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Shimano Alfine 11-speed hub - brief review

Started Feb 5 0 Replies

A few months ago, my son decided that he would like to have an ebike, and decided that his 1992 Mongoose 325 700c hybrid (at that time in my possession) would be an ideal platform for mounting the…Continue

Tags: Bafang, ebike, 11-speed, Alfine

Sausages at Stirling - Upper Sturt CFS Fund-raiser.

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Southern Jan 21. 6 Replies

The Upper Sturt CFS will again be conducting a sausage sizzle in Stirling for the TDU.Times will be a bit different this year, to take into account the start at Stirling, rather than the finish of…Continue

Tags: Stirling, CFS, food, sausage-sizzle, TDU

Pump found.

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Southern Jan 30, 2016. 3 Replies

This weekend, 16/1 to 17/1, I found a pump on the traffic island of Cross Rd, Kings Park, at the cross-over from Jellicoe Ave to Llanfair Tce.  It would seem that it has fallen from someone's bag, as…Continue

Tags: pump, found

CFS Sausage Sizzle - Stirling, TDU - 20/1

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trevor Hill Jan 20, 2016. 3 Replies

Another shameless plug.Upper Sturt CFS is again holding a sausage sizzle at Stirling for the crowds watching the TDU.There will be sausages, vegetarian/vegan patties, with bread and onions.  There…Continue

Tags: TDU, sausage-sizzle, Stirling


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David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Except that parts of their lovely new surface laid last year already have tree-root uplift."
David Southern replied to heather's discussion improve cyclist safety with presumed driver liability
"That may also come from a different cultural background involving shame/honour considerations which are barely thought of here."
Jun 16
David Southern replied to heather's discussion inventing the bicycle
"Does this imply that the out-and-back average velocity is constant, not just for light, but also for cyclists?"
Jun 13
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Near one of the waterfalls above Echo Tunnel in Belair NP?"
Jun 9
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Mel Baker Reserve it is.  The shelter is obscured by trees (and limitations of zooming) in google street view, but the roof, and its somewhat offset shadow, are visible in satellite view, where the path bends.  The Gregory's 1949…"
Jun 7
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"An historical hint:  My late great-uncle had been the proprietor of "Proudman's Bakery", from which he had retired before I can remember him.  The bakery was just around the corner from the house from which I entered the…"
Jun 7
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"@Jilden.  The drainage line under Wangarry Tce turns west along Seacombe Rd, then north along Brighton Rd, and then into Young St.  From there it discharges into the sea. (I did give a hint of a website to use to look up stormwater drain…"
Jun 6
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Not in Marion or Edwardstown.  Not along Watiparingga Creek.  Other side of the Sturt R. (Hint: check old maps/street directories, and compare with the stormwater drainage layer on http://location.sa.gov.au/viewer/ )"
Jun 5
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Too far south there anyway.  Also, that is more than 11km from the CBD."
Jun 5
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Not in the Reedbeds or along the River Torrens/Port Adelaide River or any of its anabranches or tributaries."
Jun 5
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Not Oaklands Reserve. I have not seen any almond trees present in this park.  (When they were there, it wasn't a park.) There used to be a small intermittent creek, now undergrounded, through the almond grove."
Jun 4
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"@rossmg.  Sort of west, although 55 years ago it would not have been thought of as a western suburb. @heather.  Definitely not down south, even though I mentioned almonds."
Jun 4
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Not so very far from Adelaide CBD (<11km). WITWIMB?  There is something of a personal aspect to this location.  I first went into this park a few weeks ago.  (There is a public toilet nearby, and I also wanted to stop for a blood…"
Jun 3
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"I need to get out more (or find more time for google maps, but this is not the preferred option)."
Jun 3
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Off Main North Rd Pooraka, more-or-less opposite Mawson Lakes Bvd?"
May 25
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Yes, on the track to the top of the mound covering the very toxic former rubbish dump over which the courts of of a lawn tennis club had been established."
May 25

Profile Information

What bikes do you ride?
BSA frame (1968) set up as 18 speed, 26x1 3/8.
My elder son's Mongoose Dynametric 325 700C (1992) refurbished for my use.
Gitane 27" mixte, 1970's
Mid-motor (chainwheel drive) mixte Ebike, home-built 2013
When do you ride?
Weekends, Other
..perhaps some more information about yourself for your profile page
Prefer bike, or bike/train over car, if load to be carried and time constraints permit.
My wife (we have been married 40 years) only learned to ride a bike after we were married, although much of our courting was in the presence of my bike.

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On Yer Bike. A story of living riding a bike.

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 21:46 2 Comments

I grew up in a household where riding a bike was "normal".  When we lived in the country, my Dad didn't ride to work, because that would have been silly.  With many country railway workers, home and work were, almost literally, only the side gate apart.  When Dad was transferred to the Pt Adelaide gang, he would regularly ride from Mansfield Park to the Port for work, even though we owned a car.  What stopped him wasn't either of the couple of accidents going to work, but a severed Achilles…


The Ebike, at last.

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 22:23 7 Comments

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…


Gitane: First ride.

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 23:06 2 Comments

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…


When did you last change the gear cable?

Posted on May 5, 2012 at 21:08 9 Comments

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…


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