Riding up a longish straight suburban street at night with a car at the other end coming towards me. It was going a sensible speed, but had it's lights on high-beam. The distance between us was diminishing.
Would the driver see me? Would the driver realise that a cyclist also needs to see the road? Would the driver care?
Just before the car reached that balance point, the lights went to low-beam. Beauty. The driver does see me. The driver does care.
The car at…Continue
Down to Brighton this morning for a Bible Study group of which I have been part for about 30 years.
This longer sort of trip (and others, up to about 60km) is what I use the Mongoose for, as it has skinny tyres with a relatively low rolling resistance.
This was fine, until I hit the edge of a pothole in a side street near my destination, and blew out the back tyre. Fortunately, only 10 minutes from my destination, so I walked the bike there, and worried about fixing…Continue
I went to the doctors yesterday and had xrays. I am healing well and the doc gave me the all clear to start walking.
I took my first steps in a little over 3 months yesterday and boy did it feel weird.
The leg is weak and can't straighten properly but that well come with rehab.
I am allowed to ride a stationary bike with no resistance so as soon as the new baby is built, I will be on it faster then you can say time trial.
Even though I spent my 30th in the…Continue
Ever since rediscovering the bicycle over the last few years there has been a desire to improve in strength and speed. A view of speed can either merely relate to the average km/hr you can maintain such as maintaining maximal bike speed as in a time trial. Or you can view it as being relative to the speed of the other cyclists in your group. Most cyclists try to find a group which rides at their pace or only slightly faster so as to cause one to be forced to push just a little extra harder…Continue
Start: Rundle st Dequetteville road intersection.
Finish: Rundle st Frome road intersection
Teams entered: 1: Me, riding 'Ezekiel' (my beautiful black apollo pepper) 2: The Other guy, riding a stunning aqua-blue fixie.
I cruised up to Deqeutteville Road, relishing the run I'd just had down the parade, but with my mind on uni. As I approached, a guy streaked past like a flash of blue on the road, only to be stopped by the red lights ahead. I cruised…Continue
Having read a bit about trainers and not being keen to have to replace back tyres or buy a training wheel for each bike, we decided today to invest in a spin bike instead, We went with the hire purchase arrangement - it's interest free and the amount we have already paid will come off the purchase price if we decide to keep it.
It's a Body Craft, seems to be very smooth and quiet. Came with pedals and toe straps but we will put SPD pedals on it.
This will give me a chance to…Continue
Today I rode 63km. First time I have ridden in a month, a bad cold kept me low for three weeks and I have only just begun to exercise again. Having spent two-years building up to being able to ride with the 35 or 40Km/h MegaBike rides I found my self ambling along with the 30km/h group and my legs were complaining.
One thing I did notice was how happy I was. Unequivocally being a cyclist is part of who I am. Not cycling leaves me restless, feeling like a blob and…Continue
What psycho-babble, sociological claptrap is she on about now? I hear you ask…
Ontological security is the sense that everything is right in the world – some theorists have suggested it is like a protective cocoon that allows us to live everyday life without constantly worrying that everything will go wrong. It’s linked to our sense of self and with that our resilience to life’s challenges.
However, it can be a bit fragile and this week, as some of you would know, I experienced…Continue
How to buy or make a ruling device to show depth of potholes or utility cover-lids, while photographing? Can manage if one person holding a rule, and the other person focusing a camera to take a close-up showing the measurement. But cannot do on my own with current tools.
I carry a tape measure and flat edge (clipboard) to measure some cycling hazards I see while cycling. But there are times when one wants to photograph to persuade the authority to fix, or proof if the hazard is a…Continue
Not a particularly heavy week, just took it easy-ish most trips. Next week will try a bit more pace
I have this plan to be rolling out of Adelaide on 31st July - bound for alice springs. Stuart highway with a road-bike with minimal gear. Anticipate that i will need a tent for the odd night when it is too far to get to the next settlement. Anticipate a credit card style trip so happy to use motels etc etc.
I am from Kerikeri - bay of islands- far nth. nz. For some more detail of my vision for the ride- check out our club web page…Continue
To all the Sunday Morning Lobethal Riders
Thankyou so very much for the beautiful flowers you brought and your donation in Michael's memory.
He almost always came and had lunch with us after this ride. In spite of the coffee break at the Lobethal markets that…Continue
To Michael's riding friends,
Thankyou for the beautiful white flowers you sent at the time of Michael's death , which was so very tragic. He valued your friendship more than I think you can ever know.
We were so grateful to be invited to join with you in the…Continue
WOW, how things have changed.....
I was meant to be kid free for Grand Slam 3 but I ended up doing a weekend swap and now have my 2 girls Sam (12) and Catherine (10).
When I started riding again about 4 years ago I also encouraged the girls to ride as well. A couple of 2nd hand bikes for them and we were off, just small distances to begin with. Along the Little Para River trail and Linear Park etc.
Last year Sam came along with…Continue
So we all know how crap the weather in Adelaide was last night, and i happened to be riding home in about the heaviest rain i have ever ridden in. You know, the sort of rain that two seconds after you have started off you wet through your rain jacket, you can feel the water seeping down the inside of your rain booties and the water is streaming off your nose. it was all that and then some. so many thoughts where going through my head.
"Must write on ac about how rain booties are just…Continue
Hi all! It is with great sadness that I must report that two of our bikes were stolen from our back yard last night.
After such great reponse from my previous blog, I start this one with trepidition as I feel I may be a one hit wonder. I was on a massive endorphin rush and the story was an easy one to tell. Today is a different matter, so I hope this is just as entertaining and I look forward to more…
I see on AC the terms (or their abbreviations) for "road bike" (= lightweight skinny-tyred thing with drop handlebars) and "mountain bike" (=intended for almost any terrain, sort-of).
What does one call/how does one refer to the older-style, ridden by grandma or grandpa (e.g. me) in an upright position, that will go on any made road (even if dirt), gives protection from puddles and splashes (has permanently attached full mudguards), has permanently attached lights (driven by…Continue