Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lessons learnt from my Bennett restoration

It seem like eons ago since I started this project, and  my original plan seems like foolishness now: take it apart and paint it one day then put everything back together the next so I didn’t forget where everything went … Continue reading

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Cycling/Fitness/Illness

My understanding of fitness is informed by both my former work and formal training as an aerobics instructor and also by my fitness training for running races and triathlons. I used to be what some called “super fit”. That kind … Continue reading

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Helmetless riders

I don’t think it is any surprise for anyone in the biking blogging world to learn that Australia has mandatory helmet laws for cyclists, that Australia is somewhat mocked for those laws and that the lack of success of bike … Continue reading

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Bikes seen in Newcastle this week

Hamilton, last weekend. Pink ladies bike, Gregson Park. Morning commuter, Adamstown. Hamilton, late afternoon. I decided to include this photo even though it is so blurry, as he is carrying a walking cane on his bike, you can just make … Continue reading

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Abici Amante Donna review

I have had the good fortune to test ride this gorgeous bike for a few days, and, like all things Italian, it is blessed with wonderfully good looks and style. It was purchased by my daughter recently, second hand, but … Continue reading

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Brooks B67S saddle for the Speedwell

After being advised by one reader, Peter, that getting a wider, sprung Brooks saddle for the Speedwell and swapping the B17 currently on it over to the Bennett would work well, it dawned on me that this made a lot … Continue reading

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Vehicular Cycling

 I had heard the term “vehicular cycling” before and understood it to mean “riding as if a car on the road”, in other words, taking the position of a car when riding on the road in traffic. The latest edition … Continue reading

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Shimano shifter problems

I have written before about the problems I had with my Shimano 3 speed shifter and also the later problems with the hub which was ultimately replaced under warranty. Once that happened everything worked perfectly and I have even resumed using … Continue reading

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Commuting by bike

With winter well and truly upon us now, there are fewer bike commuters out there, this one above was one of the very few I saw today. So when my beloved suggested that he may start commuting by bike, I … Continue reading

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Bikes in Newcastle today + corkscrew bike rack

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