Bikes

Especially bikes where I live, which means Sydney at the moment


How to bike

The 90stastic bike resource, as useful and lucid as it is guilelessly messy, is the marvellous Sheldon Brown’s how-to guide (e.g. How do I work with cantilever brakes?)

Bike light

Ding lights are Australian-designed lights that also have a downlight to illuminate the road and the cyclist, assisting the cyclist and approaching drivers. AUD170.

Knog does bike lights with well-designed removable clips.

Local vendors

Omafiets, the bike shop where I have the most friends working has pretty much everything you could want from bike bits. They tend towards the boutique hipster items which can get quite pricey for accessories. Their rates for parts are good by sydney standards though.

Linusbikes and their attempt at non-ugly bike luggage. No longer a thing in Australia, and the American site claims to ship to Australia but actually won’t let you choose it as a destination on the shipping page.

Wiggle is a classic cycling crap vendor which is not cheap but at least cheaper than Australia.

Riding goggles

Essential in these desertified, windy times. See goggles.

Winnebiko

Stephen Robert’s charming documentation

A.k.a. Those original 80s/90s solar powered computer bikes that I always forget the names of.

The names I’m looking for are… Winnebiko and BEHEMOTH, created by Technomad, Steven K. Roberts a.k.a. microship. He went on to make boats that are even more ridiculously geeked out than his bikes.

References

Borrell, Brendan. 2016. “The Bicycle Problem That Nearly Broke Mathematics.” Nature News 535 (7612): 338. https://doi.org/10.1038/535338a.
Wilson, David Gordon, Theodor Schmidt, and Jim Papadopoulos. 2020. Bicycling Science. Fourth edition. Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England: The MIT Press.

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