Commuting -  How, Why and Where

Distance  -  The Longer the Better

Routes and Rides  -   Where I've Been

This Cycling Life  - Thoughts and Reflections


There are three core routes into town. Main North Road is the central route. To the west lie Salisbury Highway and Highway One. On the east side is Bridge Road – Hampstead Road, or the option to jump the range to the range and come in along the River Torrens – North East Road corridor.

Salisbury Highway equals the centre route for flatness, and the bike lanes are generally better, although they disappear periodically. Like Main North Road, it is fast, especially with a following breeze. I've never had stuff thrown at me, and the lanes are generally clean of glass and rubbish... Read on >>>>

I'm into my ninth year of commuting into Adelaide from Elizabeth. It's the best accidental thing I've ever done: I'm happier, healthier, and a lot better to be around. I also do better work.

But the road straight into Adelaide from our place is about the last route you'd want to commute on a regular basis. It's 28km of always busy highway; the bike lanes disappear into dangerous pinch points at many traffic lights; there are several kilometres of three lane highway with no bike lane, no verge, and with a concrete kerb which means even an emergency bailout into the parkland is not an option... Read on >>>>

You always know you might not hold together on a very long ride. But I have not had the bike let me down until now. That said, it gave me 120 kilometres on a broken spoke before the second one went, so things turned out pretty well!

The plan: three days.
Day 1: up to Hawker ≈ 385km
Day 2: on to Blinman and back to Hawker— the clockwise loop ≈ 231km
Day 3: get back to Adelaide ≈ 434km  ... Read on >>>>

In between times today, I fine tuned the new bike. The body moulds to a bike, and if a seat frame slips a couple of milimetres, the rider will feel it immediately. Gavin at AvantiPlus, Salisbury, shifted over my seat, and bar ends, and various other bits from the old Blade 4. He did this by eye, and with a few key measurements by tape. Back home, I could barely tell the difference! I took the seat up by about three mils and set the bar ends a few degrees shallower.

Saddle fore and aft-- I've kept the Selle-- and saddle horizontal, were perfect. This bike does not have a telescopic seat post; my old seat tube is a different diameter. So we will try the big ride next week without the shock absorption; I might take tyre pressures down a bit!

I have my old tyres across on the new bike; they now have over 7,000km without a puncture. Schwalbe Marathon Plus may be a bit heavier, but for communting and touring, they have no peers. Later, I will bring over the old rims across too, as they are heavier duty. There is no foot fouling on the front tyre, although, inevitably, you can snag the mudguard.

I like the disk brakes, which I tested with a few crash stops in the street, and can feel the newness of the frame. Everything is tight. The gear shifters have better mechanical advantage than my old ones. It's all sweet.
Tomorrow will be the first ride; I have about 70km to get to work and back, and may just feel the need to come home up the Linear Park.

 The bike is a Scott "Sub 30," which is  USA speak for a pushy...  Suburban Utility Bike. The downtube has an oblong profile which means I need to rethink how to attach my extra long-distance bidons,but over all, I'm very pleased. 


Archived article.

Well, the Blade 4 that's taken me half way round the country has given up the ghost.

There's been this click, slowly getting worse.... and we've reseated the bottom bracket and I've taken off a lot of stuff and cleaned it up and retightened it all. To no avail.

Last night, Gav at the LBS retensioned the spokes, took off the cranks and pedals--and took out the bottom bracket again. So we did all the easy stuff.

And for about 3km it ran silent. Then the creaking started again, and the click was back the time I arrived home.

I stood the bike upside down at home and ran a light over the frame.

59252km and I think we've come to the end of the road. I'm not going to weld a chainstay.

The night before the Bupa Ride we had the heaviest rain I've ever seen! There was an inch of rain in 20 minutes. I spent the evening— my early night— clearing drains and helping flood the backyard to keep water out of the house. So, despite best intentions, I was still awake at midnight, with the alarm set for 3.45... Read on >>>>

Faced with the blessing of an unexpected day off, what is one to do but go for a ride. It's the middle of December, but yesterday dawned under cloud but with the BOM suggesting the threat of rain was minimal. So I chugged up Yorketown Road to One Tree Hill, and warmed up properly on Mount Gawler so that I was ready for Checker Hill. From there it's a short ride to our favourite cherry farm.... Read on >>>>

There’s just too much on this week, so I decided I needed a treat on the way to work.

12 minutes from my house is this... Read on >>>>



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