I didn’t see anything about this on the news tonight, but I guess that the current Great Depression will keep minds elsewhere in general. Of more pressing concern to me is that fact that all trains are out between Sutherland and Wollongong. Perhaps some bozo did something to cause the train derailment, but it’s more likely that this is due… Read more →
I’ve booked theÂ time off at work. It’s almost 4 weeks – 15th of December to 9th of January. I’ve also booked the train tickets. There’s good news on that front. The woman I called (you can’t book on-line with a bike) said that she was aware of no restrictions on using bike bags. I told her of my reply… Read more →
I’ve done some basic thinking about this year’s holidays. The route will look something like this View Larger Map The stages will be: Day 1 As last year: Coffs Harbour to Grafton. The only possible change is to the Coffs Harbour accomodation (the Bentleigh Motor Inn) was a bit noisy, being next to a pub and on the Pacific Highway…. Read more →
I sent in some questions to CountryLink on their website regarding the BodyBag, and the rigmarole I went through in last year’s booking, where I had to make a booking to Casino and then vary it back to Coffs Harbour. This was their response: You will be pleased to know that our booking restrictions for the 7.15am Sydney to Casino… Read more →
I bought a Body Bag from GroundEffects, since I decided that getting boxes everytime I wanted to leave the city for a ride was wasteful. This bag folds up into an A4, book-thick size that can be strapped to the rear rack, and it’s only 1.15 kg. To get the bike in it, I removed the handlebars, the seat, the… Read more →
It’s almost that time of year again. On November 2, I’m riding the ‘Gong Ride. It’s the usual 90km option, stopping for lunch in the Royal National Park. My youngest brother, Danya, is also riding and it’s his first ride of such a length;Â previously he’s only done rides of about 20km, if I recall correctly. Once again, I have… Read more →
I just finished Blazing Saddles, and it’s an interesting read (although way too brief). The author, Matt Rendell, mentions that he is involved with the English translation of L’Equipe’sÂ Tour anniversary book and perhaps that would be a more comprehensive follow-up. The book skims the main facts of each stage, concentrating on the main battle, or the new features introduced…. Read more →
Today, a mail came through on the Marrickville BUG mailing list, detailing a meeting between a representative of Macquarie BUG and BNSW. There’s more detail here, but the following points (with my comments interspersed) were discussed: BNSW will not put any resources (by which I mean funds or paid staff) into supporting BUGs – Andrew Dodds, who runs the BUGs… Read more →
According to the Herald, Virgin Blue may be following the lead of Qantas/JetStar in dropping services on unprofitable domestic routes, including to Sydney to the Gold Coast. Since the trains only run as close as Casino, I may have little choice but to cycle the rest of the way at least (or move to using coaches and learn to live… Read more →
Edge 705, originally uploaded by wamblicious. The new Edge 705 is available in Australia, finally. While it’s not perfect, it’s much better than the old 305. You can see the map screen, with the OzTopo Roads map being shown. I got it bundled with the maps from GPSOz, so I wouldn’t have to depend on the crappy default maps that… Read more →
The blog article says that its rideable. I guess that’s strictly true, but it’s certainly not useable as a real bike.
I had mused, a while back, about doing a longer ride to work and today I have started doing that. Bobbie said that I was silly doing it today, since the weather was supposed to turn nasty (and it was quite blustery this afternoon), but I said that there was always an excuse not to ride, so I should just… Read more →
I’ve been looking at the Big Ride website, deciding if it’s worth entering next year, given the poor organisation last year. Unfortunately, the online entry process (which I’d prefer to do), doesn’t inspire confidence. Compare the page at Bicyclensw.com.au – Overview with the process at the Gong Ride. The latter is a proper entry form that is tailored for the… Read more →
I promised that I would make my Big Ride data available in Google Earth format. Here it is – both Big Rides and small rides around Sydney.
I’ve signed up for an account at MotionBased, which is an online repository of cycling stats. I can upload data from my new toy – the Garmin Edge 305 – so that I can access them some machine other than that running the Garmin traning centre software, or share them with others. The unit is nice – a combined heart-rate… Read more →
Marrickville. Manly. Mona Vale I started the long weekend with a (almost) 50km ride and ended it with a (almost) 100km ride. The actual stats are: 95.49 km 5:09:18 hr which comes out as 18.5 km/hr The route crosses the Harbour bridge, follows Miller street to Military Road and then veers off onto Parriwi Road to the Spit bridge. After… Read more →
James, Danya and I took a couple of hours out from (their) busy schedules and rode around the harbour at Five Dock. Here’s a photo of James and Danya, and a map.
I rode back home on roughly the same route after doing some shopping. All four panniers were full, so I was a bit slower. Distance: 11.29 (total: 22.90) Time: 42:54 minutes (total 1:21:39 hours) Average speed: 15.8 km/h (total 16.8 km/h) Somewhere on the return journey (probably down the final hill on Lilyfield road to the Hawthorne Canal) I hit… Read more →