Gearing Up Again: Never Delay a Bike Ride

Cycling in the rain, cycling in the dark, cycling in the winter (often in a combo with the first two), can make a rider feel a pedal up the hill of their street is their own personal Alpe D’Huez. Regular cyclists encounter regular challenges. Yet, beyond the daily rider there’s another type of rider: someone who has previously been a rider, wants to ride again – but is timid about it. This can be the hardest summit to scale.

There can be many reasons for this. Some of them are more complex than others. But the solution to these challenges is always the same. The rider must get back on the bike, and that’s why anyone looking to restart their riding should not delay doing so for a single day! Ride shamelessly, do so indulgently, do so inelegantly if you must – but just get riding. Any cyclist worth their weight in chamois cream would do well to encourage a new rider on the road, not shame them.

The Cycling Boom Is Very Real

Cycling today is big business. Sure, it’s not news many kids have grown up wheeling a BMX around their neighbourhood. But the rise of cycling’s popularity Click to continue reading

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10 Key Tips for Cycling Beginners


You’ve perhaps seen the Tour de France on TV, you’ve gotten the old Raleigh out of the shed – or maybe gone ahead and gotten a road new bike and resolved to make a go of it – and now you’re faced with setting off on your first ride.  This is great! Cycling is among the best ways to exercise, stay healthy, and have fun.

Yet, it’s also true: cycling on the road can bring with it a number of challenges that can turn a good ride into a bad one. Rather than encounter these mishaps while you’re in the seat, here are 10 tips to ensure you stay safe and ride well.… Click to continue reading

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Coding Is Popular but Complex, Explain It To Me: HTML‚ CSS, and JavaScript (Part 1)

From slick Shopify websites to fun iOS and Android apps, to websites that have a gorgeous visual flair and design you’d love your online brand to have – you know coding is how to get it done. Yet, by very virtue of the term ‘coding’ learning to code can sound pretty daunting.

Rather than presenting itself as a straightforward and transactional process just like a college degree where you’ll learn first-year subjects, second-year subjects, and then go on to learn the harder content in your third (and fourth) years, coding can conjure up mental images of those World War 2 spying and NASA launching rockets into orbit.

Spy ingenuity and space exploration may provide remarkable showings of human ability, but this image of coding can be confronting for a blogger or eCommerce store owner sitting at home and thinking about how they can grow their enterprise.

Accordingly, often asking ‘where do I start coding? results in very complex answers. Let’s point you in the right direction with a plain language outline of your options Click to continue reading

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Chris Cincotta’s Camera and Community


CC are Melbourne photographer Chris Cincotta’s initials. Yet, they may as well stand for the two pillars upon which he’s built his career: cameras and community. In the day-to-day trade of being a photographer in Melbourne, engagement and interaction with community is a must. However, the way in which Chris does it surely makes him a rare commodity.

This Melbourne photographer, who has spent many afternoons and evenings along the coastal trails and among the Melbourne CBD – including having shot some of Bayside’s most famed and picturesque spots – is now in a sense very much anchored down. After a most interesting couple of years around Australia and across the world, Chris is now a Melbourne-based photographer, regularly selling his photos day-by-day in the CBD, and who also a very proud Melburnian. It sounds so straightforward, but just like an Ansel Adams landscape or a Leibovitz portrait; the detail is so very often everything. Chris’ story needs to be given some further colour and scope then.

By his own words, Chris says photography was not the first or most foremost love of his early life. Like many young men who’ve grown up in rural NSW – Chris originally … Click to continue reading

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Violence, Alcohol and Public Transport

Article first published in St Kilda News June 2013


by Ed Kennedy

The Coalition government has announced an extension to the ban on new venues selling liquor after 1am continuing the policy first introduced by the former Labor Government in 2011. The ban was continued with the same aims it was brought about; with the stated desire to combat alcohol related violence.

However many in the liquor industry feel the extension of the ban places a great amount of responsibility upon bars, pubs and clubs when many real causes and issues surrounding the problem remain unaddressed by government.

‘I feel much of the problem with violence is caused by lack of sufficient late night transport.’ says Trevor Hines, General Manager of the Temperance Hotel, Windsor.

‘People all come out of the venue at the same time and this becomes an issue if they don’t get a tram, train or cab.’

Marco Martinez, bar manager of LALA Land in the Melbourne C.B.D also feels transport is a key to combating alcohol fuelled violence.

‘I believe an extension of the lockout is not the whole answer. I think the government should work on the infrastructure more.’

‘It’s fine they need us … Click to continue reading

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Formula One Debate in High Gear


Formula One fans celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first Grand Prix at Albert Park last month.

This milestone has come alongside the revelations of the events cost, which have amplified debate surrounding the Grand Prix. It was the first time since the Kennett government brought the race back to Melbourne in 1996 that the annual hosting fee of $57 million was made public following a leak in January.

It also comes just before negotiation of a contract extension is due to get under way in the second half of this year. The current contract expires in 2015.

Given that we host the Australian Open, Melbourne Cup and Australian Grand Prix, we love to boast we are Australia’s sporting capital.

Central to the Grand Prix debate is its impact beyond Australian shores. Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott says more than any other sporting event the race cements Melbourne as an international city.

“The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix remains the jewel in the crown of Victoria’s major events calendar,” said Mr Westacott.

“There is no other annual sporting event that compares to Formula 1 when it comes to positioning a city on the global stage.”

For Peter … Click to continue reading

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Geelong Gears Up Again for Racing


The Geelong Revival Festival was held over the weekend along the waterfront of Corio Bay, stretching all the way from Eastern Beach to Cunningham Pier. Over a kilometre of road and parkland was closed off for car lovers. So they can showcase and admire classic machinery, trade notes – and race.

Geelong has held sprint trials in one form or another held since 1956. The trials are a rare opportunity for racers to see (legally) just how fast their vehicle can drive on a metropolitan street. Struggles with financing led to a nine-year absence since 2003 when the event was last held. Although in the intervening years smaller events were held this year marks the first time sprint racing has returned, and the event was of a similar scale of its glory years.

Steve and Cate Schreck attended the festival as competitors with Steve racing his Mazda 1982 RX8. Entered into a competitive class with some purpose-built machines, the self-built Mazda ultimately came 5th with a best time of 13.8 seconds.

For Steve, alongside the competitive showing in the trials it was the atmosphere surrounding the event that made it so special.

“There are guys here who often race … Click to continue reading

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