So my knees have been aching slightly the last couple of weeks. Serve you right for riding a fixie, I hear you muttering, and indeed for a few days I did think about whether I was getting too old for all of that.
But then I remembered the thing I always seem to forget; my knees start aching when my cleats / shoes are worn out. It's when my feet are not secure in the pedals and roll around… Continue
Added by Dan on March 28, 2013 at 10:03pm —
I finally got around to fixing the drivetrain on my fixie. I spend a few weeks ummming and ahhhing about buying the bits online and doing it myself – I even went so far as to put them all into a shopping basket on Wiggle, but never actually pressed ‘purchase’. The main reason was I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get the lockring off the the fixed sprocket. I do have the right tool, but… Continue
Added by Dan on February 20, 2013 at 9:41pm —
So I put Strava on my phone. Strava, in case you are not acquainted with it, is an app which tracks your route, how fast you go, how long you take and so on. And then the really evil bit – it compares how fast you ride each ‘segment’ with other riders who have followed the same route (or bits of the route). If you are fast enough, you get an award, a place on the leader-board and a ‘King of the Mountain’ (KoM) badge. This has also sparked some controversy, as it may encourage people to ride… Continue
Added by Dan on January 6, 2013 at 10:57am —
Well, my beloved fixie has emerged from rocket surgery and is back on the road, after all the issues I had with the forks, and then various delays getting it sorted.
Thanks to the nice people at Salsa and… Continue
Added by Dan on July 12, 2012 at 9:50pm —
I’ve been working on this for years. It’s something I wanted to be able to do – but not enough such that I went out to practise for hours until I could do it. However, I’ve been gradually getting better, and I think I am now good enough to be able announce <drumroll> that I can at last do a… Continue
Added by Dan on May 7, 2012 at 10:30am —
So I recently purchased some new toys. A couple of firsts - a single speed/fixie
First club jersey - gets it's first run tomorrow… Continue
Added by timothy.clifford on February 25, 2012 at 6:19pm —
It seems my idea of getting a new bike for Christmas isn’t going to happen. I took the fixie in for a service, and it seemed all is not well. I knew it would need some work; after all I ride it a lot in all weathers. However, the laundry list of things that need doing is quite long.
It needs a new drivetrain. This I was expecting; the chainwheel is four years old and the back… Continue
Added by Dan on December 12, 2011 at 9:08pm —
ok web folk. I am at a dilemma... And, I ask you this.
What bike do I take to ride in the cities of Europe?
fast, cool, lighter and more robust.
Easy to maintain, lock and use and pack again. Cheaper to maintain if I need to repair.
more Fun, slower, heavier and less robust (hyd brakes)x(full rigid 29er). More expensive to maintain if I need to…
Added by yogi on July 16, 2011 at 5:09pm —
Either I am going soft, or having the Radish is metamorphosing me into a full on European-style utility cyclist, as when i left work tonight it was a bit chilly in my cycling shorts and jersey, and for the first few minutes I thought longingly of how much more comfortable I would be all rugged up and riding the Radish.
However after a few minutes I warmed up and started to enjoy myself. However that enjoyment was curtailed by a slight wobbling, loose sensation on the right side of the… Continue
Added by Dan on April 27, 2011 at 11:06pm —
On the way home on Friday, I happened to be riding across the Harbour Bridge at the same time a cruise liner was passing underneath. It was quite a sight, and along with many other cyclists I stopped to watch it go by, and wave to the passengers crowded on the deck below.
Many of them waved back, and the height of… Continue
Added by Dan on April 9, 2011 at 10:50pm —
Well, I did make it out for a ride yesterday, and given the time of year thought I should make my annual pilgrimage to Watson's Bay on the fixie.
Amazingly this is the first recreational ride of 2010 that I have done on my own. Ive been out a handful of times with friends this year, but not on my own. Strange to… Continue
Added by Dan on January 1, 2011 at 8:52am —
Yesterday, I bought new cycling shoes. I’ve been needing a new pair for a while; I always know when my shoes are wearing out as my right knee starts to ache sometimes on longer rides. But actually that wasn’t what tipped me over the edge; what really did that was the smell.
We’ve had a lot of wet weather recently, and my old shoes stank. Really really stank. I had them under my desk at work, and it smelled like a tom-cat had pissed on the…
Added by Dan on December 4, 2010 at 7:00am —
I was about here
when I seriously began to question my choice of bike for an early-morning… Continue
Added by Dan on August 8, 2010 at 10:05pm —
I was a little late leaving work tonight, which meant I had to dash back so that I wasn't late getting home. I jumped on the bike after escaping a meeting that had run late, and powered through Sydney.
I was riding the fixie. I love my fixie. I've been riding my other bikes a lot recently, including the heavy (and slow) Radish, and the tourer with panniers and so on, and getting on the fixie was just a joy. It is my favourite bike, I have to say. Just so much fun; it accelerates like… Continue
Added by Dan on June 17, 2010 at 11:59pm —
What a lovely day for a ride! I managed to get out for a ride this morning - first time since the little one arrived. The logistics are all a bit more complicated now...
So I met up with a mate, and we rode out to Mosman, and down to Taronga Zoo, with two side trips down (and up!) to Bradley's Head and Clifton Gardens. Then back in a loop via Lane Cove. A few reasonable hills to help work off the chocolate...
And, being a nice day, a… Continue
Added by Dan on April 5, 2010 at 5:28pm —
Yesterday as promised was a Daddy Daughter day. It started at about 0630 in the morning when I was woken by Rohan watching Cartoon Network on Foxtel. So I got up and got myself some brekkie and then Eilish got up and sorted herself out. At around 0730 we headed of to Chandler and jumped into the training session that was going on with LCCC..
Kevin, another ADCC member had a small track bike setup for his daughter to use but kindly offered Eilish the opportunity to put on… Continue
Added by Luke on January 19, 2009 at 6:40pm —
Firstly YAY TEAM !!!!!
what a great job. It was great to say hi to names I have never actully met but chatted to here. Thanks to those who asked if I was Yogi. and HELLO right back to you.
King St will never be the same ... if we are lucky.
I am looking for pics of the bike valet in action if anyone has any please link them.
bike valet is obviously here to stay.
once again thanks to all the Volunteers and patrons… Continue
Added by yogi on November 19, 2008 at 3:08pm —
In part to annoy Dave
, I thought I might post up my experiences riding the fixie
as a total n00b.
I bought it on Saturday, and rode around the back streets of Leichhardt for a bit to get the hang of it. I kept passing another cyclist, eventually I realised he was on a brand new… Continue
Added by DamianM on June 11, 2008 at 12:33pm —
Yep, I've done it.
I've wanted the orange one for ages, but when I saw the green it just oozed style.
It was my size, test ride was fun, the price was right, I had to have it.
"Easiest bike sale I've ever made" says the guy.
"Easiest bike purchase I've ever made" says I.
I present to you, my new toy.
Of course, the… Continue
Added by DamianM on June 8, 2008 at 9:42pm —