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Added by Michael S. (Boxhead) on April 13, 2017 at 1:20pm — 10 Comments

Another one...

Most days, I ride to and from work along Burns Bay Road. On the upper section through Lane Cove, I probably get at least one motorist a day who comes closer than 1m. It has a 50km/h limit; it's marked with signs for caution due to pedestrian activity, and has a number of pedestrian refuges along its length. It should be a good road for cycling, but the unfortunate 'door-zone' markings make is much more dangerous than it should be.

(As an aside, there's plenty of room for separated…


Added by Dan on February 23, 2017 at 12:50pm — 2 Comments

Freak storm

Sydney's Inner West is usually a quiet kind of place. Little happens to disturb the sounds of single-origin lattes being brewed in hipster cafes, and kids being driven to school in urban tractors.

However, yesterday there was a Big Storm. Freak winds hit this otherwise quietly complacent patch of inner-city gentrification, bringing down trees and damaging buildings. Those freak winds probably lasted for no more than fifteen minutes, but it was quite exciting whilst it…


Added by Dan on February 18, 2017 at 2:45pm — 2 Comments

Bike on bike nut job

It  sometimes happens that I end up with two bikes at work. Some inequality in rides too and from caused by side trips, lifts, taxis and business trips conspire to create this imbalance. For the most part I just wait it out, and it usually corrects itself, but the situation had been going on for weeks, and didn’t seem to be resolving.

So I went with the rather unwieldy option of…


Added by Dan on February 8, 2017 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Tagalongs, kids and cold weather

The Dan family recently went on holiday to the UK, which was nice. And also very cold. I didn’t get to do much riding at all, but there was one small highlight when we stayed at CenterParcs for a few days (as a kind of respite from relentless family reunions…!).

Whilst we were there, I hired a bike and…


Added by Dan on January 25, 2017 at 12:59pm — 2 Comments

trailers that carry 10-20 bicycles

I am interested in hiring a bicycle trailer that will carry 10-20 bicycles for a trip where riders are travelling by train and their bikes need to be transported to and from. Does anyone have any suggestions, ideas etc

Tony O'Brien

Added by TONY O'BRIEN on January 23, 2017 at 4:27pm — 5 Comments

WITWIMB? And a December 25 whinge.

Eagle-eyed readers will have immediately noticed something unusual about the picture above.

Yes, those are "cycling" socks but those are not (proper) cycling shoes. Of course, they can be used for cycling, and even occasionally are on my commuter bike with toe clips, but their primary purpose is for walking, not pedalling. 

Really insightful readers,…


Added by Neil Alexander on December 25, 2016 at 12:00pm — 20 Comments

Wearing out

It’s Terrific Tuesday! Time for our dose of cycling good news and upbeat blogging. And today’s theme is – things wearing out.

‘But how is that good news?’ I hear you cry. Well, because it pleases me. I have had a bunch of things wear out just recently:

  • the front rim on the fixie
  • the rear tyre on the fixie
  • the bottom bracket on the Radish
  • the cleats…

Added by Dan on December 13, 2016 at 12:31pm — 1 Comment

City cycling without ID

It’s Positive Tuesday again. Eagle-eyed readers will note that I’ve exceeded the initial promise to do six good news stories, but I figured that pushing on can’t be a bad thing. Apart from anything else it improves my mood, even if you are getting sick of the relentless positivity.

And there’s two bits of good news this week. The first is that the NSW…


Added by Dan on December 6, 2016 at 11:16am — 10 Comments

A cycling suburb

I recently had to go to Manly for a meeting, so rode my bike into the city to catch the ferry. This is really a great way to start the morning – a ride, followed by a harbour cruise. Taking bikes on the ferry is very easy; access is flat or via ramps, there are wide gates and plenty of room, and bikes are welcome on Sydney ferries. The Manly ferry has dedicated bike storage…


Added by Dan on December 1, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Bicycle fossicking

Well, it’s that time of the week again when we switch on our unrelenting positivism and take a look at the joy of cycling. (Something that is, admittedly, a little challenging this week, with stories like …


Added by Dan on November 22, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

One Man and his Bike

Another uplifting and happy cycling story, as promised. Actually, this one isn’t really about me cycling. But I reckon reading about someone else cycling, and enjoying it, probably counts. And it’s sort of cool that I get to put this post in both the ‘books’ and the ‘bicycles’ category on my…


Added by Dan on November 17, 2016 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Vale Peugeot

Another in my series of happy tales about cycling. At least, I think it’s a happy tale. You may disagree after you read it.

Do you remember this bike? Well, you will remember that I sold it some…


Added by Dan on November 9, 2016 at 12:51pm — 4 Comments

Cycling Tokyo

Another up-beat and positive cycling story, but not from Australia. I recently had to visit Japan on business, and due to a quirk of scheduling ended up with some free time in Tokyo – enough free time, in fact, do take a cycling tour of the city.

Tokyo is a city of cyclists. Actually, no, it isn’t. Tokyo is a city…


Added by Dan on November 2, 2016 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Full racks and funky bikes

So here it is, the first of my series of positive cycling stories, to overcome the gloom of my last effort. Yes, for the next six weeks I am going to bring you upbeat and positive cycling news, views and pictures that I gather from my rides.

The first comes from the bike racks outside my local library and supermarket. I’ve increasingly noticed that they are full – in…


Added by Dan on October 26, 2016 at 10:31pm — 1 Comment

Metre matters?

I haven’t been blogging a great deal about cycling recently. That’s not because topics don’t endlessly suggest themselves; as I cycle back and forth to work hundreds of potential articles fly around my brain. Aside from a busy life that seems to make writing difficult;the other problem is that most of the things I mull over on my commute are relentlessly negative. Since most of…


Added by Dan on October 19, 2016 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

Aluminium nipples shearing off

Bought a Specialized Camber a couple of years ago. Rode in the rain. Aluminium nipple heads started shearing off ever second ride. Had wheel rebuilt with brass nipples. Apparently very common problem in Sydney. Why?

Added by Donald Rintoule on October 6, 2016 at 5:37am — 11 Comments

Kids, helmets and changing play

Here’s the Chillikebab kids, ready for an outing to the park for a picnic. See the excited faces! And check out how different they look form a few years ago

There’s also another difference you may have spotted, too. Yes, they are wearing bike helmets. Not because I made them or even asked them to,…


Added by Dan on August 8, 2016 at 2:50pm — 4 Comments

T1 bike trailer - towable luggage...

Pushy's had a mid-season sale recently, and there were some bargains to be had. And given that the objective of buying things ins a sale is not to buy things you actually need, but rather save as much money as possible by buying things you probably don't need but which are heavily discounted, I found myself purchasing a DOM T1 bike trailer - reduced from $650 to $99. I mean,…


Added by Dan on June 14, 2016 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

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, dickhead?'

The default approach for the NSW police is, in…


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

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