Now here's an interesting thing in light of my recent experience... on Friday 9 June 2016 the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, and one of the amendments was to specifically target that act. The explanatory statement 5 May 2016 (PDF) reads, The Bill introduces a specific offence in the Crimes … Continue reading Throwing objects at vehicles now a criminal offence in ACT
Everyone, like even your mum rides a bicycle in Japan. As transport options go they are cheap, easy to maintain and easy to park. The last one is a bit too easy sometimes. Railway stations often have large parking areas for bicycles, sometimes outhouses with multiple levels of racks. Take a walk around a Japanese … Continue reading Bicycle Parking – making the streets safe for more cycling
For many years my Cannondale mountain bike remained dormant (fallow, having a spell) while I contemplated selling it. It was fun to ride cross country on rough grass fields, but every time I tried any type of dirt riding I felt like I was too high and too ungainly to be safe. That changed on … Continue reading Cycling – 12 months on (belated)
My old Cannondale... It is a 2000 (maybe 1999) Super V 700 SX. I bought it new in 2001 for $3400, reduced from a staggering $4800. After riding it a few times I became convinced that it was far too much bike for my meagre abilities. I had it serviced in September 2012 with the … Continue reading The Shocking Truth – Fox to Rockshox blocked, oh cock!
[This is adapted from the article Let there be Light by Selene Yaeger published in the Autumn 2013 edition of Ride magazine.] What’s an ideal weight? That very much depends on what you are doing. Carrying a few kilos is fine for recreational cyclists (in fact, a little fat is usually better than next to … Continue reading Calculating the ideal weight for cycling (UPDATED)
Oh the irony... just as I seem to be making gains in strength and fitness, I'm off the bike because of illness. Not in sub-zero conditions, fog or the exhaustion of exertion, but just at the start of Spring weather. A bug, maybe two bugs; chest and stomach. There have been so many good rides … Continue reading Mental anguish from a lack of riding
I'm starting to get a bit serious about cycling. It's one thing to ride every weekend (regardless of weather) and put down the k's, it's another to establish a training program. (Spoiler alert: I do not have a fully-fledged training program yet, but I'm getting together the pieces.) Tracking A fairly simple step is to … Continue reading Keeping track of cycling and training
Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about trends in bike shops. Here's a taste: Around the country, bike shops are shifting gears. The National Bicycle Dealers Association 2013 survey of 4,000 establishments found that 12% have coffee bars, 11% offer spinning classes and almost 5% serve beer. About 1% offer massages, yoga or full-service … Continue reading What do we want in a Local Bike Shop?
I had a great day for results today. I PR'd every segment I rode and smashed some old times. I was feeling 9/10 and even though the wattle pollen was noticeable. Name Dist Elev Speed HR New Time Previous Best Mulligan's gate to gate east 3.3km 32m 22.9km/h 164bpm 00:08:30 00:09:07 Kangawallafox Climb 1.7km 29m … Continue reading PR on every Segment – Mulligans Flat ride
Finally bought a new road bike. After months of test rides, research and calculation I have finally ended the frustration for at least one bike shop by buying something. What a thing the Trek Domane 4.5 is. The options My existing road bike was adequate; surprisingly so. After the heavy wheels of my MTB, it … Continue reading New Road Bike… at last