ABC Best Of webpage team but today they have 2 more positive stories on cycling and cycling culture.

http://www.abc.net.au/bestof/archive/20081203.htm


One is the interview of the two ladies who cycled around Australia in the 1940s which I listed in my previous post and the other is one on bicycle polo from Triple J's Hack program:

Added by naomi on December 3, 2008 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

ABC Radio interview - Malvern Stars and girl power!

Great interview on ABC Radio!



These ladies are awesome:)



A cycling holiday around a country the size of Australia is going to present challenges, even for the most experienced rider. But imagine taking that trip 62 years ago.



The year was 1945, the war had just ended and Wendy Law Suart and Shirley Duncan, aged 19 and 21, were restless with life in the suburbs. So they decided to resign from work, take to their bikes and see the country first…
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Added by naomi on December 2, 2008 at 1:06pm — 4 Comments

Entries are Open



Just a very brief note to let you all know that entries are open for a couple of MTB events next year.



The Mont 24hr at Sparrow Hill, Canberra. Over the weekend of April 4/5 2009 - enter here.

And the… Continue

Added by Sean on December 2, 2008 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

Cycling Central website launch

Congrats to Phil on the launch of the new SBS Cycling Central website.





This has been in the planning for a long time, and in construction for the last few months. It looks like it's going to be a great source of cycling news and video, especially as next years race season starts. Look for lots of good Tour Down Under… Continue

Added by DamianM on December 1, 2008 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Katoomba Special

Have done this ride a few times now with LBUG, led by hill climbing legend Grant Rogers, as everyone needs a bit of downhill cruising now and again. It is not all downhill though, there are a couple of steep sections on the detours off the highway, where you lose a fair bit of height in the side valleys and have to climb back to the highway. But the ride through the bush away from the highway is very… Continue

Added by Bob Moore on December 1, 2008 at 2:58pm — 1 Comment

Beer and Bikes - its all good

Two of my favourite… Continue

Added by Andrew on December 1, 2008 at 9:27am — 2 Comments

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