Top 50 Cycling BLogs 2010

Posted: April 20, 2010 in cycling
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A little early in the year but The London Cyclist  has put together there top 50 blogs, a great site and full of great info why not hop over and have a look what they have come up with.

You can find them, plus the post here

For those of you who know my opinions on Local Bike Store pricing here in Australia you will be familiar with a little experiment that I started last Sept in which I was planning to spend a whole year without purchasing anything from a bike store here in Australia.  You can find the original post here.

7 Months on I am pleased to say that things are exactly as I imagined them to be.  The local pricing is still sky high, the online prices, deals and voucher’s that are available are as good as they have ever been and I find myself totally at ease with not having to pay the rip off prices that are being demanded here in Australia.

I have also started to use online stores for other sporting goods as well such as Running shoes, shorts and tops.  All available for a fraction of the price that we are being held to ransom for here in Australia.

I am also pleased to learn that many of my colleagues and friends now also utilise the benefits of online shopping, cutting out the inflated local cost that is buying from your local shopping center, sports store, dvd store etc.  I think I can safely say that the only store in this country that I now believe to be value for money is JB HIFI, I continue to get good prices and good content from them whenever I visit.

I really do hope that many retailers read this post and others like it and try to become more competitive than they currently are, after all we would all like to keep our money in Australia, but as it stands how can we?

4000km on the Surly

Posted: April 16, 2010 in cycling
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Today I clicked over the 4000km mark on my beloved Surly LHT, by far the favourite of my current bikes.  I thought I would just share a few thoughts with you guys after spending a fair amount of time on the bike over the last few months.

If you want to read a very early initial review it can be found here.

The bike remains the same component wise as when I first picked her up, the only thing I have done is de-badged it.  IMO it gives the bike a much more dignified presence than the tacky Surly decals.

I have run the bike in all weather conditions, from severe storms to heat over 42’c and she has never let me down.  The fenders keep lots of the water away from my shoes and clothes in wet weather and the frame geometry works a treat for both comfort and longevity during a ride.

The brooks saddle has settled down over the time I have owned it and altough initially it was not that comfy on extended rides I am happy to say that it now fits like an old pair of shoes that you do not want to throw out.

The components have behaved exceptionally well, wheels have remained true and run freely even after carrying some large loads, gear’s shift and behave as they did the day it left the bike store.  The only noticeable sign of wear is on the bar tape, which although I probably shouldn’t change what works well I am looking to maybe get some moustache bars for the bike, which I hear are very comfy.

The bike mainly gets used for commuting to and from work, thus it takes a fair amount of luggage on a daily basis, work clothes, plus food and drink.  Doesn’t sound like much but when you add up the weight on a few diet cokes and your lunch box it is.

I have also done a few metric centuries on her with no issues.  I find the bike adapts really well to how YOU want to ride her, I can average 30km/h  on a morning commute loaded up, with no issues.  However its equally at home on a 18km/h average ride down the coast.

All in all a great purchase and a great bike, the add ons although not much take the machine to the next level and I really look forward to many many more thousands of KM on my great Surly.

A 29-YEAR-OLD man has died after his ute rolled following a collision with a cyclist in north Queensland. Police say the ute and a cyclist collided at a intersection at the township of Wongaling Beach, south of Cairns around 5.25am on Sunday. The cyclist is lucky to be alive, escaping with hip injuries. He has been taken to hospital and is in a serious but stable condition, police say. The driver of the ute was taken to Tully Hospital but died on arrival. Police say the ute appears to have rolled before smashing into a statue. Investigations are continuing into the cause of the crash.

Source here

A CYCLIST has been killed and three others are lucky to be alive after a truck ploughed into the group in a “horrific” accident on a Sydney motorway, police say.

The others were lucky to survive.

A 25-year-old man of Edensor Park suffered a fractured vertebrae and internal injuries, while his sister, 20, sustained head injuries and an arm fracture.

A third man, aged 23 from Bossley Park in Sydney’s west, also fractured his arm.

“When you consider the size of the B-double truck and the pushbikes, they were very lucky to get away they way they did,” Inspector Cox said.

“There was lot of debris.

“Very horrific, probably one of the worst I have seen in my service.

“They had just decided to go for a cycle trek up to the Blue Mountains. I’d say they would be very fit and in training.”

The survivors are now in a stable condition in Nepean Hospital, while the truck driver, a 27-year-old man from Glenmore Park, was ordered to undergo mandatory blood and urine tests.

He was also treated for shock at the scene, Inspector Cox said.

A motorist who saw the accident rang triple-zero, but crash investigators are still trying to piece together the moments before the 7.40am (AEST) smash.

Inspector Cox said there was no suggestion the driver was fatigued, and it is not known how long he had been behind the wheel.

Investigators have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Source here

Interesting post on news.com.au today about cycling from Victorian Chamber of Commerce.

You can find the link here

Extract below

  • Chamber of commerce calls for debate on cycling
  • Says cyclists should have licence, pay rego
  • Call for cyclists to learn the road rules

“Cycling is good for health, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for traffic congestion,” he said.

“But they are using public roads without any form of fee. It’s become a mainstream mode of commuter traffic and because of that, it’s an issue that demands some attention.”

Mr James said while motorists could easily be reported for traffic offences by their registration plates, cyclists were often able to escape without being identified.

But Bicycle Victoria CEO Harry Barber said most cyclists already had car licences and a call for registration was inappropriate.

“The idea of a plate on every bike when people have dozens of bikes and kids’ bikes – it would be a nightmare,” he said.

Mr Barber said most Melburnians who commuted to work by bike on roads were doing the right thing.

He said Bicycle Victoria supported better education for cyclists.

“They’ve got to learn the rules, they’ve got to learn the etiquette,” he said.

“We know that there are Grand Prix drivers and others who behave like idiots behind the wheel and we know that there are some people who behave irresponsibly on their bikes.”

Roads Minister Tim Pallas said he did not support the idea of registering bikes.

“There’s not one country in the world that has in place a licensing or registration system for bikes,” he said.

“We’re about encouraging people to look at cycling as a viable transport option.”

Half Marathon

Posted: February 7, 2010 in run
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Having been woken up at a crazy time by my good lady with a bad dream, I found myself unable to get back to sleep.  What should I do, xbox, PS3, play on the Mac.  Any of these would have been the easy and fun options at this time of the morning.

However having been a bit slack of late with my cycling and running I decided that  a run would be the order of the day.  I quickly got dressed, downed a 300ml coffee milk scoffed a chocolate Timtam and off I went.

My plan was just to do a medium length run, more than likely 10k or so.  However the condiditons in Perth today were just right and very appealing to the runner inside of me.  Not much wind, low temperatures and plenty of time to get out there.

As soon as I started running I knew I would not be happy with just a10k  it was just to perfect.  I kept the pace slow, mainly because I was tired, yesterday I drove back from Denmark in Western Australia, 450km of winding roads and concentration was essential.

Anyway I got into a routine and stuck with it, my plan was to achieve a constant 10km/h or 6min/km, this I have to say I found tough, every time I checked the GPS my speed was creeping up.  I managed to keep it low and managed to finish at 10.7km/h average.

All in all a great run and I cannot wait to try another 20-30k this coming Friday when I have an RDO.  Below is a snap from the GPS (motionx) from the run.

Its a pity I was not aware that a mate of mine, Lee Davis also run almost 20k today I think if we had hooked up we would have had much better times and possibly more distance.