I did manage a quick trip to the shops on the bike this morning, without getting either wet or blown away. After that, I had to drive my wife around a bit (distance beyond her capabilities on a…Continue
I have noted on a number of occasions while watching the TDF on SBS that the commentators have discussed the "reliabilty" of electronic shifters on bikes with an obvious on-road failure.I wonder what…Continue
Cycling is often depicted as a"dangerous" activity. But is it true?I would argue that it is motor-vehicle drivers that are dangerous, to cyclists, pedestrians, their passengers, other motorists, and…Continue
For some years, I had been investigating buying or building an Ebike as a replacement for for most of my car-as-driver-only journeys from the city to Upper Sturt, a sort-of "reverse commute". It was in doing this research that I first stumbled upon AC.
My investigations revealed that for my purposes, a mid-motor, chainwheel drive arrangement would be best, as this makes the bike gears available to the motor, unlike hub motors of any sort, and, incidentally, unlike all petrol motor…Continue
I took the Gitane out for a ride today, the first (apart from "setting up") since I got it. From near Hadleigh Rise, Upper Sturt, into Stirling, and return, via Sturt Valley Road.
The bike is now set up as 3x7 (48/38/28, 11-28) instead of the original 2x6. The triple came about because the chainwheel-side crank on the double was bent, so a new crankset was needed anyway. A headstem with a…Continue
I got caught in the very heavy rain last Tuesday, and the BSA got saturated (not to mention the rider). However, it seemed to have dried out fairly well.
But this morning, going to and from the Community Bike Workshop at Plympton, I was having trouble getting the outside sprocket (high gear) on the cassette. It would not change the final step unless I backed off, went down one, and then changed two at once.
Oiling and cleaning the chain made a slight improvement, but still…Continue
I was just heading out on the BSA yesterday morning to watch my son's F-grade cricket final at Brooklyn Park, when I passed the parked ute of the local secondhand/junk/art dealer. In the tray was a blue Gitane bike with the back wheel off. I asked how much, and he said $20. "You're on," I said, and paid my money, left the BSA in his care, leaning against the street sign, and carried the Gitane home (50m). Then I came back, and continued the journey.…Continue