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by fenn_paddler
23 Aug 2013, 08:57
Forum: Road
Topic: Potential Fixie Build
Replies: 7
Views: 1161

Re: Potential Fixie Build

Same model both times Mike. Similar to this one: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Track-Fixie-Road-Bike-Frame-with-Fork-Black-56cm-/170993539095?pt=AU_Sport_Cycling_Frames&hash=item27d0025817 The forks it comes with weighs a ton - I swapped it for the carbon one from my broken felt dispatch fixie.
by fenn_paddler
20 Aug 2013, 08:32
Forum: Road
Topic: Potential Fixie Build
Replies: 7
Views: 1161

Re: Potential Fixie Build

My first VISP suffered a broken chainstay after 6-9 months:

Have had a better run from the next one.
by fenn_paddler
20 Oct 2012, 06:39
Forum: Conversation
Topic: The Saga that is Lance
Replies: 116
Views: 13997

Re: The Saga that is Lance

So Frank wants testing of C grade at Heffron. I'm assuming he wants CA to stump up the cost (est at $1000 per test) of doing this. CA are under enormous pressure to do more about doping. If they address this by tesing Heffron and maybe even RAW, we can look forward to greatly increased membership fe...
by fenn_paddler
10 Sep 2012, 08:41
Forum: Road
Topic: RNP Tomorrow Anyone??
Replies: 33
Views: 3266

Re: RNP Tomorrow Anyone??

Excellent suggestion of Adrians to turn left & head into RNP yesterday, though unfortunately I broke a spoke halfway through and had to leave the bunch and pedal gingerly back to the exit to catch a train home. Being a 24 spoke wheel the buckle was reasonably severe and no amount of fiddling wit...
by fenn_paddler
17 Apr 2012, 08:01
Forum: Conversation
Topic: groupset advice needed
Replies: 20
Views: 2063

Re: groupset advice needed

Wouldn't going compact be a consideration versus the expense of a new shifter, triple chainset and derailleur?
by fenn_paddler
20 Dec 2011, 07:50
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Need a sparky???
Replies: 13
Views: 1644

Re: Need a sparky???

Can anybody send me Miguel's details, or suggest a sparky in the inner west? I am in urgent need of an electrician here in Petersham to repair an underground conduit that was inadvertently cut.
by fenn_paddler
07 Sep 2011, 09:07
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Portland Oregon=Bike heaven
Replies: 12
Views: 1318

Re: Portland Oregon=Bike heaven

I reckon fusion and mobile ip addresses isn't half as interesting as the trainwreck around vRam licensing and pissed off loyal customers. A good potential topic for a journo covering vmworld, but might be a bit of a minefield if the junket was paid for by vmware!
by fenn_paddler
10 Aug 2011, 09:20
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Mid Life Crisis Bike
Replies: 48
Views: 3946

Re: Mid Life Crisis Bike

At the threat of another derail... I read that article this morning, and my conclusion from it is, well, nothing. First up, it is an unsubstantiated anecdote. All we have is a picture of a bike with a separated head tube. Looking at the bike, it appears that it is a nude Pinarello frame, which may ...
by fenn_paddler
09 Aug 2011, 13:49
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Mid Life Crisis Bike
Replies: 48
Views: 3946

Re: Mid Life Crisis Bike

Cheap ebay carbon frame not recommended:
by fenn_paddler
08 Aug 2011, 18:37
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Mid Life Crisis Bike
Replies: 48
Views: 3946

Re: Mid Life Crisis Bike

Don't knock compact cranks! There are pros that race/have raced on them.

I would wait a little while until more bikes with ultegra di2 become available. Or depending on budget go dura ace electronic shifting...
by fenn_paddler
03 Aug 2011, 18:13
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Whores/Horse/Hors Category
Replies: 18
Views: 2097

Re: Whores/Horse/Hors Category

Mt Wellington isn't that hard. Quite long but nothing really steep. The main point to remember is how cold it often gets at the top and how numb the hands get on the way down. Henri Roberts Drive up Mt Tamborine on the Gold Coast Hinterland is the hardest hill I've done. Very easy to wind the bike c...
by fenn_paddler
15 Apr 2011, 12:21
Forum: Mountain
Topic: Mont 24 Hour ... Ride the Kow in 2011
Replies: 35
Views: 11663

Re: Mont 24 Hour ... Ride the Kow in 2011

These are the best photos I've seen posted on the dhbc forum.

Can you ever get your bike properly cleaned after an event like that? I would have thought some of the grit would be too ingrained...

How did the hardtail bike compared to the full suspended ones?
by fenn_paddler
01 Apr 2011, 18:13
Forum: Road
Topic: Genuine Interest In Saturday Waterfall Rides?
Replies: 40
Views: 3309

Re: Genuine Interest In Saturday Waterfall Rides?

Whoops; soccer tomorrow. I'm out
by fenn_paddler
01 Apr 2011, 07:10
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Chain Tugs
Replies: 12
Views: 1548

Re: Chain Tugs

I run the Surly Tuggnut and can recommend it, though I did need to angle grind off the bottle opener so it fit the felt dispatch frame dropouts. I bought mine from Cheeky in Newtown.
by fenn_paddler
27 Mar 2011, 13:41
Forum: Road
Topic: RNP - how busy on a Sunday?
Replies: 5
Views: 849

Re: RNP - how busy on a Sunday?

Ta. Yes thought as much - early or never.
by fenn_paddler
27 Mar 2011, 08:05
Forum: Road
Topic: RNP - how busy on a Sunday?
Replies: 5
Views: 849

RNP - how busy on a Sunday?

Thinking of occasionally driving down to Loftus to do RNP on a Sunday, maybe around late morning.

How busy/dangerous does the park get during the day compared to earlier on?
by fenn_paddler
21 Mar 2011, 15:29
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Groupsets, Is there really that much of a difference?
Replies: 26
Views: 2292

Re: Groupsets, Is there really that much of a difference?

I do like that people who admit to never having actually tried 105 or dura ace feel qualified to offer an opinion on them! I recently upgraded from a 105 to an ultegra equipped road bike, so can offer a comparison of those two. I can't discern a difference in shift quality on the rear derailleur. Th...
by fenn_paddler
27 Feb 2011, 19:35
Forum: Road
Topic: timing - sunday to waterfall
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

Re: timing - sunday to waterfall

Sorry to hear about the back mate. Hope to see you back in the bunch soon.
by fenn_paddler
27 Feb 2011, 14:38
Forum: Road
Topic: timing - sunday to waterfall
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

Re: timing - sunday to waterfall

by fenn_paddler
27 Feb 2011, 09:06
Forum: Road
Topic: timing - sunday to waterfall
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

Re: timing - sunday to waterfall

Turning back just past the top of artillery hill, at the warumbul rd turnoff gets you back at the service station around 10 minutes before the middies bunch, based on timing today. A little further into the park would be ideal -maybe another 5-10 minutes worth before turning around.
by fenn_paddler
15 Feb 2011, 12:43
Forum: Road
Topic: timing - sunday to waterfall
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

Re: timing - sunday to waterfall

thanks for the advice all. sounds like 22 mins out then turn around.

Yep thinking about a comeback as I've found you achieve so little sitting at home before 9:30 am on a Sunday morning that you may as well be out riding instead...
by fenn_paddler
15 Feb 2011, 10:59
Forum: Road
Topic: timing - sunday to waterfall
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

timing - sunday to waterfall

How long does it normally take the Sunday bunch to go from the RNP turnoff on the Princes Hwy at Loftus to Waterfall, and back to that point? I've often thought it would be nice to to get a little bit of hill training in on Sunday by turning left into the park, go a set number of minutes into the pa...
by fenn_paddler
13 Feb 2011, 17:14
Forum: Road
Topic: The Parra Pedal / Amy Gillett Ride Sun 13/2/11
Replies: 37
Views: 5157

Re: The Parra Pedal / Amy Gillett Ride Sun 13/2/11

I did the 30km course with the family. We stuck it out through the first few kms of bottlenecks, and were rewarded with a well signposted and nicely spread out ride after that. Yes the walking & stop and starts early on were a pain, but this was quickly forgotten once we crossed the freeway and ...
by fenn_paddler
08 Jan 2011, 07:19
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Another anti cyclist rant, but by whom?!
Replies: 14
Views: 1178

Re: Another anti cyclist rant, but by whom?!

I'm not surprised to read an anti-bike rant from a runner. For some reason there are quite a few cyclist haters in the running community. This can be seen on occasion on the coolrunning site. To be honest, I get a bit irritated by intimidating speeding cyclists in lane cove nat park during lunchtime...
by fenn_paddler
24 Nov 2010, 08:58
Forum: For Sale
Topic: $249 road bike
Replies: 11
Views: 4088

Re: $249 road bike

So true! Dads in lycra definitely kill the coolness of road bikes.

Thanks for the tips; I'll check out the lighter mountain bikes as well. I have never and will never buy a bike from kmart/big w.
by fenn_paddler
24 Nov 2010, 08:46
Forum: For Sale
Topic: $249 road bike
Replies: 11
Views: 4088

Re: $249 road bike

The best price I've seen on a kids road bike is this fella: http://www.getprice.com.au/Kids-Road-Bicycle-650c-ACE-650C-2010-PEARLY-WHITE-BOY-By-FUJI-Gpnc_332--48325032.htm Cell and others have a kids road bike at $599 My lad's turning 9. Nice. Bit of pressure to go the mountain bike option, but the...
by fenn_paddler
24 Nov 2010, 06:55
Forum: For Sale
Topic: $249 road bike
Replies: 11
Views: 4088

Re: $249 road bike

Where do you get decent kid's road bikes? I'm after a new bike for my soon to be 9 y/o. Something that doesn't way a ton would be nice.
by fenn_paddler
16 Sep 2010, 13:14
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Marrickville Council renting cargo bikes
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: Marrickville Council renting cargo bikes

These bikes are fantastic. If you want to have a look at one or have a go, I'll be borrowing the cabbie this weekend to take on the Annual MASSBUG Chochlate Ride. Details at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=159610350722709&ref=mf I really like the sound of that ride. Do you think 8 or ...
by fenn_paddler
04 Aug 2010, 13:20
Forum: Road
Topic: Cruiser 28's seem more like the Middies?
Replies: 26
Views: 2735

Re: Cruiser 28's seem more like the Middies?

We can sort this out from a top down perspective. A while back I tried to reverse the order of the Fasties and Middies to allow the quicker Middies to ride with the Fasties without the fear of being dropped into no mans land. If the Middies leave behind then this isn't a problem as there is a bunch...
by fenn_paddler
29 Jul 2010, 15:13
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Mechanical advice - Fulcrum Racing 1 Rim Wear
Replies: 12
Views: 2018

Re: Mechanical advice - Fulcrum Racing 1 Rim Wear

Nice explanation Toff. I'm glad it's not just me wearing brake pads out...
by fenn_paddler
28 Jul 2010, 11:09
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Mechanical advice - Fulcrum Racing 1 Rim Wear
Replies: 12
Views: 2018

Re: Mechanical advice - Fulcrum Racing 1 Rim Wear

I've replaced rims / wheels in the past when the pads have worn through the rim at some point. You can tell when you're at that point, becuase the brakes start 'grabbing' when they're applied. Not to hijack the thread, but I've noticed much higher rim wear on the fixie versus standard roadie. Why wo...
by fenn_paddler
16 Jul 2010, 13:39
Forum: Road
Topic: Mudgee Road Opens - July 10-11
Replies: 66
Views: 4995

Re: Mudgee Road Opens - July 10-11

I have uploaded some photos of Mudgee to http://s236.photobucket.com/albums/ff311/fenn_Paddler/mudgee/ Got stuck behind the last group & couldn't get any more interesting action shots. http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff311/fenn_Paddler/mudgee/P1010135.jpg Cheers, Alan
by fenn_paddler
09 Jul 2010, 11:00
Forum: Road
Topic: Mudgee Road Opens - July 10-11
Replies: 66
Views: 4995

Re: Mudgee Road Opens - July 10-11

Full back page spread in today's local rage:
by fenn_paddler
07 Jul 2010, 07:53
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Accidents
Replies: 30
Views: 1994

Re: Accidents

by fenn_paddler
07 Jul 2010, 07:46
Forum: Road
Topic: Mudgee Road Opens - July 10-11
Replies: 66
Views: 4995

Re: Mudgee Road Opens - July 10-11

Handicaps are up http://www.nsw.cycling.org.au/cy_nsw/races/?f=2010/10156/10156.htm#Handicaps Is there a course map online somewhere? I'm guessing start ulan rd than onto wollar rd... If that's the course I'll take some photos on the hill up wollar rd which should slow people up and make it easier ...
by fenn_paddler
06 Jul 2010, 15:18
Forum: Road
Topic: Mudgee Road Opens - July 10-11
Replies: 66
Views: 4995

Re: Mudgee Road Opens - July 10-11

I just realised this is on this coming weekend. We're staying a few minutes up the road from the race start at the father in-law's farm, so I'll endeavour to head down to race start sat or sun & take some snaps.
by fenn_paddler
06 Jul 2010, 14:03
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Accidents
Replies: 30
Views: 1994

Re: Accidents

Isn't it the case that nothing can be done if fractures are discovered anyway?

The last time I injured my ribs in a fall I was absolutely convinced something was cracked, but the x-rays indicated otherwise. Still didn't stop them from aching and taking months to properly heal.
by fenn_paddler
29 Jun 2010, 09:35
Forum: Road
Topic: Coonabarabran->Gunnedah->Tamworth 26 - 27 June
Replies: 25
Views: 2857

Re: Coonabarabran->Gunnedah->Tamworth 26 - 27 June

Sorry to hear about the accident Matt.

Reading the news reports I find it odd that they're still looking for the driver of the black van. With a police escort, presumably witnessing the moment of madness, you'd have thought they would have identified the number plate.
by fenn_paddler
22 Jun 2010, 14:08
Forum: Conversation
Topic: flouro riding attire
Replies: 0
Views: 414

flouro riding attire

The postie's trial of high viz riding attire has been a huge success, with some incidents falling by 75% - http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/22/2933625.htm?section=business They're not very cool, but I reckon high viz vests should be considered by anyone commuting on two wheels in the darke...
by fenn_paddler
21 May 2010, 15:38
Forum: Conversation
Topic: What cycling blogs and forums do you read - or write?
Replies: 8
Views: 1839

Re: What cycling blogs and forums do you read - or write?

Blogs: Bikesnob ( http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/ ) is a no brainer. He could write about croquet (apologies to the croquet players out there) and make it interesting & insightful. Forums: BNA ( http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/index.php ) has some useful info at times, but appears to be domin...
by fenn_paddler
18 May 2010, 12:41
Forum: Conversation
Topic: getting chain tension right on a singlespeed/fixie
Replies: 15
Views: 1504

Re: getting chain tension right on a singlespeed/fixie

Thanks for the feedback on the plastic cups. I'll give them a go.

I don't think my legs are capable of stretching a 1/8" chain but you never know.
by fenn_paddler
18 May 2010, 10:09
Forum: Conversation
Topic: getting chain tension right on a singlespeed/fixie
Replies: 15
Views: 1504

Re: getting chain tension right on a singlespeed/fixie

Has anyone had any experience with bottom brackets with plastic cups?

The Stronglight square taper BB's from Ribble now have plastic cups - If they hold up ok maybe plastic will help with those inevitable BB creaks on a singlespeed?
by fenn_paddler
15 May 2010, 17:42
Forum: Conversation
Topic: waterfall - 16th May
Replies: 0
Views: 411

waterfall - 16th May

With the crit on tomorrow, is anyone else doing the standard waterfall ride at say middies pace? I was going to turn up to Mick Mazza's tomorrow & head off at 6:30.
by fenn_paddler
07 May 2010, 07:37
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Training chit chats thread... Revelations, plans, logs etc
Replies: 643
Views: 71699

Re: Training chit chats thread... Revelations, plans, logs e

Well done on the new bike - that colnago was far too nice to commute on. I think 80-81 inches is a good commuting gear. Over to north ryde there is a hill steeper than lilyfield rd, and I found 75 really painful riding down that hill, so I ended up on 80 and that seems about right except for days pu...
by fenn_paddler
04 May 2010, 12:00
Forum: Conversation
Topic: getting chain tension right on a singlespeed/fixie
Replies: 15
Views: 1504

Re: getting chain tension right on a singlespeed/fixie

Thanks I'll try loosening the chainring bolts - if that doesn't work I might try your loaner chainring Mike. Mick I can recommend the Surly Tuggnut http://www.63xc.com/rickc/tuggnuts.jpg though I had to grind off the bottle opener so it would fit the Felt dropouts. Despite my current chain tension i...
by fenn_paddler
04 May 2010, 08:07
Forum: Conversation
Topic: getting chain tension right on a singlespeed/fixie
Replies: 15
Views: 1504

Re: getting chain tension right on a singlespeed/fixie

It's a Stronglight crankset and chainring so not top of the range but not totally cheap and nasty either, however I will go for a new chainring. Thanks for the tip on the chain - hadn't thought of that being stretched in certain areas. In terms of chainrings, fyxomatosis seems to have a reasonable n...
by fenn_paddler
03 May 2010, 13:52
Forum: Conversation
Topic: getting chain tension right on a singlespeed/fixie
Replies: 15
Views: 1504

getting chain tension right on a singlespeed/fixie

When adjusting chain tension on a singlespeed/fixie, you typically see tight and loose spots. So at one point in the revolution you get the tension just right, but half a crank rotation later it'll be quite different - either too tight or too loose. I'm seeing this on my commuter and I believe it's ...
by fenn_paddler
09 Apr 2010, 16:59
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Handle Bar Tavern Closure
Replies: 14
Views: 1161

Re: Handle Bar Tavern Closure

It might be the middle of nowhere for your average inner west hipster/yuppy, but I'm sure for Bankstown-ites it's not! Maybe the locals need to be encouraged to take up track cycling.
by fenn_paddler
09 Apr 2010, 13:27
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Forum has been upgraded to the latest phpBB
Replies: 29
Views: 2638

Re: Forum has been upgraded to the latest phpBB

Nice work thanks James.

I believe View new posts is only an option if you're logged in, and I tend not to stay logged in.
by fenn_paddler
09 Apr 2010, 12:46
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Forum has been upgraded to the latest phpBB
Replies: 29
Views: 2638

Re: Forum has been upgraded to the latest phpBB

Apologies if this has already been covered and is being worked on at present, but "view active topics" doesnt' seem to work for me.

This is a handy feature if you're a casual forum reader and want a summary of what has been recently posted across the entire board.
by fenn_paddler
09 Apr 2010, 12:44
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Handle Bar Tavern Closure
Replies: 14
Views: 1161

Re: Handle Bar Tavern Closure

The comment about dunc gray velodrome's poor location is an interesting one. Some time ago I was there at a world champs round, and someone in the food queue was rueing the location as the crowd turnout was poor and apparently the location was all to blame. I assumed he was suggesting it should be s...
by fenn_paddler
06 Apr 2010, 16:44
Forum: Road
Topic: Seat adjustment for OCR3
Replies: 1
Views: 394

Re: Seat adjustment for OCR3

2. Thomson Elite with setback (http://www.lhthomson.com/gallery/esb1_1280.jpg). I wanted the setback model but couldn't find that one on ebay so settled for the straight one. In retrospect I should have got the setback...
by fenn_paddler
02 Apr 2010, 07:14
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Parkinson's disease and cycling
Replies: 1
Views: 381

Parkinson's disease and cycling

Interesting article (with video) regarding a patient with Parkinson's that can hardly walk, but is able to jump on a bike and ride no probs: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/01/health/01parkinsons.html My father was just like that until totally incapacitated by Parkinon's - used to get on the old visc...
by fenn_paddler
10 Feb 2010, 16:21
Forum: Road
Topic: Racing with MWCC at West Head
Replies: 39
Views: 4640

National Parks changed their procedures in 2009. Cars not displaying a day ticket or pass can now be issued an on the spot fine of $68 (rather than a warning to purchase entry fee on way out). I'm not sure how frequently they issue this fine, but when I was at Akuna bay for an event last year we wer...
by fenn_paddler
02 Feb 2010, 07:03
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Tassie 2010 edition
Replies: 142
Views: 11377

Hey all me & Jess will not be touring this year as the doctor has told not to ride a bike till at least the 6 week mark which is after our return. We are planning to head down to Coles bay to camp, hike & swim whilst my collarbone heals. I hear they have the 7th most beautiful beach in the ...
by fenn_paddler
12 Jan 2010, 15:13
Forum: Conversation
Topic: No off street parking at work
Replies: 9
Views: 958

off street parking at work

by fenn_paddler
11 Jan 2010, 14:54
Forum: Conversation
Topic: New bike choices - Found, see page 3.
Replies: 47
Views: 5948

If you want a workhorse bike for commuting and training, I'm not sure why you would choose aluminium, which typically has a working life of no more than 8 years, dents easily, corrodes carbon parts, and has no resale value for the next upgrade. It's also a pain in the neck to have to check for crac...
by fenn_paddler
11 Nov 2009, 11:41
Forum: Conversation
Topic: SMH Article
Replies: 5
Views: 831

That's an interesting article. Last friday afternoon I sat next to a DHBC rider at Timbrell park waiting to cross the city west link at the pedestrian crossing, to head up and over the hill towards Hawthorne pde. We saw a cyclist heading along the city west link in the middle of the lane and I think...
by fenn_paddler
26 Oct 2009, 06:59
Forum: Conversation
Topic: The Huw Morgan tour Log
Replies: 2
Views: 450

Re: The Huw Morgan tour Log

who has been leeping up with it? the pics are amazing?~! i cant get pics to work?! http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=RrzKj&page_id=129836&v=D I agree. Tempetation is going to look pretty tame to Huw after this excitement: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=RrzKj&page_id...
by fenn_paddler
13 Sep 2009, 15:40
Forum: Road
Topic: Slowies RNP: 2nd Sun of Mth - 13 Dec 5:45am
Replies: 251
Views: 33567

Excellent ride today. I hope Mike C is feeling a bit spent after doing it on a fixie because I certainly am! At Marrickville on I guess the 105km mark, I imagined having to do another 55 kms to match the distance of the Oct 31 Tempetation ride from Bundanoon, and I'm not sure that I would have wante...
by fenn_paddler
12 Sep 2009, 08:22
Forum: Road
Topic: Slowies RNP: 2nd Sun of Mth - 13 Dec 5:45am
Replies: 251
Views: 33567

by fenn_paddler
07 Sep 2009, 14:13
Forum: Road
Topic: Waterfall Earybirds 6am Sunday 6/9/2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1142

Mike, that's assuming that you kept pace with me? If you didn't then you didn't hit that rpm. I stayed in the small ring, and I hit 153rpm, that was the highest that I saw on the computer. James Was going to ask about that yesterday...noticed you in little on the front little on the back, with a pr...
by fenn_paddler
06 Sep 2009, 14:28
Forum: Road
Topic: Sunday Waterfall rides
Replies: 30
Views: 3594

The other times I have ridden with the group there tends to be people that surge up hills/crests on Kingsway - which breaks the group apart and kind of puts everyone into panic mode. The absence of that today made a big difference in my opinion. Good feedback - I'm sure I've been guilty of that in ...
by fenn_paddler
28 Aug 2009, 10:22
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Getting a fixed gear bike
Replies: 12
Views: 1456

Re: Getting a fixed gear bike

Hello, I am thinking of doing something stupid and retiring my flat bar road bike with its nice set of gears (which I think may actually blow up by the fun sounds it makes) and getting a fixed gear bike. Knowing nothing about what to get in a fixed gear bike apart from something that will match my ...
by fenn_paddler
11 Aug 2009, 08:22
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Newbie road bike advice
Replies: 12
Views: 1719

Or better yet, buy a bike from one of the bikeshops that supports the club, rather than Cell Bikes. They all provide excellent bikes across all price points. - Stanmore Cycles - Burwood Cycles - Ashfield Cycles - Peter Bundy Cycles - Cycle Fit Centre - Mick Mazza's I would expect at least a basic d...
by fenn_paddler
20 May 2009, 11:46
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Cyclists fixated with latest trend
Replies: 7
Views: 947

by fenn_paddler
29 Mar 2009, 13:28
Forum: Road
Topic: Discussion on pace line riding b/n Waterfall and Sutherland
Replies: 40
Views: 3641

I was on the front when the road kill was spotted, I backed the pace off considerably and signaled, the signal may not have gotten passed down the line. I must have been 3rd or 4th wheel back at that point, and I think the obstacle was pointed out as effectively as possible given the circumstances ...
by fenn_paddler
25 Mar 2009, 07:06
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Another bike accident on the weekend
Replies: 5
Views: 742

Re: Another bike accident on the weekend

Anyone see this happen? One of my Triathlon collegues, Hally Bolt, was involved in a cycling accident last weekend. On Saturday morning Hally and a co-rider were collected from behind by a motorcyclist, whilst training on their way to Wollongong. Hally has sustained a broken elbow and cuts and abra...
by fenn_paddler
27 Feb 2009, 13:17
Forum: Conversation
Topic: four notch freewheel remover for flip-flop hubs
Replies: 1
Views: 479

four notch freewheel remover for flip-flop hubs

Hi, Does anybody have a four notch freewheel remover for flip-flop hubs that I can borrow? The park tools product to do the job looks like this: http://www.parktool.com/products/detail.asp?cat=4&item=FR-8 Not worth purchasing one for a one-off removal task. Cheers, Alan W[/img]
by fenn_paddler
31 Jan 2009, 05:29
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Mike Clements Crash at the track
Replies: 44
Views: 3719

by fenn_paddler
06 Jan 2009, 14:28
Forum: Conversation
Topic: fixed gear conversion for road bike
Replies: 27
Views: 3028

by fenn_paddler
06 Jan 2009, 13:11
Forum: Conversation
Topic: fixed gear conversion for road bike
Replies: 27
Views: 3028

You would probably want to change the bars, and maybe the brake lever. I was told once that you couldn't sell a road bike in Australia with only one brake, this may be wrong. Anyway you may want a rear brake if you're not use to riding fixed. It has reasonable cranks, the hubs aren't anything to wr...
by fenn_paddler
06 Jan 2009, 09:12
Forum: Conversation
Topic: fixed gear conversion for road bike
Replies: 27
Views: 3028

Cell Cing1e

Apologies if this has already been posted, but what's the consensus on this new Cell fixie? http://www.cellbikes.com.au/p_2207_CELL__Cing1e_FIXED_GEAR_BIKE__Now_Available_For_PreOrder This looks like a cheap way to get a fixie, though I'm not sure a 59cm frame would be large enough for me. Cheers, A...
by fenn_paddler
13 Nov 2008, 09:57
Forum: Conversation
Topic: fixed gear conversion for road bike
Replies: 27
Views: 3028

I agree with you Alan. But as you said, the mechanical simplicity of a fixed/single speed makes a lot of sense for a commuter bike. And then it's so macho to grind that 30 cadence up a Sydney hill on a fixie. :lol: The other item you need is a chain tensioner when using vertical drop-out, but only ...
by fenn_paddler
13 Nov 2008, 09:55
Forum: Conversation
Topic: fixed gear conversion for road bike
Replies: 27
Views: 3028

Once you ride a fixed gear, and put the right cog on it, I'm sure you'll find that it's pretty handy, and will get you over most hills (especially between Petersham and the CBD). Most fixie riders don't do long trips anyway. Maybe a 5km commute each way max... Incedentally, the reason why so many f...
by fenn_paddler
13 Nov 2008, 07:13
Forum: Conversation
Topic: fixed gear conversion for road bike
Replies: 27
Views: 3028

fixed gear conversion for road bike

I was in NY last week and was intrigued by the bikes - lots of fixies with cut down bars, massive locks that must have weighed more than the bike itself & typically no brakes or lights. I can see why most of this makes sense over there - Manhattan is pretty flat so you don't need gears, Midtown ...
by fenn_paddler
21 Oct 2008, 07:12
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Thomas Mabbott
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

by fenn_paddler
20 Aug 2008, 08:04
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Don't they TT anymore for triathlons?
Replies: 9
Views: 1065

drafting is legal in Olympic Triathlons, I have no idea why the rule is changed for them though. A standard Triathlon, drafting isn't allowed. James Most professional olympic distance events allow drafting nowadays. If they were to make it illegal at the olympics it would be difficult (and very sub...
by fenn_paddler
20 Aug 2008, 08:00
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Don't they TT anymore for triathlons?
Replies: 9
Views: 1065

Permitting drafting destroys the concept of Triathlons. It becomes a running event I think the concept is still there - if it was just a running event we could get Craig Mottram in the pool and out for sunday rides and immediately have him at the top of the triathlon tree. I think the event is abou...
by fenn_paddler
25 Jul 2008, 16:50
Forum: Conversation
Topic: 16 years newer; 9 minutes quicker
Replies: 16
Views: 2003

Why so concerned? Don't want to spend the money? Newer equipment is definitely faster, not value for money, but definitely faster. This is how I see it for example deep carbon wheels cost over twice as much as low profile wheels. You pay anything from $2500 to $5000 for a good quality set of 50mm c...
by fenn_paddler
25 Jul 2008, 09:35
Forum: Conversation
Topic: 16 years newer; 9 minutes quicker
Replies: 16
Views: 2003

Well submitting an article that says that the new Cannondale makes no difference over the old Cannondale doesn't sell any Mags (or any Cannondales) does it? - These days it's hard to tell what is editorial content, and what is veiled advertizing, but I've always been a cycnic... There's going to be...
by fenn_paddler
25 Jul 2008, 09:27
Forum: Conversation
Topic: 16 years newer; 9 minutes quicker
Replies: 16
Views: 2003

Re: 16 years newer; 9 minutes quicker

In the latest Ride mag they cover the bikes of the firm that does their printing. Just as an aside, that firm is Web Star, the printing arm of Blue Star, the company that Joanne works for. The women in the issue with the Orbea Diva (Tanya Boric) is one of Jo's staff on the St George Bank account. S...
by fenn_paddler
25 Jul 2008, 08:27
Forum: Conversation
Topic: 16 years newer; 9 minutes quicker
Replies: 16
Views: 2003

16 years newer; 9 minutes quicker

In the latest Ride mag they cover the bikes of the firm that does their printing. One guy has an old Cannondale circa 1992. He was lent a newer Cannondale for a couple of weeks, and claims it cut his best Bobbin head time from 2:02 to 1:53 even though he was riding the brakes on the new bike so as n...
by fenn_paddler
04 Jul 2008, 14:57
Forum: Conversation
Topic: floor pump
Replies: 10
Views: 1242

by fenn_paddler
02 Jul 2008, 09:51
Forum: Conversation
Topic: floor pump
Replies: 10
Views: 1242

The beauty of the SILCA is they are rebuildable, however once that gauge takes a hit & they are fragile, that's it for them. I got one for the track & thought if I get a year out of it I'd be happy as it gets used heaps by everybody. Now it's about 4 years old & still good, I've replace...
by fenn_paddler
02 Jul 2008, 08:28
Forum: Conversation
Topic: floor pump
Replies: 10
Views: 1242

floor pump

My silca floor pump stopped working recently. It probably needs a new leather washer which may not be easy to source, and the cover over the pressure gauge is broken anyway. In line with most things being throwaway nowadays, I'm wondering whether it wouldn't be simpler to just buy a cheapy every cou...
by fenn_paddler
27 Jun 2008, 10:28
Forum: Conversation
Topic: What a load of crap...
Replies: 13
Views: 1458

A driver got agro with me this morning because I was in his lane. Didn't matter that I was traveling at the same speed as the cars. If I'd pulled up at the lights with him I would of laughed in his face. Must be a friday thing. I didn't get the aggro, but I did get an older lady in a hyundai coming...
by fenn_paddler
27 Jun 2008, 08:19
Forum: Conversation
Topic: What a load of crap...
Replies: 13
Views: 1458

I think this is real not a piss take & requires lots of letters to the editor - it is legal to undertake at lights when the cars are stopped. 141 No overtaking etc to the left of a vehicle (1) A driver (except the rider of a bicycle) must not overtake a vehicle to the left of the vehicle unless...
by fenn_paddler
26 Jun 2008, 13:47
Forum: Conversation
Topic: What a load of crap...
Replies: 13
Views: 1458

Re: What a load of crap...

found on the SMH site today. Don't get too worked up, it is in their heckler section. http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/put-bike-riders-in-the-recycling-bin/2008/06/25/1214073338075.html I often think that for 1 week every year, everyone who cycles to work should use their cars instead or public t...
by fenn_paddler
23 Jun 2008, 08:22
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Another serious accident on Waterfall today (not DHBC)
Replies: 8
Views: 1241

Re: Another serious accident on Waterfall today (not DHBC)

As noted by a number of us today, there was another serious accident today on the way to Waterfall. As witness by us sitting around 20m behind the East's bunch going just past the Audley entrance of RNP, a rider attached to the end of the bunch suddenly flew out from the bunch towards the roadway, ...
by fenn_paddler
13 Jun 2008, 08:19
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Boonen busted
Replies: 18
Views: 1873

Coke is a performance enhancing drug if taken just prior to start, or during a race. It is a stimulant, and can affect the rider's state of mind as well as his endurance, etc. You can be disqualified for drinking too much coffee for the same reason. Who here remembers Alex Watson? Apparently athlet...
by fenn_paddler
08 Jun 2008, 16:06
Forum: Conversation
Topic: My window VS the BoM radar
Replies: 17
Views: 1549

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN10064.shtml Forecast for Monday Cloudy. Few showers/drizzle. Light west to northwest winds early, becoming light to moderate northeast. Precis: Cloudy. Few showers/drizzle. City: Min: 13 Max: 19 West: Min: 7 Max: 17 Could go either way If it's like this tomorrow mo...
by fenn_paddler
23 May 2008, 11:33
Forum: Conversation
Topic: All Trails - The Rock Ride
Replies: 14
Views: 1608

And... Greatest Distance while restricted to 2 gears. I broke a spring in my right hand shifter about 100km out of Coober Pedy, I couldn't change down gears on that lever. I pulled the shift cable tighter and locked my self in at 69" (but I could still change on the front). I then completed th...
by fenn_paddler
16 May 2008, 14:30
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Powerade direct marketing to cyclists
Replies: 23
Views: 2446

Hill and Knowlton is indeed, as Jenx says, an international PR group. They are a little unusual in that they have a digital specialist or two on staff, who I suspect are behind this. Long story short, bloggers are considered "influencers" the same as journalists are, because just as peopl...
by fenn_paddler
14 May 2008, 08:12
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Dirt Works
Replies: 64
Views: 5500

First of all can I say how glad I am that this thread has gone back to the theme of how tough Lindsay is. I didn't mean to hijack it with talk of my potential new bike. Secondly, to hijack it again, thanks for all the food for thought. Given that I find it tedious to clean anything much - my car, t...
by fenn_paddler
09 May 2008, 10:01
Forum: Road
Topic: Road rage on Botany Bay today! :-(
Replies: 29
Views: 4183

Dear all, Reading the Telegraph forum is a real eye opener. Some things we cannot control and some morons in cars just won't be changed until society changes (like Copenhagen). But there is one thing we can all do to make a real difference to the majority of misguided motorists who can be influence...
by fenn_paddler
08 May 2008, 11:55
Forum: Road
Topic: Road rage on Botany Bay today! :-(
Replies: 29
Views: 4183

And as typically happens, the a??holes come out of the woodwork to post their comments: http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/comments/0,22058,23664189-5001021,00.html I really, really, despise sydney's intolerance at times. They were riding at 6:30am (not peak hour) for gods sake.
by fenn_paddler
02 May 2008, 14:28
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Nonbikerelated talking thread. (nsfw)
Replies: 1655
Views: 164293


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