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Battling through Brisbane

June 8th, 2011

Battling through Brisbane from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken battles his way south through Brisbane’s traffic

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Northbound to Niall’s

June 8th, 2011

I’ve carried heavier sandwiches. If Emma, my trusty steed, is a tough northern lass, Niall’s road bike was a London girl. Not least because ordinarily he had a cast iron rule. Never go out in the wet. Bit problematic I thought in Queensland. And necessitating a previously unheard of exception today. Joining us on the south western outskirts of Brisbane, the State’s capital, for the ride up to his home to the north of the city.

To compound matters, our respective bikes weren’t exactly well matched for speed. A sort of north-south divide. The only thing that gets Emma and I to sprint is a particularly energetic bout of travellers diarrhoea. And Brisbane certainly isn’t the easiest of cities to traverse. Even for an experienced London cycle commuter.

But Niall has endless patience. Unless you’re one of those drivers to behave plain dangerously. Before you cut someone up make sure you know who they are. Police officers are never really off-duty. Red traffic lights are a great leveller.

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Roo road

March 18th, 2011

Roo road from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken, together with trusty steed Emma, enjoys quieter roads. Which means less lorries – trucks – or buses.

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Right of passage

December 15th, 2010

Right of passage from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

If you can fathom out the Highway Code from this, do let me know. Tomorrow night, Ken thinks he may have found a rice field…

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