Saturday, July 29, 2006

Riding through puddles

There's nothing quite like finding a nice big puddle to ride through...

Chasing George Negus

Chas outlines his cunning plan

A quick rehearsal

Kate and I out scouting in the Hills district, it was quite disturbing, Mcmansions everywhere and all the people looked like they belonged in one of those gated communities in the USA. That's Howard's Australia in 2006.

M2 motorway on the way back from the Hills. There's no public transport and the tolls cost us nearly $10.00

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Monday, July 24, 2006

La Lengua Del Fuego

A message from Adelaide...

Australian Tallbike Convention to be hosted in Adelaide, SA
Sunday August 27, 2006
*** * * * ***
Casting the net far and wide: Critical Massers, Vegans, Couriers, Lone
Wolves and generally anyone who'll listen. Scunna be big, maybe 100+
attendees. We've found a excellent venue close to town which, for security
reasons will be posted close to the date.

Jousting, foot down, inner tube pull events etc, beer exchange, DJ/sound
system, and competitors to take on the rest of the world and HUMILIATE THEM!!!

Don't be shy, givvus a hand and be part of a big beautiful thing.

Art gallery of NSW

What we did on Sunday...

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Working for the Chaser

Israeli Defence Force...

Isabelle, Jake and Kate

Chas the cliche arab

Waiting for a table at the Chinese dumpling shop
Nathan and I scouting an IKEA store

Nathan and the wage slave in IKEA

The Great Leader Julian Morrow

Just another Friday arvo at the Chaser, that's Fitz murdering Chas in the background.

Kate and I scouting the Hilton Bar

James the editor sitting at my desk

Jake, Nathan and Craig join the priesthood
Nathan and I out looking for mischief in the van.
Chaser hats
Peak Hour in Amsterdam

The traffic is heavy but you can still hear the birds singing, amazing! If only Sydney was like this.
(Found on cfsmtb's blog)
Psychedelic Bike

I've got a bike,
You can ride it if you like
It's got a basket, a bell that rings
And things to make it look good
I'd give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Why Women Cycle Better Than Men

At the elite level all riders are dialed into perfecting their technique, At this level, as the stronger of the species, men rule. But in the recreational world the opposite is true. Women riders are more suited to the bicycle, mentally and physically, than male riders.

The bike is the great equalizer. Science tells us it’s the most efficient device known in converting human energy into motion. Science also dictates moving through the air is 70-90% of the resistance felt when pedaling. Weight and aerodynamics are a virtual mountain range to big riders and a slippery slope for the small.

Women as the smaller of our species take these built-in advantages to another level. Being stronger than men is not their genetic calling. Most don’t have a psychological hint, let alone a complex that tells them that raw strength rules. They do not pound the pedals or grind big gears, but intuitively work with the bike and ride more smoothly right from go. It is technique more than strength that opens the world to great recreational riding. Women quickly allow the bike to do what it does best.

Feminism, cycling, and the pursuit of peace

In September last year 200 women rode through Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine on a unique bicycle ride.

Traveling through war zones, the ride aims to raise international awareness of the impact of violence in the Middle East particularly on the lives of women and children, as well as promote understanding of how violence in that region affects people everywhere. One goal of the ride is to inspire and empower participants to take active roles in peace-making. Another goal was to promote the bicycle as the ultimate vehicle of peace, using no fossil fuels and promoting freedom of movement.
The objective was to bring women together from many cultures, creating a common learning experience and fostering mutual understanding.

Anyone interested in the 10-day April 2007 trip should email Colleen McGuire at There is a $150 EURO registration fee that covers food, lodging, transportation (some bus trips), and visa costs for countries visited. Participants pay their own airfare and bring/rent a bicycle.