Why Do You LOVE Cycling?

I Love cycling because….:

I’m trying to get to the nitty-gritty of what cycling does for YOU. Is it just a good form of exercise, or is there more to it?

What is it that makes people so passionate about their cycling?

If we can put a finger on it, maybe it will help promote, what we already know to be, a fantastic, fun and satisfying hobby, sport and/or means of transport.
I would love Everyone to comment. Young or old, sports, recreation, commuting, bmx, road or mountain. If you cycle because you love it, tell me why.

I’ll try to kick it off:

I cycle for recreation & exercise. Cycling  immediately made me feel younger because:

  • it bought back feelings from childhood, wind in face, a little bit scary, freedom.
  • Cycling is soft on the joints, so my dodgy ankle does not object.
  • Peddling along is enormously satisfying, (I don’t know why) perhaps, with the help of gears, you feel few limitations.
  • With only a little practice I could climb a small hill which I thought only the young and fit could do.
  • Riding fast is exhilarating and FUN, and I CAN DO IT.
  • Climbing a “significant hill” is tough, but I CAN DO IT and it feels fantastic when I’ve achieved a tough climb!
    Breathing hard, then getting breath back, a little more quickly than the last time is very rewarding.
  • Riding with friends is wonderful, sharing the good and the tough and importantly, the coffee at the end!

What does cycling mean for you?

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How to Discourage Cars Parking in Bike Lanes

This mayor is very serious about cycling in his city!

Tweeted by @BicyclingMag

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Paul & Charlie Farren’s Vintage Bicycle Collection

From: ABCs “The Collectors”  – Early Bikes 29 May 2009

via Melbourne Cyclist

Paul Farren says he and his wife Charlie probably have 85% of the pre -1900s bicycles in Australia, and all under one roof. Thirty years of hunting them down and collecting has resulted in one of the top 10 early bike collections in the world – it includes 160 pre-1900 bicycles, some post-1900 bikes, tricycles, hobby horses, and penny farthings.

A collection of rare early machine tools assists with the restorations and rebuilds, and through the collection, the development of the bicycle and the change in its use can be seen. Paul and Charlie love taking their bikes for a spin, and Paul says he loves the experience of getting on a bike and going for a ride just as its original owner may have 100 years earlier. Charlie loves the simple designs and says for females they symbolised independence and freedom.

Find more videos like this on Melbourne Cyclist

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Danny MacAskill Rides Edinburgh

I love this video:

Filmed over the period of a few months in and around Edinburgh by Dave Sowerby, this video of Inspired Bicycles team rider Danny MacAskill (more info at www.dannymacaskill.com) features probably the best collection of street/street trials riding ever seen. There’s some huge riding, but also some of the most technically difficult and imaginative lines you will ever see. Without a doubt, this video pushes the envelope of what is perceived as possible on a trials bike.
Credit to Band of Horses for their epic song ‘The Funeral’

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Sean Burns HQ!

Don’t try this at home!

Sean Burns (ANTHEM II)-(NEW!!!) HQ!


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Released 9/4/2010

Children who walk or ride to school are more physically active in their day-to-day activities around their neighbourhood than those children who are driven to school, a new study finds.

The study, undertaken for VicHealth by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), also suggests that children who walk to school are significantly more connected with their local community.

ACER Chief Executive Officer, Professor Geoff Masters said: “The research involved analysing surveys and pictures drawn by 659 primary school aged children between the ages of 9 and 12.

“Our study found that only 26 per cent of the years 3 to 6 primary school aged children walked to school in the past five days.”

“Children who walked to school demonstrated a greater awareness of, and familiarity with, their local environment. They drew detailed elements of green space such as parks, trees, grass, flowers, sporting ovals and children playing football, people riding bikes, walking their dog and playgrounds.”

“In contrast, children who travelled to school by car tended to depict abstract, isolated images of their neighbourhood environment with the car and the road as the central theme. They drew images of traffic lights, road signs, school crossings, local schools, office buildings, shopping centres, and fast food outlets. They also drew their own street and a lot of empty blank spaces,” Professor Masters said.

VicHealth CEO Todd Harper said: “This study is a great insight into the hearts and minds of our children. It shows that we need to invest a lot more in their physical and emotional wellbeing.”

“This study is also an innovative look at young children, their physical activity and their connection to their local environment.”

“We know the development of healthy young minds and bodies are essential for reducing the huge burden on our health system when these children reach middle age and beyond.”

“This research has been commissioned to evaluate a VicHealth program called Streets Ahead, aimed at increasing physical activity in children aged 4 to 12 years through promoting independent mobility.”

“There is overwhelming evidence that when children walk or cycle to school, they are better off physically and importantly in terms of their social and emotional wellbeing,” Mr Harper says.

The three year evaluation study is analysing results from 1,412 primary school aged children from Prep to year 6 across 19 Primary Schools in Victoria.

The research is being presented by ACER researcher Catherine Underwood at the inaugural International Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress in Melbourne next week.

Australian Council for Educational Research

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Do Silly Helmets Stop Magpie Attack?

With spring on it’s way, this post unfortunately will be relevant to many of us.

Recently a BARBUG member was attacked by a very determined maggie. Twice he swooped, forcefully hitting her helmet. On the third attempt he penetrated the helmet with his foot and got stuck! Poor Janette, here she was trying to stay upright on her bike with a claw scratching her scalp and a very agro magpie flapping furiously above her head! She managed to stop her bike, undo her helmet and throw it to the ground, thus dislodging the angry bird. A very frightening experience for both parties!

After a little internet research I have come up with 2 very informative videos on solutions to this Spring avian problem.

If anyone has any other ideas, we would be delighted to know.

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Dear Loyal Followers
On 11th June the company which I used to host this blog, as well as many other websites, was hacked. All of the servers were badly compromised. In all 48,000 websites were lost.
As soon as I had access to the domains, I redirected them to another hosting company in the USA. Fortunately most websites I provide are basic html sites, copies of which are stored on my computer, so it was a simple matter to upload them to the new server.
However blogs are interactive and store all their posts and comments in a database on the server. If the server is corrupted the info is lost. We managed to salvage most posts up to June 2010.
We have lost a year’s posts from June 2010 to June 2011
If you made a comment or asked a question over the last year, could you please re-comment, so we can get the blog as up-to-date as possible. I will do my best to restore the newer posts. For now, we just roll on… :roll:
Thank You

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Ride To Work Day – 12th October

Ride To Work With BARBUG and The Wollondilly Health Centre

When: Wednesday 12th October at 8:am

Where: Wollondilly Health Centre: 15 Harper Close Tahmoor

Meet at 7:45 for an 8:am start.

We will join the staff from the health centre for their Ride To Work  morning ride and scrummy breakfast at 9:am, after which we can ride a bit further to work it off!

Ride To Work 2010

Please contact me  so we can cater for breaky by Monday the 10th.



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What My Bike Sees

This is a self-indulgent category that I can use to post photos of things I see out cycling that I think are worthy, interesting, funny, weird or beautiful.

Of course I welcome comments or photos of things your bike sees on your rides that you think are worthy of a mention. Email them to me with a short description and I’ll be happy to include them.

(This is one of the posts I lost due to the server being hacked in June 2011. I am recreating it as best I can, and will continue to add photos from time to time)

March 2011

I ride regularly to Avon Dam. This beautiful sandstone formation has been left exposed on a wall adjacent to the dam. My bike thinks it’s a personal rainbow.

Rock Formation Avon Dam

April 2011

Avon Dam in autumn is very pretty, bikes think so too.

Autumn Leaves - Ahhh

On west Parade,  at Buxton there is an unusual garden full of eclectic items. Bike was particularly taken with this tea-tree, or is it a coffee-tree?

Mug Tree!

Council cleanup usually finds verges full of all sorts of broken household items – but this is weird!

Creepy Horse!

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