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    Melbourne Rides

    Hi all,
    have recently moved to Melbourne from the UK and brought over my hardtail.

    Looking to find some fun rides in this area. I dont have a car so would prefer places I can ride or get a train to. I live St Kilda so this way is preferable but fine with having to ride somewhere else.

    I rode down the coast the other day going south and was pretty but bit too built up and road like.

    Level wise I'm low and haven't got much off road experience.

    Looking for single day or weekend rides.

    Any and all suggestions appreciated.

    Thanks

    Neil

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    Easiest would be Yarra trails bike path starts in city and heads out to Templestowe. There is a bunch of singletrack that runs along in parallel to the bike path

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    Neil,

    you are going to love Melbourne for off road riding compared to most areas in the uk. We moved out from Oxford two years ago and the riding here is a million times more fun (more specific mtb trails).

    Im in Abbotsford, and the Yarra trails espescially heading north are great.

    If you can get hold of a car, a lift or PT, then there are many options - you yangs - rocky on one side and quite technical singletrack, easier quicker forest trails on the other; lysterfield - woody trails with a variety of easy to hard purpose built trails; wombat - nice flowing purpose built trails through woodland and forestry commision, king lake (not been there yet but supposed to be good); Ballarat is possible on the train (about an hour) and has good riding in canadian state forest for not too technical.

    Further afield there is the MTB joys of Forest out west, but I dont know how to get there without a car... (just get a really crappy car for the sole purpose of bike transport!)

    Cheers,
    Tom
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    Thanks guys!
    Going to check them out.

    Tom - as an ex UK'er - you should realise there is no such thing here as a cheap car!! You just dont get those same $1000 cars you can get easily in the UK that are great for getting around in but are just old and ugly looking while still driving great :P

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    Fair point!
    For some australian travel stories... www.tomandcath.com

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    There's also a singletrack course at Westgate Park on the south end of the city.

    Haven't been there yet, but someone took a vid:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOXlj7tybfI


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    I owned a 96 hyundai excel that i bought for $700 , owned it for 7 years, took the rear seats out , fitted many bikes, used more oil than petrol, got broken into many times, but had aircon and was the best off road multi purpose turtle ever made. Thank you south korea

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