Monthly Archives: November 2011

My Bikes: Upgrading the CRX2

The CRX with shiny new hoops

The CRX2 was looking and feeling a little bit tired, so when I saw someone selling a set of very lightly used DT-Swiss 1800s off their Giant TCR I decided to snap them up. I am fairly happy with the performance of the DT1800s on my TCR, so I thought they would have to be better than the R500s the CRX came stock with about 13,000kms ago.

The DT1800s roll smooth like butter and it’s really given the CRX a new lease on life. It’s my favorite commuter again. They also have a unique kind of hum when they are rolling – it is amplified by the fat tubes on the TCR, so they are a bit more subtle on the aluminium CRX.

It’s amazing the difference a wheel upgrade makes to a bike that is feeling a little tired.

The R500s will go onto a gaspipe Repco Mixte that I picked up off ebay for $10. The Mixte came complete, except for wheels. I stripped it last autumn, but it’s been too cold and wet to actually paint it, since I have to paint outside. I enjoy painting frames, so decided I would rattle can this instead of sending it to the powdercoaters. Hopefully I will get a chance to actually paint it in the next month or so!

The Repco Mixte


Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Bike Builds & Upgrades


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Reasons to Ride: The place where we live

The Bike Fridays on a ride along the coast

There’s certainly no doubt about it – Western Australia has some nice places to ride, for both casual and serious cyclists. What it lacks in hills though, it makes up for in gusty wind – which is good when it is behind you, not so good if it’s in your face.

The South Perth foreshore

The South Perth foreshore now has a dedicated cycling path so that the pedestrians and cyclists don’t have to share. It makes it easier to cruise along and enjoy the view, one still has to be aware of the unleashed doggies and meandering pedestrians who do not read signs.

A bridge near Rivervale

Of course, aside from puttering around the river, I use my bike for errands and transport. Unfortunately, bike racks are not always available at the destination. As long as there is some kind of pole though, parking is possible. Bikes really do not take up much room.

A trip to City Farmers for doggie treats

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Posted by on November 27, 2011 in Bike Friday, Everyday cycling, Reasons to Ride


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Car vs House: Car smashes through a fence and into a cubby house in Kardinya

The original story is here.

This one is more of a car vs cubby house, but I thought that it was worth adding to my collection on the blog. It happened in broad daylight so the likelihood of the kids being out in the yard was pretty high! It seems a bit odd that the laneway didn’t have bollards to stop the vehicle from entering. As irritating as bollards can be sometimes, especially when towing the Bike Friday trailer, I think in those kinds of laneways they are preferable to this kind of thing happening.

TWO Kardinya families had a lucky escape this morning when a car smashed through a laneway, ploughed through their backyards and came to rest against a cubbyhouse.

Witnesses said the driver was being followed by police when the car mounted the curb and into a winding pedestrian laneway.

Kidson St resident Jacqui Mooney, 39, said her kids often played in the cubbyhouse and her 11-month-old had been near it only moments before the vehicle crashed through her fence.

“It’s just shocking. We’re not even near a main road,” she said.

“Any of us could have been out here. My husband’s always out watering the vegetable garden.

“I actually thought our neighbour was under the car for a moment because she’s normally out doing her washing.”

Neighbour Hazel Paterson said when she first saw the police she thought there was an armed robber.


“I looked out the window and I just couldn’t work out where the car had come from,” Ms Paterson said.

“I thought I heard someone say `gun’ and I ran two houses up to my neighbours.

“I’m usually out doing Saturday’s washing and it was only because I’d had a new lounge suite to set up that I was inside.”

Sergeant Greg Woodward said police were called about a suspicious person in a vehicle.
The chase began when the man refused to stop for police, he said.

“We followed him through the streets when he smashed through the laneway,” Sgt Woodward said.

“The car was not stolen that we know of but it did have false number plates.”

A man was arrested and was yesterday assisting police with their enquiries.

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Car vs House


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Car vs House: Two escape serious injury as car hits house in Gosnells

I am collecting these stories to get a feel for just how often the media reports on a car vs house story in Perth. For other car vs house stories, just check out the car vs house category. The last one I posted to my blog also occurred in Gosnells. The information on this one is very sketchy – but there are no allegations of drink driving this time.

It is just a reminder of how dangerous operating a couple of tonnes of metal can be.

The original story is on Perthnow here.

A WOMAN had a lucky escape after the car she was driving crashed into a house on Corfield Street in Gosnells this afternoon.

A St John Ambulance spokesman said two people had been taken to Royal Perth Hospital, including a 61-year-old woman who was driving the car.

Ten News reports that it took 12 firefighters more than 30 minutes to cut the woman from the wreckage after she became trapped but her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

It is believed that the woman failed to stop at an intersection and was lucky not to hit oncoming traffic as she travelled at speed across four lanes.

A man who was sitting outside at the front of the house was lucky to escape serious injury, only suffering a cut to his foot, while his dog was also injured.


Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Cause for Celebration: Another Xtracycle

OK, I didn’t get photos, but for the first time today I spotted another Xtra in the hood. This makes me happy. There are a few cargo beasties I see around the CBD, like the longtail that parks in front of the building next to mine around 3 days a week. There was an xtracycle that occasionally was heading out of the city in the mornings when I was heading in…. but I haven’t seen him for ages.

The next SQUEE will be reserved for a bakfiets. If I ever see one I will accost the rider just to tell them how awesome they are. Very out of character for me, but I don’t think I could contain myself…..

xtracycle and shopping trolley

The Shopping Trolley


Posted by on November 12, 2011 in cargo bike


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Charity Rides: Cycling is a force for Good….

So I’ve added a new page to my blog about the Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer. Two hundred kilometres (plus a bit more), starting in the Perth CBD, is going to require a bit of training for me. I am trying to do at least 120 kilometres on weekends at the moment. The training schedule is going to have 3 x 120k weekends, and then a weekend off. I will gradually start to ramp up the kilometres. There are a lot of people who haven’t thrown a leg over a bike since they were a kid doing this ride, but my aim is to do each day in about 4 hours and spend the rest of the time luxuriating in camp getting leg massages and eating!

MS Ocean Ride photo

Trimming down a bit will help too!!

Along with the fitness goals involved, I need to raise a minimum of $2,500. My personal goal is just that little bit higher – I’m after about $3,000.

It seems like cancer is starting to rear it’s ugly head for people I know. It’s like once you get past 30, all these little evil tendrils creep in and the risk factors for everything start to climb. There is a schedule of checks and examinations you are meant to keep. Half the population will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Research is expensive and can take a long time to develop viable clinical results – but it has led to increased survival rates for so many different types of cancer.

If cancer has touched you or someone you know, please consider donating. Everything counts.

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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Charity Rides, Reasons to Ride


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