Hi Adelaide Cyclists - I've been off-line from this site for most of the summer but thought that I would share this piece that I wrote for The Bicycle Institutes newsletter, Pedal Update.
The madness that is March in Adelaide is fast receding into memory. The warm nights and hot days are flowing into the autumnal cool that promises winter soon. For us more hardened transport cyclists, the arrival of the cooler… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on April 23, 2013 at 9:30 —
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. Continue
It is hard to put these impressive little lights into a category, probably the best description I could give them is daylight visible safety…
Added by Jeremy Miller on December 9, 2011 at 13:00 —
Just over a month ago I participated in an electric bicycle trial that I thoroughly enjoyed. My good intentions were to write a series of blog posts during the trial, I got two out, one here and the other here – but other pressing concerns got in the way of writing any more –… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on August 7, 2011 at 11:49 —
The first part of this electric bike trial blog can be found here
Been dodging rain clouds today - in the morning I went over to Plympton to drop off some tools and equipment with for the soon to be opened Bicycle Workshop - we took Mikes ancient Mercedes with a trailer - one of the few things that… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on July 2, 2011 at 20:48 —
Electric bicycles have the potential to revolutionise the way many people relate to their ability to use a bicycle for general transport and utility. These machines “cross the gap” between driving a car and non power-assist cycling, and provide a great gateway experience for those looking to get into cycling for daily transport.
By giving a degree of assistance - distance, hills and loads seem less intense. The ability to ride quickly to a destination without getting overly… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on July 2, 2011 at 16:19 —
Having recently moved house I am now taking a slightly different route to drop my daughter at school and continue to work. With not too many options, we now have to cross The Parade at the Sydeneham Road intersection. I have noticed that this intersection is quite badly designed - leaving the cyclist to cross in two steps (as it is next to impossible to cross in one movement in heavy traffic) waiting in the middle of The Parade where there is no sheltered island between two lanes of… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on April 15, 2011 at 12:32 —
Ah, print copy cycling magazines, so many to choose from - if you buy them, what do you like and why??
Back in the 1980's I was a little transfixed by a magazine called "Winning - Bicycle Racing Illustrated" - I even bought a t-shirt (which I still have in less than perfect condition!)
I also subscribed to an Australian magazine called Freewheeling - most of the copies I still have - a really interesting record of Australian cycling from the 1980s and 1990s. Funny that… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on January 25, 2011 at 21:55 —
I originally posted this as a reply to a discussion on this site - but as it is quite long and has a few other ideas that I have been developing further I thought that it would be quite good as a 'stand-alone' post
Ah, the compulsory helmet debate again - probably the most vexed issue with cycling policy development and certainly the "elephant in the room" with law makers and transport advocates who want to get more people cycling more often.
We all know someone,…
Added by Jeremy Miller on December 11, 2010 at 16:00 —
This blog post originally published in Pedal Update, the newsletter of the Bicycle Institute of SA
Greetings to one and all as we head into the winter months of the year. For some, this time of year means less cycling, sometimes it is too dark, cold or wet to really want to hop on the bike and ride, for others (my self included I have to admit) winter is a time of challenges, getting over the physical and mental objections, cajoling children onto… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on April 29, 2010 at 19:41 —
I am a careful and courteous cyclist. I ride a lot, everyday. I ride within the law, signal, don’t run red lights, ride defensively, and most of the time wear highly visible clothing.
So there I was, heading home this afternoon, travelling north down East Terrace heading towards Forestville. I am heading towards the right hand bend in the road here
and I can hear that the tram crossing boom gates are down. Ding, Ding,… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on April 22, 2010 at 19:01 —
I use to ride Linear Park a lot. At one time I lived in Brompton and worked in Glenelg, so it was part of my daily commute. Another time, I had a close friend in Fulham and I was in Magill, so the route was my cross-town ride. These days I use the route to ride from the eastern side of town into the University or the city.
Recently I rode on Linear Park a number of times in one day, both during the daylight hours, and at night, and was struck with several observations.
Added by Jeremy Miller on April 12, 2010 at 13:19 —
I have had one too many close calls at pedestrian crossings. Every time, driver behaviour is at fault. Whether intentionally speeding up to ‘get through’, and running a light that’s just turned red, to not noticing the red (or the pedestrians using the crossing), and driving straight through. Obviously, it is not the majority of drivers who engage in this sort of behaviour, but it only takes one crash between a fast moving metal box and the vulnerable flesh of a pedestrian to turn that… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on April 12, 2010 at 10:47 —
What an amazing ride this morning.
Yesterday I rebuilt my Xtracycle, giving the frame a degrease and polish, adjusting the brakes, setting up the hub again. Of course, when you do this, it has
to rain the next day, and rain it did!
Woke to lightening and thunder and a leaking roof. Backyard flooded, wet dogs and was contemplating (ever so briefly) not even heading out into it. But instead pulled on my winter water proofs, over booties… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on April 6, 2010 at 22:00 —
Ok folks, up for grabs is one of the original Adelaide Long Bike frames. This is a rare opportunity to own a bit of cycling history
For those of you who don't know, back in the late 80's about 20 - 30 of these bikes were made in a backyard workshop in Adelaide, many of them are still on the road today (I have one that I was riding before I got my Xtracycle). They were so far ahead of their time that we are only now seeing mass market manufactures bringing similar bikes to market.… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on February 8, 2010 at 21:13 —
Happy new cycling year to you all! January again has seen Adelaide host the Australian Cycling Conference. BISA was one of the conference sponsors, and two of our members attended both days. The Tour Down Under was in full swing, and I was again struck by what a great cycling destination South Australia is. As we enter the Adelaide festival season, many people will choose to ride a bicycle to various venues instead of driving a car. Adelaide’s summer nights become alive with bicycles, a measure… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on January 26, 2010 at 13:45 —
Rode my Specialized P1 AM to work today and what an excellent ride it was!
I don’t often to get to ride a responsive and light bike, mostly riding (through practical necessity) my Xtracycle. While I love this bike, the ride and the handling, the Xtracycle is quite heavy, is built to haul things over long distances, and it is not particularly fast.
The P1 AM on the other hand, is fast and comfortable over long distances while still offering a really fun and responsive ride.… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on November 19, 2009 at 19:47 —
What sort of city do we want Adelaide to be and how do we get there?
Adelaide needs a bicycle culture; Adelaide needs infrastructure that will encourage a bicycle culture. Unfortunately some infrastructure planers will only base infrastructure on past trends and current usage patterns. There is little or no crystal ball gazing, or designing to create a future, not just in terms of infrastructure, but more importantly, the culture that infrastructure would create.
Let us… Continue
Added by Jeremy Miller on November 14, 2009 at 20:02 —