cfsmtb in low earth orbit

Friday, July 29, 2005

Amy Gillett farewelled at funeral

Happier times on the podiumHundreds of mourners have gathered in the western Victorian city of Ballarat for the funeral of Australian national team cyclist Amy Gillett. Gillett, 29, was killed by a car while on a training ride in Germany last week. During the service, family members laid roses, a cycling vest and a tiara on Gillett's coffin. Her team-mates, who also sustained injuries in the accident, sent a tribute message that was read to mourners. (more in article)

Cyclist farewelled with mountain of love

Australian Cycling Federation: Amy Gillett-Safe Foundation

Thursday, July 28, 2005

David Bonicci wears his pants high

davewhingeClick pic for larger image

Courtesy of 'Ride That Dare Not Speak It's Name' yahoogroup, here's David Bonicci's biting appraisal of those wheeled locusts of the road - CYCLISTS. No one escapes Daves' withering criticisms, be it Roadies, CMass freaks, bearded weirdy recumbent riders, there's something for everyone! Dave persists with lazily trotting out the same ol' crap, ie: poor research combined with convoluted logic big enough to drive a B-double through. Regarding the tank reference, Dave needs to be reminded he's living in a civil society & obviously he hasn't seen the ditchwitch wheelset on my singlespeed. aus.bicycle discussion here

If you feel inclined (especially you clean-shaven 'bent riders), drop Dave a line right here:
Emerald Hill Weekly Coordinating Editor: David Bonnici Editorial: (03) 9926 4888 Fax: (03) 9272 4739

BTW, Channel 7 have propped up the corpse again to scare off the Moors. No, seriously, apparently there's yet another anti-cyclist story to be broadcast tonight. Same shit, different shovel. Stifles yawn.


Duck and cover, and kiss your arse goodbyeWarning! Warning! Danger! Danger!

Warning on `dangers' of wearing a bike helmet
Long touted as life-saving devices, bike helmets could actually increase the risk of brain injury, a lobby group claims. The Cyclists' Rights Action Group wants the Federal Government to warn the public and conduct an investigation into what it says is a considerably greater risk. President of the small Canberra-based group, Bill Curnow, said helmets could only protect riders against superficial injuries and the public faith in them was just based on 'propaganda'.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

And Now....

Yes. Wait! I think I know where I can find him - look over there!'s time for another generation to be gently introduced to the classic Monty Python Bicycle Repairman sketch. For the Luddites amongst us, read the sketch script. For non-Luddites with broadband/cable or unlimited patience, download entire Python shows right here

Superman film: shot from below of Superman (Michael) striding along against the sky.

Commentator: (American accent) This man is no ordinary man. This is Mr. F. G. Superman. To all appearances, he looks like any other law-abiding citizen.

Pull back to reveal he is in a modern street full of Supermen walking along shopping, waiting at bus queues etc. F. G. Superman gets onto a bus. The bus is full of Supermen, most of them with shopping baskets on their knees. F. G. Supermen finds a seat...during the commentary the camera slowly tracks in on his face.

Commentator: But Mr F. G. Superman has a secret identity...when trouble strikes at any any place...he is ready to become... Bicycle Repair Man!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The Wondrous Adventures of Telfon Johnny

Howard tipped to visit cyclists in German hospital

No. He didn't. Telfon Johnny went to the cricket.

PM ducks out for cricket relief
Asked whether he was planning to visit the injured Australian cyclists in Leipzig, Germany, he said that was not possible because of several logistical reasons. Asked whether he intended going to the cricket, he said: "Bye, bye."

Then he got on a big plane and was secretly whisked off to Iraq. Imagine if a similar disaster befell the Australian Cricket Team. Oh, envisage the wailing and gnashing of teeth, the national grief and introspection.....

Back in orbit and GRUMPY

Go on, you know you want to.... p

Returning to low earth orbit after a brief hiatus, here's brief recap regarding this, this, this and even that. But there's positive happenings concerning this, this and probably this. (Note: To read news articles, bypass compulsory web registration with

Apparently 3AW's been squawking again. (thanks for the free publicity guys, we know it's a brilliant foil for 3AW's covert pro-cycling campaign) In other local news The Cat may be back for a jaunt this Friday. Invariably, due to feline intolerance, a possible appearance is completely weather dependant. Decisions, decisions, which steed, the commuter, the road bike, the townie, the bmx or the tractor? (Tractor = singlespeed) (must replace that over the top ditchwitch wheelset)

BTW, message for Inspector Alan Carlisle, I don't hold a licence, don't intend to, and have never incurred a cycling fine. cfsmtb blows raspberry back and hey presto, a raspberry blowing fight kicks off

UPDATE: The lovely weezil sent us this delightful update.

NB: Please view carefully, if seated in the pod/work station or you have a sensitive disposition.

Self-explanatory really.

Miracles are real

Image hosted by
Lance Armstrong

Finally, the last thing I'll say to the people who don't believe in cycling, the cynics and the sceptics, I'm sorry for you. I'm sorry you can't dream big and I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

The House of Bikes, Beers, Cats & Dogs on the move

Grand Sale! Grand Sale!
About five or six of these should do the job

Due an impending transgalatic warp in the spacetime continuum, cfsmtb management shall be temporarily out of low earth orbit. We're relocating up a big hill. No more landlords. Huzzar!

Cadel! Cadel!More provisions
(a). Cadel! Cadel! Be gentle on yr collarbone! (b). Off to the bottle-o for more bevvies

Management also passes on their most humble apologies for not continuing the Le Kitty TdF coverage. Unfortunately the constraints of packing a household, bad news, TdF and Having A Life have interfered. Le Kitty promises to return. For your enjoyment during the interrum, we're scored an pdf of a certain bicycle repair manual. The 857 page version. So if you would like a copy, discreetly email us.

Bits & Pieces

:: Tour de France dream run :: Bravo! Simon Gerrans Bravo! Congrats to Jamieson's finest! cfsmtb management is incredibly fond of Jamieson Raspberry Ale. If we can track down a slab locally, we'll be having several in Simons honour. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
:: Best-ever cat & bicycle discussion ::
Stray Kitten Rescue on Tour de Cowpens
:: 10th Birthday Party ::
Sydney Critical Mass turns TEN on 29 July 2005 and YOU are invite to join the celebration.
:: Cyclingnews :: Hour record broken by Sosenka in Moscow
:: Clean Air Initiative :: Asia promotes and demonstrates innovative ways to improve the air quality of Asian cities through partnerships and sharing experiences.

:: TIME'S UP! :: Press Release The quality of life in New York City would be greatly enhanced by improving the City's bicycling infrastructure. The lack of a safe environment for cycling is holding back progress in improving air quality, reducing asthma and obesity rates, and decreasing vehicular congestion as well as dependency on fossil fuels.
:: US news :: Serious butt kicking action going on courtesy of the blogosphere. Court Nominee In the Eye of the Blogger Swarm
:: Swedish news :: Why can't people stay home or catch a taxi? Volvo asks Sweden for licence to drink-drive

Australian Homework Time :: Petrol may reach
$2 per litre in the not-so-distant future. All I can say is boo-hoo, we Victorian beer drinking folk have to contend with forking out $2.20 per 285ml pot. Now based upon the table to be found here; calculate the approximate pricings per beer measurements vs petrol prices at the bowser. For your respective state. Damn motorists, whinging about everything. We're taking up the homebrew option.

No more cooking tipsBreakaway to the toilet!
(c). More bird flipping, but no more cooking tips. (d). Catch the breakaway. But don't break the seal.

.....The race radio is crackling through with information about an early breakaway from the peleton, she leapt across that gap like a scalded cat. The group has split into two halves heading towards the little room. She's nearing the end of her pain...

It's Happening Again

Great, splendid greetings!
Hot on the heels of the last successful Flash Mob, we are excited to announce yet another flash mob! Incredibly, only a matter of weeks inbetween, too! The next Melbourne Flash Mob will be sometime during the afternoon on Saturday the 30th of July at a secretarial location somewhere with the Completely Bonkers District AKA the CBD.

Expressions of interest as always should be directed towards in the approved format - once the mice have finished playing cricket, of course.

Till then and senselessly yours,

Mr Flash Mob

Time to beam you up, Scotty

James Doohan
James Doohan: March 3, 1920 - July 20, 2005

Startrek com: We are deeply saddened to report that
James Doohan, the beloved actor who portrayed engineer "Montgomery Scott" in the original Star Trek and seven movies, has passed away.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

AIS Womens Bunch Hit in Germany

AIS 2005 squad with coach Warren McDonald
AIS 2005 squad with coach Warren McDonald
Be strong, our thoughts are with you

Just heard on ABC news 10am bulletin. Check Cyclingnews, AIS and CA during the day.

Cycling News Flash for July 19, 2005: Australian team rider Amy Gillett dead after crash
Australian rider Amy Gillett has died after she and other riders from the Australian women's team were hit by a car during a training ride in Germany on Monday. Three other team members are reported to be in critical condition after being helicoptered to hospital, and the remaining two are also still in hospital, albeit with less serious injuries. The other riders involved are Katie Brown, Lorian Graham, Kate Nichols, Alexis Rhodes and Louise Yaxley; all are being treated in hospitals in Leipzig and Zwickau.

The team was riding along the Landstrasse between Zeulenroda and Auma (Kreis Greiz), reconnoitering the course of the opening time trial of the Thueringen Rundfahrt stage race which was scheduled to start today. A car driven by an 18-year woman entered from a slip road on the opposite side of the road. The driver, who had passed her test just four weeks before, apparently lost control of the car and crossed into the lane where the team was riding, hitting all six riders. The first stage of the Thueringen Rundfahrt has been cancelled. A service of commemoration will be held instead. Everyone at Cyclingnews sends our condolences to Amy's family and friends.

:: Fatal crash devastates cycling community :: Top Australian cyclist killed :: From Olympic rower to cycling world champion :: ABC: The World Today :
: aus.bicycle thread :: Australian Cycling Federation Media Statement :: Cyclingnews Tribute, July 19, 2005

To send messages of sympathy to Amy Gillett's family & friends, email:

Tragic incidents such as this, transcend any "us vs them" tribalism prevalent in the cycling universe.

We all love to ride

Simple as that

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Monday, July 18, 2005

fully sikk moite

Like totally fully sik oh my god mate habib dude
The Hun writes this colourful piece: Gang's web of evil, apparently based upon this (now) suspended website. Hey, as a cyclist I know for a fact that SBS's Pizza is an insightful documentary series. But the Westside Turks? fact? fiction? furphy? Hilarity ensures.

Bicycle Mapbuilder

Bicycle MapbuilderHere's a fascinating Bicycle Mapbuilder project from Cameron Shorter via the CM-Sydney list. BTW, do any Melb massers anyone remember the silly 'Randy Router™' mapping device circa 1998? Ok, it was on the old CM Virtual Moreland list. (testing your memories here) Returning to topic, Cameron's also created a google group for further discussions:

From Cameron: For the last few years I have been quietly working on a Bicycle Mapbuilder project. The concept is explained in detail at:

"Present a web page with a city map to a cyclist. The cyclist enters their favourite bicycle route on top of the map. Click, click, click, ... Submit. After hundreds of cyclists have all entered their favourite routes into the database, you have a comprehensive bicycle map of the city. Using the same process, cyclists can maintain the bicycle routes and the maps will never be outdated.

The expensive, labour intensive collection and validation of geographic data is moved from employees to enthusiastic volunteers, making it possible to build and maintain extensive, quality maps on a shoe-string budget." All the technical obstacles for the project are complete and I've started building a demonstrator to support a funding and rollout proposal. I'm looking for advice to help define what fields should be stored in a Bicycle Map database. This what I've come up with so far:

- StreetName
- StreetType (Rd, St, Ave, Firetrail, ...)
- BicycleFacilities (None, PaintedLane, DedicatedPath, SharedPath, Footpath, RoadShoulder)
- DangerLevel (1=DedicatedPath, 2=QuietBackStreet, 3=PaintedLane,50km/hr road, 4=Shoulder,80km/hr, 10=NoShoulder 100km/hr)

Please add your suggestions, and/or forward onto other cyclists who may be interested.
PS, This is the first time I've talked about this project with more than just a few people around me. So I'm interested to hear people's feedback or suggestions.

Cameron Shorter
c a m e r o n @ s h o r t e r . n e t

Possibly not Earl Grey, two sugars + soy

St Frank & the FixyOk, I'll put it on the blog.

Did someone say 'all*yc*t'? Spread the good word for the St Francis 'Fun Ride' this 29 July 2005. Checkpoints announced on the night. Out of towner/non-courier friendly. Cash prizes and schwag, and hopefully a custom bag to the winner! Say your prayers and join the mass - not the critical one. forward the message and go in peace. amen.
Not everyones cup of tea

I believed Madonna del Ghisallo was the 'patroness' of cyclists. St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. Idly ponder for a moment; fixies, all*yc*t rides, positive multi-pluristic attitude....and next Friday night is Cr*t*cal M*ss. Yes, now it makes perfect sense. Email this lad for details.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Kapunda Road Royal Commission findings released today

Adelaide Wheels of Justice, May 7, 2005

Go to the Bicycle Justice blog for updates and news. Will it be a 'Lawyers picnic', or will the wheels of justice grind towards the truth? Let us see.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol

Injury to one is an injury to allOne in 50 drivers 'on drugs'

Random roadside drug testing showing one in 50 drivers are on drugs has shocked Victorian road safety authorities. Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon said today she was surprised by the outcome of the first six months of the year-long trial. A total of 7207 drivers were tested in the first six months of this year, with 145 testing positive for methamphetamines, cannabis, or both. The strike rate of one in 50 compares with one in 250 drivers caught for drink-driving by roadside breathalyser tests. (more in article)
Why can't folks exercise impulse control, stay home and desist from inflicting their problems upon others? There's a proper place for this behaviour, at home, preferably the lounge room. (subtle reference to entry below) Seriously though, has Australian road culture simply "progressed" from the 6 0'Clock Swill to covert chemical substances? Ok, cheap shots or flippancy aside, this is scary stuff. Stoner motorists on methamphetamines. Now that chills my blood.
Fook, if this trend continues, I'll reappraise my moderate Vehicular Cycling stance towards off-road bike paths. Ccccccocaine. No thanks.

Update: Light Reading concerning Drugs & Driving. Food for thought; the effects of methamphetamine sound uncannily like classic symptoms of road rage.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

TdF: Stages 3 - 10: Big Red Returns From The Shops

Back from the shops - with provisions!Flipping the bird at Gabriel
Drinkies and flipping the bird at Gabriel

Continuing with Le Big Red Fat Cat's pissweak Stage by Stage TdF commentary. Trackback to TdF: Stage 1 & 2 - Down the Shops and Le Tour bonheur!
Stages 3 - 6: Le Kitty back from the shops with plenty of provisions & bevvies. The Cat settles in for a mega session of Russ's
TdF Drinking Game until July 25. Between the Chivas, Goon, Honey Porter & Bundy, it's gonna get gruesome. So please spare us the sauteed snails, larks tongues in aspic and jaunty accordion toons. Garçon, bring us more Kirsch!

Birdys in the treesIn awe of Lance's cadence
Twittering at the birds. Oooo Lalala! Lance spins up the mountain

Stage 7 - 10: Le Kitty sculls three Scotch fingers and starts yipping at birds on telly. Stage 10: In awe of Lance's cadence...introducing Oppy the kangaroo who's also keeping tabs on Le Tour. But it's all ghost written of course. We all know roo's can't talk. Whats up skip? A Russian doping conspiracy? crikey! Can't get enough Silly Cat links? Well, pop over to my Other Other blog: Beers and Kittys

NB: Cileo Plushie/Furry Disclaimer

Knee-trembler lugs

Schwinn! Phoar!!!Pic courtesy of the Classic and Antique Bicycle Exchange

See right for bicycle lug work par excellence. A veritable treasure trove of delights awaits you at The Cabe site. Happy bike p0rn perving and creative time wasting!

Update from Dan
, go to for even more hardcore p0rn. Phew, think I need a cold shower now. (must watch the sitemeter now, the search strings are going to get weeiiirdddd)

Then again...someone old something new something borrowed something blue: Google-inspired bike gear. Includes arm warmers, bibs & jersey.

Is that a Google in your IE7 or are you just pleased to see me? Oooo, that was dire. Sorry.

Like tell me something I didn't know already

Pig ignorant
Mobiles 'quadruple crash danger'
Drivers are four times more likely to crash when using mobile phones, even if they use hands-free kits, experts say. They reached their estimates by looking at the phone bill records of 456 drivers needing hospital treatment after road crashes in Perth, Australia. In the UK it is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

Recall this folks?
Text-message driver who killed cyclist goes free
(Bypass Compulsory Web Registration with

A Geelong driver who killed a cyclist while sending a text message ran free from court yesterday after being given a two-year suspended prison term. Silvia Nicole Ciach, 24, wept after Judge Susan Cohen told the Geelong County Court that Ciach's jail sentence would be suspended for three years in the final act of what has been a remarkable case. In a sentence that made clear the serious consequences that could result from using a mobile telephone while driving, Judge Cohen said the use of mobile phones had become so prevalent that the risk of very serious potential consequences may have been overlooked by many people. "It is tragic that a man's life was lost in these circumstances but this case should serve as a stark warning to all that the risk is very real," Judge Cohen said.

And then this recent opinion article:
Holding the line on the new road rage
There is something we can do. Look around at what other drivers are doing. Look around (preferably when stopped at lights) and then get angry, very angry, at the selfish fools who persist in talking on mobile phones on the road seven years after it was made illegal. Researchers have likened the risks for drivers using mobiles to driving with a blood-alcohol limit about the legal limit of .05. Yet still people yap away while steering with one hand, attention split between car and call.

So, this morning when this vexing issue was being discussed on Jon Faine's program, wasn't it shitful to hear that the VicRoads spokesperson was calling in live, via his car and mobile? Ignorant prick.

Me - ow

All a bit sad and tragic really....Strap-On Veterans for Truth - Exposing the truth about Ann Coulter
An organization dedicating to exposing the truth about the former drag queen now known as Ann Coulter. We are a coalition of former friends and co-workers of Ann Coulter who are upset by her vicious anti-gay, anti-muslim, anti-feminist rhetoric and feel the truth should be told. Our organization, Strap-On Veterans For Truth, is dedicated to exposing the true past of America’s number one hatemonger.

Ann Coulter is actually a former drag queen from Key West named Pudenda Shenanigans. Ms. Shenanigans was famous for her renditions of “Dude Looks Like a Lady” “I will Survive” and “You Shook Me All Night Long” as well as an extensive Barbra Streisand repertoire. We who used to work with her are concerned for her as well as upset by the vile hatred she has spewed towards her former friends in the gay community. We feel that by bringing the truth to light perhaps Ann will come to grips with her past and change her wicked ways.

WTF is Ann Coulter? For us Australians, here's a
taste. So, is your bile is rising yet? Ann's a rightwing nutjob, who possibly makes our closest version, Janet Albrechtsen, resemble Geraldine Doogue. The Strap-On Veterans 'gender issues' are obviously furphys, but this is one gaunt chick that needs fix her carbo-loading. Poor Ann, she's skeletal, sexless, and has a vestigial Adam's apple to boot.

More about bikes & Le Tour in about 10 hours when I wake up, for my saucer of milk.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Where freedom is strong and people can live in harmony

London Bike PhotocardKen Livingston

"I want to say one thing: This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty or the powerful, it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers, it was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners," "That isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith, it's mass murder. We know what the objective is. They seek to divide London."
"Black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindus and Jews, young and old," he said. It was an "indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, class, religion whatever."
Then addressing the attackers Livingston vowed: "I know that you do fear you may fail in your long term objective: to destroy our free society. And I will show you why you will fail. In the days that follow, look at our airports, look at our seaports and look at our railways." "Nothing you do, however many of us you kill will stop that life ... where freedom is strong and people can live in harmony ... whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.”
UPDATE: Mayor condemns 'cowardly' act: London Mayor Ken Livingstone was visibly shaken as he delivered a speech in response to the bombings. Read it in full here

The humble bicycle rises to the occasion....

Bicycles sell out in London
Bicycle stores in Central London reported brisk sales on Thursday as commuters in the capital sought alternative methods of transport, after the suspected terrorist attacks on the city's public transport system. With taxis in short supply and services canceled on both London's underground railway system and its central bus network, commuters are flocking to the city's bike shops in an effort to get home.

Reuters AlertNet - Cycle-mania grips London in wake of blasts
London's streets creaked and rattled with nervous new cyclists on Friday after bicycle sales rocketed in the wake of bomb blasts on three underground trains and a double-decker bus.

BikeBiz: bicycles got commuters home
Following yesterday's terrorist attacks on London's transport network, IBDs and cycle hire shops reported brisk trade as Londoners attempted to get across a city all but closed to cars and with no tube trains running and a bus service not operating in zone 1 of central London. But there was no profiteering from bike shops. Some hotels, on the other hand, tripled their prices within hours of the bomb blasts...

Updates: BBC London - London Homepage :: BBC News :: News Front Page

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Clifton Hill intersection + Stonnington Bike Strategy

Really Bleeding ObviousYes: THAT pesky traffic sewer, um, er, intersection RIGHT THERE

Sorry to tear you all anyway from the TdF coverage, but here's two items of importance for Melbourne cyclists. First up, that freaking awful intersection in Clifton Hill. Yeah, you know the one, located somewhere at Melways Ref: 30 D1. Do you have a (very strong) opinion about this intersection? Do you agree with Roger's comments (refer letter below), or do you have additional suggestions or criticisms to make? City of Yarra have previously investigated options for this problematic intersection in 2003/04. But VicRoads Road Management Act has changed local councils responsiblities. So where to now? Contact CoY, VicRoads and Bicycle Victoria so that stroppy cyclists, er, concerned citizens can lobby together to get action happening. Well, something. Problem solving skills or witty rants very welcome, so contact YarraBUG if you want to assist in this local campaign PS, If anyone knows Roger Barnett, can you get him to contact us, ta.

"Intersection a tragedy waiting to happen" Letters: Yarra Leader, July 4th 2005

The intersection at Clifton Hill where Queen's Parade, Lower Heidelberg Rd and High meet is a nightmare for cyclists. Cars and bikes don't mix well at the best of times. However, at this location only the very best defensive driving from both parties is enough to avoid tragedy. As a cyclist I have nearly lost my life twice at this intersection. The intersection is big, busy,and fast; it's never going to be particularly safe for cyclists. However, the worst problem is when bikes are travelling east, trying to continue into Lower Heidelberg Rd from Queens Parade.Vehicles wanting to turn left into High St are inevitably going to clash with bikes going straight ahead. In a situation like this a complete rework of the intersection is called for, but a simpler alternative maybe to erect flashing "give way to cyclists" signs along with a clearly painted bikepath. If a messy death is to be avoided, fixing this interesection must be an extreme priority. Not to attend to it is baiting fate and is not in keeping with the good work VicRoads and local councils have done to make cycling a safer alternative. Roger Barnett, Heidelberg West.
Annoyed? Concerned? Peeved? Nifty Tips to get you started:
Letter Writing Tips :: VicRoads Online Feedback :: Consulting with Cycling Stakeholders
VicRoads Postal Address: VicRoads Head Office Administration 60 Denmark Street, Kew VIC 3101

City of Yarra Postal Address: PO Box 168, Richmond 3121 Email: Ph: 9205 5555 Fax: 8417 6666

Bicycle Victoria: CC a copy of any correspondence to Bicycle Victoria at or post a copy of the letter to: GPO Box 1961 Melbourne Vic 3001

Yarra Leader Postal Address:2nd Floor, 192 High Street, Northcote 3070 Email: Ph: (03) 9489 2222. Fax: (03) 9481 2083

Please remember to CC. any correspondence to:

Down South of here...Stonnington Bike Strategy - HAVE YOUR SAY
The Stonnington Bike Strategy is open for comment until July 29. The City of Stonnington has just released its Draft Bicycle Strategy. Stonnington borders the City of Yarra on its southern flank, along the Yarra River between Punt Rd & the Gardiners Creek Bridge. Public comment is being sought about the Draft Bike Strategy. ::
Stonnington Bike Strategy Introduction Page :: Download a PDF of the draft Stonnington Bike Strategy :: Have Your Say on-line ::

UPDATE: many thanks to those lovely folks who are firing off emails to CoY,VicRoads & BV, keep sending them cc. to

Something else, slightly unrelated has just cropped up. Ah, don't know whether to cry or lace up the sparring gloves and take the conniving bastards head on. Uphold the Right. Yeah, right.

And Now for Something Completely Different

What's just been happenin' in the Northern Hemisphere..but it's summer there now. It's winter here though. Yuk.

New York Bicycle Messenger Foundation was established in 2003 as a federal and state not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Its mission is to provide aid and financial assistance to bicyclists and pedestrians who are injured on our city streets.

2005 Cycle Messenger World Championships in NYC

Since 1993 in Berlin...The bike messengers of the world gather every year for a weekend of splendid mayhem.

Lightwheels: free speech, public space, transit and community self-empowerment
New York City is the site of an 11-day exploration of cycling, free speech, public space, transit and community self-empowerment starting this June 24 th, continuing through the July 4th weekend. The 49 East Houston Street home of LightWheels, Time’s Up and the NY Bicycle Messenger Foundation will be the site of most of the activity. Dissent and the law, regional rail and the MTA, police harassment of Critical Mass rides, privatization and loss of access to our own public spaces, will all be examined.

Monday, July 04, 2005

It's On For Young And Old

Save Us Klaatu!And here are the Top Secret Instructions:
Here we go again! 5 days to go! The next Melbourne Flash Mob will be this coming Saturday around 3pm@ a secret location possibly within central melbourne, but possibly not. In order to receive notification/instructions on the day you'll need to submit valid details sometime this week - once I find those darn keys to open up the subscription facility again of course! Should be open within 24 hours. Also, feel free to send the word out to any email lists you thinkwould be interested. The more flash mobbers we have the more stunned the passers by will be. If you know anyone else that might be interested in participating, don't forget to let them know, too. Happy happy joy joy!

TdF: Stage 1 & 2 - Down the Shops

Er, wot, it's already started?!?Here's Le Big Red Fat Cat's CILEO Web-Exclusive Stage by Stage TdF commentary

Er, wot? It's already started? Lance second overall? A team car hit Jan in training? WHAT!? Gabriel Gate's boring me already. Twat. Gotta sprint off now and watch the Deep Impact web cast.

Discussion du fonctionnaire: aus.bicycle TdF

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Le Tour bonheur!

Le Tour!Ai-ai-ai-ai-aie

Salutations fellow nutjob's, opps, tifosi. To your bicycles, teevee & computer monitors! Le handy links to keep you informed, over excited and sleepless for the next month!

Le Stage Map::
Le Site Officiel
:: Le FD's Definitive
Guide to Setting Your VCR/DVD Correctly for Australian Eastern Standard Time
Le SBS - All stages live on SBS from 2-25! Tres bon!
Le Cycling News
Le Daily Peloton
Le TdF blog
Le Bicycling
:: Le Googling for
Tour News

Le Local Stuff
Le Events at Cafe Racer,
Belgian Beer Cafe Cycling Club, MBTC, Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club, the St Kilda Cycling Club Peloton Ball. Or ask around for who's got the biggest telly/beer fridge etc. If you've got a Melbourne TdF thing planned, drop management a email & we'll post it up.

Le RadlerEnjoy a Radler or two

PubBUG ? Er um, a event will be possibly organised when we can be arsed. Le Goatage this Friday 8th July. Usual Goat place. Le beverages and light refreshments available on premises. La Ladies & Le Gentlemen welcome, but please polite and bring a bicycle.

IN BREAKING NEWS, Le Big Red Fat Cat will be providing a CILEO Web-Exclusive with a Stage by Stage commentary. Stay tuned.

Friday, July 01, 2005

1st July 2005

Watch out, she's pissed offToday I'm peeved and grouchy, the weather's too dodgy to go out and play.

Today Johnny 'Connard' Howard gains control of both Australian houses of parliament. For incisive political analysis, read these erudite bloggers: Cut Price Commentariat, Larvatus Prodeo, Daily Flute, The Road To Surfdom and Senator Andrew Bartlett.

What's this alluring image to the right you say? 'Tis the HeroMachine 2.0u found via Flaming Goddess.

The cfsmtb version finds our heroine severely pissed off, politically disillusioned, and suffering from two forms of chronic tourettes. Dare mention the words Labor Unity within earshot and she goes totally berserka. Not work safe at all.