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Track World Cup ticket going begging!

Hi all, I've a general admission ticket for the World Cup tonight (Friday) going begging.
All my bike buddies/family/mates have had to cancel.
Sponsors gave it to me so free as a bird.
Oh and if anyone else will be there tonight, wanna meetup?

Added by Simon Sharwood on November 30, 2007 at 9:05am — 5 Comments

Bikes Rock opening party

Well I managed to get myself invited to the Film festival opening party last night (Thanks Adam!). What a fun night. I met a couple of members of the site, ran into some old friends, talked bikes and generally had a good time.

We got to see a preview of some of the films screened outside in the parking lot too.

I was going to take some pics, but I found that it helps to check the battery on your camera more than 4 minutes before you walk out the door. Nevermind, there were… Continue

Added by DamianM on November 30, 2007 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

Cowan to Hunter Valley Bikely Route just posted

Has anyone actually done this ride? Generally it doesn't look too bad except for the apparently huge climb about 27 k in. Now last year I did the Century ride at Mt Penang in May, though I only did the 50k not the 100. There was a big climb in that. I'm wondering if its the same climb I see in this Bikely Route.

Happy to hear of anyone who's gone to the Hunter on such a ride.

Added by 64kgToDate on November 27, 2007 at 10:49pm — 5 Comments

Hills that aren't hills

A couple of years back, when my bike was new and I was new to riding it, I noticed pretty fast that there were some hills that didn't bother me. I was strong enough (and the hill was short enough) that I could get up it without gear changes or feeling like I am really making extra effort.

The more I ride, the more hills I find aren't really hills any more.

Riding with a bunch helps too - it's harder to slacken off with a pack around you!

But some hills remain hills. The flat section… Continue

Added by Simon Sharwood on November 21, 2007 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Collision blackspot

I see in the Herald this morning that the NRMA has declared the M4 / Silverwater Road intersection the worst place for collisions in NSW (@ 135 per year - bloody carnage).

I can't help feeling a bit sad at the stupidity of this dreadful statistic. I ride through that intersection twice a day going onto and off the M4 as part of my commute for the last 2… Continue

Added by Richard on November 21, 2007 at 8:19am — 5 Comments

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

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