I just spent an all too short couple of days in Sydney for a wedding. We arrived Wednesday night and left Monday morning, I did have a bike with me but ended up too busy / tired to ride much. I did do the Waterfall ride on Sunday, more on that in a moment.
A couple of little points of reflection.
Cycleways and bikes!
Oh my god, whoever thought Sydney would start leading the way ? I don't know if you guys are noticing…
"Good morning Dublin. Who wants a ride this afternoon ?"
That was how Lance's tradition of Twitter rides started. Since then he's put together rides in several cities, not so impromptu these days, police and ambulance are involved to make sure everyone is safe and the roads are managed.
We flew out of Brisbane on Thursday morning and into Adelaide, and it appeared that we'd brought our weather with us. Neil Finn would be proud!
After buying a couple of umbrellas Miles and I set out for a walk into the city. First stop, the very excellent Bicycle Express in the Adelaide CBD to organise a loaner bike for Miles (in case a certain opportunity comes up). If you ever need a bike or any bits and pieces…
As you all probably know, David Taylor was taking part with a group of riders going from Sydney to Brisbane to raise money for seriously ill children and their families.If you didn't know, check out the page here and his blog posts about the ride.
Well the good news is, despite rain, hail, sleet, blood, sweat and tears they made it to Brisbane…
Hi everyone, and Merry Christmas, I hope everyone has been having a good one!
The two months I've had since moving out of Sydney at the beginning of November has been probably the busiest time of my life. Between my main work project, a couple of others that didn't get finished up before I left sydney, recruiting, house hunting, moving, Christmas and running the website for a little boat…Continue
So on Sunday we headed to Cenennial Park for a BBQ with some friends. Miles (who has just turned four) was going a bit stir crazy having been inside for a few days so we decided to take his new bike, and I rode mine over.
So, despite the wind, which was savage, Miles has now ridden his first lap of Centennial park! and is very proud of riding four kilometers when he is four.…
Don't you hate it when your bike develops a creak ?
Mine did this week, somewhere on the left hand side of the handlebars. It stopped if I took my hand off the brake hoods, so I figured it was there. Nothing serious, I thought I'd spend a few minutes this weekend to check it out.
So Thursday night I was riding home from work....creak....creak... getting pretty annoying but whatever. I hit Enmore road, and as I accelerated up the hill past a car I felt the bars move a… Continue
I ended up in a conversation on Twitter today with Weiyun and Simon Sharwood. I didn't get to finish what I had to say, and it really requires a little more than 140 characters so I decided to write a blog post.
At issue is that Contador was "unprofessional" for attacking… Continue
In another thread, Kylie was questioning the definition of Hors Categorie and Neil stepped in to explain the "beyond category" climbs in the tour.
I thought I'd post the best explaination I've found.
You take a Citroen 2CV (See below) and try to drive it up the climb. If it will do it in 4th gear, it's a 4th category climb. If you need to put it in third, it's a category three and so on. If it won't get up the mountain at all, it's a Hors Categorie climb.
I spent some time tonight putting together my team for Tony's Fantasy TdF league and got to thinking about what I think is going to happen this year.
It's a bit of a wildcard tour, last years winner is on a new team without Bjarne's rat cunning. The obvious favourites are on Astana, but that just looks like a team ready to explode. If the management don't do it first, then will Contador get held back… Continue
When I got to work I locked my bike up downstairs, as usual, and got in the lift up to the office.
Tonight, when I went downstairs, I unlocked the lock and started to take it off. Something was different, wrong even.
Turns out, I had locked the rear wheel to the frame, but neglected to attach any part of it to the bike rack! Lucky I was in a nice undercover office bike rack or I'd most likely be down one road bike tonight. I feel… Continue