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TAMS needs to review its cycle-way/footpath mowing policy

By Postalgeek 9 April 2010 28

Cycling into Fyshwick from Dairy Flat road, there is only one safe off-road option (and Fyshwick is one place where you really want to avoid the roads as a cyclist), and not only is tribulus terrestri growing on the sides of the path, but some bright spark with a mower persistently finishes the job by scattering the caltrops all over the paths.  Once the mowing is finished, run the mower on the path to blow the thorns off the path again.  Not hard.

Caltrop is becoming increasingly invasive, but I would rather it lie undisturbed across half the pathway where I can see it than have it mown and the hard-to-see caltrops left scattered all over the path.  Another good intention paving the way to Hell.

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Hells_Bells74 7:11 pm 13 Apr 10

That’s good to hear mr_spoon.

I had a problem this time last year with masses of smashed glass on the way to my son’s school in Evatt all over the paths. Happy to report that (touch wood) this first term has been almost completely glass free and we have happily rode lots when he isn’t taking the school bus. Thanks to whoever got onto that.

mr_spoon 5:41 pm 13 Apr 10

Someone has swept the bikepath along William Slim – thankyou! (Even if it’s just you, Hughie…)

Wraith 12:56 pm 12 Apr 10

Nice work……….

LMR said :

Oh come on guys, I love cyclists, especially when I see them fixing a puncture on the side of the road, it makes me lol.

LMR 10:36 am 12 Apr 10

Oh come on guys, I love cyclists, especially when I see them fixing a puncture on the side of the road, it makes me lol.

niftydog 9:16 am 12 Apr 10

Happy user of Specialized Armadillos here, but only on the commuter – too stiff and heavy for MTB, though you can get knobbly versions. Particularly useful given it’s now school holidays and small minds are amused by the sound of breaking glass.

Most of the MTB crowd have gone tubeless which is very effective against catheads. A mate of mine pulled 11 out of one tire a few weeks back and they all sealed practically instantly.

Cycle Surgery in Florey have Stan’s sealant (big bottle) for $33! Less then half what some other shops are charging.

s-s-a 6:34 pm 11 Apr 10

On the subject of three cornered jacks, an electric wheel chair bound lady I know got one the other day. Stopped to speak to her and it turns out it was the third such incident for her in the last 5 days. She just calls the NRMA. I wondered if they sold kelvar belted tyres for those little vehicles.

We came home from Canberra Show with three wheelchair punctures, thanks to three-cornered jacks in the CRAPPY WEED-INFESTED GRAVEL CARPARK that disabled patrons were “treated” to by the RCAS. Grrrr! No they don’t sell thorn-proof tubes in 12″ or smaller but we are thinking about some slime, since the motors will take care of increased rotational inertia.

I have had a shocking run of punctures of late on my commuter (mostly miscellaneous thorns, plus a three-cornered jack in the gravel part of the Sculpture Garden over Easter) so will keep the above recommendations in mind.

PS. Continental Ultra Gator Skins are currently a tad over $30 at Chain Reaction Cycles

vg 3:57 pm 11 Apr 10

Danman said :

Vg. Will have to try them when I replace the gators. Fact is these are the first Kevlar lined tires I have used and are poles apart from what I used to have. That’s not to say that there are better options available. But no flats in 1200km compared to before indodcates I mad the right choice for me as you did for yourself no doubt.

Fair call. It was a quantum leap in cycling comfort (i.e. not having the change flats constantly) when I went to the Contis for the first time, but my last set were terribly disappointing and the Maxxis ones were available for a tremendous deal online. They are well reputed in the MTB community as well, and my dual shocker wears them on that basis

Danman 11:55 am 11 Apr 10

Vg. Will have to try them when I replace the gators. Fact is these are the first Kevlar lined tires I have used and are poles apart from what I used to have. That’s not to say that there are better options available. But no flats in 1200km compared to before indodcates I mad the right choice for me as you did for yourself no doubt.

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