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by fenn_paddler
02 May 2008, 13:48
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Nonbikerelated talking thread. (nsfw)
Replies: 1655
Views: 188825

This threads being quiet for a while, I'll have to find something to put in it. Rower Sally Robbins explains what happened in Athens: http://www.smh.com.au/news/beijing2008/sally-robbins-lays-it-on-the-line-about-athens/2008/05/01/1209235055615.html I don't understand this quote: "Rowing is no...
by fenn_paddler
28 Apr 2008, 13:47
Forum: Conversation
Topic: premature failure?
Replies: 6
Views: 921

Bummer. I've snapped cranks and a bottom bracket axle on my old mountain bike, by they arguably got a lot more of a hammering than these. I put it down to your hellish assault on Melville St each day. It's a natty little hill you don't expect in the relatively flat surrounds of west ryde... I'm gla...
by fenn_paddler
28 Apr 2008, 08:53
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Two groups to waterfall
Replies: 45
Views: 4564

Re: Two groups to waterfall

It has been partially solved and very much thought of but the problem of the different pace/abilities of riders going out to water fall on a Sunday morning has become a problem. Currently the situation is for everyone to arrive outside Mick Mazzas before 6:30 am with the slow group leaving at 6:30 ...
by fenn_paddler
26 Apr 2008, 08:57
Forum: Conversation
Topic: premature failure?
Replies: 6
Views: 921

premature failure?

The left crank on my commuter started creaking last week, and on thursday night I felt some play but didn't stop as it was too wet and miserable to do so. Had a look today and the crank is cracked through. Which I was surprised about as they're workmanlike 105 cranks - not exactly exotic or extra li...
by fenn_paddler
19 Apr 2008, 19:28
Forum: Conversation
Topic: It's the little things...
Replies: 9
Views: 1171

Alan That sounds like Josh at Renegade all right. I know that Renegade is a more expensive shop, but the people who he employs are more likely to say "don't worry about it", but not within Josh's hearing... Last week I got a piece of cable housing for nothing (but I was buying two tubes a...
by fenn_paddler
19 Apr 2008, 13:54
Forum: Conversation
Topic: It's the little things...
Replies: 9
Views: 1171

Re: It's the little things...

I needed to get a bike box today, the closest bike shop to me is the notoriously bad King Street Cyclery. Despite this, I walked out of there empty handed. Why, because they want $2 for a bike box. Yes, that's right, those cardboard boxes that the bikes come in, that bike shops end up with by the t...
by fenn_paddler
14 Apr 2008, 08:36
Forum: Conversation
Topic: cyclists down today at waterfall turnoff
Replies: 21
Views: 2744

There is an option to avoid both the crossing onto Princess and the Audley turnoff and that's to cross over to the other side of the tracks at Sutherland and then ride along Loftus Ave which becomes Wheatley Rd which joins Princess Hwy at the traffic lights. Has anyone tried this route? Just lookin...
by fenn_paddler
14 Apr 2008, 08:31
Forum: Conversation
Topic: cyclists down today at waterfall turnoff
Replies: 21
Views: 2744

I've survived 25 years of motorcycling and only 1.5 years of cycling and cycling is way more dangerous and I can tell you the general motorcycling idiot has the same attitude to cyclists as the guy in the V8 ute. I was under the impression that motorcycling was more dangerous than cycling. Maybe a ...
by fenn_paddler
13 Apr 2008, 11:31
Forum: Conversation
Topic: cyclists down today at waterfall turnoff
Replies: 21
Views: 2744

cyclists down today at waterfall turnoff

Here is some info on the accident we went past this morning at the RNP turnoff: http://forums.transitions.org.au/index.php?showtopic=28292

Cheers,
Alan W
by fenn_paddler
25 Mar 2008, 07:44
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Introduce yourselves
Replies: 97
Views: 49782

Handle: Fenn Paddler Reale Name: Alan W Bike: Circa 1990 Cannondale & 2006 Schwinn Best Known for: Being tall and not very aero on the bike? Elbows out in both the 1975 (Warwick Cycling Club at Lismore) and 2007 (Go Natural Multisport race at akuna bay) photos. http://i236.photobucket.com/albums...
by fenn_paddler
18 Mar 2008, 07:01
Forum: Conversation
Topic: quill stem
Replies: 15
Views: 1944

T-Bone wrote:I've found the cinelli stem, so let me know if toffs stem doesn't work out.


I'm up and running again now, but thanks for the offer anyway.

Cheers,
Alan
by fenn_paddler
18 Mar 2008, 06:59
Forum: Conversation
Topic: quill stem
Replies: 15
Views: 1944

You are welcome to this 130mm stem if you want it. It's no Cinelli. I think it's a Profile. A bit greasy, but almost new. Let me know if you want it, and it's yours. Thanks very much for that Chris. It fits very nicely and I noticed on the commute in this morning that the neck was significantly les...
by fenn_paddler
17 Mar 2008, 12:36
Forum: Conversation
Topic: quill stem
Replies: 15
Views: 1944

toff wrote:You are welcome to this 130mm stem if you want it.

It's no Cinelli. I think it's a Profile. A bit greasy, but almost new.

Let me know if you want it, and it's yours.



Brilliant - have PM'd you. Nicely oversized - I've always though the 14cm cinelli was too flexy.
by fenn_paddler
17 Mar 2008, 12:25
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Cell Bikes Triumph or Avanti Giro
Replies: 17
Views: 6933

LOL Alan, I know what you mean. At DH we accept everything - Warts and all. Bottom line is whether you enjoy riding it. Yes accepting of all probaby more accurately depicts DH than reverse snobbery. Although there's absolutely nothing wrong with riding an expensive bike, I couldn't help but notice ...
by fenn_paddler
17 Mar 2008, 10:53
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Cell Bikes Triumph or Avanti Giro
Replies: 17
Views: 6933

Just be very careful what you buy there. I recently purchased the Shimano Ultegra "SL" groupset to be fitted to my old bike. However problem is that CELL bikes fitted the std groupset rather than SL groupset ordered, and refuse t oacknowledge their error and replace ? This is quite an old...
by fenn_paddler
17 Mar 2008, 08:13
Forum: Conversation
Topic: quill stem
Replies: 15
Views: 1944

If i can find it, i've got a Cinelli 1R 14cm stem lying around somewhere that you can have. Is it the actual stem that's broken or just the bolt? Yes it's the actual stem (bottom 1.5cm) that's broken. If you manage to locate the cinelli stem that would be great - the broken one is a cinelli as well...
by fenn_paddler
17 Mar 2008, 06:50
Forum: Conversation
Topic: quill stem
Replies: 15
Views: 1944

If i can find it, i've got a Cinelli 1R 14cm stem lying around somewhere that you can have. Is it the actual stem that's broken or just the bolt? Yes it's the actual stem (bottom 1.5cm) that's broken. If you manage to locate the cinelli stem that would be great - the broken one is a cinelli as well...
by fenn_paddler
16 Mar 2008, 19:43
Forum: Conversation
Topic: quill stem
Replies: 15
Views: 1944

Adrian E wrote:Are you after an 1 inch quill stem?

Most shops will have a few lying around and they're not too expensive (just give em a call). Or you might want talk to Lindsay.


Dunno. It's whatever was standard before the current style.

Cheers,
Alan
by fenn_paddler
16 Mar 2008, 17:15
Forum: Conversation
Topic: quill stem
Replies: 15
Views: 1944

quill stem

I removed the stem off my old road bike commuter today to grease it, to get rid of the persistent creaking. I found out it was creaking due to the bottom 1.5cm of the stem (where the bolt moves inside to tighten/loosen it) being broken off, so I'm up for either a new-style stem with an (a/head?) con...
by fenn_paddler
29 Feb 2008, 08:13
Forum: Conversation
Topic: THe Flying Scotsman dvd..
Replies: 19
Views: 1696

Re: THe Flying Scotsman dvd..

I've watched a torrent edition of the movie a month back & thought it was the worst cycling movie since American Flyers. Be interesting to see what others think....they made Graeme, the lead character, a not particularly likeable person. Cheers, Alan I really like the film. I saw it at the movi...
by fenn_paddler
28 Feb 2008, 06:58
Forum: Conversation
Topic: THe Flying Scotsman dvd..
Replies: 19
Views: 1696

Re: THe Flying Scotsman dvd..

Is the Flying Scotsman out on DVD in Australia yet or coming out in Australia? I bought a copy over here of it yesterday and it was expensive but I though since it was only on at one cinema in Sydney it may not come out on dvd & I would have to mail order it anyway. Has anybody seen it on dvd y...
by fenn_paddler
24 Feb 2008, 19:47
Forum: Road
Topic: Waterfall record or not - 24th February 2008
Replies: 22
Views: 2780

Here is where it stands for me. I record all of my training rides, partly for vanity and partly to see if where I was a while ago. Now, my record to Waterfall solo is 2:25:32, that is from my place which is about 81km or so. I go through the big dipper both ways and return down Kingsway, so I go ou...
by fenn_paddler
01 Feb 2008, 09:54
Forum: Conversation
Topic: slippery out there
Replies: 10
Views: 1262

Alan, Does that mean no paddling this weekend? BTW, post some pic's I have a steam powered phone without a camera so you'll have to take my word about the stitches! Pristine sydney harbour water will do the injury a world of good. Plus having limited elbow use is a fantastic drill, as it forces you...
by fenn_paddler
01 Feb 2008, 09:32
Forum: Conversation
Topic: slippery out there
Replies: 10
Views: 1262

Grazes - Ouch. Could of been worse but. Take it easy mate. & a few stitches, as there was a reasonable hole in the elbow. I went through my parent's old slides last week as I'll be digitising the interesting ones, and I noticed in the old cycling photos most of us wore elbow pads. I'd forgotten...
by fenn_paddler
01 Feb 2008, 07:29
Forum: Conversation
Topic: slippery out there
Replies: 10
Views: 1262

slippery out there

Excluding a slow motion topple on the bike path last year trying to avoid Keiran as he dodged an unleashed labrador, I had my first fall for ~ 15 years this morning. In light misty rain, I was turning right on a negative cambered roundabout at north ryde & over I went. Nothing serious but I can ...
by fenn_paddler
10 Jan 2008, 11:05
Forum: Road
Topic: RNP Rides - Which Way?
Replies: 13
Views: 2005

Re: RNP Rides - Which Way?

This morning on the way in, I was thinking about our RNP rides. There seems to be a preference in the club to do them in a clockwise direction (in at Audley, out at Waterfall), I have no objection to doing the Park this way, but I think that we are missing out on doing it the other way. So, what I ...
by fenn_paddler
09 Jan 2008, 08:20
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Australian drivers the worst: Evans
Replies: 9
Views: 1456

The other issue is, how do Australian cyclists rate to their international counterpart? I've seen some very poorly behaving cyclists on Sydney roads, giving a bad name to all cyclists. Question is, do you shout down your fellow cyclists who behave poorly? The answer is yes! This is the only way to ...
by fenn_paddler
11 Dec 2007, 15:51
Forum: Conversation
Topic: opinion of cyclists
Replies: 6
Views: 1484

opinion of cyclists

Very tragically, a truck plowed into a bunch out training in newcastle today. What has surpised me though, is the bitter animosity displayed in many of the reader comments in response to the story: http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/comments/0,22058,22903909-5001021,00.html Yes I know it's the te...
by fenn_paddler
08 Dec 2007, 17:46
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Friendly road race Sunday 9Dec in Terry Hills
Replies: 21
Views: 3115

Re: Friendly road race Sunday 9Dec in Terry Hills

Does anyone know if a cycling australia ride-it cycling is sufficient for this race? Alan I don't think so Alan. But if in doubt give their club a ring. Let us know. ALso, make sure you upgrade to full licence category so you can join in the real fun for 2008. We have great plans for you! Hi Geoff,...
by fenn_paddler
06 Dec 2007, 06:46
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Friendly road race Sunday 9Dec in Terry Hills
Replies: 21
Views: 3115

Re: Friendly road race Sunday 9Dec in Terry Hills

Why not join a friendly morning race coming Sunday 9Dec in Terry Hills ? Start 8am sharp. Club Grades A B & C. Beautiful real road course 35km ondulating and then a testing final climb out of Akuna Bay. Quiet and safe. $10 entry from 7:30am. Prices: (not corrupted) sweepstake + vouchers from KO...
by fenn_paddler
03 Dec 2007, 09:31
Forum: Track
Topic: So what did we all think of the UCI Track World Cup?
Replies: 8
Views: 1972

Re: So what did we all think of the UCI Track World Cup?

For the first world cup or on that matter any sort of professional racing that I have viewed live i thought it was pretty great. Also this is just me trying to actually use our website and not just be an innocent bystander. I took the family on Sat night and really enjoyed the night overall. Highli...
by fenn_paddler
02 Dec 2007, 16:40
Forum: Road
Topic: RNP ride tomorrow 2 December 2007. Is it On?
Replies: 6
Views: 1403

Re: RNP ride tomorrow 2 December 2007. Is it On?

Is anyone starting at Micks? Six punctures (out of 10 rnp starters) by 7:30am today. Someone angered the puncture gods today! I ended up missing the rest of the bunch at 7-11, & can confirm it's not much fun riding back to the city solo after 8:30am. Probably should have turned around with Mark...
by fenn_paddler
28 Nov 2007, 16:09
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Top Gear Race
Replies: 13
Views: 2293

<snip> but I have also found that it gave me a lot of information about cars in general. While I am not in the market for a car, I do feel that I would be in a better position to decide on what I would buy based on watching their shows. James I reckon taking car buying advice from Clarkson is akin ...
by fenn_paddler
28 Nov 2007, 15:29
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Top Gear Race
Replies: 13
Views: 2293

Talk about bad examples. Try this group... m I note that some of their productions are scheduled for the bicycle film festival later this week. The guns and roses courier race is a cracker: http://digave.com/videos/red-web.mpg , and risks setting a bad example to fellow couriers, who will only hurt...
by fenn_paddler
28 Nov 2007, 07:20
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Top Gear Race
Replies: 13
Views: 2293

you're only up to season 9? Season 10 is on now in the UK, I have been getting them a day or two after they screen. Gotta love the Internet for that... James Shame on you fellas for promoting such a politically incorrect show! Might be ok if watched by your average informed cyclist, but TG surely c...
by fenn_paddler
23 Nov 2007, 09:45
Forum: Conversation
Topic: steel frame car
Replies: 13
Views: 2065

I guess if you are religious about draining the frame after a wet ride and not live next to salty water, then the risk is much much lower. If those northern guys are able to get good use out of their steel bikes given all the salts sprayed on their winter roads, I think we are on much safer grounds...
by fenn_paddler
19 Nov 2007, 09:10
Forum: Road
Topic: 3rd Sunday of the month on 18th which means.....
Replies: 33
Views: 5310

mikesbytes wrote:Alan, how old are you?


Just turned 42.
by fenn_paddler
19 Nov 2007, 08:23
Forum: Road
Topic: 3rd Sunday of the month on 18th which means.....
Replies: 33
Views: 5310

Sorry to anyone who showed up a few minutes past 6 to find that there was no one there. We rolled out about 1-2 minutes past 6am. Well done to Phil and Matt who had their first run through the National Park. Special mention to Huw, who missed us at Marrickville (along with Geoff), rode to the North...
by fenn_paddler
17 Nov 2007, 12:52
Forum: Road
Topic: 3rd Sunday of the month on 18th which means.....
Replies: 33
Views: 5310

Re: 3rd Sunday of the month on 18th which means.....

geoff m wrote:6.00am set off for RNP for those who are interested.

6.30 for normal Waterall


I'm going to have a crack at RNP tomorrow.

Cheers,
Alan
by fenn_paddler
26 Aug 2007, 17:21
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Cell Bikes Triumph or Avanti Giro
Replies: 17
Views: 6933

Thanks for the info; it sounds as if neither wheelset is fantastic - the 550's looked better with the straight-pull spokes, but $10 replacements spokes is a bit OTT. The other differentiator between the two bikes is that the Cell frame has a matt finish and doesn't have the sloping top tube. I've be...
by fenn_paddler
26 Aug 2007, 10:38
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Cell Bikes Triumph or Avanti Giro
Replies: 17
Views: 6933

Cell Bikes Triumph or Avanti Giro

Hi, Went bike browsing with a friend yesterday, who is getting into bike riding due to knee deterioration from running. He's after a ~ 50cm road bike on a budget < 2k, to ride in the bobbin head/akuna bay/west head area. Two bikes of interest are the Avanti Giro 2007 (m) and Cell Bikes Triumph (m). ...
by fenn_paddler
23 Aug 2007, 14:37
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Hard-core fixie anecdotes
Replies: 12
Views: 2010

Re: Hard-core fixie anecdotes

This other guy, Andrew Eddy , a rider from Sydney, had some pretty amazing claims of a super-high cadence he held riding down the Gladesville Bridge. 260 rpm in a 69-inch gear (which he reckoned was perfect for Sydney)!! Maybe he's gilding the lily with this one. I know Prof Eddy from the nsw sea k...
by fenn_paddler
08 Aug 2007, 09:01
Forum: Road
Topic: RNP 1st and 3rd Sunday????
Replies: 15
Views: 3015

Sounds like a great idea but it really has to be a 6:00am start doesn't it? The 6am start (for RNP) times in nicely with the 6:30am bunch so that everyone gets to the 7-11 at roughly the same time. There is safety in numbers (up to a point) for the ride from 7-11 to bestic st. If you start at 6:30am...
by fenn_paddler
04 Aug 2007, 17:28
Forum: Road
Topic: RNP Sunday 5th August, + Bulli Pass
Replies: 6
Views: 1615

RNP Sunday 5th August, + Bulli Pass

I'll be at Mick Mazza's at 6am tomorrow for the RNP ride, though I'll be turning around at waterfall.

Cheers,
Alan W.
by fenn_paddler
05 Jul 2007, 08:26
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Go Natural Multisport Race 18th Aug: Riders Wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 1828

Alan, the entry fee is a bit pricy, is that due to some sort of liability thats not covered under our current bike racing licenses? Hi Mike, Maybe it is steep; I'm not really sure what the going rate for multisport events is so it's hard to judge. The cycling course is approx 31km's so at $65 (team...
by fenn_paddler
05 Jul 2007, 08:11
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Go Natural Multisport Race 18th Aug: Riders Wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 1828

I could help out, I just may need transport to akuna bay. may be too young though (26) I don't think age is an issue; it just means the category will be Relay rather than Veteran Relay. Transport wouldn't be a problem - paddler Graeme who is putting the team together will be heading up there on the...
by fenn_paddler
29 Jun 2007, 11:03
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Go Natural Multisport Race 18th Aug: Riders Wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 1828

Hi Alan, is it a relay or do we do all 3 legs? Hi Mike, Graeme from lane cove kayakers is looking for someone to do the bike ride leg, so in this case it's a relay (when he finds his runner!). However you can enter as an individual and do all three if you want. He is over 40 & is paddling prett...
by fenn_paddler
29 Jun 2007, 08:26
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Go Natural Multisport Race 18th Aug: Riders Wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 1828

Go Natural Multisport Race 18th Aug: Riders Wanted

Hi All, I've signed up to do the Go Natural Multisport race at Akuna Bay on the 18th Aug. The event involves a 32km road cycle leg, 12km paddle, and 12km trail run. A mate from Lane Cover kayakers is also keen to do the race, but wants to do it as part of a team, so he is after some riders. Here is ...
by fenn_paddler
02 Jun 2007, 18:38
Forum: Conversation
Topic: First Sunday RNP?
Replies: 10
Views: 2206

I'll do it, but I'll probably be a little slower as I didn't a hill ride today. The good news is that I've already had this weeks flat (#16) so there shouldn't be any stops for flats from me. Ok Mike well if you're a definite then I'll set the alarm and will see you at Mick Mazza's at 6:00am. Cheer...
by fenn_paddler
02 Jun 2007, 16:37
Forum: Conversation
Topic: First Sunday RNP?
Replies: 10
Views: 2206

First Sunday RNP?

Hi,

Is anyone doing RNP tomorrow morning, as it's the first Sunday of the month?

Cheers,
Alan W.
by fenn_paddler
22 May 2007, 18:25
Forum: Conversation
Topic: JamesF's accident and upcoming AGM
Replies: 36
Views: 6537

I would like to pose a question - Why do we need to go that fast on that section? If it's for training I don't see how 15 minutes a week of fast unstructured riding is going to make any difference? You can't really pratice race skills as it's on a public road. So what's it for? I agree. Years ago w...
by fenn_paddler
19 May 2007, 21:28
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Thread on compact crankset
Replies: 54
Views: 7990

Re: Thread on compact crankset

Standard topic per any decent cycling forum... Does anyone use these? What's the pros and cons? I am thinking about going the compact route and wondered if this is a wise choice. I understand the wider gear ratios available (1-2 less than my triple at the bottom end) than a standard crankset and wo...
by fenn_paddler
15 May 2007, 10:22
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Query - training only membership.
Replies: 5
Views: 1497

Alan, Great to hear you are a member of Bicycle NSW. Both James and I are members, and I'm quite active in that organisation and we need plenty of people to help support the cycling cause. One of the key benefits of Bicycle NSW is to offer $20m public liability and other insurances. Many people who...
by fenn_paddler
14 May 2007, 14:26
Forum: Conversation
Topic: Query - training only membership.
Replies: 5
Views: 1497

Query - training only membership.

Hi, Apologies in advance for my comprehension skills, but how much does it cost to join DHBC just to do Sunday training rides? Although the website mentions "there is no cost to ride with us. You can turn up to our training rides and as long as your equipment and helmet is suitable you can ride...

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