Posts Tagged ‘perth’

This afternoon I had a few jobs to do whilst Heidi was out, one of them being dropping some DVD’s back off to the DVD store in Como.  The ride is short, quite enjoyable and for the most part very safe.  The main reason for this is that it is mostly on bicycle specific paths and/or bicycle lanes on the road.

However you can imagine my surprise when I got to Thelma St on my way to the DVD store when I found countless cars parked blatantly in direct path of the bicycle track.  The reason was that there was a football game on.  Ok not enough spaces, fair enough I hear you say.  How ever it was just down to plain laziness by the most part.  There were lots of parking spaces available in the car park adjacent to the oval, but as usual people take the lazy, closer option.

The reason I decided to pop a quick post on this subject was due to a guy out riding with his 2 young children that I witnessed having to dangerously ride out into the road to get past these parked cars.  Obviously nothing happened and they made to obstacle safe.  But why should they have to.

These people who make these decisions to park dangerously, illegally and annoyingly really do deserve to be fined.  I will pass on the details of the vehicles that were causing the obstruction to the local police, I will also get in touch with the committee at the Oval on Thelma St, maybe they will also be able to have a word with the guilty parties.

So there we have another example of the cyclist, the underdog having to adjust his or her behavior to accommodate the masses, the motorists.

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SPR Ride No2

Posted: October 17, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Today was the return to the SPR ride, I have done this group ride once before 2 weeks ago and was certainly keen to give it another go.  I found the first ride pretty easy.  However this time I had a feeling it was going to be a different story.  It was.

I got myself down to the meeting point for the 7AM kick off and things started off pretty tame up the Great Eastern, there was a strong headwind but nothing to bad.  I got caught up the front for around 9km at this point pushing forward, this started to take its toll on my legs pretty quickly.  Probably due to the heat.

The ride then as we headed towards Midland took a turn for the quicker and I found it hard to hand on if I’m honest, I persisted and with a little help from some traffic light managed to hold on until the end.  The pleasing thing for me was there were a few hills in the last 10k or so and these gave me a second wind.  Anyone who ever rides with me know I prefer riding up a hill to on the flat so I was happy as Larry.

It was god to meet Lorraine and also @madrapper came along for the ride as well, always good to have some good company on a ride when its starting to hurt.  In summary another great ride organsised by the SPR guys, well run and safe which is always a good thing.  The weather certainly played a part in the pain for me probably due to the fact that we went straight into a hot day with no real run up to get used to it.

Stats for the ride were 33km/h average which really doesn’t to the ride justice in relation to the effort put out.  The distance was just under 50k
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Garmin Connect - Activity Details for spr ride

Today I was taking my usual route home via Stirling Highway just before the UWA.  There are often problems with buses pulling out on this section of road, the drivers simply pay no attention to the fact that you might get hurt as it seems there only concern is pulling out back into the traffic flow with no concern for other road users.

However today things took a turn for the worse, I literally had a bus miss me by cm’s.  The annoying thing is the driver knew I as there as I seen him hesitate and then pull out anyway.  After a gut wrenching manoeuvre  on my part I managed to aviod him.  I was noticeilby shook up and actually quite upset from the incident as I had just had a “professional” driver accept no repsonsibilty for what he had just done.

When I got my bearings back I gave chase to the driver catching him at a set of lights, he was obviously annoyed that I dared question him regaurding this matter promptyly closing his window and telling me to “fuck off” as the light changed he accelerated away.  I then caught him at a bus stop, were I was greeted with more profanity and once again the F bomb as he drove off.

Is this the sort of behaviour we expect from bus drivers, surely commuters and bus’s both are designed to ease congestion, surely were on the same team.  I snapped a picture of this imbecile and he had no issue in acting up for the camera, totally disgusting behaviour. I will be contacting Transperth tomorrow to get there side of the story. Until then here is the Rego and the buffoon himself

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UPDATE 19/10/09

I have received a call from “Jim” from the Transperth depot today, Jim is the person who has investigated my alledged incident.  I was told that there was nothing that he could do to help me with my complaint.  I further pushed the issue of the drivers swearing asking if they had reviewed the tapes.  Jim would not answer the question and considered the matter closed seeing as he had spoken to the driver.  Jim also claims that the driver is a keen cyclist.

I cannot accept his findings, although I wonder what difference making any more fuss will make.  I am seriously thinking of filing a police report just to make it more official.

Please leave a comment if you have any thoughts

Glen Parker responds

Posted: August 14, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Today I have had a response from Glen Parker in relation to the wheel issue.  Dennis made the following comment on my original post.  I thought it better to place it in a new post rather than just tag the comment onto the original so he could have his say.  I have left it unedited so please excuse the spelling mistakes.

in response to the above cooments.my name is Dennis Lightfoot and i am 1 of the owners of glen parkers .i just want to try and clear a few things up if i can .no1 yes we did stuff up on the description of the wheels not to cheat anyone we just stuffed up .result we offerd him a full refund over the phone the wheels were never returned.no2 price for cleaning bike acording to the staff member who took his bike in he did tell him it would be best to clean the whole bike seeing as he was putting new wheels and chain on and he agreed .no 3 charge for swopping wheels again he was told their would be no charge for the wheel exchange again we stuffed up but in response we also fitted the chain which did create more work than qouted .result the $15 was refunded and no charge made for the fitting of the chain.no4 as for the garmin being messed around with no one on purpose messed with the garmin maybe we pressed a wrong button when lifting it on and off the work chains or when we cleaned the bike but we dont mess with other peoples stuff unless requested to .so in summery of your complaint the only grey area is whether or not you should off been charged for the cleaning off your bike .mistakes do happen and all off the above has come about by 1 off my staff not reading a label of which i apologise but all other matters were rectified or offerd to be rectified by us .i do think you may be a little unfair in what you are saying .we are human and stuff up from time to time and i know we cant please everyone and sometimes do make mistakes but we have owned the shop for 20 years and have a lot of happy customers and some which we have  upset life is like that .i also would like to apologise for the treatment sarah had in the shop as it is not are normal way we have no gender biased policy in the shop the person who spoke to her obviosly made a mistake ,we have plenty of female customers of which we try are best to please but we are all men in here and can sometimes as in life in general stuff up it unfortunatly is a male thing and will probably happen to the end of time .please note i am writting this letter to give you a fair veiw of things that happend but admit we did and have before and will again stuff up it is a human fault that we all have of which i admit glenparkers staff and owners are no exception to it .hope this has cleared a few things up .
regards and apologies
Dennis Lightfoot

I thank Dennis for his comment and appreciate his response.

I have decided to keep the wheels I did report this offer from the store, again on the last post, as I simply cannot be bothered having any more dealings with Glen Parker, obviously I am not alone in this decision.  I will however respond to a few points.

Agreement to clean bike.  :- This was just mentioned to me briefly with no inclusion of a cost involved, there is no cost sheet or poster available in store. Maybe you should arrange for a system that allows for a document to show customers so there is no further issues for other customers.

Garmin :-  Anyone who uses a Garmin Edge will know that the on/off button is located in such a position that it is virtually impossible to switch on by accident.  I know the unit was off when I took it in as I remember when I was riding to the store that I was annoyed that I forgot to put it on and log the k’s.  Then to have accidentally pushed enough buttons to get to the navigation options, select a suburb and then switch it off again all by accident is outside the realms of possibility.

You mention the only grey area is that off cleaning the bike.  If you read the original post, I took reposnsiblity for the wheel issue.  The issue that I have is transparent pricing and service.  I wish you every success in the future and hope that the issues that have developed can be easily rectified and learnt from.  Once again Dennis thank you for replying

New Wheel Disapointment

Posted: August 5, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Today I picked up my new wheels, exitement brimmed and I could hardly wait I had ridden on my old Mavic’s for so long that I had forgotten how they used to feel, how I used to go fast when the bike was new.

When I spotted these new wheels in the store on Saturday I only looked at them whilst they were hanging up on the pegs.  I said to the guy, “105 hubs and Open pro rims” , “yes” he replied I said I’ll take them and pick them up next week.  All was good.

I was told that they would fit the wheels to my new bike for me when ever was convienient for me, that was today.  I also then asked the store to pop a new chain on for me.  Easy you would say.  Anyway I went to pick the bike up this afternoon and upon collection I was greeted with the following bill.

$55 for the chain (no problems)

$35 for a clean and degrease (which I did not ask for)

$15 for fitting the wheels (which I was told would be free)

I put this to the assistant who got quite defensive and stroppy telling me you dont expect to get things for free do you.  Well actually no I don’t however I do expect something to be free when I am told it is.  I also expect transparent pricing and to be only charged for things that are agreed and prices confirmed prior to the work taking place.

Whats more the attitude of a store dealing with a potential high spending customer over the future years was a shock.  The guy eventually knocked of $15 but hey I am already pretty annoyed.

The plot thickens

After calling up to book my bike in and telling them I’m the guy with the 105 and open pro rims and no one correcting me once I discover when I return to work that the rims are actually Mavic MA3 not the open pro’s.

I also had to ask for my helmet that I left with the bike, this was no where to be found until it was noticed it had been placed in one of the clearance bins within the store.

Upon getting on the bike to ride home as well I have noticed that the store has been messing around with my Garmin, I wondered why there was loads of bleeping on the way home, they had been messing around with the navigation settings.  This is so unprofessional, they have no place playing with other peoples equipment

Calling the store didn’t really get me anywhere, not that I thought it would.  However my one and only experience with Glen Parker will be my last.

My findings

I take some of the responsibility for not checking in more detail however when you confirm verbally what they are with the store you expect that to be the case.  The fact that they did not want to do anything to rectify ot help this awkward situation is shocking.  I for one will be sending them an open letter in a subsequent blog post to hear there thoughts.

UPDATE 2:20pm 6th Aug

Spoke to Phil at the store and offered me a refund, actually really polite to deal with.  I’ll put it down to a combination of not checking my end.  Although I am not happy with the way I was dealt with yesterday I feel content with Phils solution and am now once again HAPPY

EDIT This is Glen Parker in Nedlands not the one on Albany Highway

Ok so I have had my Garmin for a week or so now and I thought I would update some of the thoughts that I had initially here.

Accuracy.  Now having done a few longer rides over various different style roads I can confirm that the unit seems to be super accurate, satalite connection is VERY strong remaining fixed through underpasses, tunnels and it even works pretty much all the way through my place of work.  I have also now installed the speed/cadence sensor to the rear wheel.

This provides a further level of accuracy using both satalite and real time data from the sensor to establish speed.  It is a dual sensor so it sits between your crank arm and rear wheel and both magnets pass close to each side of the unit, a very clever design which works really well.  This is the first computer I have had with cadence and its interesting to see what my average and max speeds are in relation to cadence.  It seems that I am pretty normal averaging around 90 rpm which they say is very efficient.

The battery life remains high on the list of priorities for me especially as during the summer I have a tendancy to do long rides and even multiday rides where I might not have access to a power point.  I am pleased to report that battery life is awesome, I can see no issues in the unit achieving the claimed 15 hours, maybe even more if your not using the HRM/Speed sensor.

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I find the collection of data something that I am really quite new at, in relation to my riding.  Cycling for a few years without any real computer at all and not really worrying about distance and speed etc.  What I am finding is, its interesting, its great fun analyzing your rides, routes and data.  You find yourself constantly trying to compete with yourself, better your previous rides and then if you don’t beat them wondering why.   It really makes you think like a professional sports person.

One of the things that I knew would be helpful is the mapping, its not a turn by turn navigation unit really although you can use route-able maps, but the option to overlay a previous ride of your own, or the ability to download a GPX file from one of the training websites is very helpful.  You can download a ride that someone else has mapped out or completed  then upload to your Garmin and simply follow the line on the map.  For someone who is new to a particular area or has a bad sense of direction this is tremendous.

The huge memory of the Garmin is also great in that you have access to all your ride data for pretty much every ride that you have done, if you run out of the 1gb space on the unit simply plug a 2gb micro sd card in and your back up and running with even more space.  Although every week or so I am starting to keep backups of the Garmin files on my Mac for extra security incase the unit breaks down or gets lost.

Th unit also performs well in the wet, although the USB cover on the rear could certainly be classed as not quite adequate, however having done a few wet rides there have been no issues to speak of to date and forums are suggesting that it is not an issue.

There are also lots of sports websites that allow you to upload your activities to the site and share/analyze and review your data.  I have been using a few such as Garmin Connect which is Garmin’s own website, this has lots of features whilst still remaining very simplistic in its appearance and easy to use.  You can download all new activities and then edit the descriptions as you see fit, each activity has a large amount of detail that can be edited (see pic below)

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Cyclogs is also another that I have warmed to, very cycling specific and detailed info can be edited, there is also a great online community for this site, the ability to add pictures etc to your rides is also very appealing.

I am finding that my love for cycling has been rekindled and I am becoming more competitive as well, mostly against myself, however I see that as a huge plus.  I will continue to use my Garmin and continue to try and improve my results as time goes on.

A ride to Hillarys

Posted: July 3, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Today I took a day off and decided to go for a longer ride on my new Surly.  I had planned on doing around 100km but in the end settled for around the 65k mark.

The weather was good, clear skies, cold but very good weather for riding.  I had planned to go up to Hillary’s Boat Harbour via the beach and then return via the freeway bike track.  I am not that familiar with riding in Perth yet so I was relived that I made it without to much trouble.

I was really looking forward to seeing how the new bike performed on a longer ride.  It’s a heavy beast, but I really enjoy riding it.  The saddle, Brooks B-17 is really great, its not even remotely worn in yet, so I can only assume it will even get better with age.

I set off along the bike track, heading into the city, through to Scarborough Beach Road and into Scarborough.  It was great to see the ocean, people were surfing and loads of people out walking it was great.

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From Scarborough it was about 6km up the beach road paths  to Hillarys.  There were lots of people enjoying the bike tracks which was great to see, people are really starting to realise how cool biking is these days.

A quick photo opportunity at Hillarys then it was on my way back to Perth.

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On the way back home, I spotted some black cockatoo’s enjoying ripping a few trees apart, they sure are noisy, but very cool.

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The trip back to Perth was pretty uneventful, however I did get chatting to a guy called Simon who spotted that I was riding a Long Haul Trucker, he was thinking of getting one himself so we chewed the fat for a while which was nice.  He was undecided about purchasing from a local dealer or via the net.  I told him where I got mine from and it looks as if he has dealt with Mickey before and was happy with the service.

I also decided to hook up the iPhone on the handlebars with my Belkin iPod armband, it worked really well and held great satellite reception all through the ride.  As long as the weather is fine I think I shall continue to use it for this purpose.

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Details of today’s ride from motionx are as follows

Name: Hillarys
Date: 03/07/2009 8:39 am
Distance: 62.3 kilometers
Elapsed Time: 3:22:54
Avg Speed: 18.4 km/h
Max Speed: 48.1 km/h
Avg Pace: 03′ 15″ per km
Min Altitude: 0 m
Max Altitude: 36 m
Start Time: 2009-07-03T00:39:43Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 31.989842º S
Longitude: 115.873923º E
End Time: 2009-07-03T04:02:37Z
End Location:
Latitude: 31.989582º S
Longitude: 115.873955º E

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More pictures of the ride here