Recent content by Garyh_GONP07



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    Mtbing Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine, Litchfield?

    Don't forget your camera! :p
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    BNSW has sold its soul to the Devil

    In 1984, when the first Great Victorian Bike Ride was being planned by (then) Bicycle Institute of Victoria, 2 things irked cyclists throughout Victoria as they came to light: one, radio station 3DB, heavily pro-car, and two, oil giant Caltex. Both were secured as the principal sponsors of the...
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    Cadel Interviewed by Denton

    Denton is just so patronising and insulting. The "how to you pee at 90km/h" question is just daft (as Denton is in toto). As if anybody needs to know -- REALLY!! :mad: The jarrah-jawed 'Good Evans' was probably still "jet lagged" from hurtling around France for 3 weeks; he certainly wasn't...
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    Touring New Zealand -Which bike?

    I'm a little doubtful about a $500 off-the-shelf bike. Apart from the basic bike set up, you'll need to pay some special attention to gearing and—note this— heel clearance with panniers. Many hybrids and off-shelf MTBs have short wheelbases which make them suitable for carrying only small rear...
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    doing groceries

    Assuming the use of panniers with a load, the rear tyre of the bike should be pumped up to its maximum inflation pressure for fast road riding (reduced for gravel or slick surfaces). Trailer tyres can have a high psi for fast, on-road heavy touring or mid-psi for gravel/unsealed. You should...
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    doing groceries

    Weekly shopping jaunts to the market and/or supermarket for groceries is one of the best introductions that cycle tourists had in their early years. A pair of quality big panniers will do the job perfectly. The trick is not to overbalance the load and to put the heaviest items at the bottom...
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    How far is too far?

    This is a fantastic recumbent. Is it home brew or custom frame? I had this in mind for some time in the future. Dunno about the lecky motor though........ :cool:
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    How far is too far?

    You'll be quite a stinky-poo turning up for work after a 50km slog over hill and dale. I've seen the NZ countryside from a camper, but not a bike, so I reckon you should look at about 10km and then go to work! I am in agreement though with the other posts re the distance being too much ie...
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    Mountain Bike Newbie

    :mad: It all sounds like an environmental disaster! I'm now wondering (aloud) about the people making their way up to The Remarkables from Queenstown, New Zealand, probably on salt-caked roads!?
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    Mountain Bike Newbie

    "...snow and salt" !? Salt!!? :eek: Where/why is there salt with the snow? :confused: Snow riding in Australia is fine using Finish Line Dry teflon lube. Just a passing mention from a recent ride: fenders of any sort are a 'no-no', as snow will fly up while riding, hit the fender and...
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    Clipless Pedals for Commuting

    The main reason for clipless pedals is that they permit you to pull up, with your legs, on uphills, thus maintaining a RPM that is more effective than pushing a too-high gear or getting out of the saddle to 'push and shove'. The trick then is to seemlessly apply power through the entire crank...
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    Mountain Bike Newbie

    Sizing of MTBs is a bit different to road bikes. For an MTB, your legs won't be peg-straight to the pedals for one. You won't find too many road bikes in the snow! MTBs are generally more comfortable, offer a more upright position, are highly manourverable, with stout brakes (disc brakes in...
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    Riding on HWY in Melbourne?

    The VicRoads map is anomalous. :( Beats me why so many cylists can be found (illegally or no) on the Princes Freeway, at least as far as Werribee where most of us turn around (for those Melbourne bound, they cross over and continue the ride to Melbourne via the longer and rather dull route to...
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    Riding on HWY in Melbourne?

    Nepean Highway is a busy beast and can get quite heavy in peak periods. It's wide and fast and undulating in some parts; getting on to it from St Kilda Junction is tricky because of wide intersections and cars moving literally in all directions (and not always according to what the lights...
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    Riding on HWY in Melbourne?

    Where cyclists are specifically permitted to use the sealed shoulder on freeways, that will be advised by a sign at the commencement of the freeway and periodically along its length eg. advisory signs about crossing the point in a merging carriageway, of which there are dozens on the Hume...