Monthly Archives: October 2015


The Coega Daily Commute (CDC) is a great concept for health, wealth and planet.  The CDC has been a constant ritual since 2008 and my 22km commute from Central to Coega has become somewhat of an institution.  Over the years I have, inter alia, commented on:

The CDC Green Lane extends from the Papenkuils River to Coega and is part of a municipal vision for a 40km recreational path from Schoenmakerskop to Coega.  Cape Recife to the PE Port and Papenkuils to Coega is complete (about 25km), but, only Admiralty to Kings Beach is fully functional.  The functional bit is one of Nelson Mandela Metro’s most popular recreational activities, and it cost next to nothing (don’t factor in the useless “wooden walkways” which was total wasteful expenditure).

My focus is on the Papenkuils to Coega corridor, a fantastic facility, but, blighted by neglect, like most of the City’s Northern beaches.  My commuting experience has been marred by two incidents and you can download GPS track logs as follows:

Monday 24 March 2014:  Attempted Armed Bike Hijacking

Thursday 08 October 2015:  Attempted Bike Hijacking

Close consideration of the Heart Rate Logs indicates a spike to about 180 beats per minute at 33°50’19.25″S, 25°38’49.24″E.  That’s the effect of three people trying to force you off your bike with a gun and knives.  In both instances I got away by riding into the perpetrators with my bike, somehow staying on, and getting away, thankfully with no injury or loss of property.

So how do we fix this and get real Green Lanes going (go to this site for an explanation of Green Lanes)?  Fighting fire with fire and pure security measures are not the answer.

A holistic solution is required which places an emphasis on corridor development which includes a broad cross section of society.  On the day of the incident, The Herald (a local newspaper) editorial stated:

“This is why such urgent attention needs to be given to other major but marginalised beaches likes Wells Estate, which has been bedeviled by security issues for years. Although facilities and infrastructure at Wells have been markedly improved, the assurance by sport, recreation, arts and culture portfolio chairman Andiswa Mama that efforts are under way to see this beach achieve the same prestigious status must not fizzle out into an idle promise.”

The Northern beaches have been totally neglected and despite considerable infrastructure investment, they are recreationally unusable for the following reasons:

  • The Wells Estate car park and the bike path is a carpet of glass, even out of season
  • Security is virtually non-existent and disinterested beyond warding scrap metal thieves
  • Commercial facilities are poor and entrepreneurs make a plan with containers.
  • Access is not controlled, with people streaming across the N2 and the unprotected Motherwell interchange bridge
  • Critical Biodiversity Areas are affected by poaching and recreational impacts
  • Lifesaving capacity is limited and needs to be broadened in terms of focus
  • Facilities are neglected and not maintained
  • Cleansing is sporadically undertaken

The Municipal website even lives under the illusion that the chalets at the Joost Park Holiday Resort is still operational (they closed in 2001).  The following is an extract from the municipal website as at 12 October 2015Wells

A holistic approach to the development and maintenance of the Northern coastal corridor is required to enable the type of vision as articulated in a previous blog.  Officials working in isolation and massive capital investments will not result in progress.  Progress will come from ordinary people getting together and making things happen.  I therefore appeal to the portfolio chairman, Councillor Andiswa Mama to facilitate a simple meeting of interested parties to facilitate action.  Those parties should include:

Ward 60 Councillor for Wells Estate; Beaches, Resorts and Events Management; Cleansing; Safety and Security; Wells Estate Lifesaver, SAPS; Environmental Management; Zwartkops Trust; Sidewalks and Verges; Provincial Roads.

A list of the people who should be invited can be downloaded here.

Such a meeting can, among’st other things, result in:

  • The recreational path being cleaned
  • A security incident reporting protocol
  • Cleansing of the car park
  • Interventions to address peak season impacts
  • A plan for the Motherwell interchange
  • Development of commercial facilities
  • Development of recreational facilities and opportunities
  • Fencing off the N2 and access control to Wells Estate

The trends are available for all to see.  The deterioration and mayhem of the Northern Beaches is forcing people to the Southern Beaches at considerable personal expense to those who can least afford it.  You cannot have a good time when glass is cutting your children’s feet to ribbons.



This post is to update my tools of the trade for trouble free riding.  Depending on the task at hand (ie the ride), your emergency toolkit needed vary.   This is essentially an update and refresh from various posts such as my personal toolkit and the barplug tool.


As evidenced by latest trends (when Specialized got on the bandwagon with its SWAT system, you know its gone mainstream), there are advantages to an intelligent mix between carrying your gear on the bike or on the body (as opposed to a Camel back).  I progressed from carrying body tools in a small neoprene bag to the Pocpac.  Pocpac is a great product for storing tools and other paraphernalia.  I was skeptical at first, preferring the old neoprene bag, thinking that the plastic pouch would easily slip out and get lost.  But, after three, it still keeps working.

Lezyne mini pump:  This replaced the old Scott minipump and with its aluminium body is simply superior.  Goes with me everywhere in the pocket and I hardly ever use bombs.

Bomb & Attachment:  Can’t fit this in the Pocpac, so I just leave it at home when not racing.  When racing, it replaces the mini pump.

The following tools are kept in the Pocpac:
-Spare Plugs

-Derailler cable
-Zip ties
-Stans 2 oz bottle
-Lezyne Multi Tool
-Money (R100 note can be used as a gator)
-Continental Tyre Lever with Duct tape around it
-Park Tyre Boot
-Toughie tyre boot:  6cm strip of Mr Tuffee tyre liner
-Park Glueless patches
-No Tubes valve remover
-Stans Valve core
-Stans Valve stem
-Scott Derailler Hanger bracket
-Leatherman mini knife

On shorter rides I drop the Stans, leatherman and hanger bracket to save a bit of weight. However, most rides I simply go with what’s in the Pocpac and that normally means all of the above.

-Barplug: Tire tool & plug loaded in handlebar (see my post on this great tool)

The barplag is the most effective tool and I constantly use it.  Its simply the best trick around!  More recently, the concept has gone into production in the form of the Sahmurai Sword but I have my doubts whether the commercial concept is better than my hack.

I still ride the Coega Daily Commute and Wells Estate Beach must rate as the best testing ground for tire related products.  Wells Estate has the highest amount of broken glass per square meter of bike path in the world and I puncture at least once a week.  My original tool is still in use and would definitely outlast any commercial replica in terms of durability.  Generally, I repair without even having to pump up the wheel!