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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…!).…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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

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