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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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,…

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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

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