Posted by: Ian on 15 June 2016


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This year the Vivid Festival featured some really nice Aboriginal art projected onto the Opera House. After watching the 25 minute loop from the old overseas passenger terminal we warmed up with a couple of waffles (one Brussels, one Liege) and a cup of hot chocolate from a food truck1.

Unfortunately, our secret spot to get a good view of Customs House meant the only way out was by train. It was getting late by then though so we missed the lights in the Botanic Gardens.

  1. Food truck guys: the average Australian can’t deal with complex menus (i.e more than four things). We spent 5 minutes waiting for the people in front to decide their way through the options. I ordered in less than 10 seconds.

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Posted by: Ian on 15 May 2016

Sunny and smokey @fibr.cc #newkitday beaches ride. #kitdoping #nonaerobeard

The first ride in new kit is always special. My riding buddies had all made excuses so I let it warm up a bit before heading out into the smokey and sunny Sydney roads. Riding solo does have it’s benefits though – my secret coffee stop is still secret.

The Laser kit by Fibr was inspired by radiotherapy treatment, so not only looks good1 but helps raise money for cancer research.

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  1. Coordinating socks are guaranteed to add 5 watts

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accidents in the yarra ranges

Posted by: Ian on 2 March 2016

It seems pretty much anywhere cyclists like to ride, either locals or non-cyclists who like to drive there are willing to fire up a petition. The latest picked up traction on the bike-hating (and oddly still title sponsor of the Sun Tour) Herald Sun.

Since I haven’t for a while, I figured I’d take a look at the actual data and give it some evidence-based analysis:

I’ve covered most of the process in a previous post, so won’t go over the details again. However, a few notes are worth mentioning since the dataset has been updated since I downloaded it last:
  1. There are now lat-long coordinates in NODE.csv so no need for DIY projections, (which is nice)
  2. There’s something odd with with VEHICLE_TYPE in VEHICLE.csv which indicates there were only 4 accidents involving bicycle1.
  3. As a result I used Road User Description in PERSON.csv to filter cycle v non-cycle accidents.

How does the data plot out? The following image covers all accidents in the 2006-2016 data extract for the area of the Shire of Yarra Ranges. It looks pretty nasty with 4,312 accidents in the 10 year period ~ an average of just over 1 per day.

Accidents - all

Out of these 4,312 points, how many are created by cyclists? Surely with proposals they are ‘banned for their own safety’ it’s going to be pretty impressive. Afterall; tons of cyclists head that way for the scenery and the climbs.

The Strava heatmap below shows some of the popular areas around Melbourne with the Yarra Ranges showing up nicely north east of Yarra Junction.

Strava Heatmap

It’s not quite beach-road busy, but still pretty popular. Annoyingly the Strava Metro data sample doesn’t reach this far east so I can’t good numbers, but a quick check on segments in the area gives 700-800 efforts this year so far – extrapolate that as you will.

A quick definition query on the full dataset yielded the terrifying extent of cycling accidents in the area.

Accidents - cyclists

All 114 of them. In 10 years. For those who are mathematically challenged, an average rate of 11 per year (or one accident per month).

The non-cyclists take care of the other 4,198 incidents, averaging 4 fatal crashes and 88 serious accidents every year. It’s not even worth calculating the ratio of cyclist to non-cyclists.

Accidents - noncyclists

From the comical petition which has so far garnered 97 signatures:

Petitioner Larry Colwell said in the change.org petition that it was not “anti-cycling” and it aimed to “prevent death and injury for all road users”.

Injury Severity All Non-cyclists Cyclists
Fatal 40 40
Serious 1,108 1,062 46
Minor 1,812 1,747 65
None 1,352 1,349 3
Total 4,312 4,198 114

I think I have reasonably demonstrated that the best way to prevent injury and death would be the banning of motor vehicles on these roads, which is as stupid as it sounds. At best, the proposed cycling ban will cut the average monthly accident rate from 36 to 35.

I didn’t feel like doing a year-by-year analysis, but all the tools and data are free/ Open Source, should you wish to.

  1. That’s right, unlike some people I actually check the data against what I seem reasonable, instead of just blindly plowing through.

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2015 numbers

Posted by: Ian on 3 January 2016

It took a bit of extra time to get all my numbers lined up this year; normally I try and do it every three months or so, but didn’t get around to it this time.

My stats for previous years can be seen here: 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Year Cycling Running Hours
2015 4306km/2,676 miles – 161 hours 566km/352 miles – 42 hours 203 hours
2014 6371km/3,959 miles – 231 hours 937km/582 miles – 77 hours 309 hours
2013 8254km/5129 miles – 300 hours 806km/522 miles – 68 hours 368 hours
2012 5044km/3134 miles – 181 hours 1025km/637 miles – 91 hours 272 hours
2011 3859km/2398 miles – 141 hours 741km/460 miles – 70 hours2 221 Hours
2010 5277km/3279 miles – 193 hours N/A 193 Hours
2009 2591km/1610 miles 114 hours N/A 114 Hours
2008 1338km/831 miles – 63 hours1 N/A 63 hours

Veloviewer has an awesome infographic maker, so I can visualise my year in one easy click.

Veloviewer 2015


My riding through the year was pretty consistent, although at slightly less than the year before. I didn’t spend much time on the turbo over winter, which meant I missed out on a fair bit of structure. It was also my lowest-climbing year, with only one trip through the Gorges and a lot more Kurnell rides.


For the first half of the year, my running was great – I was sorta-kinda following along with a half marathon training plan and was getting in about 50km a week with an 18km longest run. However, in about mid June I picked up a cold, a slight injury and full time employment in quick succession. I still don’t enjoy running like I do riding, so it was first to get the axe and I cut down to around 10-15km a week when I was better. Hopefully I’ll get better at managing my time this year and get some longer runs going.


Pilates has just moved to a Wednesday so I’m trying to work out if I should run down (Wednesday is normally a run), or move things around somehow and ride as normal.


Not a bad year, not a great one. Plenty to work on once I get some of my fitness back after pretty much 3 weeks on my ass eating over Christmas!
  1. From April, my bike was on a boat for the previous months
  2. Also from April, when I started running.

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Posted by: Ian on 30 December 2015


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Changi Airport in Singapore. Just over halfway back from Christmas in the UK.

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less is more

Posted by: Ian on 16 December 2015

less is more #baaw

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Todays day trip to London included a stop off at Bespoke Cycling to pick up some socks. As everyone knows, a strong Sock GameTM is worth 5W and when it completes an extremely nice kit, then the effect is at least doubled – 10W of free power!

Last week Bob Parlee was in the shop for an event and several owners had dropped off custom painted machines as part of the display, so got to see a lot of the colours that I’m considering for a future bike while I was there.

If you can imagine it, we can paint it.

The frame above completely done with paint, includes white on white ghosted branding representing about 20 hours of work.

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Apparently yes, I can do the GCHQ Christmas puzzle

Posted by: Ian on 11 December 2015

Apparently yes, I can do the GCHQ Christmas puzzle

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This years GCHQ started with this Sudoku-from-hell style puzzle. It took an hour or two to work out the best way to get started and about 6 hours in total to finalise.

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one last hurrah

Posted by: Ian on 4 December 2015

one last hurrah

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Before my interminable 22 hours of flying time to the UK I took the opportunity for one bike ride in 2015. The 6am alarm did mean that it would be more than 48 hours before decent sleep, but it was totally worth it.

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Posted by: Ian on 15 October 2015

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This stuff is, shall we say, hard to get at the moment. Apparently, only through some awesome work by The Australian and the guys at Bespoke Cycling in London (by way of Eurobike) that it arrived in time for last Thursday, which was roughly the same day as the official launch.

BikeRadar recently did a ‘Are you a cycling snob?‘ test and I got the following:

Uber snob: You’re the creme-de-la-creme of bike snobbery. Chapeau. Your next purchase is a full collection of David Millar’s Chpt. III kit.

Close, but does it still count if it was a birthday present?

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elitist tea snobbery

Posted by: Ian on 24 August 2015

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Last weekend was the second Sydney Tea Festival, held at Carriageworks in Everleigh. It was much better organised than last year, and we enjoyed the first hour or so we were there. However, after about 11am the hordes arrived, more interested in getting as many free samples as possible than being polite.

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Posted by: Ian on 9 August 2015

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Today was the 45 th annual Sydney City2Surf and once again the weather was great (there’s only been one wet race). These Wallys were doing a far better job motivating the runners than the organised cheerleaders.

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Posted by: Ian on 15 July 2015


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A friend of a friend opened their own pizza restaurant tonight in a Darling Harbour laneway. Handmade, super-thin pizza with spicy salami was just the thing for catching up after a very long day.

We were offered a Nutella pizza for dessert, but that is going to wait till next time.

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