A fit body leads to a fit brain

Exercise helps your brainFrom the Sydney Morning Herald…..

The most persistent theme in exercise science in 2015 was that to live long, age well and maintain a nimble mind and shapely brain, we must be physically active – but not for as much time as many of us might fear, or in the ways that many of us might guess.

Certainly the most encouraging research this year focused on the links between regular exercise and improvements in our thinking and the structure of our brains. There has been discussion in past years about how exercise increases the number of new neurons in the brain and sharpens thinking skills and mood, especially as we age.

But this year, interest among scientists in exercise and brain health seemed to reach a critical mass. Many new studies are highlighting previously unexplored ways in which exercise changes our brains and minds. A recent brain-scan study in Japan found that the brains of fit older men were almost as efficient as the brains of young people.


New rules for cyclists – 2016

The NSW government has announced new rules relating to cycling. These new measures will come into effect in March 2016.

1 MetreFrom 1st March 2016….


Changing attitudes to bicycle helmets

Cycling HelmetThere is currently a great deal of public discussion about laws relating to the wearing of helmets by cyclists.

In the early 1990s laws mandating that cyclists wear bicycle helmets were introduced in Australia. But as early as 1978 attitudes towards the wearing of helmets were changing.

The article below, published in today’s SMH, is part of that discussion, reflecting on changing attitudes since the late 1970s.


Coota Bike Festival – an out of Area Ride

An away ride that many in the KBUG are considering is this year’s Cootamundra Bike Festival, which will be held in October this year. The Festival Weekend is Saturday & Sunday 24th & 25th, October. The Bike Festival features various rides in the hinterland, 94km, 60km, or a 38km. The rides are supported and have drink stops along the way.  More information is available at http://www.cootabikefestival.com.au/    If you are considering this ride and are looking for a place to stay, then check out these at,

KiamaBUG Fees FY15-16

Fees remain unchanged, same as last year and are now due.  There are now three ways that you can pay your membership fees, they are

  • Catch up with the current treasurer – Warwick Adams and make your payment.
  • It is also possible to drop into Kiama Cycles and they will accept your membership dues.
  • For some it may be easier to do electronic funds transfer direct to KBUG’s bank account.  To do this we need provide you with bank details, the information you need is 

BSB                                   032-689  
Account Number       135138
Account Name            Kiama Bicycle User Group incorporated

When you make payment by direct deposit, we need a method to identify that the deposit is for your membership fees.  To help us identify this all we need is for you to insert your full name in the description field in the transfer transaction.   While the transaction page for each bank is different there is a strange similarity, the completed page should look like that shown below.  The little yellow tags show the information required.  If the bank also allow you to send an email notification, then the email address to be added is Warwick Adams wjadams@bigpond.com  . This small addition is very helpful, it helps us reconcile the accounts later.

2015 AGM & Dinner – 26th June

Kiama Bowling ClubAttention all Kiama BUG members….

The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Kiama Bicycle Users Group will be held at the Kiama Bowling Club on Friday 26th June 2015, commencing at 6:30pm.

The AGM will be followed by dinner.

Please review the information below – to either nominate to serve on the executive committee, and/or to select from the menu for the AGM dinner……

Nomination for Kiama BUG Executive
AGM - Nomination form

Nominations Closed

If you wish to serve on the Kiama BUG executive committee, you may self-nominate, in which case you may find a seconder for your nomination or we will arrange for a seconder for you. Nomination forms (icon on left) must be returned to either the Returning Officer (details on the form) or Kiama Cycles by the COB on Friday 12th June.

AGM Dinner Menu

Dinner menu

The Bowling Club caterer has provided us with an (optional) set menu.

  • Please make your selection for dinner using the form below,
    before Friday 20th June.
    • Each item on the set menu is $12.00.
  • You can also choose from the Club’s full menu on the night.
    • Prices for meals from the full menu are typically in the range
      $12.00 – $20.00.
    • These meals may take longer to serve than meals from the set menu.
  • If you have any queries or changes contact Warren McCullough:

Event closed

Photos of the night are available on the Photo Page >>>

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the AGM on 26th June. 

A20 – Alps to Ocean – Ride NZ

From Warren McPherson….

Recently I rode the A2O, the Alps 2 Ocean with my brother and two other guys from Western Australia.  It was a fabulous experience. I thought that sharing my thoughts might be useful to anyone contemplating such a ride…..

A20 rideThe new (two years old) A2O Cycle Trail is in the South Island of New Zealand. It winds its way through the Mackenzie Basin down the Waitaki River to its end at Oamaru on the coast.

A2O is therefore east of the NZ Alps, the less rain and fewer sand flies side.

It begins at a mountain – well at the base of one, Aoraki/Mt Cook village at 600 meters altitude and ends of course at 0 meters.

Emergency+ Mobile Smart Phone App

A smart phone application called Emergency+ has come to our attention. This application (sponsored by Fire and Rescue) is free to download and install on your phone. It is available for both Android via Google Play Store and the iPhone via the App Store. This application provides quick access to emergency phone numbers and your current position should you need impose on emergency services for assistance. Might be useful for you.