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TDU - Sausage Sizzles by CFS

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trevor Hill Jan 18. 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 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
David Southern replied to Pete Bolt's discussion Rail Crossings - TRJ still closed
"Which year?"
Nov 5
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
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
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
David Southern liked Equal2lance2's discussion Collecting rubbish by bike
Jul 27
David Southern replied to Equal2lance2'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
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
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
Mar 18
David Southern replied to Savvas's discussion Let's Make 'Cycle Park 'n' Ride' a Real Issue in the Coming SA Elections!
"Plenty of parking (32 spaces in these racks).  The only problem is that they moved the station away from the bike parking.  (Although the station might return to its old location with the nearby grade-separation project.)"
Mar 2
Wayne B replied to David Southern's discussion Silly Signs
"not the same but on Linear Park Trail there is a 'blind corner' at an underpass. It's well signed, but the blind corner is further obscured by foliage. Most people will have the instinct to venture right, which of course is completely…"
Feb 13
me n mouse replied to David Southern's discussion Silly Signs
"ya got me :D yeah tandem, sorta."
Feb 11
Jilden replied to David Southern's discussion Silly Signs
Feb 11
rossmg replied to David Southern's discussion Silly Signs
"Goodness gracious me a left hand side drive train! Bloody marvelous!!"
Feb 11
me n mouse replied to David Southern's discussion Silly Signs
Feb 10
me n mouse replied to David Southern's discussion Silly Signs
Feb 10

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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