Archive for September, 2006


ABCycLister Down

September 25, 2006

So who is the ABC’s “PLASTERED PRESENTER”? None other than one of our own ABCycListers.

In the dog-eat-dog media world, Presenters live in mortal fear of having their chair pulled out from beneath them. James Valentine can now at least say that he already knows what it feels like. It hurts. 

According to radio-writer Sue Javes from the Sydney Morning Herald’s “the guide” section today:

702 ABC’s afternoon presenter James Valentine will be in plaster for six weeks after coming unstuck while cycling to work last week. Valentine was cycling uphill in Bondi last Monday on his regular route to the ABC in Ultimo when the bolt securing his bike seat flew out. “The seat dislodged and I literally pedalled my foot into Birrell Street,” he says. He broke bones in his right leg and ankle, which required surgery. Valentine spent the week in hospital and reckons half of Bunnings Warehouse is keeping his ankle together. Ian Rogerson is filling in on the 702 afternoon shift but Valentine hopes to be back on air in a few days.

But, more importantly, when will James be back in the saddle?

Meanwhile, in a bid to cheer the poor bloke up, the ABCycList would like to hear from anyone with their own cycling tale of woe – especially all those self-inflicted injuries. Got something better than a loose seat-post bolt? I had a gap-toothed schoolmate who lost his front tooth after cycling into the back of a parked car – at the time he was riding uphill and had his butt out of the seat and his head low – not looking ahead – and pedalled slowly but forcefully into the stationary object in his path. From my vantage point on my bike behind him, it was truly one of the funniest things I ever saw.

Got your own story? Let’s hear it – best yarn wins a copy of The Mountain Bike Book from the Book Barn.


I like it, but is it Art?

September 12, 2006



Here’s an offer too good to refuse from ABCycLister (and Sydney Body Art Ride organiser) Jake Lloyd Jones – free nibblies… free drinks… and acres of bare flesh. Well, photos of not-so-bare painted flesh anyway. Once looking at the sort of stuff on show tonight (Wednesday Sept 13) would have got you locked up. If you, like me, could think of no greater crime than to expose yourself while astride a bicycle saddle, why not go check out the images of those who aren’t so inhibited (or perhaps just have better bodies to show).

6.00pm Wednesday 13th of September
Pine St Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine St Chippendale
This community exhibition comprises the best Artistic photographs of our event and a slide show of some of the best event photos. In its second year the Sydney Body Art Ride has already become an important event in Sydney’s artistic calendar. The ride has raised over $20,000 for Children’s Cancer Research and gives ordinary citizens a chance to be artists for the day creating a unique living artwork “The Human Rainbow”. Please join us on Opening Night as the exhibition will only be open for a short time. Free drinks and nibblies will be provided. Photos will be available for sale to raise funds for next year’s ride which will be another fundraiser, with 100% of money raised going to Children’s Cancer Institute Australia. Contact Jake Lloyd Jones – 0419 279 759 or