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Blog Change update if you can

Hi guys thanks to everyone who has viewed, commented and helped with my wordpress blog. I have now decided to move the blog to a hosted service this is mainly due to the restrictions placed on us by wordpress.com. WordPress have been so so awesome and I am sticking with them but mentioned on my own server.

I would be so greatful and happy to see all you guys update your rss feeds and blogrolls to the new address of www.cyclingaddict.com which is already live and had the posts imported.

You can also add to your technorati favs as well

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I am also really wanting people to help me out with the blog and become contributors by reviewing products they have bought or just post about there cycling experiences.

Have a great weekend

Craig

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Letters from Daily Newspapers re Cyclist Registration

Bicycle registration is a weighty issue – about eight kilograms, in fact

I object to Pat Farmer’s ill-informed call for a bike levy (“Cyclists should pay, says MP”, February 8). Like many cyclists, I also own a car. Despite choosing to cycle to work, I pay rego for a minimally used vehicle, helping to pay for roads on which Farmer can waste no end of natural resources driving from Mosman to Campbelltown. Instead, I suggest Farmer pays an extra levy for speaking without thinking.

Briony Bowman Marrickville

So cyclists “saved more than $82 million in public health costs, almost $64 million in traffic congestion-related costs and $9 million in greenhouse gas-related costs”. I reckon the Government should pay us. Continue reading



Cyclists should pay, says MP

BICYCLE riders should pay registration fees to help legitimise their place on the roads and pay for infrastructure and safety campaigns, says the Federal Opposition spokesman on sports, Pat Farmer.

His plan has received a mixed response from bicycle lobby groups. It is less than a month since the NRMA questioned spending taxpayer dollars on barely used cycle paths. Continue reading



Gippsland Short Break

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Originally uploaded by craigdurkee

Had a short break at Gippsland over the last few days, had some great times and riding. The rail trails and tracks are awesome.

I will be posting a ride report over the next few days but for now check out the pics from the trip here



Speeding’ bicyclists anger homeowners

SCOTTSDALE – Homeowners and bicyclists are squaring off in a gated community on Scottsdale’s border with Fountain Hills.

Homeowners in Hidden Hills complain that cyclists are using 145th Way, a steep private street at the end of Via Linda, as a training ground where they speed down the long, curving hill en masse and invite accidents.

Cyclists say homeowners are exaggerating problems with a minority of riders and reneging on their subdivision’s 2000 agreement with Scottsdale to allow a non-motorized connection to Fountain Hills.

“If this is not abated, tempers will continue to flare,” homeowners’ association president Sandra Goldenberg recently warned the Scottsdale Transportation Commission. Continue reading



Sheldon Brown

What can I say I never met or knew him but I learned most of the stuff I know from him.

His articles made sense, easy to follow and often done with a great sense of humour. He will be missed.

I have also set up a tribute page were you can leave messages in honour please visit and leave some kind words here



Kona Smoke First Ride

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Originally uploaded by craigdurkee

Well it was time to take the Kona Smoke out on her first run. I decided that a quick 20km or so ride up the Bike Track just down the road was the order of the day. Dressed in just a pair of shorts and tshirt I decided that proper bike gear was not going to be necessary for some reason. I was right the bike is so comfy and nice to ride, I didn’t even notice that I was hardly dressed for the occasion, even the things on my feet were great on those big chunky platform pedals that came with the bike…. Awesome.

The ride was pretty uneventful but also very enjoyable, we took our time lapped up the sights and sounds it was great.

After lunch then I had a few jobs to do such as popping to do the laundry and take some DVD’s back to Blockbuster. I loaded up the rear pannier with the clothes and off i went, its around 3k to the DVD store and then around another 6 or so to the laundry so again another very enjoyable ride with some magazine reading whilst waiting for the laundry.


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Originally uploaded by craigdurkee

I have to say riding this big tank around you get a feeling of never being in a rush, just enjoying ambling around the city with no cares in the world… I love it…

I’m beginning to also think that with a few upgrades this bike would make a fine tourer, the frame itself is solid enough for sure and if the components over time were upgraded I would have no hesitation in taking this little puppy on a multiday tour for sure. If the tour was close to civilisation I would probably be happy to do it straight off.