2009 Queensland Events

“Deva O’Wheel” event co-ordinator for Bicycle Queensland has sent me information for their 2009 events

  • Bike Week – including the Great Brisbane Bike Ride and the BDO Kendalls Brisbane Coot-tha Challenge (14th – 22nd March)
    • A 9 day festival of cycling including Thr Great Brisbane Bike ride and Ride to Work Day.
    • Try Cyclocrosse or road-racing, see cycling movies, try speed-dating on 2 wheels. Activities for all sorts of cyclists
  • Cycle Queensland (5th – 13th September)
    • Pedal Away from the Everyday. Darling Downs Loop
  • The Wilson HTM Brisbane to the Gold Coast Cycle Challenge (11th October)
    • Queensland’s Biggest Bike Ride
    • 100km ride starts at South Brisbane progressively from 5.30am to 6.45am
    • 60km ride starts at Albert River Park, Beenleigh at 8am
    • Ride finishes at Southport

For more info on all events go to: www.bq.org.au

I DO hope that the wonderfully named Deva O’Wheel is coming to NSW to participate in Gear Up Girl!

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Another Dam Picnic

A cool overcast day made it perfect for a ride. We had 13 participants and chef Derek, who headed off to the picnic site to get the barbie under way.

A pleasant ride through rural Bargo, down Charlie Point Rd to the chime of bell-birds then up Arina Rd and out to Nepean Dam.

Some of us hooted down to the upper Dam area, to a look-out with an expansive view across the water. It was a shock for me to see the difference in water levels from June 07 when the Nepean was last at 100% capacity.

Nepean Dam Low Water Level

Nepean Dam Low Water Level, March 09

Water Level June 07

Water Level June 07

We then rode across the dam wall which provided a scenic backdrop for a group photo:

Cycling across Nepean Dam

Cycling across Nepean Dam

before tackling the “significant” climb back UP to the picnic area.

Derek did a marvellous job with the snags, and we tucked into a delicious brunch.

Group Photo at Nepean Picnic Area

Group Photo at Nepean Picnic Area

We split the ride back to Bargo so some could do a few extra km.

A pleasant ride for a belated start to the BARBUG year.

Next ride: Autumn in the Southern Highlands

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My Lovely Old Speedwell

Here are photos of my ladies Speedwell loop frame bike. I picked it up from Bargo Lifeline shop several years ago.

It looks similar to a 1930’s Ladies Healing in the “Bicycle Frame Timeline” on the Australian Bicycle History Centre Website

The frame is in excellent condition with the number 43247 imprinted near a dropout. I can find no other number on it.

The chrome has only minor rust. (A little bit of pitting), I’ve cleaned it up quite well using aluminium foil, although it is still a little rough in places.

It has back-pedal Sachs Komet Super brakes that are very heavy and slow to use, and I am told that is quite normal for the brake type.

I don’t know if the wheels are contemporary with the frame.

If anyone can tell me more about it, I would be grateful.

I’d like to get mudguards and a chain guard for it. I can make a skirt guard.

My Ladies Speedwell

My Ladies Speedwell



Speedwell Logo

Speedwell Logo







Sachs Komet Super

Sachs Komet Super

Back Cog

Back Cog

Brake Drum

Brake Drum

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Bike It – You’ll Like It!

Elizabeth Hull from Austinmer near Sydney and her partner David Hull would like to introduce their company ‘Bikeit You’ll Likeit’.

We offer boutique cycle tours cycle tours in the Limousin region of France. Our rides are fully supported and our rates are competitive. Feel free to take a look at our website: www.bikeit-likeit.com

We offer BARBUG and iBug members a special between May- October, 2009.

Special Offer for members of the Bicycle Users Group .

BUG members don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of this special for late Summer and Autumn of 2009.

Don’t miss out on a chance to have a marvellous supported cycling trip on traffic free roads. The variety and consistent good quality of the cuisine and accommodation on our routes  are the result of detailed  careful research into the best points of historical and natural interest. Our local knowledge will also guarantee excellent wine, food and a comfortable bed in charming accommodation; definitely a memorable incentive to reward the day’s riding.

We have had excellent client response to our rides.

Check our client responses on our website at: www.bikeit-likeit.com

Discounts as follows for group bookings with holding deposit made by April 30, 2009;

  • Bring 8 riders and receive a discount of 50% off the cost of one persons tour
  • Bring 4/5/6 Riders get 25% off the cost of one persons tour.
  • Be the organiser and save on your tour or pass the reduction on to your group.

We are confident that the tranquillity and beauty of the rural landscape in this part of central France provides a great fitness break, with plenty of novelty and adventure throughout each day of cycling. Choose from a variety of tour options to suit your ability or time frame. Cruise the countryside on one of our top quality touring road bikes.

For more information don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@bikeit-likeit.com or check the website for further information on our tours www.bikeit-likeit.com

We look forward to meeting you in France.

Best regards

Elizabeth and David Hull


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Aussie Butt Cream for Comfort Down Under

Petrina Quinn says:

BARBUG riders might be interested in a new Australian Cycling product – a high quality chamois cream – now the preferred product of leading Continental Aussie Pro Race Teams such as Ride Sport  – and a growing number of big name athletes.

Australia’s own specialist chamois cream – to rival any – Aussie Butt Cream – launched at the Audax Apline Classic in Bright on Australia Day with terrific feedback. The product has been trialled over 8 months. The website has the product detail. The 250gm jar is a very spiffy chrome colour and is screen printed – so looks great.


Aussie Butt Cream for Comfort down Under

Aussie Butt Cream for Comfort Down Under

Major Points:

  • Made in Australia for the world…. Wagga Wagga based business.
  • All natural, No petroleum jelly, No parabens, No menthol, No witch hazel,
  • Tea Tree oil for antiseptic qualities
  • Complex base for anti-friction qualities that break down sequentially with lanolin, beeswax and cocoa butter
  • Trialled by Ironman Triathletes, Road Racers, Endurance Riders
  • Washes from bike clothes well
  • Large 250gm jar – big bang for your buck – almost double the major competitors.
  • See website for more details and contents.
  • Supports the Oncology Children’s Foundation www.ocf.com.au

For more details contact Petrina or visit the website:

Aussie Butt Cream
for comfort down under

Petrina Quinn
44 Andrews Avenue
Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650 Australia

Phone: +61 2 6926 1364
Mobile: 0407 073 334

ABN 89 752 637 828

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Wollondilly Council’s Shared Cycleway Plan

Wollondilly Shire Council has mapped proposed shared cycleways and rail-trails throughout the shire.

It will be enormously beneficial both for the residents and tourism in the shire, when these “proposed” cycleways are complete.

The health and ecological benefits of cycling are well documented, but it is cycle-tourism that will bring financial benefits for Wollondilly.

You only have to look at Victoria to see the tourism benefits of their numerous rail-trails and cycle-friendly towns. Thousands of cyclists from all over Australia, and the world, use accommodation,  sightsee, visit wineries and dine at cafes and restaurants throughout Victoria.

With Wollondilly being on Sydney’s doorstep, we are uniquely placed to offer similar benefits to Sydney’s cycling community. Particularly during the economic downturn, when people will think twice before taking expensive holidays.

A short trip from Sydney and cyclists can enjoy our beautiful shire.

For more information and maps of the proposed cycleways go to: Wollondilly Shire Council – Shared Cycleways in Wollondilly

As each new section is complete I will include it in a map of: Existing Cycleways in Wollondilly.

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2008 Gong Ride November 2

The day dawned dull and overcast, and stayed that way, making it a perfect day for a long ride.

Alan, Maddi, Sally, John, Gina, Scott and Hugh

Alan, Maddi, Sally, John, Gina, Scott and Hugh

We  tried to avoid the very early train ride from Wollongong by driving to Heathcote, arriving just on 8.am, we had our group photo taken and then joined the queue to start the ride.

Wrong! There were such huge numbers riding this year, that the police thought the roads were too congested and delayed the Heathcote start by an hour. We eventually started at 9.30am.

Heathcote start, a long wait!

Gary, Madison and Alan waiting.

Once we were away, things went reasonably smoothly, and the ride down into the National Park was, as usual absolutely beautiful, if a little scary.

Once down the hill, the ride along to Cedar Flats, the official lunch stop is delightful. This year a team of Superheros rode “superhero bikes” and could be seen well above the crowd.

Superhero on a Superbike!

However this did leave the superheros open to attack from above….

Magpie repellent is very impotant  if you are head and shoulders above the crowd!
Superhero or not!!

At Cedar flats we amazingly ran into Caroline, Jim and Richard, who rode with us last year as well as Cameron, a friend of Hugie’s.

A rest stop after the long climb up to Stanwell Tops gives a photo opportunity with BARBUG  and a view down to The Sea-Cliff Bridge

The ride down to Coal cliff and across the Sea-cliff bridge is steep both up and down.

Official photographers from Top Shots Photography took photos as we crossed the Sea-Cliff bridge and again at Sandon Point. The photos were very good, but unfortunately SO expensive at $49.00 for each digital shot, that this year I again declined to buy. I’m sure if they sell photos at a smaller dpi, at a reasonable price (like sport-pix.com) they would sell many more photos. With 14,000 people riding, that has got to be profitable!

Once we were on the bike paths on the Coast of  Northern Wollongong we knew we were nearing the end, although the last few kilometres always seem very long!

The Duck at Thirroul

After finishing we had a beer and sausage sandwich at the Surf-Life club. John caught the train back to Heathcote to get the van. Unfortunately he just missed one and had to wait an hour. The train he caught did not stop at Heathcote, so he got off at Waterfall and rode to Heathcote. We were finally picked up back in Wollongong at 5.30pm
A lesson learned – we will not try to buck the system again, but will go with the trains from Wollongong!

It was a great day, with the weather staying cool and very little wind.

Already MS has reached the target of 1.7 million dollars.

Congratulations to everyone, the organisers, ESPECIALLY all the friendly volunteers, and all those who raised so much money for a wonderful cause!

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2008 Sydney Spring Cycle October 19

This year we started from Liverpool(Warwick Farm). What a difference that made for us getting to the start! Much less hassle!

About 250 people started here, and the 20km ride to Homebush was mostly on bike paths and rail trails, through Villawood and Marylands.


Liverpool Start

We rode 10 km around Olympic Park before the finish.

Overlooking Olympic Park

The official photographers were at Bkaxland Riverside Park. These photo downloads were an affordable $9.00 each from Sports-Pix.com



Sal and John

The ride officially finished at the Cauldron, and as the day warmed up, it was used by many as a gigantic shower, a great way to cool down!

Cooling down in the Cauldron, the Spring Cycle festivities are behind.


After enjoying a beer, lunch and checking out the stalls, we rode back to Warwick Farm which gave us a good 50km on a day which turned out to be very hot!!

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Spring in Bowral 12th October

It was a glorious morning for a ride, beautiful sunshine, and not too warm.

We met at Victoria Park Bowral ,near the swimming pool, and headed via the bike paths, towards East Bowral.
The path follows a small creek which is home to many families of Wood Ducks. One male was very protective of his large brood and chased the bikes away!

Large families of Wood Ducks live by the creek

After winding our way (getting only a little lost) through back roads and paths, John ended up making a friend!

John and Wombat Friend

From here we headed down, passing magnificent gardens, to the cycle path that runs between Bowral and Moss Vale. We rode almost to Moss Vale before returning to Bowral

Cyclepath between Moss Vale and Bowral

On returning to Bowral, we enjoyed the gardens of Burradoo before heading back toward the centre of Bowral, the Bradman Museum coffee and cake (yum). A game of cricket was in progress and people were taking in the old-world charm.

Going back in time – A carriage ride and a Pedersen bike

Tulips were still looking fantastic in Corbett gardens in the centre of Bowral.

Matt, with his Pedersen, looked the part in Corbett Gardens

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