Week #25 2018. That was annoying

What’s annoying?  This website has been found by silly people who, during the week, posted a heap of rubbish comments. What do they get out of it I wonder?  The comments have been deleted.

On to real life.  It took a little while and a few “round-the-block” rides to get the Brooks saddle set up on the Brompton in preparation for our caravan/cyclingIMG_20180624_152347 trip.  The ‘Penta-Clip’ that attaches the seat to the post provides for an infinite level of adjustment fore and aft and up and down.  I think the setting is just about there now.   The original saddle is back on Vivente and is also being worked on having replaced the Brooks.  Again, it’s nearly there, nearly comfortable but not quite.  I find it take several rides to get saddles in exactly the right position.  How different to sitting in a “deckchair” on the trike.


One day of the week was “off bike” while I had a bit of my nose (a Plug it was called) cut out and sent off to the Pathology Lab as some sun damage on the beak is suspicious.  I have a neat hole in the nose which, I am assured, will fill in over time.  If it doesn’t perhaps I could screw in a fitting of some sort. The results will be available next week and I am assuming all is well and am looking forward to our winter tour of the mainland.

This week Sue and I received packets through the Mail containing the government sponsored bowel cancer test kit that is now provided to all seniors every two years until the age of 74.  (Wow – I only have one more to go).  It is promoted with a catchy phrase – “Poo, Poke and Post”.  That, apparently, makes it a fun experience …..

Cycling Stuff.

On the day off and after being unplugged I took a trip to Launceston to get a replacement rear light. I had lost the original somewhere along the bike path or in Devon Hills a few days before.  It’s been 3 years since I bought a flashing rear LED light and the power they put out seems to have doubled.  This light will really piss off motorists and anyone cycling behind me if I don’t make sure it is angled out of direct eyesight even in the daytime.  Point it straight back and I will risk get hit by a blinded or angry driver.  Is there such a thing as too much power?  Flashing rear lights are well understood by Australian drivers as meaning ‘cyclist ahead’ but I understand flashing lights are not allowed on the Continent (at least in Germany).  Is that because there they have decent bike tracks or better drivers?

The 21st June was the winter solstice.  I have been asked what Tasmania is like mid-winter and so posted a few pictures on the cycle365 website.  They are repeated here.

Solstice I small

Bishopsbourne Road with it’s naked hawthorn hedges and distant Western Tiers covered in clouds.  So far there has been little snow sitting on the Tiers but that will come.

Solstice 3 small

This is a general view out over the Plains.  The Tiers form the backdrop and the country around here can look pretty bleak on a grey day.

Solstice 4

The old farms dating back to the 1800s often had their driveways planted with European trees.  At this time of year they are leafless and skeletal and look, well, wintery.

While cycling this short Wilmore’s Lane loop for Solstice pictures I also captured some video :


Didn’t make the 100 k this week but did manage to scrape in 82 kilometers.  The next few weeks will be disappointing with regards to my weekly challenge totals as this time next week (Sunday afternoon) we will be heading towards the Ferry to sail to Melbourne for 2 months of exploration on the big island.

Total for week :   83 k            Total for year :  2,632 k       

Vivente :   22 k                     Brompton :    18 k                  Anura : 43 k



Author: antc1946

Born in 1946 I learnt to cycle about 10 years later. On a bike with rods connecting brake levers to the brakes - anyone remember those? I emigrated to Australia (from the UK) in 1974 and moved to Tasmania in 1984. Bicycles were in my life for most of that time although sometimes they were replaced by motorised two wheels for a bit more excitement. On reaching 70 I decided to stick to pedal power but in 2019 an electric recumbent made an appearance. it's now 2023 and I have 3 bikes. 2 e-recumbents and the Brompton.

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