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From 'd!ckhead' to 'Sir' in the flash of a camera...

The other evening I was riding home from work when I happened to ride past a Highway Patrol car. Usually they just ignore me, but on this occasion, the officer evidently felt the need to share his opinion of me. Leaning out of the window, bogan-style, he yelled across to me.

'Where's your helmet,…

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Added by Dan on June 4, 2016 at 4:52pm — 6 Comments

New to Sydney

Hi Sydney Cyclist

I am new to Sydney and live in Killara.  I have just bought myself a road bike and am looking to join a club.  I have next to no experience in riding in a group but am reasonably fit (plenty of spin classes under my belt).  Can someone suggest a group that is close to my area that caters for new riders?

Thanks D

Added by Darryl Reichelt on May 8, 2016 at 4:46pm — 2 Comments

My Story so far (Episode 2)

Upon arriving in Australia, I settled in Sydney and set up in Erskineville. Working at Circular Quay it wasn't far on the train but I missed the bike commute that I enjoyed in England and soon bought a second hand bike. Or so I thought... It was an overpriced ($370) 'BSO' - a 'Guy Leech' brand road bike, from K-Mart. It lasted less than six months before, when setting off from lights near Redfern station, the biggest chainring bent outwards at about 90 degrees... LBS said at the time it's…

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Added by Mike Stuart on April 28, 2016 at 12:08pm — 4 Comments

My Story so Far (Episode One)

No idea what clicked in my head to "inspire" me to write this post but here we go... Apologies for the length - and this is only post 1 of 2 (so far)...

Now, this is a story all about how

My life got flipped-turned upside down

And I'd like to take a minute

Just sit right there

I'll tell you how I became the owner of a bike named Schwinn...



I started out as many do, riding a bmx-type kids bike in the suburbs. As my…

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Added by Mike Stuart on April 22, 2016 at 8:06pm — 1 Comment

Beginner Cycling

Hello I am new here. I am a very '50s' beginner cyclist. I can cycle - however I am terrified of everything - a slight speed or even the slightest gradient (downhill). 

I would like to meet someone or a couple / few people who are in the similar position and happy to go cycling together to build confidence. 

Is there anyone out there? We can help one another. Or is there anyone out there who will be exceedingly patient to ride along a beginner as myself? 

I would love to…

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Added by Jos S on April 12, 2016 at 5:55pm — 4 Comments

The Review Of The Vilano Tempest 20″

I've been an avid fan of cycling my entire life. Be that as it may, what I even love more than cycling is circumventing the nation with my RV. Hauling around my huge mountain bicycle all over the nation was getting the opportunity to be a pain to I selected to get a Folding bicycle. After much consideration I chose the Vilano Tempest 20″ Folding bicycle.…

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Added by Jeffrey Palmer on January 22, 2016 at 1:10am — No Comments

Ouch

I like riding in wet weather. It’s fun, like being a kid again. Of course, you do have to take a bit more care. Wet roads can be slippery. Especially when cornering. Especially when cornering over a whole load of white paint and metal manhole covers. Wet metal is very very…

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Added by Dan on December 31, 2015 at 1:23pm — 2 Comments

Another Christmas Day FAIL by Sydney cyclists

I'm over this, Sydney Cyclists. Every year I tell you what a great morning it is for cycling on Christmas Day and every year you all ignore me. Why should I tell you again? 

I'll just give you the stats: 73 cyclists in 76 km between 0615 and 0915 on an out-and-back run to scenic West Head. Hardly any car traffic and all of what there was failed to try to kill me. 

Like …

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Added by Neil Alexander on December 25, 2015 at 9:24am — 6 Comments

Free bicycle mechanics training

We are pleased to announce part qualification in Bicycle Mechanics

 

This has been funded by Smart and Skilled as part of their Target Priorities and Part qualification program and the training

 

This training is provided to participants free of charge.

 

This training program is designed to provide bicycle service and repair skills .

 

The following units make up this training program

 

AURBTK2001 Use and maintain…

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Added by Kevin Silvy on December 13, 2015 at 8:46pm — 3 Comments

Bike Pods

Does anybody know who manufacture this?

https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ParksandActivities/ActiveMelbourne/WalkingCyclingandSkating/Pages/Bikepod.aspx

Added by Dedy on December 3, 2015 at 2:48am — No Comments

Flat Tyres and Flat Caps

Flat tyre

I got my bike out of the shed the other day, and the tyre was flat. Flat as a proverbial pancake. This was a great shock, as I never get punctures. People always look at me incredulously when I say that, but it’s true. Punctures are such unusual events that I write about them on this blog every time I get one, and a quick search reveals the last one was in…

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Added by Dan on November 7, 2015 at 10:01pm — 5 Comments

Help!

Hi,

I need to get a bike from Sydney to Brisbane this week.

Can someone tell me where I could send it to be packed??

The bike is in Redfern...I could get it to a bike shop or wherever is needed.

Thanks in advance

Pedr

Added by Pedr Kilpatrick on October 28, 2015 at 9:29am — 3 Comments

Europe Sojourn: the PARIS bicycling bits...

https://youtu.be/uN-MQA_XMqY

Regaled by negative stories of Paris Metro mayhem, and anxious about language barriers, I looked into using bicycles to get us around...

BLUE BIKES TOURS

On our very first night there,…

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Added by Susanna Mills on October 22, 2015 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

NRCA calls for bike rego

PRESS RELEASE February 8, 2008

Following the call for a levy on bicycles by Pat Farmer, Alan Odds, the President of the National Roads and Cyclists Association, today endorsed the call for cyclists to contribute to the cost of maintaining the road network.

"Let's face it. The situation is untenable. Motorists are constantly calling me a tax cheat. I hear 'Get off the road! Pay your taxes!' all too often on my daily commute to my consulting contract in the CBD.

Tax cheat?…

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Added by Neil Alexander on October 19, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

BIKE Sydney - Looking for Bike Valet Parking Volunteers

Hi All,

Spring has sprung, and Bike Sydney's Bike Valet Parking is in popular demand for the upcoming outdoor events!

Therefore we are looking for volunteers to assist us!

No experience, skill or immense strength required.

Basically, people will show up with their bicycles and you take their name and number and roll their bike to a designated, enclosed area with racks.  

It's great to meet people, lots of fun, and you get to check out lots of…

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Added by Yvonne on September 20, 2015 at 9:44pm — No Comments

I will never run again. Ever.

It was sports carnival day at daughter #2's preschool yesterday, so I took the morning off work to go along.

I rode down there with daughter #1 on the bike, and we watched all the fun of the running and obstacle races.

Then it was time for the big event - the Mums and Dads race. I took my place in the line, heart beating nervously. The stakes were high. This was for prestige and bragging rights. I wanted my daughter to be able to say 'my dad's faster than your dad' to the other…

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Added by Dan on September 18, 2015 at 12:42am — 12 Comments

Cycling Clubs - Eastern Sydney

I would like peoples advice and feedback.

I am really keen on joining a cycling club in Sydney, however I am concerned that my road bike does not meet the standard expected compared to other members.

What is the standard that is expected? I have a Specialized Roubaix SL4 Sport with 105 group set.

I do not want to ride competitively but looking to push my fitness and be more involved in the sport.

I would appreciate…

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Added by Simon Rubner on September 12, 2015 at 12:45pm — 2 Comments

A new experience

So, today I found out what it feels like when fingers connect with spokes while doing 50+ km/h. It wasn't a nice feeling. All in all I am very lucky as I only lost some skin - nothing broken.

Anyway, next time I adjust my front derailer I will be a bit more careful.

Added by Peter H on August 29, 2015 at 6:57pm — 3 Comments

Barangaroo Headland Park

With great fanfare, the Barangaroo Headland Park was today opened by premier Baird in company with Paul Keating, former PM and prime mover for the restoration of the natural attributes of the area, and Malcolm Turnbull who tweeted that he came by Route 333 bus with his grandson (subtext: Not by helicopter, so not costing taxpayers very much).…

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Added by Neil Alexander on August 22, 2015 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

On the art of building a bike from bits and pieces found in the chuck outs

 Advice written for a friend who makes a living from scrounging the chuck outs and wants to expand his efforts into bikes...see my blog post at   http://bit.ly/1J5v7BM

Added by Ian on August 13, 2015 at 2:10pm — 5 Comments

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