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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

Playing with Ning

So I've had an idea to build a Sydney centric cycling site (how's that for an alliteration) for a while. Phil was playing with Ning a while back, and I had a quick look and didn't think much about it at the time. The other day I was riding and it popped back into my head, and tonight it did that again and I thought I'd have a look at the possibility of building what I wanted.

It seems to fit… Continue

Added by DamianM on October 20, 2007 at 10:23pm — No Comments

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