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TDU - Sausage Sizzles by CFS

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trevor Hill Jan 18, 2018. 4 Replies

During this year's TDU, CFS brigades will be conducting Sausage Sizzles at Stirling (Upper Sturt Brigade) and McLaren Vale (McLaren Vale Brigade).Details:Stirling.  Stage 2, Wednesday 17 Jan,…Continue

Shimano Alfine 11-speed hub - brief review

Started Feb 5, 2017 0 Replies

A few months ago, my son decided that he would like to have an ebike, and decided that his 1992 Mongoose 325 700c hybrid (at that time in my possession) would be an ideal platform for mounting the…Continue

Tags: Bafang, ebike, 11-speed, Alfine

Sausages at Stirling - Upper Sturt CFS Fund-raiser.

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Southern Jan 21, 2017. 6 Replies

The Upper Sturt CFS will again be conducting a sausage sizzle in Stirling for the TDU.Times will be a bit different this year, to take into account the start at Stirling, rather than the finish of…Continue

Tags: Stirling, CFS, food, sausage-sizzle, TDU

Pump found.

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Southern Jan 30, 2016. 3 Replies

This weekend, 16/1 to 17/1, I found a pump on the traffic island of Cross Rd, Kings Park, at the cross-over from Jellicoe Ave to Llanfair Tce.  It would seem that it has fallen from someone's bag, as…Continue

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David Southern replied to Ian Radbone, BISA committee's discussion Contra flow cycling
"Lowe St, which would nicely continue Little Sturt St and Chatham St."
Jun 29
David Southern replied to Ian Radbone, BISA committee's discussion Contra flow cycling
"In the SW corner of Adelaide (city): Little Sturt St, Chatham St, Russell St, Compton St."
Jun 28
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Laura-Stone Hut Cycle Track.  The Mawson Trail and this trail coincide for a short section. Along Wurst Road?  (There is a (cadastral) road intersection, with the named "Wurst Road" taking a right angle bend.)"
Jun 1
David Southern replied to Equal2lance's discussion Lost for words on this one.
"Two alternatives (at least): 1) Single shared path under a wider protective covering (not ideal); 2) Remove the car-parking, install concrete barriers and an on-road protected bike lane. In any case, unnecessary bollards, posts etc. should be…"
Apr 7
David Southern replied to Mark's discussion eBike Battery Advice
"You could also build the battery yourself, sized in accordance with your requirements. The analogy is "fuel tank size". (Budget for no more than 80% of watt-hour rating in service.) LiFePO4 cells; (Safer that Li ion or Li polymer, but…"
Mar 21
David Southern replied to Equal2lance's discussion Concrete in bike lane photos
"The other day I noticed a whole lot of hardened dollops of something spread along Churchill Rd North, heading south between Cormack Rd and Cavan Rd.  Impossible to avoid as there were so many in some places.  Not pleasant at 35kph."
Feb 19
David Southern replied to Equal2lance's discussion Concrete in bike lane photos
"I have found the ACC to be fairly good at cleaning up concrete spills if it is reported to them while the concrete is still wet.  they will send out their quick response team and a road sweeper."
Feb 11
David Southern replied to Equal2lance's discussion Concrete in bike lane photos
"Shepherds Hill Rd, the up lane beside the Sturt Rd bridge.  Been there about 40 years, and still a nuisance."
Feb 11
David Southern replied to heather's discussion Hazardous blue RRPMs or cat eyes
"Location! Location! Location! Some of them may be located with poor positioning on the road, but they are really good when one is in a fire truck and looking for a standpipe point. (I am in the CFS.) I believe the idea came from within SA Water,…"
Dec 3, 2018
David Southern replied to Pete Bolt's discussion Rail Crossings - TRJ still closed
"Which year?"
Nov 5, 2018
David Southern replied to Matt S's discussion To Blackwood - Winns road. From Blackwood - Corromandel parade/Murray's hill
"Also, that footbridge (which crosses the Sturt R. at McNamara Ford) near Horner's Bridge (bottom of Murray's Hill Rd) links to Light Rd, then out to the top of MHR by Lyric Pl. Good alternative to MHR in both directions.  To avoid the…"
Oct 1, 2018
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Since it is so close to your home, I won't name the street, but it is near the intersection of Penfold Rd and The Parade. (Nice new bitumen!)"
Jul 29, 2018
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"I've been looking out for this spot for a long time, to no avail.  Is it somewhere along your previously posted commute route?"
Jul 27, 2018
David Southern liked Equal2lance's discussion Collecting rubbish by bike
Jul 27, 2018
David Southern replied to Equal2lance's discussion MikeTurter ->Weller St or Hardy St
"I use that route when riding home from Upper Sturt, Coro Valley etc, but not to head to Peacock Rd, but via Clark St to Sir Lewis Cohen Ave (Morphett St)."
Apr 5, 2018
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"That's it.  I'm not sure whether the gantry, on the earlier boundary of the prison land, was used for prison staff in supervising loading of quarry trains and preventing escapes, or whether it was a railway signal gantry, or both."
Mar 18, 2018

Profile Information

What bikes do you ride?
BSA frame (1968) set up as 21 speed, 26x1 3/8.
**My elder son's Mongoose Dynametric 325 700C (1992) refurbished for my use.** (Returned to my son Nov 2016.)
Gitane 27" mixte, 1970's
Mid-motor (chainwheel drive) mixte Ebike, home-built 2013
"Cell"-frame mixte, 26x1 3/8, new build Feb 2017.
When do you ride?
Weekends, Other
..perhaps some more information about yourself for your profile page
Prefer bike, or bike/train over car, if load to be carried and time constraints permit.
My wife (we have been married 44 years) only learned to ride a bike after we were married, although much of our courting was in the presence of my bike.

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On Yer Bike. A story of living riding a bike.

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 21:46 2 Comments

I grew up in a household where riding a bike was "normal".  When we lived in the country, my Dad didn't ride to work, because that would have been silly.  With many country railway workers, home and work were, almost literally, only the side gate apart.  When Dad was transferred to the Pt Adelaide gang, he would regularly ride from Mansfield Park to the Port for work, even though we owned a car.  What stopped him wasn't either of the couple of accidents going to work, but a severed Achilles…


The Ebike, at last.

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 22:23 7 Comments

For some years, I had been investigating buying or building an Ebike as a replacement for for most of my car-as-driver-only journeys from the city to Upper Sturt, a sort-of "reverse commute".  It was in doing this research that I first stumbled upon AC.

My investigations revealed that for my purposes, a mid-motor, chainwheel drive arrangement would be best, as this makes the bike gears available to the motor, unlike hub motors of any sort, and, incidentally, unlike all petrol motor…


Gitane: First ride.

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 23:06 2 Comments

I took the Gitane out for a ride today, the first (apart from "setting up") since I got it.  From near Hadleigh Rise, Upper Sturt, into Stirling, and return, via Sturt Valley Road.

The bike is now set up as 3x7 (48/38/28, 11-28) instead of the original 2x6.  The triple came about because the chainwheel-side crank on the double was bent, so a new crankset was needed anyway.  A headstem with a…


When did you last change the gear cable?

Posted on May 5, 2012 at 21:08 9 Comments

I got caught in the very heavy rain last Tuesday, and the BSA got saturated (not to mention the rider).  However, it seemed to have dried out fairly well.

But this morning, going to and from the Community Bike Workshop at Plympton, I was having trouble getting the outside sprocket (high gear) on the cassette.  It would not change the final step unless I backed off, went down one, and then changed two at once.

Oiling and cleaning the chain made a slight improvement, but still…


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