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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
"No.  Given the yellow line next to the building (no footpath) it would not be permissible to use the iron rings protruding from the strip of render for their original purpose. One of the vertical steel objects is a street-light, the other a…"
yesterday
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"No."
Wednesday
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Not at or near Port Adelaide."
Tuesday
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"WITWIMB? Bonus if you can say what the original purpose of the building was."
Monday
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"No, not right.  The loco is not the broad-gauge "F".  It is, I believe, a narrow guage loco (observe the coupler, and the carriage steps) ex Port Pirie Smelters.  Also, it's running on the narrow guage track (centre two…"
Aug 9
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"The bike is leaning against the corner of the Aviation Museum at Port Adelaide, looking southwards over the few remaining tracks of the Port Adelaide Yard.  The engine looks like an "F" class, hauling a train of various museum-piece…"
Aug 8
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Or some commuters as an alternative to the Lynton Path.  Actually, most mountain bikers cross the path rather than ride its whole length."
Aug 4
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Along the foreshore shared path, looking over the "train" line to Fort Glanville."
Aug 4
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"That's it.  About halfway down, just near where traction becomes an issue for non-MTB tyres, there is a small ruin.  That is the reason for the "flat" area where the bike is."
Aug 4
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"No.  There are more options.  For example, if one followed the ridge that Shepherds Hill Rd goes up, one would eventually get to Sheoak Rd.  (Not along that ridge, though.)"
Aug 3
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Not in BNP.  On a fire track heavily used by MTBers (and some commuters)."
Aug 3
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Not along a road accessible by motor vehicle (except for fire trucks etc.). Somewhere along one of the ridges that if followed up goes up Sheoak Rd."
Aug 3
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"WITWIMB?"
Aug 2
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"That's right. The path connects the bike crossing over Greenhill Rd at Joslin St with Morphett St (with a little bit of rubble footpath along Sir Lewis Cohen Ave). Google maps satellite view hasn't caught up with alterations on the ground…"
Jul 30
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Vaguely right, except not eastern parklands, but is east of Goodwood Rd."
Jul 30
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"No. The logs are visible (just) in Google street view, but the Stobie pole is not.  The location - logs, pole, light, trees, both paths/tracks -  is visible in satellite view.  One of the paths/tracks is not marked in Google but is…"
Jul 30

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…

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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…

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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…

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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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