14 January 2015





It is with great pleasure that I, Harry Handlebar, as President and Founding Member, of the Cyber Riders Club, announce that Kylie Minogue our long serving Patron has stepped aside to allow Gail Rehbein to take up the position of Patron of The Cyber Riders Club.

I was talking with Kylie last week and she felt it was only fitting that in recognition of Gail’s decision to use her bike for her sole mode of transport as much as possible during 2015 that she should take over the role of Patron.

Accordingly Gail has been granted full membership with all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto.

Gail is a long-term friend of mine and she tells me she will commit to riding through all seasons, getting helmet hair and turning up sweaty or cold.

She said “Some destinations will be difficult to get to – how will I go bushwalking, how will I get to the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival and there will be others that I can’t anticipate? What about transporting my surfboard the two and half kilometres to the beach? These are things I love to do, places I love to be.”

Her great idea will see her enjoy success, honour and be raised up on the podium of life.

All the best to our new Patron.

You can follow her stories on her blog, A Bike For all Seasons

Current membership of The Cyber Riders Club



  • Life Member   Kylie Minogue (Past Patron)
  • Harry Handlebar member no 1
  • Daisy Chain member no 2
  • Tim Tyre member no 3
  • Court Racing member no 4
  • Northern Bell member no 5
  • Anna Spanner member no 6
  • Dennis Downhill member no 7
  • Pat Puncture member no 8
  • Ian Innatube member no 9
  • Bruced Balls member no 10


Yours from the desk with wheels.

Harry Handlebar






If you haven’t been on the harbour recently then consider a dinner cruise on one of the tall ships. It’s a great way to see Sydney’s sites including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Taronga Zoo and Fort Denison.


Last Saturday night I went on the twilight cruise on the Soren Larsen, a 145 ft. (44m) Brigantine rig tall ship built in Denmark in 1949.


We motored up the Harbour to Shark Island and then turned to sail back toward the Opera House and the Bridge.


You can be part of the crew and help set the sails.



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I saw Pirlo, Tevez, Pogba, Buffon and the rest of Juventus’s squad train at Jubilee Oval Kogarah last night. (Saturday 9 August).

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It was fantastic and along with another 8000 fans I am looking forward to the match against the A-League All Stars this Sunday. Around 65,000 fans are ­expected to witness that encounter.

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The Coppa Italia is the national cup of Italy.

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I love the Silver Shadow and in its day it had every luxury option possible. Gear change, windows, seat adjustment, fuel filler cap, aerial, air conditioning and heating were all electrically operated. A hydraulic system with pumps operated from the cam shaft was also a considerable advance, as were power-operated disc brakes and self-leveling independent suspension.

The Silver Shadow II was introduced in 1977 and was an improved version of the earlier model with changes in external appearance, particularly wrap-around black bumpers with an air dam underneath; handling was also improved. From late 1977 the side-marker lamps were deleted. From mid 1978 on head lamp wipers were mounted.

The Silver Shadow and Silver Shadow II were destined to become the best-selling Rolls-Royce cars ever produced and they remain to this day a Great British icon.

Source – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.


Hunting and gathering is an ancestral thing in my family and as a result, I myself, have long been a contemporary hunter gatherer, fisherman, supermarket shopper and agricultural producer. I rely heavily on this foraging activity and trips to the supermarket  to maintain my independent existence.

Way up on the balcony of my 2nd floor apartment I have become self-sufficient. It’s not a big deal this growing of strawberries because on the world scale, Australia is the 28th largest strawberry producer by volume, with the USA, Spain and Japan being the top three .

There are nearly 600 producers of strawberries in Australia and I’m the smallest of those.

But as you can see I rank very high in production efficiency, producing at least 11 strawberries off one plant, in one small tub, on one small table, on one small deck, in a suburb with a population of 1660 which does not even exceed its post code number, which is 2219.

Surely a highpoint for any above ground apartment gardener is eating your own berries, the ones you have nurtured yourself, they just taste sweeter. I love their herbaceousness, their ground-hugging habits and of course who can walk past their simple five-petalled blooms.

If only ice cream grew in the garden then I’d have the perfect present in a pot plant.


We leave Borenore and head back through beautiful farmland to Lake Canobolas. I have a short rest and then continue to the base of the volcanic Mount Canobolas, at an altitude of 1,395 metres (4,577 ft) above sea level; the base is about 950 metres.

No we didn’t have to climb 445 metres but we do have to conquer a category 3 climb from 959 metres to 1132 metres up Mount Towac but now I don’t know that or for that matter what a category 3 climb is either.

I cruise pass the turnoff to the Mountain Tea House thinking “why would I need a rest.” Then I see Pinnacle Road. Pinnacle, I say to myself, a pinnacle “……..adding to the loftiness and verticality of a structure………..” that’s when I see the sign above ” 6 kms of winding road.”

Then I see this sign. The road goes upwards and I enter the silence of the hills. I ride determined to make the summit, I never look up, I keep my eyes on the road. Push, push, push.

All of a sudden my wheels turn square, my legs fail me, my mind and resolve cracks and my ride becomes a walk. I’m off the steel stallion. I can’t ask any more from him. I grasp for breath, I drown myself with water, I wave to my fellow riders passing on by.

As I consult the ride notes and see that this hill isn’t even mentioned I hear the colourful bird life laughing at me which leads me to believe I wasn’t the first to get off and walk.

They say that Mount Towac, height 1350 metres, is a little rugged, I’d go along with that, but I did learn that I can walk uphill for nearly 2 kilometres and probably go faster than I can ride. Yeah, excellent views at the top, well worth the pain.

It is then a thrilling descent of 244 metres. I sprint kilometre after kilometre toward the town of Orange. I’m racing alone, wheels spinning around, my bike is my freedom.

Details ot the epic ride.


We arrive at the turnaround point for the discovery ride. It’s the small settlement of Borenore located just 17 kilometres from Orange (although we’ve ridden over 23 kilometres to get there.)

The main attraction is the post office-general store-café which is just across from the old railway station. It proves to be an ideal rest spot for coffee and conversation with our fellow riders.

The Borenore railway station is on the Broken Hill railway line and was opened in 1885. The buildings are really well-preserved and I understand that the nearby court is used by the local tennis club.

The countryside is wonderful with orchards, vineyards and other agricultural enterprises. This little old shack has seen better times.