cool stuff

Posted in in Fixed, General Stuff, New products, Singlespeed on December 19th, 2005 by schmadzie | No Comments

But before you go, maybe you'd like a few xmas stocking stuffers. Dan at Shifter bikes has just sent me up a box of goodies.

White Industries Eno Eccentric hub .
Make your vertical tipped bike a single/fixed with no chain tensioner using this hub with an eccentric axle. Road or MTB, flip flop or disc, available in gold, green, black, red, blue or silver for $225

White Industries Freewheel.
Regarded as the best on the market. The ENO Sealed Cartridge Freewheel (red) designed for Single Speed and BMX riders. You need quick engagement! Our ratcheting mechanism has 36 teeth in which three pawls engage. Another leading brand has 20 teeth and two pawls….. you do the math! Freewheels available in sizes 16t -23t $125
The ENO Trials Freewheel (green) will take on more abuse…we machine a chunk of steel, case harden, and then plate it. We use a six pawl mechanism which gives you 72 points of engagements. Available in 18t only $165

Cars-r-coffins Patches $15 Socks $30

Big Cheese grips in all sorts of colours $35

Bottletop ahead cap holder $25 (choose your own cap)

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BIKE IT 2 IS HERE !!!!!

Posted in in Advocacy, Commuting, Events, General Stuff, New products on December 9th, 2005 by schmadzie | No Comments


Very exciting news for people who ride their bikes for transport. Bruce Ashley launched his latest edition of BIKE-IT! 2 at Cheeky Monkey this morning .Bruce's book is a fantastic resource of back street routes to get you around Sydney by bike. This edition's maps cover a much bigger are, and are accompanied by lots of info on bike culture in Sydney.

Every Sydney cyclist would love one of these books

$25 ON SALE NOW !!!

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duffy article

Posted in in Advocacy, General Stuff, Rants on December 6th, 2005 by schmadzie | 3 Comments

it's way past my bedtime and a few too many coopers stouts but i was requested to express an opinion and i know my duty damn it.
2ser kicks fbi, they are both good mind you but how good is the phantom dancer on a tuesday early arvo. that is real radio, that sounds like one of them bloody slogans, i apoligise if it is, anyway. michael duffy.
he has been previously mentioned on this blog i vaguely remember, he wrote something that got my goat.
his article on bikes amazed me, as a commuter i do not feel obliged to breath in the fumes of motor vehicles for the law, for respect for other cyclists for anyone.
This might just be me being extraordinarily self centred but like drinks in plastic bottles and state rail gluing the windows shut i can't freakin stand it. Is it selfish and counter productive to want to avoid the health risks of breathing exhaust fumes by breaking road rules and apparently infuriating drivers. MInd you if another cyclist runs a red i am more likely to stop at that red to pretend that there are some cyclists who obey the traffic rules, crazy eh and not always what happens.
What Duffy says indicates to me someone rather out of touch with any comprehension of how hopeful/necessary alternative transport to motor vehicles is.
I ride now with increased fear that people who read that article see me as even more of a pest. In my experience, the vast majority of car drivers are pretty good, the few who resent your presence are a serious threat to one's safety but so is driving a car, i think it is an inherently dangerous but ultimately very trusting thing to get on the road outside of a bus.
Duffy is a pretender who may argue rationally about some issues from his rather conservative perspective but he just seems way off on this one. As cyclists we have very little infrastructure in and around the city to keep us off the road completely if it all, the road is not much fun really, if we had separate cycle lanes imagine how relaxing riding to and from work and around would be.
The point of cyclists slowing motor traffic is rather frustrating as it doesn't seem very accurate, a city tax or substantial new car tax that could got to bicycle infrastructure would be sweet and a reduced city speed limit. When people drive aggressively around town they seem to be rushing to the next red light which is great if you want to be first at the red light but seems such an unhealthy and dangerous practice. Those who did drive in the city would get around faster due to less vehicles and bicycle messengers might have any easier time of it.
Anyway, happy and safe riding.
later
david
pics and links next post i promise

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bo bike

Posted in in Bobo Bikes, General Stuff, New products on November 20th, 2005 by schmadzie | 4 Comments

i got to try another child carrier out this weekend and it was by far the best. It is called Bo-Bike and mounts around the outside of the steerer tube on a threadless headset and the quill on a threaded headset. So Sol got to ride up front in his baby banz(they are ray banz for kids for those none the wiser, his grandma bought them, he chose red) and bee themed helmet on a ride through centennial park, down to bronte around to bondi and home again.
Having the child seat in front but up high does not affect the steering all that much, Sol's body does keep on moving a little bit after i have turned the handlebars but he seemed to like headbutting my arms. There is something a little bit more fun about the bo bike over a trailer or rear mounteed childseat, it doesn't have the extra storage of a trailer which is gold when shopping but when you just want to for a ride they are easy to mount, easy to take and simple to strap a child into. You don't have to turn around to check on them, they can ring the bell to let pedestrians know we are coming and they can yelp with you in delight when you fly down a hill as they can see everything that you can.

The framebuilding is slowly progressing, at tafe i have taken in some off-cuts that i mitred to practice tig welding thin-wall steel. I was seriously worried that this would turn me off framebuilding as i realised i sucked at welding and didn't have the patience. Fortunately, my teacher guided my through my amperage setting, i had it way to high, told me where to hlod the torch as i had the arc way too far away from the metal and was cooking the steel. He gave me a demo and put me to shame but i had an idea then of what to do.
The frame i am building is coming along, filing, filing and more filing, the romantic images of me as an artisan framebuilder have been eradicated and i now realise it is just more work with my hands. I think i am motivated enough to get my hand skills where i want them, it will probably take quite a few years.

I have been thinking about what models i would like to make in the next two to three years as i learn how to build frames. I think a women's low step though sleek looking internal hub bike would be sweet as well as a roadster style bike with internal hub, 3 or 5 five speed, rear rack, front basket, mudguards, hub dynamo light set up. A durable, well designed commuter that is unique and handbuilt. I people have ideas for bikes for transport that they would like to see in production let me know, i don't mean to steal your ideas, this framebuilding is very much in its infancy but so i have an idea of what people want that would be cool.

later
david

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bicycle day

Posted in in Advocacy, Events, General Stuff, Rants on November 1st, 2005 by schmadzie | 12 Comments

adam always want hyperlinks and pictures but i am a prose man. hyperlinks and pictures are great but i am so computer illiterate it takes me an hour and a half just find a suitable picture and then transfer it so you can see it.
CAPS LOCK BECAUSE THIS IS SUCH A SWEET IDEA
I HAD THIS GREAT IDEA ON SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE SHOWER. AN OUTSIDE BICYCLE MAINTENANCE DAY ONCE A MONTH WHERE WE HAVE SOME STRUCTURE FOR 1-2 HOURS WHERE PEOPLE CAN LEARN BASIC BICYCLE REPAIR STUFF, TUBE CHANGE, BRAKE ADJUSTMENT AND THEN IN THE AFTERNOON FREE BIKE REPAIR FOR THE CATS WHO BRING THEIR BIKES ALONG. I PICTURED A BUNCH OF ADULTS AND KIDS BRINGING THEIR PUSHBIKES TO GET A BIT OF WORK DONE FOR NOTHING OR DONATION.

I FIGURED SOMEWHERE LIKE PRINCE ALFRED PARK IN REDFERN WOULD BE PERTINENT GIVEN THE CURRENT MOVE TO ELIMINATE BICYCLE ACCESS. WE COULD ACCOMPANY THE BICYCLE THEME WITH A SWEET VEGAN BARBECUE, PAULA IS ITCHING TO SORT THE BARBECUE OUT. WE COULD HAVE MUSIC, ALL BUGS ARE INVITED.

I THINK THE IMPETUS FOR THIS IDEA WAS RIDING A WONDERFULLY THERAPEUTIC AND RELAXED CRITICAL MASS LAST FRIDAY. I REALISED HOW MANY CYCLISTS SEEB CYCLING AS A SPORT AND DRIVE A CAR WHEN THEY ARE NOT TRAINING OR RACING AND FURTHER STILL HOW MANY CYCLISTS, RACING OR OTHERWISE PROBABLY DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT CRTITICAL MASS IS.

PEOPLE WHO ALREADY USE THEIR BIKE AS TRANSPORT NEED TO BE FOCUSSED ON I THINK, THEY ARE WHO STAND TO BENEFIT FROM INCREASED FACILITIES.
THE OTHER THING THAT STRUCK ME WAS HOW UNINVOLVED BICYCLE SHOPS ARE IN HOW BICYCLE USERS END UP EXPERIENCING THE USE OF THEIR BIKE AS TRANSPORT, THE COMPLACENCY WITH WHICH SHOPS TREAT THEIR CUSTOMERS RATHER THAN TRYING TO IMPROVE THEIR EXPERIENCE.
ANOTHER POOR ARTICULATION BUT MAYEB YOU GET MY DRIFT, I AM NOT SAYING WE ARE NOT THE SAME, JUST THE LACK OF SHOP EMPLOYEES OR OWNERS AT AN ESTABLISHED EVENT LIKE CRITICAL MASS IS DAMNING IN A LOT WAYS
SAFE RIDING
DAVID
caps lock has been retired until my next genius plan, hangtight for bicyle day dates, i hope to have one before christmas

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I caaan’t stand the raaaaaaain

Posted in in Commuting, General Stuff, New products on November 1st, 2005 by schmadzie | 1 Comment

You may have noticed that it's raining quite a bit due to global warming.We at Cheeky Transport, would like to help. I have secured a large quantity of excellent Planet bike MTB mudguards. Full length, these babies keep you dry!

How much – $25 a pair. MTB only

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castlemaine fat tyre festival and Australian Singlespeed Nationals

Posted in in Events, General Stuff, Singlespeed on October 31st, 2005 by schmadzie | 1 Comment

Friday 25/11/2005 6:00-8:00 PM
Registration @ Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.info
8.30pm Movies: Classic Cycling Movies with a twist (BMX Bandits???)

Saturday 26/11/2005
10:30 AM Treasure Hunt:
rego @ 10am at the theatre royal. The treasure hunt requires you and your bike to follow a set of clues and with the map provided of Castlemaine www.maldoncastlemaine.com you answer as many/little questions in the time provided. Prizes up for grabs include the official Fat Tyre Fest Wine, Dinner @ local eatery and more!!! Oh yeah and the BIG ONE!!!!!
A CANNONDALE FRAME SET!!! www.cannondale.com
02:00PM Trials Demo http://www.ftf.com.au/index.php?part=demo
03:30 PM Longest Skid, Wheelie & Huffy Toss
4.30pm till8.30 pm Single Speed Crits, Towine Crits, Fat Boy Crits, (MTB's with slicks)16" crits & crusier crits.Presentations for all arvo's/evenings events!!!
09:00 PM The TALL POPPIES is the band and Damo will DJ. A fun night by all is expected!!! Did I mention BEER!!

Sunday 27/11/2005
10:00 AM Trail ride ending at next event
12:00 PM 2005 Australin Single Speed Nationals www.deluxebicycleclub.com

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david’s hour of advocacy

Posted in in Advocacy, Commuting, General Stuff on October 28th, 2005 by schmadzie | 1 Comment


not really having any experience at 'advocacy' i thought providing bikes for employees of organisations, businesses and the like would be a sweet project to attempt. i need to come up with a proposal though, which is not something i have a lot of experience so i contacted gabrielle kiuper about who best to speak to at city of sdyney council. gabrielle is on the case, if anyone is interested in having some bikes at their workplace and have someone for me to contact then feel free to let me know.

the cycling promotion fund are also getting back to me, the waiting begins.
the bikes would be commuter style bikes with mudguards, lights, lock, rear rack and helmet; similar to the burley pictured above.

one hour's up

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sydney community college courses

Posted in in Commuting, Events, General Stuff on October 28th, 2005 by schmadzie | No Comments

Here are a couple of courses that would be ideal to reccomend to anyone who may be thinking about commuting or just getting back on a bike , and needs some help with skills. Run by Sydney Community College, (I think run by the excellent Tanya Bosch)

Back On Your Bike
If you want to get Back On Your Bike in Sydney, then this course of 2 classes for you. Haven't ridden for a while and feeling a bit rusty? Is your bike gathering dust in the garage? Here is an opportunity to go on an "easy ride" along the Cooks River, gain confidence, skills and ride with a group of fun people. 2 sessions of 3hrs. $69.00
Sat 26 Nov 2005 and 03 Dec 2005 (10.00am – 1.00pm)
Sydney Park Rd, Sydney Park, St Peters

Commute by Bike
If you want to learn to Commute by Bike in Sydney, then this course of 2 classes is for you. Commute by bicycle instead of the car. Save time, money and the environment. Here is an opportunity to go on a ride that inclues the excitement and adventure of cycling safely with a group on the roads of inner Sydney. $69.00
Sat 26 Nov 2005 and 03 Dec 2005 (2.00pm – 5.00pm)
Sydney Park Rd, Sydney Park, St Peters

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bicycling australia show etc.

Posted in in Events, Folding, General Stuff, New products, Rants on October 24th, 2005 by schmadzie | 1 Comment

another show, another bunch of kind of interesting stuff. adam and i volunteered at the test track but we seemed to spend more time wandering around the exhibition hall. There was an interesting "women and cycling: myths and realities" seminar but the vast majority of stalls had mass produced same old kind of set-up. the drop bar birdy looked cool and the new design frames are out there.
i always like to look at the baum bicycles display, inspect the welds, look hard at the paint job. it is amazing if you just take a few seconds longer to look at the join and the paint job on the bike that you just see another level rather simply a coloured collection of tubes.
i had the misfortune of having to use public transport for a few days as i injured me back and a knee injury flared up. i decided to get the train from bondi junction. i don't get out much and so seeing all the hordes of people flock to the station from the surrounding suburbs was like some flock making a pilgrimage to a waterhole or some such.
so i am sitting on the station waiting for the train and these booming speakers start spewing advertising and then a freakin television turns on and plays channel seven news updates and other assorted drivel.
i was judt dismayed, i am not writing righteously here, i just was like this can't be happening. when i opened my eyes, eveyrone around me who was standing was facing thescreen and watching the television.
when the dirty train bureacrats decided to glue the train windows up i thought that was a breach of my civil liberties to have access to fresh air and triedmostly unscuccessfully to re-open them, on this particular moring i just wanted to scream, 'whya re youwatching this shit?' or at least turn the bloody things off but then i thought what a disgustingly arrogant bastard i was to tell these people what to do, or even to think i knew better.
so i put up with it and tried to forget the experience on the train trip to central but then when i get to central i hear warning messages about unaccompanied baggage and that is the last straw, i have never disliked public transport but it is difficult to put up with some of the things that do not seem so public about the transport. why is channel seven on a public train platform?

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