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Bike errands

Despite getting my bike back on Thursday night, events have conspired against me getting out for a decent ride. When I say "events", I mainly mean my own inability to get out of bed early over the last few days. I've been waking up, deciding "nah, I'll go out later" then when "later" rolls around I've been deciding it's too hot.

I'll ride tomorrow!

I did get out and run some errands on my other bike today though, first stop was a visit to the… Continue

Added by DamianM on November 18, 2007 at 7:36pm — No Comments

All's well that ends well

I thought I'd post the ending to this unfortunate incident. My bike is fixed, the driver paid for the damage (just a front wheel and bar tape) and dropped over a nice bottle of wine as well. She has good friends that ride and felt terrible about the whole thing. We've spoken a few times and I don't harbour any bad feelings towards her at all, it was just an accident, and really, I came away with no… Continue

Added by DamianM on November 17, 2007 at 11:09am — 1 Comment

Curse of the shadow bike

When you work at home, bike commuting is a bit hard - the ride from the kitchen to the study is pretty short!

So my "commute" is to school, towing my son on his Shadow Bike is my regular ride. Sure, it is short at 4km return. But towing a 20kg boy and his (guess) 10kg trailer makes the short ride a non-trivial effort. Especially because he freewheels a lot.(And you should see the wear pattern on my rear tire… Continue

Added by Simon Sharwood on November 13, 2007 at 8:26pm — 3 Comments

Coffee crawling by bike - the best.

Had a fantastic social ride with friends to various favourite cafes around eastern Sydney and the inner west on the weekend. Pretty much mirrors my week days - just diving into places while I commute around the place.

Can't go past Bourke St Bakery on (strangely enough) Bourke St Surry Hills. I hear they have a place on Broadway now too. Thier main bakery down on Gardners Rd Botany is pretty good but not nearly as hip as Bourke St. Lots of interesting bike life…


Added by Richard on November 12, 2007 at 8:29pm — 6 Comments

Alexandria - Parramatta Friday am

So good to commute to Parra today. Normally do 60km + ride each day but been pinned in city in the mornings so haven't put in significant kms which makes me feel like crap.

Roads are pretty slick and greasy. Recently fitted a 700 x 28 rear tyre with decent tread to my commuter hack. Makes a huge difference in the wet though is a bit slower. Fell on my arse on a round-about in Summer Hill last major rain due to using a skinny slick (pretty funny) so…


Added by Richard on November 9, 2007 at 10:18am — No Comments

A barely satisfactory Gongride

For the last few months my deal with myself has been this: finish the Gongride on my silly old MTB in 5:30 and I get a roadie as a reward.

Well ... I finished in 6:10, only 0:35 faster than last year's wind-marred event and that on a course generally held to be about 86-88km, not the full 90km.

Long story short ... not enough training. I may have lost 20 minutes here and there to queues getting down the Mckell drive descent or waiting for the guys I was riding with. But the bottom line… Continue

Added by Simon Sharwood on November 4, 2007 at 7:52pm — 7 Comments

DamianM vs Car

So that's my front wheel at the moment.

I was almost home after a lunchtime ride today when I came to a roundabout. As I started through the roundabout the lady to my left just started moving forwards, I yelled something, I heard a yell from the car, the next thing I knew I was knocked to the ground.

Fortunately, I am fine. The bike appears to be fine other than the front wheel, which is history. I'll get the bike checked…


Added by DamianM on November 3, 2007 at 4:07pm — 4 Comments


Two days until the gongride and I'm a tad apprehensive, because my training has been poor for the last two months.

A combination of illness, being short of time and poor weather has meant I have only one really strong ride under my belt, a mostly flat 70km where I was pretty knackered around the 55km/3hr mark.

But then again I did do that ride on a single banana and a packet of sports gel ... which I will not do this Sunday!

I also feel like I have become a far smarter and… Continue

Added by Simon Sharwood on November 2, 2007 at 12:07pm — 6 Comments

Riding in Olympic Park

I got out for a lunchtime ride today and chose Olympic Park as my destination. I like riding out there, it has a little bit of something for everyone. If you want to have a nice easy ride, especially with kids, there is a great network of paths, and they do bike hire and supply maps. Things get a little crowded on weekends and you see a few wobbly riders, but if you go through the week the place is…


Added by DamianM on October 31, 2007 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Back in the saddle...

Today was the first time I rode to work in a looonnnggg time - over a year, maybe closer to 2. Huge achievement for me. It's a short trip - Glebe to Balmain (it worries me when others on this site define 'short' as 40ks..), but long enough given my fitness is basically zero.

A good thing was that I used to ride regularly so felt fairly confident and most of the trip is either off the main road or on the footpath (which is another issue in itself). Also against the gung ho speeders…


Added by Marianne on October 31, 2007 at 6:13pm — 2 Comments

I am not a wanker, promise!

3:30 PM and the DVD needs to be back at the shop or I get a fine.

Driving a mere 1.5km is not on ... and the kids will want to come for the drive. And the kids are ... let's say the kids love the video shop for the same reason I hate taking them to the video shop.

So ... bike it is!

But how will I carry the DVD? I could just whack it in one hand, but that never feels safe.

Too hot for a backpack.

I know! Why not whack on a jersey and tuck it into a back…

Added by Simon Sharwood on October 28, 2007 at 8:39pm — 1 Comment

Starting up again...or why don't supermarkets stock WD 40

Unlike most of the super scary (!) people here, I'm not currently a regular rider. I was a fairly major bike rider when I lived in Melbourne, before my move to Sydney four years ago, it was by far my preferred means of transport when communiting and generally getting around from place to place - ie daily. Tried keeping it up when I moved to Sydney, but got scared of lack of dedicated bike lanes, driver awareness and obscene number of inner city hills. Gradually even shortish commute to work…


Added by Marianne on October 27, 2007 at 1:07pm — 3 Comments

Here comes train!

A great thing about riding a bike around inner city areas is the bike gives me a great way to get close to the action, much easier than having to find a place to park a car and walk.

This comes in very handy when you have a two year old boy with a train and fire engine obsession.…


Added by DamianM on October 26, 2007 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

At last, the bell curve is on my side

I have big feet. Seriously big. Think size 13.

So it is bloody hard for me to buy shoes.

I gather the reason why is that shoes are made on a bell curve. Manufacturers make plenty for average sized people and then fewer and fewer the further away from the norm.

Often, a shop will have only one or two pairs of shoes in my size. Plenty of shops won't carry shoes at the extreme ends of the bell curve, the size sixes and thirteens, because we are so rare.

And bike shoes?… Continue

Added by Simon Sharwood on October 26, 2007 at 4:49pm — 1 Comment

Bike Lanes

Short ride today from Marrickville to Redfern for a meeting.

I followed the route I use to tow one of my kids to school (see which follows some laneways parallel to Enmore road.

They are good riding territory. In more than 75 trips down these lanes, I have hardly ever encountered a moving car. There's no parking, so no dooring. You do lose momentum crossing the larger streets, but Enmore road is peppered with traffic…

Added by Simon Sharwood on October 25, 2007 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Cocker Spaniel

Anyone remember Ros Kelly, the Keating government minister?

She used to tell a great story about her cocker spaniel and how it propelled her into the ministry.

The story said that when she was working her way up in the ALP, she would walk her dog to party meetings. Everyone there would come over to pat the dog.

She would capitalise on their presence by schmoozing them.

Eventually, she got preselected, became a minister and the rest is history ... up until her brush with a… Continue

Added by Simon Sharwood on October 24, 2007 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment

Easy ride around Centennial Park

I had a nice and easy ride around Centennial Park today with Phil. It was a chance to get a ride in before the rain, chat about the site and also get some photos to put up.

While we were out, Phil recorded a mobile podcast you can listen to here :

Spinopsys Mobilecast #3 - Riding around Centennial Park

Then it was time for a quick… Continue

Added by DamianM on October 24, 2007 at 3:19pm — No Comments

A fun ride

I was going to start a new Wordpress blog to detail my cycling exploits, such as they are.

I'll give this a try instead, by detailing a fun ride I did two Sundays back.

I started from my Marrickville eyrie and ducked down Illawarra Road onto the Cooks cycleway, out through Rookwood, Lidcombe, eventually to Granville where I dicked around getting lost before finding the Parra-Liverpool cycleway. I followed that to Canley Vale before heading East, intending to follow the…

Added by Simon Sharwood on October 23, 2007 at 10:23pm — 3 Comments

Sunday morning ride

Today was the day of the Spring Cycle, a ride I've done and enjoyed for the last two years. This year I hadn't gotten around to entering, and when I had a look yesterday I'd missed the cutoff. A good friend of mine had done the same, so we decided to do our own ride. We decided on the La Perouse loop as a nice easy ride that we didn't have to be up too early for (we both have new babies, and other halves that deserve some sleep).

We got off at about 7, and the ride started slowly with… Continue

Added by DamianM on October 21, 2007 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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