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A not-quite-so-lonely New Year's Day ride

Here's another lament on low cyclist numbers on low-motor-traffic days written due to overwhelming popular demand. (Well, actually only from Mr O'Rwelly who I suspect just wanted to post another link to 10 hours of sad violin music or, perhaps, some Elvis song. But at least four of you "liked" my Christmas Day…


Added by Neil Alexander on January 1, 2014 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

Biking in Belgrade

For ago now I've been meaning to say something in this forum about a couple of little cycling adventures I had in Europe during the most recent northern summer. As I will shortly feel guilty about having to add 'last year' to any description of these events, today seems as good a time as any to rectify my failure to thus far post anything. :-)

So in late August, travelling from Istanbul to Prague, I found myself in Belgrade for a few days. It was a city I had heard a good deal about…


Added by dr bean on December 31, 2013 at 7:01pm — 4 Comments

Another lonely Christmas Day ride

Forty-one (41) other riders, in 65km between 0615 and 0845. That's all I saw out this morning on my Artarmon–Church Point–Artarmon loop. A ratio of less than 1 c/km, to use the official measure.

Now, we've been through this all before, in 2009, in…


Added by Neil Alexander on December 25, 2013 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

When pannier bags just need to be a bit bigger!

This was taken in Siem Reap - Cambodia during a recent trip to Angkor Wat.

Having spent nearly 4 weeks in Thailand and Cambodia, it was fascinating watching the organised (?) chaos on the roads.  There was no apparent road rage, just the regular toot to warn that someone was coming through.  It all seemed to…


Added by Dabba on December 21, 2013 at 2:25pm — 2 Comments

My First Ironman

Two years ago my wife (Veronika) and I embarked on a journey to complete an Ironman. Last weekend, in Busselton, Western Australia, we did it.


Several years ago I didn’t even really know what an Ironman was (it’s a surf lifesaving thing, right?). Veronika’s father had, at this stage, already qualified for the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii a few times. We then became more involved in his racing, from afar. 


We would track him in…


Added by Paul Martin on December 17, 2013 at 6:30pm — 13 Comments

Recovery from Speed Wobbles - some ideas

I used to belt down Sydney Road to Manly but I began to get the dreaded speed wobbles - frightened the crap out of me. Tried clamping my knees to the top tube - made it worse. Light hands on the bars - who writes this crap, the wobbles were so bad you simply hung on for dear life. Who else has had this problem and what did they do…


Added by Donald Rintoule on December 14, 2013 at 12:51pm — 3 Comments

Artistic cycling

Hi guys.. anyone knows where to buy artistic bikes or anyone selling one?..please let me know..thanks

Added by Rizaldy Valencia on December 9, 2013 at 12:11pm — 8 Comments

Convenience and inconvenience

A big part of why I ride my bike is because it’s so convenient. It’s often the quickest way to get around, it’s easier than driving or catching a bus, and I can pretty much guarantee parking right outside my destination.

I’ve written several times about my cargo bike, and how it opens up a range of new possibilities for bicycle usage. It was brought home to me again the other day, when…


Added by Dan on December 4, 2013 at 7:05pm — 2 Comments

New outdoor cafe on the Cooks River

Dear Cyclists

I am very keen to spread the word in the cycling community about a new canteen operating on the south side of the Cooks River in Earlwood

Cooks River Canteen is located a mere 30m from the cycling track offering organic fairtrade coffee, Brasserie Bread jaffles and pastries and a range of cold drinks

With a large number of outdoor tables to rest at and soak up the riverside serenity, it will make a great pit stop on your weekend rides

Hope to see you…


Added by Ben Johnston on November 13, 2013 at 1:13pm — 3 Comments

The Bogan Way ? (don't believe it)

Another lovely weekend in the countryside with Bike. We (Bike & I) were doing a 200 km ride in the Central West, starting at 6am on Saturday in Parkes and travelling through Bogan Gate, Bedgerabong*, Forbes, Mulyandry*, Eugowra and back to Parkes, (* = "locality" which is a nice way of saying they don't really exist, although Forbes at 11am on Saturday is pretty empty too).…


Added by Bill Parker on November 4, 2013 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments


Hooray! Ive got one!

Added by PeterT on October 28, 2013 at 9:12pm — 19 Comments


Added by stephen daniels on October 27, 2013 at 8:14pm — 7 Comments


My "Bad Black 2" bike is out somewhere on this looonnnggg boardwalk to water. Be warned that the sign above my bike will results if you give the wrong answers.  :)  But I will give you free fines for SC members only..  :)

 I think that I`ve been forced off the gangplank by pirates..…


Added by Snowy_5 on October 26, 2013 at 6:00pm — 19 Comments

Sydney City Centre Access Strategy - points to make & note weird Survey

Here's some points for a submission to be sent by email to .au

[1] Support the approach for this Strategy for Sydney city in valuing street space and planning for mode shift (away from car dependence); for good integrated planning and results we support the holistic approach rather than the segmentation into modes or…


Added by Chloe on October 24, 2013 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Hooray for Hoofddorp, Holland

After 40 odd years of life, it was finally time to visit the Netherlands. It was for work, but still an awesome chance. Confirming our destination is bike central, KLM's plastic goblet has two bikes on it, along with a tulip, and a clog. On approach to Schiphol airport, a depressing 8 lanes of cars is the view out the window, but unlike other airports (tell me if I'm wrong), there's a bike path beside it, and more on the map.

We train it to Hoofddorp, in the industrial zone, as our…


Added by Edward Re on October 24, 2013 at 7:48am — 10 Comments

Notification emails or sms from this group on specific topics

Hi all, i've just join this group and am interested to know if it is possible to set up a notification to my email or sms when a particular topic is posted. Does anyone know how to do this?



Added by Craig on October 22, 2013 at 11:48pm — 1 Comment


Thanks to all those who gave up their Sunday to help out with this annual cycle event. But Sydney, we can do better.

Imagine the reaction of participants in the City to Surf if they had to stop for traffic lights every few metres, form up in single file in one lane on Williams St so cars could zoom by in the other lanes, run on sections of road not closed to traffic and without anyone controlling the traffic flow and having annoyed drivers blaring their horns and revving to get past…


Added by Pauline Webber on October 21, 2013 at 2:46pm — 5 Comments

Kellyville Cycling Groups

Hi, there, I am just starting on the cycling thing and was wondering if anyone knows some cycling groups that meet around the Bernie Mullaine sporting complex that don't mind a straggling beginner?

Added by Andre Miles on October 16, 2013 at 10:36am — 3 Comments

Sydney Rides Film Festival - this week!

Reconnect with your bike on the big screen this year at Dendy Cinema, Opera Quays. We've spent the last year curating bicycle films for all walks of life; from the brand new 'Road' and 'Dirt' sessions (presented by Rapha and FLOW magazine, respectively) - to the epic 'For Thousands of Miles' (Australian exclusive). Check out the details (and trailers) below.


Thursday 17/10 - Session 1:



Added by The Spokes People on October 14, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

A long way for a pie?

Well I rode 150 Km yesterday and ticked off one of the rides I have wanted to do since I arrived here in Canberra. I have been planning to ride to a number of the towns around the ACT. I have rode to Goulburn 4 times and Bungendore once. I had planned to visit Yass earlier in the year when my wife was in Sydney for her high school reunion but wound up having to cancel that when the reunion was cancelled. For the past week she has been in Brisbane visiting a cousin who is suffering cancer and…


Added by Jonathon Troy on October 8, 2013 at 11:12pm — 3 Comments

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