Riding around Newcastle

IMG_1593IMG_7425Spot the difference in these two photos. Hint: It’s in the background.

I was disappointed to find when riding along one of my favourite bike tracks the other day that all the graffiti had been removed from a long line of fences that I like to use as a backdrop for my Speedwell photos. I like graffiti, even if it is just tags, it adds character and colour to otherwise drab walls or fences and provides a great backdrop for photos of bikes, gardens or just about anything in the urban world. I have graffiti on my fence, which adjoins a laneway, I like it for the character it adds to the otherwise old and boring fence.IMG_6176

Meanwhile, on my walk along Throsby Creek today, I saw lots of young girls riding in groups on bikes like these:IMG_0258(This photo was taken last year in summer at the beach, but I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to snap the ones I saw today.) It reminds me of my childhood to see such sights, we used to go out in groups for rides on Sundays. Then for the longest time, riding was an uncool thing for young people to do. But now it’s back again. Thankfully.

The most common search term for people finding this blog is for Shimano Nexus 3 Speed hubs and problems with them, and I have written much about this before. I had given up hope of being able to engage all 3 speeds on mine with any regularity, but I am happy to report that now it is working perfectly after being adjusted again. Apparently the cable stretches after a period of time on new ones and now that mine has been adjusted I have all three speeds available to me. I love it!

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3 Responses to Riding around Newcastle

  1. petermc says:

    I agree with you about graffiti making good bike photo embellishment, Vicki !

  2. Wayne Martin says:

    The owner of the fence obviously doesn’t agree and would not be too happy about paying for the paint to cover it over and I am sure he would like to catch them at it.

    • Vicki says:

      I can understand home owners not liking graffiti on their property Wayne, and as I don’t own the house I live in it does not matter that much to me. The covered graffiti was covered all in the same grey paint for a long stretch along this path and it looks as if the council is responsible for doing it as it spans many property fences.

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