Thanks for the offer. At this stage I will stay separate from CAMWest. CAMWest obviously has a strong focus outside the Hills. I suspect a group based within the district may more easily attract others concerned about cycling in the Hills.
However I am pretty much a novice at this and would love your advice. I'll contact John and have a chat with him.
Hi Rob, Thank you once again for the fantastic ride last night. We all had great fun. The only bad part was not being able to thank you and say Happy New Year in person. It became a bit hectic just before midnight, with Sarah and Peter H overshooting the exit and the rest of us needing to get back to Rooty Hill soon. We zoomed back safely, I might add. So sorry about that and thank you once again. Hope you caught Sarah and Peter H in the end. Happy 2009!
Rob, That is terrible news. I hope Peter and the other lady do get their bikes back. I will send him a message. Every ride seems to be a learning experience for everyone in one way or another. I wouldn't have expected that to happen as everyone we met on NYE was very friendly (except obviously those louts).
Let's hope the rest of 2009 is a good year! All the best, Leigh
dude! sorry to hear about your NYE moment. post a description of these bikes here and on sydbma.org (bike couriers have a talent 4 recovering stolen bikes). was on the train on the bridge with my sister @ midnight as the fireworks went off (very cool!) but then , i digress ; descriptions (photos if possible); too small a world to ever say goodbye (to each other or your bike!) get it out there , bro ; we're here to help
Hi Rob The next Cobbity Markets are March 7th would you and anyone you wish to invite like to ride along maybe ride from Campbelltown station do you know a safe route? Bring panniers along lots of fresh produce and other goodies to buy.
Thanks for the offer, that sounds great... I'm a bit slow at the moment so I'm hoping to build up my skills a bit. I just get a bit scared of riding on the road on my own, sometimes people don't think and I feel really exposed on a bike. I'm sure you know how it is :)
G'day Rob. I noticed on your West Sydney-Olympic Park ride map that on leaving Rooty Hill Station you travel alongside the railway. I assume that this is an off road cycleway. Does it enable you to get onto the M7 cycleway on that route? I'm not at all familiar with the area and No. 1 son lives at Werrington so I've suggested to him that we go for a ride along the M7 cycleway at some stage. I think that the train probably offers a good option to get to Rooty Hill.
We had a similar issue with some RTA work up here, but fortunately we had a bike friendly engineer who could see the benefits, and while it was outside the scope of work, he made sure that it was done. Wouldn't it be really useful if we could find out who these cycling members/bike friendly staff or RTA and councils were! it would make life so much easier for everyone involved. We had one council bike liaison officer who couldn't ride a bike and wouldn't even get on a tandem so that we could show him the problems that their decisions made! Fortunately he is just about retired and we might be starting to get somewhere.
Mine is a Garmin Etrex Legend Cx. I set it on distance and record it at 50m intervals. That way I get very accurate distance and altitude profiles. It can be changed for each track if need be, but as I record it straight to a memory card, I don't have a problem with track capacity. When working with my tracks for planning trips, I need to limit my input to the GPS to 500 points per day (track) which I can do in either MapSource (which I think that you will have got with your GPS) or my preferred mapping program - OziExplorer. For loading mapping information to my web pages, I reduce it to a 1km distance between points, otherwise the maps just take forever to load. Even then most are around 1,000 points. You might need to consider these issues with your project.
Have you considered approaching RTA/local councils to see whether they can provide you with tracks of the off road cycleways so that you don't have to re-invent the wheel? They may be able to give it to you in a GPX format that you can play with or alternatively a format (KML I think) for Professor Google that you can massage into GPX if need be.