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June 22, 2015 00

In 2012, I launched BikeGal.com as a place online where any female who wanted a little inspiration or advice to start cycling could find a few pearls of wisdom and a friendly online community of female cyclists. Women and girls came by the hundreds and I was happy to help and I did this for […]

In 2012, I launched BikeGal.com as a place online where any female who wanted a little inspiration or advice to start cycling could find a few pearls of wisdom and a friendly online community of female cyclists. Women and girls came by the hundreds and I was happy to help and I did this for three years.

In 2015, I felt it was time to stop. My love of cycling remains undiminished and I love cycling as a mode of transport, for exercise or simply for fun.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope there are a still a few nuggets of useful info for you.

Keep on cycling!

Affectionately,

Rachael AKA BikeGal 🙂

May 30, 2013 00

I need some fresh air. I ride a bike. For intelligent commentary about whatever current international cycling event is on – the Giro, the Tour. I ride a bike. When I’m feeling a bit blue. I ride a bike. To catch up with a bike-riding friend for a ride and a coffee. I ride a […]

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I need some fresh air. I ride a bike.

For intelligent commentary about whatever current international cycling event is on – the Giro, the Tour. I ride a bike.

When I’m feeling a bit blue. I ride a bike.

To catch up with a bike-riding friend for a ride and a coffee. I ride a bike.

My favourite form of exercise. I ride a bike.

I prefer life on two wheels I ride a bike.

Wanting to smash it up a hill repeatedly and hurt my legs! I ride a bike.

Practising my balancing abilities. I ride a bike.

I like food too much. I ride a bike.

If it’s good enough for Clover, it’s good enough for me. I ride a bike.

I can justify having several different bike types for several different uses! I ride a bike.

I have no car rego or insurance costs. I ride a bike.

To avoid the smelly old bus. I ride a bike.

I need to do something by myself, for myself. I ride a bike.

To see Sydney in a way you can’t do by car. I ride a bike.

I like to tell myself that I’d leave those people in spin classes for dust! I ride a bike.

Faster than walking, public transport, or the car. I ride a bike.

To sit around with my lycra clad friends and drink coffee. I ride a bike.

I’m getting older and it reminds me of being a kid. I ride a bike.

To prove that all those stupid running injuries can’t stop me. I ride a bike.

After an annoying day at work I need to unwind. I ride a bike.

To carry things in a basket. I ride a bike.

To get up in the darkness of a winter’s morning and pedalling into Centennial Park through fog. I ride a bike.

To do a brick session. I ride a bike.

It’s clean and green. I ride a bike.

To always have the best parking spot. I ride a bike.

John F Kennedy said “nothing compares with the simple pleasure of a bike ride” and I agree with him. I ride a bike.

Because it’s fun. I ride a bike.

When I need a few things from the shops and I don’t want to drive round and round the car park. I ride a bike.

To hang with the cool kids at work in the bicycle lock up area. I ride a bike.

Raising money for MS by travelling from Sydney to the Gong. I ride a bike.

A quick trip to Bondi Beach in summertime. I ride a bike.

Shipping containers, Long bay, beaches, just the usual. I ride a bike.

I’ve mastered cleats and feel like a pro. I ride a bike.

To look great in lycra. I ride a bike.

To make new friends. I ride a bike.

I fall off. I dust myself off, and get back on. I ride a bike.

I cancelled my gym membership. I ride a bike.

I sleep better. I ride a bike.

It’s low impact on my poor old knees. I ride a bike.

Independence. Go where I want to go, when I want to go. I ride a bike.

To complete the best stage of the triathlon! I ride a bike.

Passing the boys so they are “chicked”. I ride a bike.

When people criticise the bike lanes I can tell them that I use them, and they are great. I ride a bike.

I know about butt cream and I’m not afraid to use it. I ride a bike.

Cruising in the bus lane and passing the traffic. I ride a bike.

For endless hours of shopping pleasure buying every foreseeable accessory. I ride a bike.

Mid winter rides, soaking wet and kinda cold, but still pleased with myself for getting out and doing it. I ride a bike.

To wear arm warmers. I ride a bike.

For crazy tan lines. I ride a bike.

Just taking me from A to B. I ride a bike.

 

Because I can. I ride a bike.

 

Why do you ride? Share with anyone who rides a bike….

Happy cycling! BikeGal.com

December 15, 2012 00

Do you know the bridge I mean? The bridge that links from the southern end of Market Street over to Darling Harbour and Pyrmont with the monorail running above it. I have been cycling over this bridge for a few years now and I’ve witnessed many a near miss accident as it’s a shared zone […]

Do you know the bridge I mean? The bridge that links from the southern end of Market Street over to Darling Harbour and Pyrmont with the monorail running above it.

Pyrmont bridge

I have been cycling over this bridge for a few years now and I’ve witnessed many a near miss accident as it’s a shared zone between pedestrians and cyclists.

The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority is responsible for this bridge and it has a 10km/hour limit for cyclists.

There are for and against arguments for having a dedicated cycling lane to separate cyclists from pedestrians along this bridge.

For – cyclists would all be in a dedicated space.

Against – many of the pedestrians on the bridge are tourists and they like to zigzag across the bridge taking photos – a dedicated lane could potentially cause more accidents for them.

For – in peak hour with the volume of cyclists in a bike lane, they may all be forced to ride a little slower due to numbers?

Against – a dedicated bike lane though could mean that cyclists ride faster and this speed at the exit and entry points could be an issue?

And the list goes on.

Personally I go a bit bananas with the high number of pedestrians who have their earphones in their ears at a volume where they don’t have a clue what’s going on around them. But what can you do.

I’m not sure what the answer is with this one.  Maybe it’s a little common sense and Sydneysiders just need to learn to share!

What do you think we should do?

Happy cycling!

BikeGal.com