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Failure!

Started this discussion. Last reply by rossmg Apr 1. 2 Replies

About three weeks ago, I was coming home from Glenelg on my Ebike when the frame broke. dropping me onto the ground.  fortunately, only doing about 10km/hr, so no real injuries.  (A bit of skin off…Continue

CFS Sausage Sizzle at Stirling TDU

Started Jan 20 0 Replies

The Upper Sturt CFS Brigade is again holding a sausage sizzle at Stirling on Wednesday as the TDU passes through multiple times. Funds raised are used to provide extra equipment for the Brigade over…Continue

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

 

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David Southern liked Michael Murray's discussion Cycle drawing
May 25
David Southern replied to Equal2lance's discussion Mike Turtur Bikeway Upgrade 4m wide
"The trees are not "significant", nor even "regulated" (both legal technical terms).  They have only grown or been planted since the removal of the tram tracks in 1958.  (The present tram line is the gauge-converted (in…"
May 25
rossmg replied to David Southern's discussion Failure!
"Wow! That would have been somewhat scary!!"
Apr 1
Jilden replied to David Southern's discussion Failure!
"A good example of why you should check over your bike frame on a regular basis! Good to read that you survived the indignity of coming off."
Mar 29
David Southern posted a discussion

Failure!

About three weeks ago, I was coming home from Glenelg on my Ebike when the frame broke. dropping me onto the ground.  fortunately, only doing about 10km/hr, so no real injuries.  (A bit of skin off where my left elbow hit the ground through my shirt, and a wound inflicted on my right hand, through my leather glove, by the speedo mount.The down tube broke at the meeting with the head-tube lug, a known weak point on oxy-brazed bikes. I have removed all the components ready to fit to a new frame. …See More
Mar 28
BJ liked David Southern's discussion CFS Sausage Sizzle at Stirling TDU
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CFS Sausage Sizzle at Stirling TDU

The Upper Sturt CFS Brigade is again holding a sausage sizzle at Stirling on Wednesday as the TDU passes through multiple times. Funds raised are used to provide extra equipment for the Brigade over and above what is provided by the CFS/Government from taxpayer funding.See More
Jan 20
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019

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
[**Frame failure March 2020, no longer rideable.**]
Cell-frame mixte, new build, 26x1 3/8, 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…

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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…

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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…

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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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