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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

Oh, joy!

Wow, have you seen McCarrs Creek Road? It's been resealed at last (only on one side of the road so far). The road is closed again on 9/10 so hopefully after that it will all be smooth. The new bit is from the pay station closest to terry Hills going down towards the West Head turnoff/ Church point direction.

It's deceiving though. You can go so fast on it now as you don't have to look out for all the holes and craters. But you get carried away and easily forget to pay attention to… Continue

Added by Margo on October 6, 2013 at 12:50am — 1 Comment

California commuting


All the leaves are brown / And the sky is grey / I went for a walk / On a winters day…

Only I didn’t; the leaves were mostly still green, the sky was blue and of course I wasn’t walking – I was riding a bike. Still, that song was still going around in my head as I pedalled around that bastion of the American Dream – Silicon Valley, California. I…


Added by Dan on October 5, 2013 at 11:18pm — 2 Comments

Joys of the family bike ride

We're staying up in the Myall Lakes NP as we do every October and this morning we went on my traditional family bike ride.

The weather was a little cooler, a little cloudy, perfect. Rain predicted for the afternoon. OK.

It all started well. A few kms down the dirt road and over the Bomba Point ferry and down the Mungo Road for a walk through the Mungo Brush rain forest.

Lovely. We made it to the rain forest just in time for a light shower. No big deal.… Continue

Added by John Knight on October 3, 2013 at 9:09pm — 8 Comments

London Pico-tour

So I was in the UK and had hired a bike to ride an audax ride. I had a few relatives who lived within a reasonable riding distance to said audax ride and I had investigated riding routes to the homes in case I needed to make use of them. What I found was that I could ride the vast majority of the way out of London on NCN1 (National Cycle Network route 1) which was along, mostly, canal tow paths…


Added by Sir Si d'Eaudouce on September 27, 2013 at 6:30pm — 11 Comments


Ooooh, I've always wanted to do one of these, but rarely go anywhere not instantly recognisable as Sydney's Inner west.

This is not the inner west, however...

There are a couple of hints if you look…


Added by Dan on September 27, 2013 at 3:17pm — 18 Comments


My new bicycle

Added by SCHILTEC on September 26, 2013 at 9:57pm — No Comments

So I was going to the UK...

...and as any self-respecting randonneur would do, I checked the Audax UK website for rides and there was one starting at 08:00 only 50 mins by train from London Liverpool St which happens to be a mere 2km ride from my brothers flat. Next, bike....? Can I hire a road bike or will I have to get my bro's 80s steel MTB road…


Added by Sir Si d'Eaudouce on September 26, 2013 at 8:23am — 6 Comments

King Street Green Lights

For the first time ever this morning 3 x bike lane traffic lights on King Street were sequenced green.  It was so much better not having to stop and start half a dozen times in bike crowds riding up King St.  Just wondering if the traffic controllers have re-programmed it.  Anybody else see it?

Added by Graham Newling on September 24, 2013 at 9:50am — 4 Comments

Melbourne Bike Share


I had occasion to travel to Melbun on business recently. My schedule was fairly tight, but in the end I arrived at my destination half an hour or so earlier than my appointment. And, as luck would have it, there was a bike share station right outside the door.  Here was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up – I just had time for a quick ride! I have never had the…


Added by Dan on September 21, 2013 at 2:07pm — 1 Comment

Videoing my ride


I’d been toying with the question for a while – it’s something that is a growing trend amongst cyclists, as evidenced by the endless youtube footage if cars carving up cyclists. Should I get a camera for my bike? The main motivation for attaching a camera to one’s bike seems to be in order to capture bad driver behaviour and, if the worst comes to the worst, to use as…


Added by Dan on September 17, 2013 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Tyre failures and inflationary pressures


I have, in the past, been a vocal supporter of Conti SportContact tyres.  I’ve been running the 32mm wire bead version of this tyre on the fixie (and also a tourer, whilst I had one) for many years, with huge success. They are grippy, highly puncture resistant, they roll well and last for ever. I’ve had examples of these tyres that have lasted well over 10,000km, and…


Added by Dan on September 3, 2013 at 12:19am — 11 Comments

In the land of Ortlieb

It's summer here, and we headed north towards Germany for holidays. Almost every city on the way is encouraging cycling, it seems. It's annoying. Every town, except for anywhere I live, is a cycling paradise.

On the way via train, I stopped in Milan for about 6 hours, getting a public bike. Each station says you need to sign up at an ATM. After discovering a big sign saying ATM near the main square, and following the tunnels to the office, ATM is: the…


Added by Edward Re on August 27, 2013 at 7:32am — 3 Comments

Canberra social cyclist moving to Sydney need advice!

Hi all,

I have recently taken up a position in Sydney for work. I will be living in Neutral Bay, and was hoping if anyone can provide with some good cycling routes in that area. I am looking for various lengths - 30km,60km and 100km rides.

Or if there are recreational cyclists that ride on the weekend, I would be happy to join in. Once I have settled down a bit more, I will be looking for a social ride on weekday mornings as well!

Hope to hear your knowledge and…


Added by Ian Nguyen on August 26, 2013 at 11:21am — 8 Comments

Huntering & Gathering (Muswellbrook) 17 / 18 August

One of the things I have enjoyed most about cycling is getting out to new areas and exploring without being imprisoned in an isolating metal & glass box. On a bike you touch and interact with the environment, the texture of the road, the sun, rain, heat & cold, the sights, sounds and smells which makes the journey important and not just the destination. I therefore registered for the Audax Huntering & Gathering at Muswellbrook (taking the easy options on both days) and it was a…


Added by Bill Parker on August 19, 2013 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

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