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Vintage Spring Ride, Sunday 14 September

September 14 marks the start of Bike Week and, yes, there is going to be another Vintage Ride in Newcastle this year! With the Spring theme, we will all be wearing our warmer weather (we hope!)¬†gear as we ride from … Continue reading

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How I’d restore my Speedwell now

I took this photo of the Speedwell last week and it’s prompted me to think about how I’d do things differently if I were restoring it again. The Brooks B67S aged leather saddle has been perfect. It has worn in … Continue reading

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Helmets

With the Velo City Global conference having been held in Adelaide recently, the mandatory helmet law (MHL) debate has been reignited here, promoted no doubt by Mikael Colville-Anderson’s declaration that he would not ride here with a helmet when he … Continue reading

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Does the way we enact and enforce our laws shape cycling culture?

There are many deterrents to cycling in our city, as well as across the whole country: the perception of danger when riding on the roads is largely a subjective one held by car drivers who don’t ride bikes and who … Continue reading

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The perfect pants for bike riding

I have seen several young women wearing these drop-crotch, loose, long pants around town when riding their bikes, and they struck me as being the perfect pants for bike riding, especially in summer. The pants billow out, sail like, and … Continue reading

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Bicycle photography using an iPhone

I don’t have a proper camera, I just use my iPhone for my blog photos. And I have no traning in photography, but in the interests of making this blog look better, I have taught myself a few things about … Continue reading

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Speedwell sighting, multi modal travel around Newcastle, Ride 2 Work Day

I saw this old Speedwell recently at the Source Cafe beside Throsby Creek, wearing its rust with pride and not even chained up, though it did have a guard dog as you can see. It is dark blue, no chain … Continue reading

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5 things to consider when buying a new bike

With our early Spring weather this year, many people will be looking for a new bike, or maybe restoring an old one. Buying a new bike is an exciting thing and everyone wants to get it right the first time … Continue reading

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Riding around Newcastle

Spot 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 … Continue reading

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Bikes (and other things) around Newcastle lately

Yesterday I was surprised to see not one but two adults commuting by scooter, could this be a new trend around here? I was also shocked to see this in a shop window in Islington:So very like my Speedwell, only … Continue reading

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