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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
"Cheap/old mobile phone camera."
16 hours ago
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Got it in one go.  What a pointless bollard."
19 hours ago
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Kilburn Community Centre, Denver Tce, Chicago Kilburn."
David Southern replied to Wayne B's discussion Witch hunt of cyclists continues with suggestive headline
"I have never met a "baby duck in lycra".  What do they look like? Do you have a photo? What do the ducks (and drakes) wear, other than feathers?  Perhaps our wildlife should be wearing hi-vis registration numbers."
David Southern replied to Keith's discussion Blackwood roundabout
"Traffic lights at Brighton Pde/Sheps (without removing the Woolworths lights)?"
Oct 13
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"@ rossmg.  I went for a ride around the NW end of your route the other day while on my way to walk my daughter's dog at Clearview.  All concrete footpaths around there. Yet to find/make time for a ride at the SE end of your route."
Oct 12
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"It looks like your wall runs WNW to ESE, with the southern face photographed, and a down-slope from right to left.  This eliminates quite a few locations. I have been on a Google tour, but I must undertake a real ride to look for it."
Oct 8
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"About what time of day was the photo taken?  (Shadow lines might become a clue.)"
Oct 3
David Southern replied to Dan's discussion Passing rudeness
"I agree.  If one can't pass safely, don't pass at all.  One sees this behaviour of not leaving enough room occasionally by motorcyclistsl; somewhat more frequently by cars pulling in front of trucks, taking away their braking…"
Sep 30
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"No Stobie poles or power lines in street, so CLG. Shadow of trees gives approximate direction. Bend in road. Kerbs in Salisbury Cr relatively new. Bus route a major clue. Only one location fits the clues."
Sep 28
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Colonel Light Gardens, Salisbury Cr, near Lincoln Ave, looking more-or-less north?"
Sep 26
David Southern replied to Equal2lance2's discussion Mariage Equality - for cyclists
"Should the law permit gender identity diversity among cyclists, without discrimination or rebuke?  And without hate-speech. Males riding step-through frames. Females riding diamond-frames. Males or females riding mixte frames."
Sep 20
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Lovely country through there.  Some years ago did a long walk (2 days) as one of the adults accompanying some 12yo Boy's Brigade lads, doing a round trip starting off going south from the Parachilna campsite and returning via the Blinman…"
Sep 17

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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