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Book giveaway! Win a copy of Where to Ride (in your city)

Bicycling Australia has given me two copies of its Where to Ride book series on cycling in Australian cities to give away to readers of The Urbanist. The winners can choose which city they want

The Urbanist is giving away two copies of Where to Ride (in the city of your choice)

THIS COMPETITION IS CLOSED.

The Where to Ride series published by Bicycling Australia provides comprehensive guides to cycling paths and routes in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane (SEQ), Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart (Tasmania).

Information on how to enter is provided below. The winners can choose the book on the Australian city of their choice.

These are high quality books, selling at my LBS for $34.95. Here’s the publishers blurb on the Sydney version of the guide:

The 144 rides included in Where to Ride Sydney range from short rides, suitable for beginners or younger riders, to longer distances that demand a reasonable degree of fitness and skill. Each of the rides described is rated to give a guide as to what to expect. There is also a location map and directions to help navigate you through the ride.

Designed to be a useful resource, Where to Ride Sydney is much more than just a good read. With clear directions, stunning photography, GPS generated mapping, and interesting background information for each ride, Where to Ride Sydney sets a new standard for quality and presentation in cycling guide books.

The book uses a gloss paper stock, tough enough to cope with the rigours of sweaty hands and plenty of use out on the trail. Riders will appreciate the sturdy construction and convenient spiral binding of the book, this includes a fold out overview map of all 144 rides that doubles as a book marker with map legend, ride ratings and terrain guide. Riders can refer between the map they are using and reference information with ease.

Author Simon Hayes, who is also Editor of Bicycling Australia, brings a wealth of experience to Where to Ride Sydney. He has personally ridden hundreds of kilometres around Sydney to map the rides for the book. An exciting bonus is a chapter on kid’s rides, so everyone in the family can join in the fun of cycling!

Bicycle Australia also has guides to cycling routes in regional Victoria, as well as mountain biking routes in Sydney and Melbourne.

It publishes guides to cycling routes in overseas cities too, including London, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland and Washington DC.

To be in the running to win one of the two copies on offer, all you have to do is answer this simple question: How many bicycles in the one household is just too bloody many?

Post your answer in the Comments section below. Entries close midnight, Friday 10 May 2013. One entry per person and the books will only be posted within Australia.

The winners can choose which Australian cities they want. Books will be posted direct by Bicycle Australia.

As always, the quality of your nomination has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on whether or not you’ll win. The winner will be determined strictly at random.

There’s no correct answer – you just can’t be in the running unless you offer an answer of some sort.

Of course, a little explanation and even a modicum of wit would be appreciated, but isn’t necessary. If you can’t think of an answer, your entry will be valid if you put “too many is never enough” or “nil – everyone should walk”.

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40 thoughts on “Book giveaway! Win a copy of Where to Ride (in your city)

  1. Judy Mraz

    With a (too) large shed, we not only have our family bikes (4) but 3 bikes that are too small or a bit too old. But, you never know when visitors with or without children will take up the invitation for a ride in the local area. We also have a friend who stores his bikes when he regularly visits South America for extended periods – thank goodness for hoists! He owns 4 totaling in value to over $20,000. He doesn’t own a car. So, you can never have enough.

  2. HaveAchat

    I would think that each pedal needs a foot so half as many bikes as feet (not including the pets of course). And, confirmation could be gained by counting the bums and for each bum there needs to be a saddle and each bike needs at least one saddle. Therefor one bike per bum (not arse because sometimes there are arses with bums and bums that are arses and this can confuse the count).
    So to recap………. for each bum there are two legs, logical as this is where they meet and for each bum there is one saddle and for each saddle there should be one bike. So a house should have one for each bum or half the number of legs.

  3. David Hunt

    There’s no such thing as too many bicycles. Unless I trip over one of the kids’ while trying to navigate the garage late at night, or discover I have a flat tyre (inevitably when I’m in a rush in the morning after lingering over one more coffee)– then THAT’s the one too many.

  4. Jane Lodge

    I’m working on it. So far I’ve got to 7, but it’s not enough.

  5. Martin Mankowski

    How long is a piece of string? You need:
    – A commuter for work
    – 2 for road cycling (one training bike, 1 race bike)
    – A touring bike for long distances
    – A time trial bike for triathlons
    – A mountain bike for any off road stuff
    – A fixie for when you ride to any hipster areas to have a latte or cider
    – A penny farthing for any novelty events
    – A unicycle in case you join the circus
    – A tandem bike to ride with your partner (whilst humming the obligatory ‘Pushbike Song’ by the mixtures!)
    – A BMX so you can give your mates a ‘dink’
    – An old bike with no chain you can leave in the front yard to rust and have the grass grow over
    – A bike with spokie dokies and a flag pole you can ride to school for bike ed
    – A $15,000 super light weight carbon bike you never ride cause you’re too scared you’ll crash it
    – One of those push bikes with a little motor that have a top speed of walking pace, for when you cant be bothered pushing into that 60km/h head wind.
    – The bike with the dodgy seat and slow leak tyre that you give to friends to ride when they stupidly come over without their bike.
    – The bike that weighs a tonne and so you never use, but keep just because you like the colour!

    I’m sure i’ve missed a few here. I’ll just go and check my garage… 🙂

  6. Billy Greenham

    A limit is only a limited state of mind – there can never be enough! Well, maybe the 14 in our shed is a little over the top…

  7. Courtney Brideson

    At current count we are at three per person but I’m pretty sure they are breeding in the shed so it could be more.

  8. Kirsten Wallace

    Do scooters count?

  9. Sean Walsh

    Agree with the (n+1) rule, although my interpretation has always been that n is the the number your partner will tolerate.

  10. Barry Cross

    One per person on the off chance they will see the health benefits of saddling up. if not now, later.

  11. Ryan Webb

    Once it gets to the point where you can no longer shut the shed, that’s probably too much. I reckon we can squeeze one more in there.

  12. mcphail01

    A hyrbrid bike for every member of the family.

    Anything more and it is a waste of money, unless you are a proper cycling nut.

  13. Henry Lim

    As many as there are riders… +1 to encourage those who don’t ride!!!

  14. Richard Scott

    Living next to some of excellent mountain bike country, with a commute to work on less challenging terrain – I’d like two (not just my hybrid) and at least one each for the three teenage boys. But we’ve got at least three more. I think my answer would have to be be n+1, but where n is the number of rack slots/hangers My patio is a mess at the moment because we’re at n+4

  15. Gould Hugh

    Without the inclusion of the word “working” I would never ask my wife this question as she doesn’t understand the concept of “cannibalism”.

  16. Shakespeare

    it’s not a “how many” question, it’s a “when” question. You have too many bikes when you realise that selling the duds on bikexchange will fund the upgrade of your gears, or help you persuade the spouse to let you buy that fixie you’re secretly craving.

  17. Dylan Nicholson

    I’ll admit we have too many when I have to climb over them to get in the front door, but not before!

  18. Abby Lee

    Anything more than one per person is probably too much unless you are an enthusiast

  19. wilful

    Well the four of us have nine bikes between us, and that is definitely too many. Ihave only the one, but it’s my favourite, last bike ever. A perfect commuter bike with an in-hub gearbox and a fixed chain guard, I love it.

  20. hk

    nil – everyone should walk, a statement on side stepping the more serious issue of how do people travel once they feel they cannot safely cycle anymore?

  21. David Eldridge

    When the unrideable bikes outnumber the functioning

  22. JonahBologna

    There are too many bicycles in a house when the lounge room has become a dining room, the dining room has become a garage workshop, and the garage workshop has become a spare parts graveyard.

  23. Karey

    Definitely more than 1 per person, how many depends – at least 1 for commuting for each rider + sporty bikes for those who participate, a cargo bike for shopping, and a folding bike for taking in cars or on public transport.

  24. Novy Wong

    Anything more than 2!!

  25. Melissa Brown

    It’s like saying how many arms are too many… we all say we could do with more.

  26. P Dennis

    I reckon the correct amount is between 1/person and 2/adult, 1/child. More than that is edging past hobby/utility into career and/or obsession.

  27. Krammer56

    One each for two toddlers, one each for two kids, one each for two teenagers, one each for two grown up kids, my current bike and one I got as a teenager 40 years ago plus two attempts at findng a bike my wife would ride.
    After giving away the toddler/kids bikes, we still have 8, but only one gets ridden regularly – clearly too much storage space under the house!

    Just to clarify – that’s not 8 kids – its two kids as they grow!

  28. Tim Castles

    You can never own enough…there’s always an occasion when you need a different bike

  29. David R

    I think two bikes per person is quite reasonable. One bike can be a utility bike for riding down to the shops while the other can be a more sporty model suited to the person’s riding style and preferences. Once the number exceeds two it starts to become excessive though.

  30. Aynur Bulut

    Around 2 per person is probably more than enough

  31. Sebastian Davies-Slate

    I think more than one per person. Having said that, I am contemplating buying a second one.

  32. Sian Dart

    I think the answer is probably 1 per cyclist + 1 as a ‘while it’s in the shop’ option.

  33. robert j hayward

    Six bicycles per household is just too bloody many!

  34. Stephan Millett

    One for the road. One for the dirt. One for touring. One for commuting. One of each of the above for each member of the household who does those things. Then some spares in case friends want a ride, or for grandkids. A recumbent tricycle and the tandem should not count in the total. Nor should the cool re-build you are keeping for the day you move to the inner city. All should be in working order – except for those being kept for spares or because it is a circa 1980 Kuwahara frame.

  35. Alexander Sheko

    There is no such thing as too many bicycles! There are good reasons why the number of bicycles per person in the household might be greater than one, such as having different bikes for specific purposes – this also comes in handy for a friend without a bike. Of course, space constraints will probably prevail, especially for those of us without extensive backyard/shed space, and there are numerous charities that will make excellent use of preloved bikes (e.g. Red Cross’ Migration Support Program).

  36. edge pereira

    1 bike per riding child, 2 bikes per riding adult (me and wife we have carbon for weekends/events/etc and hybrid for weekdays). anything more than that I consider too many.

  37. MarkD

    The correct number to own of course is n + 1, where n = current number owned. Too many? Those that are ugly and not ridden for 12 months should be considered for chucking out–apply same principle to all your stuff.
    My family (5) has 10, 5 are mine — we’re approaching the limit. Having said that, if one or more of my daughters decided that they wanted extra bikes for specific riding purposes, i’d be thrilled! very difficult convincing teenagers that their hair wont be destroyed riding a bike.

  38. Strewth

    Up to double the number of household members is fair – kids particularly will outgrow bikes every few years while growing up, and the grown-ups may have an old one lying around being scavenged for parts. Beyond that, your local bike recyclers have more need of those old bikes than you do!

  39. Colinbong

    Alan,
    When it came to moving house recently, and the clear out of the garage, shed and car port revealed, that in total the family had over the years accrued the grand total of 9 bicycles in various states of repair – something had to be done! Suffice to say the number has been reduced and local charities have done well.

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