Bikes stolen… grrr!!!

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Hi all! It is with great sadness that I must report that two of our bikes were stolen from our back yard last night.

The first was my wife’s beloved Repco Traveller (pictured). This bike has little monetary value, but is Jewlz’ primary form of transportation and is sorely missed.

The second was my general hack bike, an Indi Maverick (pictured), my $20 garage sale special that I lost 25kg’s riding at the start of last year.

The bikes were taken from the back yard of out flats in Mitchell Park some time over night on the 23/24 May.

Also taken were two bike helmets (which were in the pannier of Jewlz’ bike at the time) and a Leopard-Trek cycling cap, which my youngest will be devastated about when she realises it is gone.

The people who took the bikes also (needlessly and shamefully) broke one of the razor scooters that were also out the back at the time.

Please let me know if you see either of these bikes on 0408-141 425. The descriptions have been given to both Cashies and the Police.

Please pass around the description of the bikes to your other biking friends.

Cheers

Belated last 30daysofbike…

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As predicted, my last ride of April was in the dark prior to our departure for an interstate road trip. That all seems so long ago now!

I did achieve what I set out to do. I did cycle each and every day of April 2011.

3 more days in one post… on confidence…

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Following the disaster that was the 100m to nowhere, I have gone back to the Hack (MTB) for most of my riding since then, although I did toddle off up the hill to Flinders Uni yesterday on the Kennedy and I wanted to say something about my thoughts on this little hill…

It’s amazing the difference that confidence and familiarity (both with the road and the bike) can make to a rider’s confidence in themselves.

I have now lost count of the number of times I have ridden up the hill to the Uni. When I first started doing this little ride I did it on the MTB. There was no way, regardless of the number of gears it has, that I was ever going to get up that hill on that bike… and I haven’t yet. Then, having purchased my Single-Speed, I started riding up the hill on that. First it was with cages and straps for my feet and, following my trip to Canberra in April last year, I attempted the ride clipless. FAIL! I failed so badly one day that I clipstacked within inches of being able to get over the crest and, I suspect (though I have never had it checked) that I cracked my elbow in this fall. It still causes me grief on climbs.

Late last year, having taken up a different route (rather than taking a shortcut through the Accommodation Blocks of the Uni) straight up University Drive and the Ring Road, I was finally able to make it up without having to get off and walk… the greatest of these moments happened when I was wearing a pair of long denim shorts and the hem caught on my bidon, almost pulling it right out of its cage. I took a quick look down and it was sitting at an angle and my foot kept catching it on each pedal stroke. I unclipped my left foot and used it to push the bottle back into the cage. I then clipped back in and resumed pedaling. That section of the road is around about 8-9%.

Yesterday’s experience was, in some ways, similar. I have taken to riding up the bike path that runs adjacent to the road that I used to ride. Since my climbing abilities improved I am now able to negotiate the very tricky corner on this little track and can make the short climb relatively easily. This morning I was still in the BigRing when I arrived at the corner and there was a pedestrian on the path (it is dual use) and I was unable to take the easier outside track around the bend.

I was able to shift onto the small ring and change gears on the cassette, negotiate the corner, miss the pedestrian and increase speed up the climb. Confidence and fitness, along with the awareness of how my bike performs in different situations are what has made the difference between my first trips up the hill and now.

I just wish there was a mandatory course for Uni Students on manners and road laws to follow whilst driving. Some of them are Atrocious!!! Bike lane? What bike lane? they say as they cut me off around the corner… familiarity.

The next two days will be interesting. Tomorrow I will be out for part of the day with the family and then we are all coming home to pack for a road trip. We’re borrowing a car and heading East… tackling Canberra. This will mean a VERY early morning ride on Saturday in order for me to complete the 30daysofbiking. I haven’t missed one yet and I don’t plan on falling at the final hurdle.

Blog ya later.

100m to nowhere!

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So this morning I went downstairs, spare tube and pump in hand, to repair my single speed bike in order to ride the thing. I completed that task and pumped up both tires. I rode out the driveway and down the street. I was just finishing taking a couple of photos when … Psssshhhhhhh!

The back tire was going down… There was air coming from a small hole in the tire. And then it stopped. I guessed that the hole (one of two in this newish tire. The other one has a “boot” between the tire inner wall and the tube. The offending hole did not) had opened when I pumped the tire up and then pinched the tube out on the road.

Removal of the tire and an inspection of the tube confirmed my suspicions.

That was the end of that ride.

I did go out later in the afternoon to run an errand or two (about a 10km round trip) but I have decided to get a couple of new tires for the single… Might be easier to sell…

Did I mention it’s for sale? Any offer over $300 considered. I’ll post the relevant stats on the bike tomorrow.

Birthday + 1!

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There are a number of things in this life/ society that I just don’t get. One of those is Graffiti. Now I get street art a la “exit via the gift shop”, but I don’t get the mentality that has young guys (mostly) marking their territory with a spray can. It is even stranger to me that some of these dudes are REALLY good artists.

There is one guy in our area who has done a few murals and I initially had some level of respect for his works, but then I kept seeing his tag on the fences along the train line. For me, this takes away from my appreciation of his skill. Noskie: cut it out dude! Stick to the real art.

I have observed an interesting “line in the sand” recently for those who practice graffiti… There seems to be a difference for them between a fence or boundary wall of a property and the actual home. Whereas businesses are fair game, a home appears to be sacrosanct. Not sure how this holds up from your observations but I would be happy to have your comments on it…?

So today’s ride was to the shops for the Haloumi cheese I forgot on Thursday and couldn’t get from the shop that was open yesterday (the lengths we will go to for ingredients) and it was in the time spent on the bike that I was thinking once again about the graffiti issue. Some of the newest houses (or rather the newest fences) have been targeted overnight, along with our front fence; a very popular tagging sight.

It was also in this time that I though about how to bring something a little different to the blog in the way of pics, so here goes with 3 pics of some fun and jocularity with bike bits we have lying around.

Enjoy!

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“Uni cycling a la Roubaix (or was that Flanders?)” (no seat)”?

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Zero cycling?

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“uni cycling”

ED: the tag about bike security was just a though shared with a young BMX rider at the shopping centre bike racks about how sad it is that we have to lock our bikes at all and the admission that we had each left our bikes unlocked at that location at times. Given: mine is the $20 garage sale special/ pub bike/ hack that I punt around on.

The inference was that we would both like to be able to do this without the fear of coming back to an empty rack.

Just a thought.

Too much of a good thing…?

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We spent the afternoon watching Jackie Chan teach Kung Fu to Will Smith and Jada Pinket’s son in the latest version of Karate Kid (although the kids were not quite sure why it was called Karate Kid and not Kung Fu Kid and we had nothing helpful to tell them).

I did enjoy the film (hmmm… Outdated word that one) and I did take one quote with me tonight as I got a lift out to do the shopping and caught the bus home: Too much of a good thing is a bad thing.

Not sure I have that 100% correct, but you get the gist.

Today was the second day this month when it has come down to a night-time ride around the back yard to fulfill my month of riding.

This evening I picked up my daughter’s BMX for the task. I didn’t really feel like doing it, but it was pretty funny since the saddle is set at its lowest and I almost had to sit on the pannier rack to ride it seated… riding standing was just as challenging as the handlebars are also swept back so she can reach them (that is, when she’s not riding with her hands in the air!)

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It reminded me that her chain is a little slack (like me) and that I still have no idea why people ride their own bikes with the saddle that low. I don’t get it, but that’s ok. I don’t need to. It has no effect on my life… At all!

So, be happy with your bike or change it, but don’t whinge about how (or what) others are riding.

Keep safe. Ride with a smile.

Early start hill climbing

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Thanks to AVO for the camera and the random morning walker for the pic!

It was an early start today for the trip up Col du Lofty with 4 others from Adelaide Cyclists… The Tuesday Morning Mount Lofty Madness group.

It was a fine morning for a trip up the hill with no wind and balmy weather. I was a little overdressed for the occasion, but appreciated the long riding gear on the way back down the hill.

The quote of the day came from Nathan Portlock via Twitter: “why can’t early mornings come later in the day when it’s easier to get up?” I concur!

Once again I was happy that my bike has some of the best bearings in the world as my descent was smooth and fast. I have had others pedaling trying in vein to catch me on past trips. At the time I put it down to the extra 10kgs or so that I have on them, but I think that the quality of the equipment definitely helps… After a hill I can coast for ever on that bike.

After that it was back onto the Hack for a ride with the fam. The girls are getting stronger all the time. We did more than 10km today with no issues and no major complaints… I haven’t told the girls that Canberra (where we are moving mid year) isn’t flat like our area. It’s a good thing they are starting from a point of good athletic fitness for this move.

Not sure yet what day 20 will bring. We’ll have to wait and see.

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