The Stuart O Grady bikeway is a fabulous addition to our bicycle network, and I use it almost every day. There is one very dangerous spot though. At the very Southern end of the track there is about a 150m of road (Mill Road South) which is completely covered in very loose gravel, and I have seen quite a few people skid and fall off their bikes as they hit this loose section.
Would it be possible to have this section of road made safer ? Perhaps re-tarmaced or at very least…Continue
Hi all on 25th march the riders from ride4repat will leave tailem bend on their finale leg of the ride4repat.It is my intention to drive out to meet up with them and ride all or some of the stage,this is dependent on having more riders or at least some1 to drive my ute back.If i can get a number of riders ( 5 max in my ute) then this would allow people to ride all or part of the last stage by changing drivers along the route and in doing so support this worthy cause. I have managed to secure…Continue
Andre Bertin. Restore Part 2.
Having bought a frame and fork – with bottom bracket, headset, quill and seat post – I needed to decide what components to use on the bike. The frame had been painted and ready to be built up.
The frame has been thoroughly checked - and is perfectly sound condition. That said - the bike has been built as an "easy-cruiser" - not for hurtling down hills.
I had elected in the frame restore stage to buy two sets of components. One would be…Continue
After my first attempt at a Come'nTry race was washed out two weeks ago I decided to have another go this morning, fortunately the forecast temp was below 38C (just) and the race was on. I woke up early and had brekky and a large glass of water and took a spare bidon to drink on the way down so as to be well hydrated at the start and arrievd nice and early to register and set up the bike.
I got my number and had to pin it on backwards to show I was part of the race but not an…Continue
I was taking to a woman who is a keen cyclist.
She asked about lubricating a gear cable on her MTB.
I suggested it would be a straight forward job and showed her how to do it.
she didn't have the bike with her so I couldn't do it there and then.…Continue
OK, yes, it reached 39C(102F) today and yes, it was already 28C(82F) at 5am but it was a nice morning for a ride just not so nice as the day dragged on. A balance of preparation and common sense is all that is needed to ride safely in these conditions. Unfortunately some don't do either. I have a strong sense of self preservation so I am, what I believe to be, cautious even though many have called me mad, crazy or insane for doing this ride.
Added by Steven Ellison on February 25, 2012 at 12:54 — No Comments
I often wonder what impact a bike has on a person's life - as many of you would atest to, in a physical sence it has great rewards but also in the social, intellectual and community sence too.
The changes that bikes have brought to my life over the past few weeks, and indeed months, have been great and I'd like to share some with you:
Business - Today the website for my business became live - god bless…Continue
I've had a pretty dramatic 24 hours.
First off, last night I was riding with a friend down prospect road, he swerved and clipped my tire, and I came tumbling down. (Just a couple of bruises, nothing too much to worry about). The bike was fortunately fine, and we went on our way. The guy who saw it happen probably thought we were a pair of idiots though.
Then this morning the two of us went for a slightly bigger ride, thought we'd tackle Norton Summit for the first time.…
Having procrastinated this morning I thought if I am going riding I just need to go.
I was thinking I would try and find something steep to go up just to see what strava said.
It seems likely that all the major roads would be engineered to be of moderate slope.…Continue
21 Feb 2012 7:57am: Adam Williss looked at the route I took for this ride and suggested I was flipping the bird to the other riders on Strava. I can not claim this to be designed but rather accidental. The day started with me dropping the Lancer off for its 60 month service at Australian Motors Morphett Vale. It was for a big service and they told me it wouldn't be ready until around 3pm. I had put the bike in the back seat and had dressed…Continue
I'm starting this blog, to show the kinds of things we do at the Adelaide Community Bicycle Workshop - 34 Long St Plympton. All types of activities go on at the Workshop - so why not call in and visit? Or bring your bike along and do some work on it?
Sat 18th Feb
Don Nairn ran a Punctures and Tyres workshop - teaching skills every cyclist needs, on the road, to know how to swap tyres over with…Continue
I love to ride a bike. And I enjoy writing about riding a bike. But putting A plus B together does not make me C - “a bike reviewer”.
Until now my experience of riding road bikes has been n=1. Like most of us, I didn’t get the opportunity to test ride a stable of different models before I made my choice. Instead, I did some research. I bought magazines, I trawled the internet for specifications, I asked some buddies (who each said that their own bike was the best in the world) and…Continue
It started when I registered for the Velo Adelaide, I got in early to get the cheap registration and to get a Jersey, I know I have plenty, but it is the first one.
A short time later I received an email from the Smith Family about fundraising for the Mt Lofty Challenge, I thought about for a while before saying to myself WHY NOT!
So, I sent out a few emails and put it on facebook that I was doing some fundraising for the Smith family and my goal was $1000.00 and if I reached…Continue
The ride numbers are gone! As promised once I passed 100 rides I would drop them. They just don't have any significance any more.
Why is it my first climb in 7 weeks, well, on the 1st of Jan 2012 I started running again and did not want to add more to the weakness in my knees, the reason I had been resting since August last year from running. Well, now that I have confirmed I can no longer run without damaging my knees I have stopped running. It has taken a few weeks for my knees to…Continue
Added by Steven Ellison on February 20, 2012 at 8:53 — No Comments
Today is my birthday, 6 month anniversary of starting to ride and over 4,000km ridden. After this ride I will no longer number my rides as promised earlier in the year to someone, whoever's it was, I can't remember. Its fitting that the planets aligned for the events to come together.
6:49am saw me leave home to ride down to Beck's Bakehouse for the start of the SSRC/Muddies "L" ride. Since getting the Garmin Edge 500 I have been working on increasing my cadence, which I am told I…Continue
Added by Steven Ellison on February 18, 2012 at 17:03 — No Comments
Colin Freestone and Cycle Indonesia are taking bookings again for their Central Sulawesi cycle tour this May.
Colin has been cycling in Indonesia since 1995. Beginning 2009 when his touring business began he's led 9 trips with 80+ riders on Sulawesi, which is that spidery shaped Indonesian island north of Bali and east of Borneo. Most of the riders are 50+ and 40% are women. Over the…Continue
Added by Adelaide Cyclists on February 18, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments
I've just spent 5 days riding around the Victorian Alps with my brother and a bunch of friends and friends of friends. I know a lot of AC'ers have been to the area before (for Three Peaks Challenge and the Audax Alpine Classic) or are heading there soon (for the 2012 Three Peaks Challenge). This was my sixth trip to the area in the last 10 years (AAC twice, Tour of Bright, Three Peaks and one previous cycling holiday). Most of us flew to Melbourne with bikes packed in bike bags, then picked…Continue
I have been riding down the coast for about 2 years looking to build a big
group thats keen to ride from port noarlunga south saturaday monrnings around 6.30 am down south to sellicks or willunga for coffee then back to port noarlunga south average about 50-65 kms anyone keen let me know.
5:44am 17 Feb 2012: With 30 kph gusting to 48 kph winds from the East South Eat I knew it was going to be hard work. I was hoping it would move round a little to a Southerly or even a South South Westerly. That small change would have at least helped me on my ride home. It was not to be.
I headed down to the Reynell Road entrance to the Coast to Vines to head South to Moana. Still dark I had my headlight on continuous. As my intention was to…Continue
Added by Steven Ellison on February 17, 2012 at 9:28 — No Comments
8:50am 14 Feb 2012: After a nice long ride on Sunday with the SSRC/Muddies 'L' ride to Outer Harbour and back David and I decided to have a nice easy spin to Seacliff and back.
David had considered climbing Coxs Hill Road which we decided was not a good idea until his knee is in better shape. This ride seemed a better fit for his current condition to aid in his knee recovery by swapping the grind of a long hill for the challenge of a few shorter sprint climbs to exercise the legs…Continue
Added by Steven Ellison on February 17, 2012 at 7:14 — No Comments