Featured Blog Posts – April 2012 Archive (20)

A week on the Riesling Trail in the Clare Valley

My better half and I just spent a week tandem riding on the Clare Valley Riesling Trail about 110kms north of Adelaide South Australia

We began by basing ourselves at the Rising Sun Hotel at Auburn. Lovely old historic hotel clean and comfortable run by a wonderful family and staff providing excellent company, food and wine.

Rising Sun Hotel Auburn

We spent the first day exploring Auburn. A beautiful old town with many…

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Added by Donald Rintoule on April 29, 2012 at 20:49 — 5 Comments

Gawler Wheelers Route 01 - failed as a group lead rider!

Today Lynn was busy all day so I took the opportunity to head out for a ride with the Gawler Wheelers. The weather forecast was for a shower or two but I thought it was worth taking the chance. I have only ridden with these guys once and that was on their 1 year Anniversary Ride back on the 10th of March this year.  I had such a good time on the last ride I just had to ride with these guys again. If you want to know where this ride went then you…

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Added by Steven Ellison on April 28, 2012 at 16:53 — No Comments

Riding in the Rain and Dark

The first few paragraphs of my blog at http://www.pcsa.net.au/?p=3812

 

My 3rd ride in 2 weeks since completing the Strava climbing challenge and it felt good! I think my body is in a little shock, riding very little in the last 2 weeks,  after riding consistently for 33 days to complete the climbing challenge.

Enjoying the Extra Sleep

Until today, since completing the challenge, I have been sleeping in until at least…

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Added by Steven Ellison on April 26, 2012 at 9:40 — No Comments

A cycling weekend.

An interesting weekend of cycling activities

My weekend started with a few hours at the community bicycle workshop I had a free-wheel I was keen to try and revive. However I am not confident this was successful.

Also while there we took a donated bike from and sold a bike to a gentleman who wanted to put a motor on it I did…

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Added by Don (Who's lost?) Nairn on April 23, 2012 at 19:06 — No Comments

An inspiring story from Melbourne - the creation of Elsie

When I travelled to Melbourne to begin my ride back to Adelaide earlier this year, stayed with Margot and Alex who are some friends I had ridden with before when they were living in Adelaide. At the time Margot had a bright pink steel bike frame sitting on her desk....the beginnings of her first major bike project... now she has completed it and ridden it... Elsie is her pride and joy. This is Margot's story which just had to be shared, and with her permission I have reposted her story on…

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Added by Rob (Chewbacca) on April 22, 2012 at 20:00 — 7 Comments

Becoming a cyclist

My name is Kylie Smith, and I am a cyclist.

I suppose I started out the same way as most kids. I learned to ride at a pretty young age and enjoyed occasional rides with my parents along linear park or over to grandma's house. In my final year of primary school there was a small group of us that would ride together. But once high school started, it was too far to ride and the friendships that sustained my earlier riding days fell away, so the bike was relegated to the back of the…

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Added by Kylie Smith on April 20, 2012 at 21:58 — 6 Comments

How many parts need to be missing from a bike, to stop us restoring it? Sometimes, just one wheel nut...

As bike rebuilders, we   hardly ever run into proprietary components, ie components a manufacturer designs,  to specifically fit their type of bike, and no one else’s.  It’s worth-while salvaging  just about every old bike – because   you can use the parts  to repair all sorts of  other bikes.  The other day, though, we struck an exception, with an old Mongoose BMX. ……  .

 It arrived with parts missing, so I took it to Wiltja College, for the “Scrap-heap Challenge”, bike-building…

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Added by Mike Brisco on April 19, 2012 at 18:04 — 13 Comments

How I Maintained My Bike for Its First 8 Months/7,000km

This is an overview of how I have maintained my bike, it is not a recomendation or the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything (42)!

Extract from my blog:

I purchased an EMC R2.4 Alloy Frame Road bike with Shimano 105 running gear 8 months ago and this is my maintenance story.

Its not intended to be a guide or a definitive list of requirement, its simply an account of what I have done, what seems to make a difference, and how I am satisfied with the…

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Added by Steven Ellison on April 18, 2012 at 17:24 — No Comments

Strava Chellenges COMPLETE! (with 14 days left)

Whats Complete

Back in March I decided to enter the Strava "A Classic Challenge from Specialized " and then at the beginning of April I entered the Strava "Ride Hard to Breathe Easy " challenge. The first one challenged people to climb 105,312 feet in 47 days and the second one challenged people to ride 800km in the month of April. On the 16th of April, on the same…

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Added by Steven Ellison on April 16, 2012 at 22:54 — 3 Comments

A wandering star

I discovered a couple of weeks ago that The Elizabeth Star Cyclists ride on Monday mornings as well as Wednesdays and they don't start until 9.30, given that on alternate weeks I work 7 days and feel fairly buggered on Sunday night this seemed an ideal group for me on my fortnightly Mondays off.

Having checked Google maps and Cycle Instead I plotted my route from home to Star Cycles. Unfortunately that was more than a week ago and a photocopy of the relevent street directory would…

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Added by Clive Palfrey on April 16, 2012 at 20:00 — 12 Comments

A different day a different pace.

I went for a ride with the Cycling for Pleasure Group today.

17 riders departed Victoria Square at the very civilized time…

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Added by Don (Who's lost?) Nairn on April 15, 2012 at 21:49 — 4 Comments

Do cycling parents have cycling children?

The Age have been running a series of articles about cycling (presumably reflecting the interests of its readership). Last week was an article about getting into cycling in adulthood (dare I say it in middle age?). One of the comments suggested that one of the reasons people have to take up cycling in middle age is because its so hard these days to get kids into cycling. But I thought to myself – that’s not true on Adelaide Cyclists! I would say instead that we all go out of our way to…

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Added by Tiny Avenger on April 14, 2012 at 11:23 — 8 Comments

Suited up and slapped on

After a really long hiatus, the bike that was bought to restore has come a long way, In between the paint had been stripped back to bare metal, and now has a new paint scheme.…

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Added by Rob W on April 13, 2012 at 15:04 — No Comments

The Good, The Useful, and the Ugly

Everything in life has it's ups and downs, and that includes riding a bike!

In the last few days I've had a swag of bike experiences which I thought I'd better share.

I'll start with the Good - I'm on track to reach my 800k's in April for the Ride Hard to Breathe Easy Challenge,  at 331km's so far. I've discovered some new hills (Coach Road, which, if you were interested, is not a good one for covering k's quickly, I think I almost had a heart attack up there, and Mt Osmond,…

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Added by Sam Young on April 10, 2012 at 23:30 — 6 Comments

Strava "A Classic Challenge from Specialized " - update on my progress day 26

Apology

I am sorry my blog is dominated by this challenge but to be truthful I have nothing else to write about as this challenge is taking up so much of my time.  If you have any doubt about this then let me attempt to put it into perspective.

We are now on day 26 of the 47 day challenge, Target: 32,100m (105,312 feet)

Current standing:

  • Elevation gain: 23,902 meters (78,419 feet) 74% complete
  • Distance ridden: 1,421 km (883 miles)
  • Time In…
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Added by Steven Ellison on April 10, 2012 at 14:22 — No Comments

Adelaide Community Bike Workshop - Bikes for Refugees - how it works.

 In 6 months, many volunteers have helped  “Bikes for Refugees” at Plympton  – for  which we   are eternally grateful.  For the volunteers, all they generally see is the bike, not where it goes … so   I wanted to write about how we know there’s a need   – and what we do with the bikes after Plympton..

In Adelaide, several welfare organisations help refugee families settle in the community. Some arrange housing; others, furniture; others help with money and bank accounts. Organisations…

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Added by Mike Brisco on April 5, 2012 at 12:21 — 1 Comment

Cyclo Comp - CatEye

Just a "new" way of using my Cateye Astrale 8. As the Android phone with Strava works mostly fine grabbing a ride I have been using the cycling comp much less on individual rides - I haven't reset the thing in ages and now I'm watching long term average speed, actually manage to lift it a little this week, after a few hundred klicks ;-)…

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Added by rossmg on April 5, 2012 at 0:00 — No Comments

Continuing the Fight - the Strava 47 day climbing challenge

An Extract from my original blog entry at http://www.pcsa.net.au/?p=3740


As of today I have completed 55% in 20 days leaving me 27 days to complete it.That's 57,605 feet placing me in the top 200 of 9,319 entrants in the challenge.

I have amazed myself

I really did not think I would get even this far in the full 47 days so I have to say I have amazed myself. Whats even more surprising is that…

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Added by Steven Ellison on April 4, 2012 at 12:01 — 2 Comments

Weetbix Kids Tryathlon

My two oldest kids (7 and 8) competed (along with around 800 other 7-15 year olds) in their first triathlon, part of the Weetbix Kids Tryathlon series. Its an event more than a race, since no times are recorded and there are no winners (everyone gets a medal for finishing). Instead the focus is on having fun and finishing the course safely.

It cost $40 per child to enter, although we got a discount after buying 4 boxes of…

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Added by Dahondude on April 1, 2012 at 23:25 — 12 Comments

A personal Challenge - 3,000m climbing in one day

What was the Inspiration

Lets start with what inspired me to attempt this personal challenge. As those who have been following my blog will know I entered the Strava “A Classic Challenge from Specialized” to climb 105,312 feet (32,100 meters) in 47 days. This challenge ends on the last day of April. Discounting rain days, family days and rest days I figure I will be lucky to get 30 days of riding to add to my total. This means I will need to climb an average 1,100m for each ride,…

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Added by Steven Ellison on April 1, 2012 at 18:16 — 8 Comments

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