Neil Alexander's Comments

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At 6:29pm on June 19, 2008, noelbike said…
Hi. I have been in Kirribilli for 3 or 4 years but I get bagged out for it by my inner west mates so I don't advertise the fact.
I am often the thorntree website (lonly planet) but have increasingly noticed that this one is good.
Do you guys ride in bike north groups much or just with your friends?
At 7:13pm on June 19, 2008, noelbike said…
wots lct sup?
At 11:15pm on July 2, 2008, Phil said…
Yep, but off for July to do some editing work on the TdF site for SBS, back at the shop in August.
At 12:03pm on July 26, 2008, GW said…
Love the discussion about the number of cyclists! I ended up driving from Randwick to Redfern for work at peak hour this week (not something I"d normally do!), and was amazed at the sheer number of cyclists I saw.
At 9:12pm on August 11, 2008, KimR said…
Hi there. Thanks for posting the Times letter. Some people like Mr Herron just can't see there is more than one one to look at things. I still think that overall his extreme views help to raise the profile of cycling as people read and take in the more balanced replies to him.
At 12:09pm on August 12, 2008, Bob Moore said…
Hi Neil
Re those pics, I can save them off Sydneycyclist and then upload into my album, which seems a little roundabout. Not sure if there is a way to transfer them more directly - must ask Damian. Or you could start a photo gallery of your own and then I think its easy for me to drag and drop such pics into my album.
At 4:48pm on August 14, 2008, Dabba said…
Hmmm! I was a bit disappointed in Tassie. I found that the rewards weren't worth the effort required. Then again, I don't travel as far each day as you seem to, and certainly haven't climbed every mountain yet. Having done the trips there that are on my website, I doubt that I would go back again.

At this stage, I think that my Kosciuszko trip - which I hope to do in Mar/Apr next year is good, as are my planned 5 weeks away in Sep/Oct going from Lithgow to Cootamundra, West Wyalong, Dubbo, Muswellbrook, Manilla, down the Oxley Hwy to Wauchope and then back to Newcastle. I hope to do the beautiful areas of N NSW in spring of 2009. At some stage, I want to get to do the Flinders, but all of these plans hinge on my wife's health, so I can only dream at this stage, at least until I head off.

Good luck with your trip.
At 1:49pm on August 24, 2008, Kim said…
Neil, I'd love to cycle Tassy. Can you tell me what parts you would recommend? What time of year would you recommend?
At 6:09pm on August 24, 2008, Dabba said…
Seeing the photos of your tribe on tour reminded me of something that we did to make it easier to drag a laden tandem up the hill while we were touring. We made a "harness" for the stoker so that she could pull the bike up the hill while I balanced and pushed it. As you know, tandems aren't easy to balance and push up hill, and it is pretty near impossible for 2 people to push. We used our 3-4m clothesline and tied it to a shoulder strap that we had for carrying our handlebar bag. The strap formed a sash over the stoker's shoulder to spread the load and it all worked quite well for us. We got quite a few looks (especially from the tourist buses) and plenty of friendly toots.
At 6:48pm on August 24, 2008, Jamin said…
No suspension on the Mountain unicycle except for the legs being able to absorb all the impact. Legs do braking as well.
At 11:00am on August 25, 2008, Dabba said…
We had a 24 x 34 bottom gear, but Merrilyn tended to only be a weekend social cyclist, while I was usually commuting 35k a day 2-4 days week as well as the weekend rides. So given that configuration, we walked a few hills on our tours. We did find that when we both wore heart rate monitors, we were able to even the load so that I wasn't the only one stuffed at the end of the day. ;-) I could back off until her HR was up near mine and we were then able to climb hills that we had not been able to previously. The HRM also helped to get into the right gear for her pedaling capability. I tended to push a harder gear than she was capable of contributing much to, so we geared down a bit and span more.
At 11:34am on October 8, 2008, Nick said…
Hey thanks, yes it was taken from the top of passo stelvio in italy (2800m alt.). One of the most beautiful places in the world I'd say.
At 3:43pm on October 11, 2008, Phillip Whitefield said…
Dear Neil
Thank you for kind welcome.
Clay Kesting built my frame in 1980 and I used it extensively for 26 years. Eventually the consumer passion for objects that are new got the better of me, and I invested in a Surly with a capacity for smaller wheels and wider tyres. On the topic of relics, I still have a "Matilda"trailer made by Noel MacFarlane in the days of his Newtown shop.
In my early cycling days, I had a close connection with BINSW and its publications. There is little doubt that the "Australian Cyclist" produced during your reign was clearly superior to that produced now. My expectations of BNSW were significantly lowered once the self-deluding culture of coroprate narcissism infected the organization.
Thank you once again for the message.
Kind regards
Phillip
At 3:37pm on November 10, 2008, Tony Arnold said…
Hi Neil, Thanks for the offer of the trainer. I don't want you to go to too much trouble. I just thought that it might be nice to try a trainer some time and I thought that the folks from Sydney Cyclist would have some interesting opinions on them.

Generally speaking, I much prefer the "real thing" of being out on the road but I've been told to stay off the bike for a while after my accident so that isn't an option for a few weeks. I think I'm just looking for some way back onto the bike!

The doctor said no "contact sports" for 2 months, but given that cycling is just as dangerous as driving a car, I don't think it counts as a contact sport. I will probably be back on the bike in a couple of weeks so I may just avoid the trainer all together. Sorry for being a bit scatter-brained. I'm just going a bit stir-crazy here at home...
At 7:41am on November 22, 2008, Kim said…
Hi Neil, I knew that Noel was showing you his route besides I recognised you from your photo. My route to the city is pretty similar but without the long stretch of Parramatta Road and it goes along some rat runs. I can email you some of my other routes but they are all just commuting routes rather then 'pleasure' rides. My email address is ksantarossa at yahoo dot com dot au.
At 5:46am on December 13, 2008, GW said…
Oi, stop talking about me without cc-in me in! No, surprisingly enough, she's been a bit busy trying to save the world (or at least part of NSCCAHS), but now that she has bike racks just outside one of her offices, can't really ignore it much longer!

And I thought BB was organising a NSW Health group for the Spring Cycle?
At 9:48am on December 13, 2008, Chris Virtue said…
Saw the post on the website after seeing the post to the facebook group. Seems hardly relevant as he's moving on.
At 10:30am on December 13, 2008, Chris Virtue said…
Yeah? Pray tell.
At 2:58pm on December 13, 2008, Chris Virtue said…
You seem to have more info than I do. The NRCA has a facebook group of which I'm a member and saw the post.
At 3:17pm on December 17, 2008, Conrad said…
Hi Neil! Cell were a pleasure to deal with and I absolutely love the bike. There were a few delays due to shipping issues with their factory when I ordered it, but I believe those have all been sorted out now.

I haven't taken my bike offroad yet apart from cutting through the occasional park - I just picked it up a month or two ago and it's my first bike in over a decade - but I really want to put it through its paces as soon as I'm a bit more confident. Your touring photos are making me so jealous!

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