Try the track at Chandler Velodrome

Trying the track at Chandler Velodrome in Brisbane, Queensland is relatively simple if you are already part of a cycling club that rides on the track — most clubs will happily introduce existing members to riding on the track. However, many riders who want to ride on the track are not yet part of a cycling club, so following is a simple guide to getting on Chandler Velodrome for the first time. The informationmore »

How to make a hot knife for less than $14

Paint scraper butane torch hot knife

A hot knife is a very handy item to have in your tool kit if you sail boats and need to cut ropes. A hot knife can cut and seal nylon and polyester ropes in one action, preventing fraying and leaving a nice, clean rope end. If you only need to cut ropes one or twice a year, it can be hard to justify the cost of an electric hot knife, which canmore »

The Noosa Melanoma song — chord tabs for ukulele

This little ditty was inspired by a holiday at Noosa Heads in Queensland, Australia. Despite all the leathery-skinned, wrinkled old people (they were probably a lot younger than they looked!), young people were still sun-baking on Noosa Beach and ending up badly sunburnt every afternoon. We used to walk along Hastings Street in the evenings having a competition to see who could spot the most sunburnt person. You can swap Noosa for yourmore »

Club cycling sessions at Chandler Velodrome

A race start at Repsych's Winter Track Racing Series

If you are new to track cycling in Brisbane, then you are probably wondering about the various cycling sessions held at Chandler Velodrome every week — what is the track cycling scene in Brisbane? Knowing what is on offer may influence your decision on which cycling club to join, as well as help you find sessions that suit your age, ability and fitness. To ride on Chandler Velodrome, you will need to holdmore »

How steep is the banking angle on Chandler Velodrome?

I have had three training sessions with Repsych Training and Development recently on Chandler Velodrome and wondered how steep the banking angle really was. The velodrome banking angle is quite deceptive because of the curve of the track. From the grandstands, it appears quite shallow banking; when you are riding around the top of the banking, it appears very steep! Track statistics on the internet are scarce. About the only (semi)-reliable source Imore »

A MAMIL’s first velodrome cycling experience

Cycling Queensland Chandler Velodrome track hire bikes

I am a middle aged man in lycra – a MAMIL. I raced road bicycles in my school teenage years. I also rode a few laps around the Silverdome (Launceston’s velodrome) in the mid-80s. Apart from that, I have never ridden on the track. It was time to step up to the velodrome. A few years ago I looked down and decided that my middle-aged spread had to go. I tried running, but itmore »

Building up a Cycling Deal track/fixie frame TF — tips and tricks

Cycling Deal track/fixie frame TF

Building up a fixie/singlespeed frame is pretty simple. There are no finiky derailleurs to adjust or cables to run. You can generally just bolt on wheels, drive train, steering assembly and a saddle. When building up my Cycling Deal track/fixie frame TF, I did find three quirks that needed to be resolved. 1. Seat post — to shim, or not to shim There are many reviews on the internet saying that people needed tomore »