A sunny start today but bitterly cold (for a Sydneysider) – my Garmin reported a low of 5 degrees at the base of Bobbin Head. The train was comparatively warm for the trip back to the city.
Posted by: Ian on 19 May 2013
Posted by: Ian on 12 May 2013
It was a cool and foggy start for todays ride. After an hour or so with water condensing on everything, it finally burned off leaving us a nice sunny day.
Posted by: Ian on 3 May 2013
A few months ago, Rapha announced that they were bringing their cafe/shop/gallery to Sydney in 2013. I visited their one in San Francisco while on holiday last year and it was rather nice. I spent a while speculating as to where it might be located and had hoped that it would be located in the former T2 Club/Reverse Garbage building in Taylor Square. This would have been a great loaction at the intersection of a lot of routes taken by riders heading to and from Centennial Park, Sydney’s east and south and for a meeting point for those heading north. The building has even been painted in a rather garish pink in recent months, though it is now fading and becoming reminciscent of the Ballina Big Prawn.
Recently, I managed to find the Development Application for the refit, and it turns out that it will be a km or two further away at 606 Crown Street. It’s not really on a cycling thoroughfare – we have Bourke St for that, but its still only a short ride from the routes a lot of people take.
Change of use of shop 4 to a cycling fashion store with licensed café accommodating a maximum of 32 internally seated patrons. Outdoor seating consisting of two tables and 4 chairs is also proposed on the Crown Street frontage. Proposed hours are between 7.00am to 10.00pm seven days a week with a 1 year trial extending hours to between 6.00am and 11.00pm seven days a week.
It looks like it will be quite understated (no Citroen H-Van parklet), which will no doubt go down well with the local residents. The bike parking in the courtyard area is a good idea – I don’t think many people would be happy to leave their machines somewhere out of sight. At least here someone can keep an eye on things.
I’m looking forward to the official opening, though with a proposed closing time of 11pm I’m a little disappointed that there will be no late-night screenings of the Grand Tours.
Information and images taken from CityOfSydney.
Posted by: Ian on 2 May 2013
This little guy was hanging out in my hotel room. I figured he’d be happier catching bugs outside so caught him in a glass and released him onto the balcony.
Posted by: Ian on 30 April 2013
Although I graduated with a degree in Civil and Enviromental Engineering, I spend a lot of my time now as a cartographer and spatial analyst: essentially making pretty maps from hideously complicated data. Typically, the more complicated the data, the simpler map that you try and create.
If you’re map isn’t understandable in 40 seconds, you’ve failed
Edward Tufte’s “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information” has been on my shelf at work for a few years now. I can’t even remember from who, or where, I stole it from. It’s a great book and once in a while I get to use ideas from it in my work.
While my day job is a lot of map making and the like, I spend a lot of time out of hours generating data for myself; cycling1
Cycling has many features to be appreciated by those interested in data. On a normal ride you might collect:
- Average and maximum speed
- Average and maximum heartrate
- Average cadence (pedal rpm)
- Total elevation climbed
- VAM (climbing rate per hour)
- Power data
Brian Fung created this infographic from his 2012 ride data. I like the simple colours and most the data is easy to interperet. I might have picked something a little different for the by-month graph, but overall its a great design.
Rapha included their infographic from the 2012 Festive 500 in the package containing my badge. Similar information, but this time representing a group of people rather than the individual.
My badge and the infographic from successfully completing the 2012 Rapha Festive 500. Shortly to be sewn onto my musette. I would have liked to add it to a few of the badges being made for each of the big races this year, but having forgetten three times out of three, I’m not sure if I’ll end up with any of them!
Strava has a public API which is being put to great use by Veloviewer, and I would have a guess that sufficient data is avaliable for a very nice infographic to be created automatically.
- At the moment I think my Garmin data goes to 7 different locations for storage or analysis↑
Posted by: Ian on 25 April 2013
Posted by: Ian on 21 April 2013
Cold start this morning, but it was nice and warm in the sun. We found a small rocky platform to watch the waves breaking.
Posted by: Ian on 2 April 2013
Sunset is before 7pm now and the the clocks change this Sunday. Rain in forecast for the rest of the week, so this will probably be my last ride in Centennial Park for a few months.
Posted by: Ian on 22 March 2013
The text beneath was the usual teenage insults, I thought the rainbow was a nice touch though.
Posted by: Ian on 19 March 2013
Posted by: Ian on 4 March 2013
Summer ended a couple of days ago, heralded by heavy rain and high winds. Hopefully we’ll get a few evenings of sunshine before the clocks go back in a month or so.