Cycling

Christmas cycling wishes
Eddie Barkla
Christmas is looming and is known as the season for giving and receiving, so I thought you may like some ideas on Christmas stocking fillers that won’t break the budget but will be a joy to receive. Getting a flat tyre is never a delight as the pumping up of the tyre wears you out trying to..
25-Nov-2011
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Program helps cyclists gear up
Eddie Barkla
Most sports have an early entry age and succession pathway through the stages of skills development. The Bendigo and District Cycling Club were instrumental in getting a development program in the sport of cycling through the efforts of the late Merv Dean and the then president Gary B..
10-Nov-2011
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A bicycle collector’s passion - Part Two
Eddie Barkla
Tim Stirling was drawn to Moulton bikes after staying with a friend who has a huge collection of these unique bicycles. Together they used to compete in many long distance AUDAX rides together and every time Tim stayed at their home, he would always be planning to purchase an older st..
03-Nov-2011
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A bicycle collector’s passion
Eddie Barkla
In the 1890s the first safety frames or diamond framed bicycles came into use, revolutionising cycling as transport. Around this time there was a push to design a folding bike. One of the first documented inventions filing for a patent was in December 1893 and was issued a registered patent in Ap..
27-Oct-2011
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Matt gives back
Eddie Barkla
“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” At the age of 10, Matt Wallace was set for 10 years of Motocross racing before starting a successful cycling career which has spanned 18 years, and now continues in a..
20-Oct-2011
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Megan is standing tall
Eddie Barkla
LIFE can be made up of deep-valley-to-mountain- top experiences and it is often the deeper the valleys the more our character is shaped. In Year Six, Megan Anderson began to experience minor health issues that did not completely manifest until Year Nine. In t..
12-Oct-2011
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Riches on the road
Eddie Barkla
Cycling can result in many hours on roads from one end of the City of Greater Bendigo to other shires and localities. We all get to appreciate our favourite routes and roads for their surface and terrain and the vista of the landscape in certain seasons. We get to pi..
05-Oct-2011
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A rich cycling heritage
Eddie Barkla
One of the joys of cycling is the in-depth conversations that can take place out on the road. One such conversation prompted the question of why does Bendigo have such a rich heritage of cycling culture? Is it the alluring hills and valleys for cyclists to train hard..
29-Sep-2011
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Transform your lifestyle
Eddie Barkla
Spring, the season of new growth, sunshine and lengthening daylight hours beckons you to get outdoors. It never ceases to amaze, the amount of new faces of all ages out cycling on the road or along the bike paths and trails that this great city offers. Pace is not a..
23-Sep-2011
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Why not try a 29er?
Eddie Barkla
Likes and dislikes – we all have them, it is part of human nature. Mountain bike riders certainly have a lot more to look for when making choices related to where or how they might like to ride. Handling is directly related to the frame set up and components, choices are plentiful as the..
16-Sep-2011
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The road to good health
Anthony Radford
Who doesn’t love getting a present? We all do. Presents need to be opened and enjoyed, but it pays at times to understand the conditions of their use and maintenance regimes. Life is a bit like this. We have been given a wonderfully made body, mind and soul, which need regular feeding, exer..
09-Sep-2011
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New life for old bikes
Anthony Radford
It was an eye-opening moment for Bendigo teacher John Taylor to experience just how appropriate it is to send recycled mountain bikes to Africa. Last September, John went as part of a team to Chibobo, a remote area of Zambia, to convert a shipping container containing over 400 recycled bicycles, ..
01-Sep-2011
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Malvern becomes the star of bicycles
Anthony Radford
The six-pointed star remains the symbol of the Australian-made Malvern Star. It was first manufactured by Tom Finnegan, who started his business career following his win in the 1898 Austral Wheel Race. With the prize money he set up his own bike shop in 58 Glenferrie Road, Malvern. Tom built ..
18-Aug-2011
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In at the finish
Anthony Radford
BENDIGO’S Scott McGrory was there in Paris to see Cadel Evans become the first Australian to win the coveted cycling event, the Tour de France. Scott, along with life-time friend Brett Aitken were there, 11 years after winning gold for Australia at the Sydney Olympic Games. A first and ..
12-Aug-2011
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Unnerving the cyclists
Anthony Radford
I am a commuting cyclist and spend about 10 hours a week covering 200 kilometres getting to and from work across Bendigo’s city limits. There are many moments quite unnerving while sharing the road. The 80-90 kilograms of body and bike combined are no match for a tonne of metal on wheels..
05-Aug-2011
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Team effort made Cadel a winner
Anthony Radford
Congratulations to Cadel Evans on being one of the oldest winners in the history of the race and the first Australian cyclist to win the coveted Tour de France, a sentiment that would echo across the cycling world, Australia, the Geelong region, and Barwon Heads in particular. A wonderful affirma..
29-Jul-2011
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Bikes wanted
Anthony Radford
Bikes for Humanity is seeking the support of the Bendigo cycling community to collect old and/or unwanted bikes. Bicycles For Humanity is a world-wide, grass roots, volunteer run organisation focused on simple, sustainable empowerment in the developing world. The organisation does this in the m..
29-Jul-2011
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Tributes from Toby
Anthony Radford
NEWLY appointed president of the Bendigo Mountain Bike Club, Toby Parkinson, has paid tribute to the tireless efforts of former committee members and their contribution to the sport. Mr Parkinson said two of the club’s founders, John Harvey and Murray Willet, had stood down from their respec..
22-Jul-2011
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Finding the freedom in cycling
Anthony Radford
Obsessions – we all have them in varying degrees, ranging from the excessive compulsive to the other end of the scale. Weight loss and control has become an obsession, not such a bad focus to have if the aim is healthy living. The TV reality shows started off with a focus on the reductio..
22-Jul-2011
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Cycling in Tokyo
Anthony Radford
Trenton Dean has lived in Japan for about six years, and recently returned to Bendigo where the pace is somewhat more relaxed. Living in and around Tokyo, where the population has recently exceeded 13 million, compared to the population of 22.6 million for the whole of Australia, cycling is an ex..
15-Jul-2011
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