Monthly Archives: August 2012

How I learned to ride a bike

Long time readers of this blog will remember this photo of me on my first bike – a trike, actually, which served me very well until I was about 5 or 6 years old, but then I wanted something better … Continue reading

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Bikes seen in Hamilton today – colourful!

A study in blue – shoes, T shirt and backpack all match the bike. Rainbow palette. Pink fairy rider. Green beside the racecourse.

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Bikes in advertising

Even though it is becoming quite commonplace to see bikes used in advertising not directed at the sale of bikes or bicycling accessories, it is still heartening to see them in such ads, and with Father’s Day around the corner, … Continue reading

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Shopping by car

Today, for the first time in months, I had to go shopping by car, and, especially given the wonderful biking weather we have had lately, it was an affront in so many ways to have to resort to the car. … Continue reading

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Diversity of bikes in Newcastle

There is a growing diversity of bikes being ridden in Newcastle now and this was really evident at the launch of Bikefest the other day. I really believe that to have a lively bicycle culture, there needs to be interest … Continue reading

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Biking wardrobe malfunction

The picture above shows what can happen when you wear a stretch fabric skirt with a long, narrow-nosed saddle. Whoops! It works perfectly fine with a wider saddle though, and I am happy to report that after a wash the … Continue reading

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Launch of Newcastle Bikefest

Today I attended the launch of Newcastle Bikefest on our gorgeous harbour. Apart from being a great location for an event such as this on a day like today (warmer weather at last), it held many insights for me. I … Continue reading

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A Newcastle tradition

A few days ago I ran into Adam while he was out from work getting his lunch. Adam is a sometime commenter on this blog, and he was riding his fixie, a vintage Malvern Star frame, built up, painted black … Continue reading

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Cool things you can do by bike that you can’t do by car

Ride through work sites that are closed off to traffic, the workmen don’t mind. (Of course this does not apply to work sites on bike paths.) You can also ride into permanently closed-off roads. Stop at the ATM without even … Continue reading

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Bikes seen in Newcastle this week

This fellow impressed me with his venturing out to ride in the weather we are having at the moment – very windy, rainy and cold. He is well prepared for it though with his weather proof panniers and backpack and … Continue reading

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