Its been a tough couple of weeks since the accident. I'm part way through the grieving process: the shock and denial, the pain and guilt, anger, reflection, I've been there. Now I'm looking forward to the upward turn, the reconstruction and acceptance stages. Yes, today I put in an order on a new bike.
The 4yo and I did a fairly full tour of bike stores today. We saw some awesome bikes: the new F5 (but it would only remind me of my previous ride), Fondriest TF3 (more curvy than I…Continue
I saw Clive's suggestion of riding from the toll-gate to Mount Lofty today and thought.
Maybe I could have a go?
Fitted lights to my hybrid thinking the little ring on the front would be good and also riding in the dark wider and more robust wheels may be good.
Had things organised at home and so set off about at about 5:30 thinking I would need some head start…Continue
I was still in the suburbs before ascending into the Hills when I got the highlight of my day. I was passing a mum and her daughter (about 3 years old) who were on the footpath, the little girl on a little tricycle. She looked over at me, gave a big smile, adding "I'm riding a bike too!"
The moment survived for the gold medal against strong competition. There was my picnic lunch with a bush setting and a view on a beautiful sunny day, some new roads (for me) and new sights, the…Continue
It must be the time for reflection, must be caused by the weather!
I could go on about the difference that Adelaide Cyclists have made to my life this year, instead I will outline the list of events I have been fortunate to take part in through the year.
The Ridiculous Ride - A cruisey ride from Melbourne to Adelaide. My first crack at touring on a bike) and raising 10k for the McGrath Foundation with fellow AC'er Dayne Smithett (based in Sydney) and ably assisted on the road…Continue
At this time of year newspapers are full of list of the best…TV shows, movies of the summer, gourmet hamburgers, whatever….
So I thought what about an AC list? I don’t pretend to know everything about everyone on AC, so I’ll start and I call on others for nominations and suggestions for categories. So here’s a chance to highlight great contributions or contributors and show them a bit of love. Remember we are trying to be nice (and maybe a bit humourous) here.
PS I don’t think…Continue
If anyone is interested, a ride from the city...
Saturday 17th December: This ride takes in the climb up the Old Freeway and then descends into Spring Gully before looping around to the top of Norton Summit and descending back into the city. Climb at your own pace and we will wait at the top. See you there at 7am. Link to ride :…Continue
Added by Hocks on December 16, 2011 at 8:42 — No Comments
I don't want to talk about it - the pics say a thousand words...…Continue
Well I finally made it to the Canberra Ironman 70.3. Nearly a year of training and preparation culminated in Sundays race.
I just wanted to share a few things. First my travels over there. This was the first time I had traveled with my bike on an airline. I've included a few picks below to show you how I did it as I didn't have a proper bike bag (although I think it is on the cards now). I was pretty paranoid about this part of the travel, hence the bike being totally encased…Continue
An abrupt pause to my training schedule. I had an accident with a car this morning. I was on my normal commute to work, riding along Commercial Road at Salisbury. Because of road works the traffic wasn't moving. There is no bike lane until near the railway crossing but there was a safe couple of meters along the left all the way along. Just before where the bike lane starts the traffic started moving again but a van didn't move to let a commodore cross into a driveway. The van…Continue
So my crusade to become a better climber rolls on... bad pun, I know.
This weekend featured another 70km+ tour with two hills - the original plan was to do Anstey Hill but during the ride I thought I had enough in my legs to take on another hill so took a detour back to my first conquest, McIntyre Road. The TDU is in less than 6 weeks and Anstey is one of two KOM - made sense to get it over early and take on another hill toward the end of the ride.
John Worrall commented on my…Continue
I was hoping to ho for a ride on Friday the rain in the morning discouraged me and by the time I got a few chores out of the way it was 3:30.
The ground was dry so to was time to go or give up on the idea.
I had a pleasant and unremarkable ride to Glenelg and back past the airport less wind would be nice.
The creek drain by the airport I saw someone catch a carp that was about 400mm long and a few interesting birds ( the ornithological…Continue
Been a while since I have been on here but I'm pleased to say I've been back on the bike for about 2 months now. I'm loving the new bike :) Lacking a fair bit of fitness though, but nothing a bit of hard work can't fix, I hope. Hope to see you on the road at some point :)
I finished and fitted the rectifier and switch box assembly for the LED conversion on the BSA yesterday. (A good indoor job while it was raining.) Work still to be done is the making of the LED lamp assembly for the original tail-light, and the making of the LED lamp assemblies for the auxiliary headlights.
I took the bike out for a ride on some unlit paths in the parklands last night, and I am well satisfied with the performance of the headlamp operation from the Dynohub. The…Continue
Added by David Southern on December 10, 2011 at 10:30 — No Comments
Nite Flux are an Adelaide based company and manufacturer of high performance bicycle lighting. Their latest offerings are the Red Zone 4 and White Zone 5. I have been fortunate to have a pair of these lights for a long-term test and evaluation. Here are some initial thoughts.
It is hard to put these impressive little lights into a category, probably the best description I could give them is daylight visible safety…
This blog post previously included some discussion about a guy (the Donvale Demon) who was aiming to ride the Three Peaks in March 2012. I (and a few others) suggested that 3Peaks 2013 might be a more realistic goal because he had only started riding recently and was (in my view) starting his training very late in the piece. Well, he proved me and several others completely wrong and finished the event easily. Chapeau! I am retracting all my previous comments and leaving this blog merely as a…Continue
Recapping, last week I climbed McIntyre and Norton Summit - my first 2 real hills. I've also done Montague Rd and Woods Hill Rd, but that's the limit of my climbing experience to date.
So the mid-week training ride this week was a leisurely climb up the Grove Way. The Grove Way is 146m at avg 4.8% but has a middle section that varies 8-10%. Now, I used to live up Golden Grove way and I've driven this road quite a few times, some in a Festiva no less, so I didn't expect a Sunday…Continue
I was off on my Wednesday wander and came across this just off Marion Road.
“I don’t believe I’m doing this. If I get knocked off I’m F*#$ed. And months of holiday planning and booking will come to an end. What does my travel insurance policy say? I could jeopardise my new job if I ever make it back to Adelaide…… Oh hell, …what the heck… This could be too much like fun….. Lets do it!!.”
Down along Amsterdam Avenue, cross Verdi Square down 72nd, should be just along here somewhere. Traffic doesn’t look all that bad this time of day. Not many fast…Continue
As mentioned in my last blog, it is time to start venturing into the hills. I've had very little (read: almost no) climbing to date, mostly limited to commuting on the plains. Training Ride #1 went up Montague Rd (a fairly gentle 82m climb), and Training Ride #2 went over a few short and sweet 20-40m climbs - yeah, not much. With the TDU challenge less than 7 weeks away, I need some climbing practice.
So, I decided during the week a detour of my regular commute was in order, and…Continue