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Shimano Alfine 11-speed hub - brief review

Started Feb 5 0 Replies

A few months ago, my son decided that he would like to have an ebike, and decided that his 1992 Mongoose 325 700c hybrid (at that time in my possession) would be an ideal platform for mounting the…Continue

Tags: Bafang, ebike, 11-speed, Alfine

Sausages at Stirling - Upper Sturt CFS Fund-raiser.

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Southern Jan 21. 6 Replies

The Upper Sturt CFS will again be conducting a sausage sizzle in Stirling for the TDU.Times will be a bit different this year, to take into account the start at Stirling, rather than the finish of…Continue

Tags: Stirling, CFS, food, sausage-sizzle, TDU

Pump found.

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Southern Jan 30, 2016. 3 Replies

This weekend, 16/1 to 17/1, I found a pump on the traffic island of Cross Rd, Kings Park, at the cross-over from Jellicoe Ave to Llanfair Tce.  It would seem that it has fallen from someone's bag, as…Continue

Tags: pump, found

CFS Sausage Sizzle - Stirling, TDU - 20/1

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trevor Hill Jan 20, 2016. 3 Replies

Another shameless plug.Upper Sturt CFS is again holding a sausage sizzle at Stirling for the crowds watching the TDU.There will be sausages, vegetarian/vegan patties, with bread and onions.  There…Continue

Tags: TDU, sausage-sizzle, Stirling

 

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David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Yes, just near Pines#2, where I had been participating in the Upper Sturt CFS picnic.  (I am a member of that Brigade.)"
Tuesday
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"No, but getting closer.  Not along a practicable through route for other than the most specialised of uphill mountain bikes.  (I have ridden skinny tyres up QJD since the bitumen was removed.)"
Tuesday
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Not quite as hilly and rocky as Morialta.  The "road" in the foreground slopes down to the right with a reasonably constant grade for about 500m, with a coasting terminal speed (for me) of about 28km/hr."
Dec 11
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Not near West Tce Cemetery; the area you (I presume) would only take about 800m from the centre of Whitmore Sq (which is, of course, less than 17km by my reasonably direct low-traffic route).  The "bushland" on the mound on top of the…"
Dec 10
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"No."
Dec 10
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"No, not that lovely little remnant of bushland near the Enfield Cemetery.  I often pass that when walking my daughter's dog when they are away."
Dec 10
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"No.  Within 10km of the centre of Whitmore Sq measured directly; within 17km by the route I took."
Dec 10
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"WITWIMB?"
Dec 10
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Peppertree Lane, off Margaret St, North Adelaide.  Looking approximately north, along the second reach of road from Margaret St.  (Thanks, Google SV.)"
Dec 6
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Lane runs off Margaret St, near Barton Tce,  Cadastral information (from http://location.sa.gov.au/viewer/) suggests that it is a private road/lane with multiple ownership."
Dec 6
David Southern replied to Dan's discussion Bike lane termination at new Rundle Rd/East Tce intersection
"The real issue is not the ability of drivers to control their cars, but rather their lack of ability to control themselves."
Dec 4
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"I wonder whether the 30 limit has more to do with dust nuisance reduction than with residential/pedestrian safety."
Dec 1
David Southern replied to Dan's discussion Bike lane termination at new Rundle Rd/East Tce intersection
"Insufficient room for a bike lane is a patently false claim by DPTI.  There would have been ample room had they not reduced the width of the roadway with the new kerb arrangements."
Dec 1
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"George St Webb Beach."
Nov 30
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"Parked against a self-inflicted torture machine, but as to location, no idea."
Nov 22
David Southern replied to rossmg's discussion WITWIMB
"No, I left home a bit after 8. One wet morning (many years ago), we were walking back from the pageant with our kids when we saw a FIAT Bambino in the stop-start traffic.  It had a step ladder poking up through the roof soft-top, and whenever…"
Nov 18

Profile Information

What bikes do you ride?
BSA frame (1968) set up as 18 speed, 26x1 3/8.
My elder son's Mongoose Dynametric 325 700C (1992) refurbished for my use.
Gitane 27" mixte, 1970's
Mid-motor (chainwheel drive) mixte Ebike, home-built 2013
When do you ride?
Weekends, Other
..perhaps some more information about yourself for your profile page
Prefer bike, or bike/train over car, if load to be carried and time constraints permit.
My wife (we have been married 40 years) only learned to ride a bike after we were married, although much of our courting was in the presence of my bike.

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On Yer Bike. A story of living riding a bike.

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 21:46 2 Comments

I grew up in a household where riding a bike was "normal".  When we lived in the country, my Dad didn't ride to work, because that would have been silly.  With many country railway workers, home and work were, almost literally, only the side gate apart.  When Dad was transferred to the Pt Adelaide gang, he would regularly ride from Mansfield Park to the Port for work, even though we owned a car.  What stopped him wasn't either of the couple of accidents going to work, but a severed Achilles…

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The Ebike, at last.

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 22:23 7 Comments

For some years, I had been investigating buying or building an Ebike as a replacement for for most of my car-as-driver-only journeys from the city to Upper Sturt, a sort-of "reverse commute".  It was in doing this research that I first stumbled upon AC.

My investigations revealed that for my purposes, a mid-motor, chainwheel drive arrangement would be best, as this makes the bike gears available to the motor, unlike hub motors of any sort, and, incidentally, unlike all petrol motor…

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Gitane: First ride.

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 23:06 2 Comments

I took the Gitane out for a ride today, the first (apart from "setting up") since I got it.  From near Hadleigh Rise, Upper Sturt, into Stirling, and return, via Sturt Valley Road.

The bike is now set up as 3x7 (48/38/28, 11-28) instead of the original 2x6.  The triple came about because the chainwheel-side crank on the double was bent, so a new crankset was needed anyway.  A headstem with a…

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When did you last change the gear cable?

Posted on May 5, 2012 at 21:08 9 Comments

I got caught in the very heavy rain last Tuesday, and the BSA got saturated (not to mention the rider).  However, it seemed to have dried out fairly well.

But this morning, going to and from the Community Bike Workshop at Plympton, I was having trouble getting the outside sprocket (high gear) on the cassette.  It would not change the final step unless I backed off, went down one, and then changed two at once.

Oiling and cleaning the chain made a slight improvement, but still…

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