Climbing

Hill Skills For new cyclists hill climbing is one of the most daunting aspects of cycling. Fit, experienced cyclists however enjoy hill climbing immensely and realise that it is in fact one of the best parts of cycling. There is nothing better than making a good climb up a long hill/mountain and then enjoying the descent down the other side. … Read More

Group Riding

Riding with a Groupby Keith Griffin This article is NOT about peloton riding… Here we look at riding in less formal groups, much like we enjoy on Easy and Medium Bike North rides. How is a group of cyclists different from a lone rider? Of course, it depends what you mean. First of all from the perspective of the cyclists … Read More

Starting / Stopping

Many cyclists are unable to start and stop their bikes in a controlled manner. On Bike North easy rides we often see prospective cyclists with little experience and little idea of how to start and stop their bikes. The following is a step by step procedure on how to manage this and look like a professional while doing it (note … Read More

Family Cycling

This series of information sheets is designed to help parents find the most appropriate solutions for getting children into cycling in a fun and safe way. You can download the files one at a time or go for the full set in one larger document. The set consists of the following sheets:

Shopping by Bike

What do I need on my bike? Well, the most obvious necessity is something to put the shopping in! This could be a backpack, which is the one you have taken on your ride to work, and has a bit of space left for a few things you need for dinner. Panniers can hold quite a lot of shopping, but … Read More

Locking Your Bike

Although you hear many stories of bikes being stolen I doubt if many correctly locked bikes are stolen in Sydney. Locking your bike is really a process of risk management. The following advice, if implemented, will help to ensure that your bike is not stolen. How to Assess the Level of Risk The overall level of risk is related to … Read More

Dealing with Magpies

In the ongoing fight against the magpie peril a person was seen in the early morning quiet streets of Red Rock and Corindi Beach dressed for battle. Apparently it was Edward “zip-tie” Scissorhands. What is it with magpies? As Spring approaches birds such as magpies protect their nesting sites from threat. Yes, riding past a nesting site during this six … Read More

Dealing with Motorists

Occasionally if you ride on public roads you will strike an aggressive motorist. One who does not recognise your right to operate your vehicle on a public road, with the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicle operators. These people are mostly stupid, or if not stupid just plain ignorant. Some of the arguments they use to justify their actions … Read More

Roundabouts

Many cyclists, especially those who are inexperienced or unskilled, are nervous about using roundabouts. Indeed accident statistics indicate a higher accident rate for cyclists at roundabouts, compared with other intersection types. Unskilled cyclists often negotiate roundabouts in an unsafe manner contributing to the high accident rate. The following article describes recommended techniques for safely negotiating single-lane roundabouts. Using these techniques, which … Read More

Buying a Bike

This article is intended to assist those who are buying a bike for the first time, or who have not purchased one in many years.