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Giro d’Perth Alleycat Ride – 17 March 2013

This was a really cool semi-organised scavenger hunt style ride which took us through many back alleyways in Perth in search of clues.

They have a website here.

the map and questions etc

the map and questions etc

Read the rest at my new blog perthcyclist.net

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2013 in Offbeat, Reasons to Ride

 

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New York & Hurricane Sandy, what now?


Fuelling their Rage: Violence breaks out over Sandy Gas Shortages.

Forget the warm, fuzzy sense of neighbourliness that came after the disaster. That was sooooo Wednesday afternoon. Frustration is now boiling over as desperate locals queue up to six hours for petrol.

Across New York and New Jersey, up to 80 per cent of gas stations remain closed after the storm. The stations are closed not only because of a supply shortage, but because power is still out, and power is required to pump petrol.

Oh how I was hoping these kinds of reports didn’t eventuate. With public transport crippled by flooding, a lot of people have had to walk everywhere. Many, many people are without power, so not only are they looking for fuel to power their cars, they want it for their generators.

There are some problem solvers left in NY though, they thought, how can we get around effectively without adding to the current fuel shortage problem or cramming up the public transport services that are running? Well the NY Times has published an article on just that.

One Way Around the Traffic Muddle in Brooklyn: Riding a Bicycle.

Thomas Jarrels, 46, who biked home to Crown Heights from his job as a sous-chef at a Midtown law firm, said he was glad to have had an impetus to bike to work. He said he was a bike messenger in the 1980s and loved biking, but had never commuted by bike until the storm disabled the subway. Though it took slightly longer than the train, he said, he thought he would keep biking even after the subway started running again.

Note to all Doomsday Preppers – a bicycle is an essential piece of equipment in the aftermath of a disaster. It is not reliant on fuel supplies, can be manoeuvred around downed trees and damaged roads, and can get you where you need to go.

Maybe even better if it’s a fat-bike. A fat-bike is probably overkill, but it is a cool excuse to buy a Salsa Mukluk!

Salsa Mukluk

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2012 in Offbeat

 

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Cute Kitty in a Helmet

This very cute photo has been doing the rounds on Facebook lately. One of my friends said it was like a possum curled up in the hollow of a tree.

The best kitty on a bike photo that I have ever taken was, not surprisingly, in the Netherlands.

Clever kitty making use of plentiful seating in Utrecht

Do you have any good kitty on a bike pictures? Would you like to share?

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2012 in Offbeat

 

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Subliminal Messages through Lego

Maybe I’m being sensitive here, and no doubt most people will have trouble seeing what I am on about, but it’s my blog so I am going to go off on my rant anyway.

I was browsing Fishpond for Lego toys when I came across something disturbing. For those who are not familiar with Fishpond, it’s like an Australian/New Zealand version of Amazon which stocks everything from books to toys to bicycles.

Anyway the first ‘Lego’ Ambulance product picture I saw was what created such an impression.

Playmobil Ambulance

As you can see – if you squint, sorry about the size, the display picture on a children’s toy depicts a bicycle rider as a ‘patient’ for the ambulance. To me that screams bicycles = dangerous. It probably wasn’t deliberate, just a visual representation of the deep-set safety obsession that we have these days. It’s a pity the patient isn’t an obese lego person having a heart attack, but I haven’t seen any overweight lego mini figures lately. Perhaps that is an idea for Lego, to reflect the changing body shapes of people in various Western countries?

Lego Ambulance

For some reason the Lego ambulance also comes with a bicycle, but the display box is not anywhere nearly as disturbing. It does appear that the patient was on the bicycle and is now sitting on the road. The Lego version also has a helmet included.

For some more ACTUAL bike related content, there is an awesome sidehack. Pity it hasn’t been available like, ever. They sell them at Walmart in the USA so I’m sure they aren’t the Rolls Royce of bikes, but how sweet would it be to give your mates a ride, or carry a carton with?

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Offbeat

 

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