Amazing Bike Trails

by Garry Perio

Lake Crackenback

Lake Crackenback Spa and Resort has several bike trails around the resort. Although the serious biker would find the trails around the Spa and Resort a little tame, the Resort and Spa is a nice base to explore other trails in the area. There are 25 kms of trails around the Lake and it is possible to ride all the way from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback. Riding back to Lake Crackenback is probably a good way of finish off a day’s riding on the mountain trails at Thredbo. For a family it is the perfect compromise.



Now this is the place, the ski runs of winter are given over to bike riding in summer. There is downhill, cross country and four cross courses. If you think it is difficult to ski down a mountain try riding a bike down it. It goes without saying that only experience riders should tackle some of the more steep sections of the course. Although there is no specific man made dirt jumps there are plenty, repeat plenty, of natural jumps that are sure to scare the pants of any biker. Although the scenery is ten out ten I doubt if you will have any time to look at it. Again this is the place.


Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail

A fantastic weekend trail ride for those who enjoy the call of the mild. This trail winds for 107 kms through the picturesque valleys and mountains of north east Victorian. The original rail line connected the towns of Wangaratta, Bright, Rutherglen, Milawa, Beechworth, Myrtleford and Wandiligong. There are plenty of gold rush era brick kilns, mining equipment and ghost town. Although 107 kms might sound a long way for some the trail is pretty flat being an old rail line and there are plenty of towns to stay in overnight. Several hotels in the area offer take away picnic lunches and there is no need to rush.


Manly Dam

You don’t need to go miles from Sydney to find a good bike trail; Manly Dam is about 20minutes form the CBD on the Peninsular. The trail is about 10kms in length and is tight and twisty in places. There are sections that are not suitable for novice riders, although you can walk these sections it is probably not the done thing. When I rode the trail it was raining and the trail was great, lots of water, mud and really slippery. I understand that the Council Rangers now close the trail if it too wet to avoid erosion, oh well.

There is an extra bit of trail that runs along the Wakehurst Parkway all the way to Bantry Bay. It is supposed to be 16kms but it seems a bit shorter to me.

Note: there are walking only trails and these are patrolled by rangers ever weekend. Also the trail can get a little crowded.


Blue Mountains Narrow Neck Fire Trail

This is an excellent ride that is accessible by train. As this is a fire trail the gradient is steady, although steep in places, and is usually well graded. The hard core mountain biker might find the trail a little tame, however for the average biker rider this is a fabulous ride, you don’t even a specialised mountain bike. The views are probably some of the best in the Blue Mountains, many individuals who have come across this track say that if they are feeing a sense of depression or not the best about life this place is a perfect location to unwind and feel great from a mental health state.

The trail is called Narrow Neck for are a reason, the trail runs along a ridge with steep drop offs on either side. It is best to go in spring when the wild flowers are out. However, be aware it can get extremely hot in summer and you will need to take sufficient water even on cooler days. Views of Lake Burragorang are perhaps the jewel in crown and there is a little look out area where you can have either lunch or morning tea.

The National Parks does advise that if rains the trail can get boggy. I have found that when it rains the mountain bikers come out to play.

Note: parking can be limited but you have your bike.


Oaks Trail

Some people regard the Oaks trail as the premium bike trail in the Blue Mountains. I have not ridden all the trails in the Blue Mountains, but they would have to be pretty good to beat the Oaks Trail. As with most trails in the Blue Mountain the trail is accessible by train using either Woodford or Glenbrook station. The trail is about 30 kilometres in length and I would allow 3 hours to ride the trail. The recommendation is to start at Woodford and finish at Glenbrook, however the peddle up from Glenbrook Gouge to the station is quite an effort. There can be lot of water on the track and in summer rain brings out the leeches, I am not sure if this is a common problem or whether we were just unlucky. There are many other rides in the area and it is possible to do two trails in a day and stay overnight in Mountains.


Burragorang State Conservation Area

There are many sealed roads in the Burragorang State Conversation Area that are great for road bikes. The roads are very quite with few cars. There are quite good picnic areas with toilet facilities and BBQ areas. The Conservation Area is the catchment area for 80% of Sydney’s drinking water and hence there are some restrictions on recreational activities. For some reason you are not allowed to swim in the lake, however there are ducks and other native creatures swimming and doing whatever in the water.


Port Macquarie – Wauchope

Wauchope is a small timber town outside Port Macquarie and is one of the many excellent bike rides in the Port Macquarie area. The length of the ride is 120kms on mostly sealed roads. For hard core road racers this might represent a day ride; however there are plenty of options for more casual riders. Wauchope is no longer an operating timber producing area however the town has been restored to a historically accurate representation of life in its hay days of the late 19th century. For lovers of antique furniture there are many shops with either restored wooden furniture or freshly crafted wood furniture, although it is unlikely you will be able to carry a wooden piece of furniture home on a bicycle. There are many attractions on the ride. There are wineries in the area and these are perfect to explore by bicycle. Several wineries have excellent restaurants and are reason enough for a bike ride. Lake Cathie is a small coastal town on the ride back to Port Macquarie and is perfect for a lunch or morning tea stop.

There are several iron man events run in the Port Macquarie and organised bike events are a common in the area. So keep an eye out for these events.



Royal National Park Sydney

There are many excellent trails in the Royal National Park. I suppose my favourite is the Loftus Loop Trail, starting behind the National Park Office at Loftus this 10 kms trail is a quick Saturday afternoon ride. Although most of the trail is on graded fire trails there is a 2 km section of dedicated bike trail, and this is where the fun begins. There are several step sections that drop away from under the bike. The trail can be quite rocky at times and muddy if there has been rain.

Access is via the Princes Highway; turn off onto the Loftus Oval Road.

Lady Carrington Drive is a very good option for family or smaller groups. Originally a main access road through the National Park this road has now been turned over to walking and bike trails. This trail follows the Hacking River for part of its length before entering into a subtropical rainforest, before emerging onto areas of blue gum and turpentine stands. There are many picnic and BBQ areas to stop relax and have lunch or morning tea. You can either organise a car shuttle and make the trail a one way trip or turn around and return to your start. I would allow 3 hours one way.



Located on the inland side of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Lithgow is something of a paradise for cyclists. There are many tracks that disappear into the bush that can be explored by the adventurous mountain biker. I have only been in involved in racing on sealed roads in the area. My favourite is the Caves Road – Rydal Loop. As the name implies you can ride all the way to Jenolan Caves from Lithgow although looping back at Rydal is quite a good option. The gradient can be steep, although the more usual situation is steady rises and falls. The best feature is that this road is extremely quiet, on one occasion I rode the whole road without seeing one car. The road eventually meets the Cox’s River and this is quite a pleasant place to stop for lunch or just a break.

Again there are numerous rides and trails in the area and there is plenty of cheap, but acceptable, accommodation as well in the area.


Victoria Pass

Victoria Pass is a road at the back end of the Blue Mountains, which runs from the town of Mount Victoria at about 3,500 feet to the valley below at about sea level. Can you see the attraction, about 10 kms of downhill adrenaline rush. We usually organise a car shuttle so we have one car at the bottom of the pass and one car at the top and then it is strap yourself in. Regularly we break the speed limit on the way down. On one pass I could smell my brakes burning and at the bottom they were smoking. There are several hairpin turns on the way down that are definitely not for the faint hearted. As they say don’t try this at home!


Centennial Park – Sydney

Centennial Park is a vast area in the central of Eastern Sydney. There are several lakes and waterways in the park and an extensive network of sealed roads. Cycling is a popular activity in the park. The Park is relatively flat and so will suit for most road bike riders. The cycle paths in the Park link with the City of Sydney commuter cycle network and so it is regularly use during peak hours.

If you plan to spend the entire day at Centennial Park, their are also a variety of picnic areas + BBQ facilities that the general public has access too, on many occasions you will see families and friends enjoying great times with music and festive activities. If you wish to practice guitar or have guitar lessons their are many quiet grassy grove areas that are idea to sit down and go about music activities.


Cycling in Sydney

The City of Sydney has developed an extensive system of commuter cycle ways. Although these cycle ways are not as complete those in certain European cities they do offer a real alternative to driving to work. For those living in the inner west cycling is a popular form of commuting. The network currently extends over 200 kms. Personal training Sydney groups regularly include these networks of bike tracks as part of their exercise routines.


Many Beaches and Headlands

There are many attractive tourist rides around the Manly Beach and Sydney Harbour area. There are also rides around Manly Dam and Narrabeen Lagoon. I will not details all of them but suffice to say if you want to explore the area a bike is a very good option.


Cycle Pathways in Sydney

Cycle Pathways in Sydney

Sydney is blessed with breathtaking sceneries, a variety of flora and fauna, a great weather and wide spaces that cyclists will surely enjoy. If you want to discover the hidden gems of this city and experience a different kind of rush while appreciating nature, get your helmets and hop on your bikes for we will show you some of the amazing cycling pathways in and around Sydney.

  • Newcastle to Whitebridge

For starters, cyclists can traverse this 5.5-kilometre car-free cycling track that will lead you to Lake Macquarie area. From Adamstown, Newcastle, follow the late 19th century railway line (Adamstown-Belmont railway line) and criss-cross through the bushland. Along the road, you’ll pass through the Fernleigh Tunnel and the Glenrock State Recreation Area. Your final stop will be at Whitebridge where you can marvel at the majestic Lake Macquarie.

  • Harbour Bridge to ANZAC Bridge

This 2,600-metre Sydney pathway will get you to and from the city’s most popular landmarks – the Harbour Bridge and ANZAC Bridge. To reach Sydney’s largest suspension bridge which is also your final stop, start your trek by riding over the Harbour Bridge. The course will lead you to Kent Street cycleway to the bustling Western Distributor and Pyrmount Bridge. Before heading west to ANZAC Bridge, cyclists can stop by at Union Square.

  • Bay Run to Iron Cove

The Bay Run is among the favourite area of joggers and fitness enthusiasts. This part of Sydney has a 7-kilometre pathway that leads to Iron Cove. Along the way, cyclists will travel across nine parks and will surely take pleasure from the amazing views of the bay. Bikers can drop by at famous places like Callan Park, Leichhardt Site and King George Park. Your final destination is the Iron Cove Bay – the most famous harbour in the city.

  • Thirroul to Wollongong

If you’re into scenic coastlines, start your trail at Thirroul station along Station St. This 16-kilometre track will give you scenic views of the coastline, starting from Thirroul to Wollongong. There are a lot of cafes in the pathway where you will be treated with refreshments and an expansive ocean view as your backdrop. Your last station is at the Wollongong Harbour where you can dine and relax at some lunch stops.

  • Sydney Olympic Park

Situated at the heart of Homebush, Sydney Olympic Park offers 35 kilometres of safe cycleways. Riders can choose from three main circuits, each have varying distance and difficulty. The place is ideal for families since the park has kiddie bike paths in Bicentennial Park. There are also picnic areas, playgrounds and water fountains inside Sydney Olympic Park.

Cycling Retailers Turning To Digital Lead Generation

by Garry Perio


Cycling is a popular leisure activity because of its health benefits as well as a means of transportation. The local bike shop is the hub of the cycling enthusiast in any area. A good bike shop organises rides, cycling classes, attend races and events and converts new riders daily. But there are an increasing number of serious cyclists who prefer to shop online for their cycling needs these days. Cycling enthusiast in the US conducted a survey and found that 2% of regular riders didn’t visit their local bike shop in 2011, and it increased to 26% in 2013. A recent survey found 27% of riders purchased their latest bike online.

Online cycling retailers and direct sales from brands are growing in numbers. More and more cycling enthusiasts prefer to buy from online retailers because they offer incredible selection, inventory and service at incredible prices. The wide selection of cycling accessories including bike parts, apparel, maintenance tools and brand gear was enticing and appealing to every biking level. The convenience of shopping for a bike without leaving the home is a huge plus.

Local cycling retailers are turning to digital lead generation to generate more business.  Aside from running a store, retailers are now hosting an online store as a secondary means of selling. Digital marketing via an extensive and informative website is one of the ways for cycling retailers to get customers through their doors.

The common features of cycling retailer’s websites are:
Extensive product listing – different kind of bikes, parts, accessories, cycling technology and apparel’s pictures with specification can be found on the website of local bike shops and online stores to help visitors see the wide selection of inventory they offer.
Updates on specials and promotions – viewers looking for sale and promotion can easily find it at the website, usually located at the banner or a dropdown menu.
Online videos – videos showing riding tips and techniques are uploaded on the site and posted to YouTube. Visitors not intent on making a purchase usually find themselves returning just to check out the latest video.
Reviews – product reviews help viewers decide what products are suitable for their budget.
News and Features – timely news pieces about events, classes, tricks and tips are commonly found on the site.
Community Forum – people want to be a part of something and this is where they’ll be taken care of. This portion is like a social gathering spot where every member can learn about bike, share their knowledge and have a good time with other enthusiasts.
Social Media – connecting socially becomes easy with clickable links to retailer’s social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube Channel.
Blog – articles of interest to the cycling community are posted regularly on the site.

Digital lead generation is the new trend for cycling retailers to generate more business. Cycling retailers are now more comfortable using new tools to grow sales leads and build business. They are using search engine optimisation to rank higher in search engine and be easily found by searchers online. Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram are being utilized by retailers to grow customer base and bring awareness to their brand. Blogs and email newsletters are filled with news, features, tips and relevant information as part of lead generation using content marketing. Most cycling enthusiasts are using smart devices to make purchases and that’s why cycling retailers are now using mobile apps to meet the growing demand. These tactics grows their business list, grows thought leadership, and grows inbound sales leads and ultimately more profits.

Cycling for Recycling: a Parramatta Initiative

by Garry Perio

As those wheels turn round and round, faster and faster, at the Cycling for Recycling: a Parramatta Initiative to raise awareness for the importance of recycling to our environment, all eyes will be on those Lycra clad heroes and heroines. Local boy Heinz Ritter is one of the race favourites, along with Chen Ding and Greg Fitzwaller. Internationals Pierre Ordures, Yul Vostov, Emile Smieci and Todd Andersen are cyclists with fine pedigrees and are here to win the event.

In the women’s event, running concurrently with the men, over a slightly shorter distance, Rydalmere girl Nancy Bins is the hot favourite to win. She will receive strong competition from New South Wales and Queensland girls’ Drew Peters, Cathy Cmehe and Tanya Giddings. Female international cyclists riding at the Parramatta event are Tilly Yardley (GB), Eve Basura (Spain), Yavenka Mycop (Russia) and Maria Purgamenta (Italy).

Race organisers Green Living Grand Prix, in cooperation with the Parramatta Council, are expecting strong crowds for the three day event. Race Director Julie Livingstone, said, “Expectations for spectator numbers are high with numerous local organisations involved in the race. Parramatta and other Sydney based cycling groups will be lining the race route, distributing water bottles and helping marshal the crowd.” The Parramatta Ecology Centre Coordinator Cynthia Byrnes is another local representative who has aligned her members to support the success of this inaugural event. She said, “Cycling is a green pursuit, it is all about healthy and pollution free living, so it was a natural fit for our organisation.”

Rubbish removal in Parramatta is a focus of both state and local governments and they pride themselves on creating initiatives like this event to promote environmental awareness within the City of Parramatta. Recycling is a key component to the reduction of landfill in Sydney’s west and the proper management of ecological issues within the region. Waste removal trucks will line the streets, creating the route for the cyclists and drawing further attention to the inspiration behind this community sporting event.

Strong news coverage from media across all channels is expected and sponsorship has come from local and state businesses. Everyone in Parramatta is keen to be seen to be involved in Cycling for Recycling: a Parramatta Initiative. The Lord Mayor and councillors on both sides of the political divide have been united in promoting this two wheeled event to all their constituents and to interested spectators across the city.

Bike Security Devices: From Traditional Mechanical Bike Locks To Electronic GPS Trackers

by Garry Perio
Bike Security Devices: From Traditional Mechanical Bike Locks To Electronic GPS Trackers

Bikes are available in different shapes and sizes and there are a wide variety of options to choose from. This allows it to cater to a huge number of individuals with regards to their preferences and taste. Indeed, you will not find any shortage of bicycles as they are available in large quantities. With that being said, bikes are prone on getting stolen especially because of their lightweight nature. It is quite easy to carry and bring them around wherever you may go which makes it a perfect target for thieves.

Cyclists often take the necessary measures in hopes of protecting their bikes through bike security devices and they have definitely gone a long way from traditional mechanical bike locks to electronic GPS trackers. As mentioned earlier, bikes get stolen very easily. In fact, every year millions of stolen bikes are reported to the police however, statistics show that only about ten percent of these cases are solved. This is the reason why bicycle owners are vigilant in keeping their bikes safe with the help of their bicycle locks and it does its job quite well.

Just like the wide variety of bicycles that are available in the market, the respective bicycle locks as well comes in different forms. These types of locks for bicycles include cable locks, folding locks, frame locks, lock chain combination, U-locks, wall/floor anchors and many more. Each has their own specifications by function and works basically the same. With these locks in check, thieves will definitely think twice before attempting to steal bicycles especially in broad daylight.

Bicycle thieves have become very proficient in their trade using a variety of tools at their disposal to help them steal bikes. The angle grinder for instance, has become quite a famous tool for them that are used to break locks in a matter of seconds. This means that your basic bicycle lock may not be adequate enough to protect them from being stolen. However, as technology progresses, different means in reinforcing protection with bicycles have been introduced and is made accessible to the public.

Back then, when you bicycle gets stolen, what owners do is usually report them to the police or post flyers about them in the neighborhood in hopes that reports about a stolen bike will emerged. However, today bicycle owners are able to do more in an event where their bikes get stolen. Now there are best techs to secure your bike that are available in the market. This includes an electronic GPS tracker which possible to locate the stolen bike wherever it may roam. There are also digital smart locks that lets one secure their bikes through their phone. In an event that you bicycle gets stolen, a 120db alarm will trigger texting the user at the same time.

Just like any other locks, cases where your keys may get lost can occur making this very problematic especially with bicycle owners as they will not be able to use their bikes for quite some time. This is where the services of a professional locksmith become handy to acquire as they are able to help you with your case. It is good to hear that their services can be easily acquired over the internet today.

Mobile Video Cameras Add to the Social Visibility & Safety of Cycling

by Garry Perio

Cyclist visibility and safety is a difficult problem. In 2014, 45 cyclists were killed on Australian road and 9 were killed up to May 2015. Thousands of cyclists are involved in minor incidents monthly while hundreds are hospitalized, these incidents involved motor vehicles. A research from the University of Adelaide showed that the driver was at fault in 80% of serious incidents involving cyclist. A study showed that drivers fail to see 22% of cyclist on the road in clear view of their vehicle. The younger the driver, the more likely the cyclists are not visible to them. 31% of cyclists were not seen by drivers aged 20-29, compared with 21% by those aged 50-59. SMIDSY or “Sorry Mate, I didn’t see you” is the sardonic acronym that describes the standard response from drivers.

Prior to the advent of mobile video cameras, bad driving reported to the police rarely progressed because of the lack of reliable evidence. Mobile camera an impact-resistant, mountable camera that records the footage during ride is the “black box” equivalent to the riders. Mobile video cameras mounted on the helmet or clipped on the bike seat or handle bar are enabling cyclist to capture high quality video evidence of motoring misdemeanours.

Mobile cameras are a form of insurance for bikers that can provide footage for the police after a crash. This is especially helpful in cases of hit-and-runs, since the camera is closer and the image and audio quality is better than surveillance cameras. The video can be played back in the courtroom for the driver to verify his actions. Mobile cameras are invaluable for legal purposes, the video holds up well in court as long as the cyclist gets on the stand and testifies that the film is unedited and accurately depicts the incident. The cameras could serve as a deterrent for motorist who may drive recklessly or harass cyclists. When motorist are aware that people are using cameras, they’ll be more careful not to get caught.

The most popular camera model used by cyclists is the GoPro which was launched in 2005. Next was the Fly6 with a built-in HD camera that can record four hours of footage. Cyclists who film incidents on action cameras are also known as “visualantes” or the vigilantes on the digital platform. Visualantes upload their mobile videos  on social media like YouTube and submit to the police. A number of road-rage incidents are appearing on YouTube and other social media are growing. Mobile video cameras add to the social visibility and safety of cycling. YouTube is also populated with side swipes, close calls, road rage and cyclist-bashing footage.

Mobile cameras and other action cameras are also used by cyclist to record scenic adventures and other crazy cycling videos. Videos are posted to YouTube and YoutTube subscribers and Twitter followers help make the video go viral. Crazy Mountain biking POV has more than 800,000 views on YouTube.

The sales of mobile cameras have soared, the market is reacting accordingly. A combination of bike light and audio visual camera designed to record cyclist footage is an impartial observer that can help determine who is at fault in case of crash. The boom in mobile cameras is a real symptom of the safety issues on cycling. Encouraging cyclist to be extra vigilant will improve their safety and visibility on the road.

The Psychic Cyclist: How Amelia Stargaze Rode to Fame

by Garry Perio

We have all heard about the famous psychic cyclist, Amelia Stargaze, who before having a sex change, competed as a man in the Tour de France, as Emilio Pene. Emilio who competed well for Spain in a number of cycling races, including the Olympics, then went on to find much greater success as a psychic. Although, she, by then a woman, continued to combine both pursuits until her untimely death in 1994.

By defining her personal brand as the catchy “Psychic Cyclist” she was able to get a lot of TV coverage and into women’s magazines. Amelia became the ambassador for Castelli; one of the leading women’s cycling brands. She also regularly competed in London’s Mind Body Spirit Grand Prix, a women’s road race for predominantly psychic competitors, where cyclists had to foresee the exact route of the race; including a shrouded finishing line. Amelia had her own psychic advice page in the best selling magazine, Multitasking.

Amelia Stargaze began work as a phone psychic, taking calls when mounted on her exercise bike in her apartment living room. Her popularity was soon established and she made appearances on morning television shows and psychic specials. She was often a commentator for networks covering the Tour de France and other leading cycling races. Her novelty “personal brand” as the psychic cyclist helped establish a powerful profile in the cycling and psychic worlds. You can never underestimate the value of branding and marketing when attempting to gain traction in highly competitive industries. Becoming a spokesperson for the two wheeled Lycra clad hobbyists with a taste for seeing into the future set her up for life.

Sadly in 1994 Amelia was killed when the peloton she was travelling in was hit by a speeding Monaco millionaire in his Ferrari – something she had failed to predict. Her time at the top had been a spicy mix of spiritual and pedal power traversing roads less travelled in record times. She didn’t say, “feel the fear and do it anyway” and she, also, didn’t say, “it’s all about the bike stupid”, but by the gleam of her crystal clustered spokes, she cut a swathe through the collective consciousnesses of us all. The Psychic Cyclist: How Amelia Stargaze Rode to Fame is currently in pre-production as a new feature film starring Meryl Streep and co-starring Hugh Jackman as Emilio Pene.



Cycling Betting: The Joys & Risks to the Sport

by Garry Perio

If you’re like me, the idea of betting on cycling seems akin to spending a summer’s day in the library; why would you do it? But more and more people are doing it, betting on the boys and girls on the bikes. Putting down hard earned bucks on the pedal power of an individual or a team and backing the Lycra clad champions to get it done. It has been big business in Europe for many years with the premier races like the Tour de France, The Giro d’Italia and The Vuelta a España, capturing the attention of the world.

These races have it all: the drug cheats, huge swathes of gambling money and prodigious feats of athleticism by the entrants. Plus pretty girls kissing sweaty cheeks of yellow jersey wearing winning cyclists. The streets of these road races are lined with passionate spectators watching the race and occasionally getting involved, to the detriment of proceedings. People dress up, picnic by the cycleway and party hard. Cyclist prang into each other and spectators at high speeds. They fall off going around sharp bends and collide with all sorts of unforeseen things. High drama attends your betting on the push bike boys and girls.

Lance Armstrong, the world’s biggest drug cheat, remains cycling’s most enduring celebrity, despite being retired for several years. The gall of this chap, the blatant ballsy lies, he had more front than a double decker bus. When Lance was in the race the bookies had him favourite; perhaps, they had less gumption than the rest of us. Free betting is available from online gambling agencies for these cycling races; to encourage a flutter on the spinning wheels of these super cyclists. Cycling betting: the joys and risks to the sport are about in equal measure.

On the one hand we have the thrill of backing home a winner in the saddle, atop his lightweight frame. The famous sprints for the finishing line with pedalists straining to become medallists. The heartbreaking climbs into the mountains performed by testosterone fuelled madmen. The cheering throngs of fans watching a bike race. On the other hand you have masses of money changing hands, which encourages chemical experimentation to improve endurance and race performances. Cycling has been a sport plagued by this kind of thing at the top level and when you understand the millions of dollars, people like Lance Armstrong were making, it is not hard to comprehend why.



Cycling is Good Therapy For Kids

by Garry Perio
Cycling is Good Therapy For Kids

Cycling is an activity that can be enjoyed by both young and old individuals alike. This makes cycling accessible to a large number of individuals all over the world. Furthermore, children at an early age are also being taught by their parents on how to a ride bicycle making it a fun recreational activity for them. Aside from the overall fun and enjoyment which cycling provides, it is also considered to be a good form of exercise as well as therapy. Cycling is good therapy for kids and a huge number of people are able to benefit greatly from the said activity.

Exercise helps improve mobility as well as keep one healthy and fit. This is the reason why people are encouraged to stretch their muscles and do exercise on a regular basis. With that being said, not everyone is able to enjoy the overall activity particularly with children. They often find exercise boring and tedious making it harder to convince them to do exercise, psychologists at Coffs Harbour can assist both you and your children to overcome these road blocks in child development. Cycling is worthwhile activity that combines exercise and fun. This is the reason why children love riding their bikes without them knowing that they are already engaged in exercise.

Cycling can certainly help kids who have learning difficulties with their hand-eye-foot co-ordination making it a good therapy alternative to those with learning difficulties. It promotes physical and mental wellbeing while providing other benefits such as improved postural control, strength and stamina and promotes body and environmental awareness. Cycling is also considered to be a low impact activity which means that it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise making it suitable for children as well as adults. It also does not require high levels of physical skill. Furthermore, it can be used as a mode of transport making it time-efficient replacing sedentary time that is spent driving motor vehicles or using trams, trains or buses with healthy exercise.

As means of therapy, there is a wide range if cycles designed for children with disabilities. This makes it possible for them to engage in cycling with the help of specialist bikes that are designed to cater for the needs of the individual. This includes bikes such as the two wheeled tandems, the wheelchair tandem, tricycles. One can also modify their bikes by adding stabilizers to offer some additional balance and support.

Aside from therapy that is used to aid in learning difficulties, cycling can also be used to address several mental health conditions such as depression, stress and anxiety. Physically active people are less likely to develop negative feelings. This is due to the effects of the exercise itself as well as because of the overall enjoyment which riding a bike can bring.

Cycling is indeed a worthwhile activity that is enjoyed by a huge number of individuals. It is good to hear that cycling can be used as a form of therapy that is perfect for kids. This makes it easy for children to pursue the therapy sessions since they are having fun with the said activity. This can also help them cope with their learning difficulties in an effective and efficient manner. Consider adding cycling as a form of exercise and as a means of recreational activity for yourself or with your loved ones and friends.

Cycling Is Good For Your Posture

by Garry Perio
Cycling Is Good For Your Posture

Good posture is at the top list when you are talking about good health. Having correct posture means your bones are properly aligned and your muscles, ligaments and joints are balanced and supported. It means your vital organs are in the right position and can function efficiently. Correct posture is a very important way to keep the back and spine healthy. It is critical in reducing the levels of back, neck pain, and fatigue.

Good posture impacts mental and physical health. The benefits of educating yourself in developing good posture include healthy spine, good balance and coordination, improved motor skills, normal functioning of the nervous system, less chronic pain and fatigue. Poor posture can affect digestion, breathing, elimination, muscles, joints and ligaments. People with poor posture are often tired or unable to work efficiently or move properly. Symptoms of poor posture are fatigue, tight muscles, joint stiffness and pain. Correct posture is a simple way to keep the intricate structures in the back and spine healthy.

Cycling is ideal for those suffering from bad posture because it introduces the body with the upright position. As you get used to cycling, your body will be asking you to sit upright even if you’re not on the bike. Cycling is beneficial for the body aside from the posture benefits, cycling has numerous aspects which are great for the body. Riding a bike will help you with strength training, balance, cardiovascular fitness and stamina. Cycling is a low-impact exercise that can be a full body workout that will make you feel more energized.

Cycling can strengthen the muscles around the spinal cord which help the body gain good posture. It can also help ease the discomfort of back pain associated with poor posture. People with back pain tend to take up cycling to minimize the pain. Regular cycling is the best way to reduce the risk of health problems such as heart attack, stroke, depression, obesity and arthritis.

It is common for cyclist to get aches and pains as the body adjust and accommodates to the bike. The ability to adopt good posture on the bike will depend on correct fitting and adjustment of the bike. Bicycle shops can help fit the bike to a person’s body measurements to get the cyclist into the best aerodynamic position. To help reduce discomforts during the rides, cyclist must pay close attention to their posture. If pain persist after few weeks seek your nearest osteopathy clinic to see if you suffered musculoskeletal injuries from cycling.

Get in the habit of periodically checking your posture as you ride. Have the seat at the right height and right distance to avoid injury. By focusing on bike fitting and your posture while riding you can develop your muscles to work efficiently. Good posture means using less energy to ride your bike, greater comfort and less fatigue. With the right fit and good posture the only time you should feel pain is when you decide to push yourself to the limits with a fast sprint. The effect of the exercise and the enjoyment that riding a bike brings can reduce mental health conditions such as depression, stress and anxiety.

Social Media For Cycling Enthusiasts

by Garry Perio
Social Media For Cycling Enthusiasts

Social media is used on a regular day to day basis by millions of individuals all over the world. This allows its users to share their experience to their friends and loved ones as well as to their follower and fans. Cycling enthusiasts benefit greatly from social media especially since they love to document their travels in their respective social media pages. They often need to get in touch with fellow individuals who share the same passion and adoration about cycling. Social media for cycling enthusiasts is perfect for those who want to find such people over the internet.

It is great that cycling enthusiasts are able to share their experience online through social media. Additionally, they can find cycling groups and organizations online which they can join. Cycling’s scope is considered vast and expansive especially if one wants to tour around the world. This is where cycling sponsors often becomes very handy as they are able to provide motivation for fellow cyclers as well as a means to fulfill their dreams. It is good to hear that you can easily look up cycling clubs, bicycle shops and other associated terms  online such as the ones listed below.

  1. Going Slowly

Going Slowly is a scrapbook of Tara & Tyler’s adventure documenting their bicycle tour around the world.

  1. Cycling the Globe

Cycling the Globe is about a 50,000 km solo bicycle adventure through 40 countries around the world.

  1. Oshawa Cycling

Oshawa Cycling has been established since 1980 and strives to promote safe and healthy cycling to its members.

  1. Cross Canada Tour Society

This is a non-profit organization whose members are mainly retired people and others who enjoy recreational cycling.

  1. Atomic Racing

Atomic Racing is one of Vancouver’s oldest road racing clubs. Meet likeminded individuals to train and race with.

  1. British Cycling

British Cycling encourages everyone from fans and riders to cycling enthusiasts and professionals to get involved with them in cycling.

  1. Vero Cycling

Vero Cycling was formed to promote cycling and to encourage all cyclists of all levels, from beginning to advanced; to advocate for cycling related interests; to promote safe cycling; and to encourage respect among cyclists and non-cyclists.

  1. Stretford Wheelers Cycling Club

Stretford Wheelers Cycling Club is formed by a group of individuals from the Manchester and Cheshire area who are keen on cycling, with competitive and social cyclist in the club.

  1. 718 Cyclery

Cycling shop offering exclusive, hard-to-find brands, custom builds, tune-ups & free classes.

  1. Rapha

Rapha provides all around cycling clothing from top to bottom with matching accessories as well for both men and women alike. They also run a blog that posts the latest Rapha news, events and commentaries.

  1. Look Mum No Hands

Look mum no hands! is a bicycle cafe/bar/workshop. Cyclists can drop by their place for food, drink, cycling on the big screen and events.

  1. Denver Bicycle Café

The Denver Bicycle Cafe is all about the bicyclist and community. They provide coffee and tea, beer and wine, and bicycle service to their customers on a regular basis.

Engage with fellow cycling enthusiasts today and don’t forget to share your experience online in the social media


Furniture Tours for Cyclists

by Garry Perio
Furniture Tours for Cyclists

There is a huge variety of furniture that is available in the market in the present. The choices are vast and expansive which caters to the taste and preference of different individuals all over the world. This makes it quite easy to look for a particular furniture piece of your liking. Cyclists in particular spend a good chunk of their time outdoors riding off with their bikes. They are able to go to distant places in an efficient manner using only their bicycle. Of course, by the end of the day they will need to relax and unwind at home. This makes it essential to find suitable furniture for them. Furniture tours for cyclists have become a popular activity allowing them to acquire unique furniture during their travels.

There are groups of cycling enthusiasts who are also furniture enthusiasts. In their endeavors in finding suitable furniture for their home, they tour around the community looking for furniture shops. They cycle around from Sydney furniture shop to Sydney furniture shop and antique stores as well, spotting items they might need. They can also accidentally stumble and find one while they are riding their bike across the streets.

It is good to hear that furniture is fairly accessible in this present day and age making it easy for a huge number of people to find them particularly over the internet. For cyclists, this helps save them a considerable amount of time as they can head over directly to the said location. A simple look up of the term “furniture stores Sydney” will produce quite a large number of results over several search engine websites found today. Listed below are some of the furniture shops that can be found in Sydney.

  1. Furnish.Com Australia

265 Parramatta Rd, Auburn NSW 2144, Australia

+61 1300 286 523

  1. Outdoor Furniture Store Sydney | Dickson Avenue

28 Dickson Ave, Artarmon NSW 2064, Australia

+61 2 9439 9399

  1. By Dezign Auburn

265 Parramatta Rd, Auburn NSW 2144, Australia

+61 2 9648 4922

  1. Frisco Furniture

12/265 Parramatta Rd, Auburn NSW 2144, Australia

+61 2 9737 9996

  1. Bedworks

52 Parramatta Road, Sydney NSW 2048, Australia

+61 2 9517 1711

  1. Collectika

2/82-84 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042, Australia

+61 2 9557 8008

  1. Beyond Furniture Crows Nest

306 Pacific Hwy, Crows Nest NSW 2065, Australia

+61 2 9438 2844

  1. Fantastic Furniture Chullora

62 Hume Hwy, Chullora NSW 2190, Australia

+61 2 8713 8713


  1. Hudson Furniture

13/21-29 Chester St, Annandale NSW 2038, Australia

+61 2 9557 2921

  1. Glicks Furniture

7A Danks Street, Waterloo NSW 2017, Australia

+61 2 9698 7771

  1. Johnny’s Furniture

175 Parramatta Rd, Granville NSW 2142, Australia

+61 2 8628 0780

  1. Loft Furniture & Other Ideas

163 Clovelly Rd, Clovelley NSW 2031, Australia

+61 2 9326 6588

There are definitely more furniture stores in Sydney when you look them up over the internet. Some cyclists decide to go with their gut feeling and instead roam around and find furniture shops on their own. Whether you decide to purchase through their physical store or through online means, you will not be finding any shortage of furniture today to equip your home. Look for unique furniture today.

Elderly Cyclists an Inspiration to All

by Garry Perio

Is there an age when one should stop cycling? Lay down the push bike forever more? More elderly people are cycling than ever before; right around the globe. I think that in the past, we were encouraged to see cycling as the pursuit of the young; something that mature human beings simply did not do. But today, in an age where grandmas are wearing hotpants, to see an older person clad in colourful Lycra is not so uncommon. Bikes are getting more bike paths in Australian cities, which protects cyclists from accidents with cars.

There have been reports from Holland, that Mecca of pedal power (being so flat it makes sense), of elderly cyclists being knocked off their bikes and killed. This is despite Holland claiming to be the safest place in the world to ride a bike. It seems, the majority of cycling deaths in this nation involve those over sixty five. Bikes are lighter and faster now and commentators have suggested that it is the slower reaction times of older cyclists which is contributing to the prevalence of accidents and deaths; particularly when they are on electrically assisted cycles. In a typical ‘nanny state’ reaction there have been calls for the elderly to be banned from riding bikes.

Sedentary lifestyles kill, we now know this, if we can get more people exercising and riding bikes it will improve their health, extend their lives and save millions of dollars off the health budget. Let’s keep building more cycle paths and encouraging more people to ride; which might mean we will also have less cars on the road. The best super funds could invest in urban bicycle programs; building more pathways and promoting cycling as a healthy option for the elderly. Health funds could offer discounts on bikes, Lycra and helmets.

There are natural ageist tendencies in the young against the elderly, most do not like to see older Australians strutting their stuff. Kids don’t like to see their parents displaying amorousness. It is as if physicality is the domain of youth and an elderly person on a bicycle is an insult to the natural order of things. The baby boomers, however, have other ideas, and their generation will be doing the splits and cartwheels down the street for as long as they can draw breath. Get used to seeing more wobbly cyclists on the road around our great nation; and please remember to take care of them.

Don’t Do This on the Road: Sex on a Bicycle

by Garry Perio

Does tight Lycra turn you on? Do you love those well muscled calves and thighs pumping hard on the pedals? Have you ever tried having sex on a bicycle? Now, certain modes of transport have traditionally been associated with the act of coitus. The backseat of your car is forever linked to young love; parking at Mount Inspiration and at the Drive-In testing your suspension. The ‘mile high club’ in the toilet cubicle, or in your seat, of the passenger jet. I imagine, that the covered wagon was rollicking way out west back in the old days. The cruise ship is another place for the pick-up and nights of passion for the young and restless. I think, I remember, something about Lawrence of Arabia, an Arab boy and a camel; but I could be mistaken. Red Indians on horseback, the brave and the squaw, for sure. Hannibal probably got down to it on an elephant, when he wasn’t busy slaughtering Romans. But bonking on a bike?

Two things immediately spring to mind, a very comfortable seat and rhythmic coordination. Circus artists have probably been into it for decades, because balance would be extremely important. I see, in my mind’s eye, that the best method would be the chap, initially seated on the banana style seat and naked from the waist down, peddling steadily. I see, our gallant gal facing him, also naked from the waist down, but, perhaps, completely naked for added visual stimulation. If our hero is holding the handle bars, then, our lovely lady, probably, has her arms around him. As we all know, when riding a bicycle it is important to maintain momentum to keep your balance and to stay on the bike. Right, imagining our chap’s erect penis sticking, pretty much, straight up, then, our fearless femme fatal needs to raise and lower herself upon his stiffened male member. Something to brace her feet upon seems a prerequisite for pulling off this move successfully; perhaps, a specially designed foot rest is called for here. Once, our participants are sexually interlocked, the coordinated rhythmic rising and lowering would be paramount to a prolonged and effective coupling. This method would ask of the woman prodigious muscle strength and control, because the bloke would need to keep his focus on peddling and maintaining forward momentum. Sex on a bike is not for the unfit!

It is recommended that the surface beneath the bicycle wheels is something like well mown grass, because our stunt lovers would be, quite likely, to come off and crash every now and then. Avoiding bumpy fields would be advisable and don’t do this at home or on the road. I could tell you a true story about riding my brothers racing bike down a steep hill wearing nothing but Speedos and mum’s shopping bag getting caught in the front wheel spokes and the gravel rash I sustained surfing face down the bitumen road. Developing a safety roll in the advent of a misadventure would be well advised for our copulating couple; getting away from the hard pointy bits on the bicycle is really important here. In the words of the drug cheating legend, Lance Armstrong, “it’s all about the bike stupid.”