Page 4 of 14 FirstFirst 12345678 ... LastLast
Results 151 to 200 of 665

Thread: St Andrews

  1. #151
    fan of maple syrup
    Reputation: nuclear_powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,581
    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    Backtracked all the way my way through. J_774 an cowpat , you'll be interested to know that the trail runs off the one we looked at as we had our food break. Down there about a km or so. I dragged a rake in with me and put in about 500m of singletrack. It'll be a loop that starts and finishes in the same place on the existing trail. That one section of trail alone is 5km + what I'm putting in should stretch it to 6-7 km.
    Can't wait til saturday...
    Nice work Trailblazer. I can't wait either - my 3L bladder bag (the black version) arrived today so no more whinging (from me) about not having enough water (... hopefully).

  2. #152
    mtbr member
    Reputation: PuddleDuck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    1,111
    What time are we on for Saturday??

  3. #153
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Thats a crafty looking pack N_P.
    9:00 saturday seems to work pretty well, suit all?

  4. #154
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    483
    Great work Hud. I don't think I can get out Saturday this week, dang. But I've got a few hours off tomorrow arvo for a ride. Maybe I'll head up there and have a look at your good handiwork.

    I don't know if it'll help and you may already have one but here's a low-res map of the area, should give you an idea anyway. You can see that Skyline Rd used to go all the way up nearly to Bundy Track. Sorry about how big they are but you can't read them otherwise...
    Attached Images Attached Images

  5. #155
    mtbr member
    Reputation: PuddleDuck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    1,111
    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    Thats a crafty looking pack N_P.
    9:00 saturday seems to work pretty well, suit all?
    Done!

  6. #156
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    46
    Hey Cowpat, thanks for posting up the maps, seems we were one ridge away on Saturday. Are you guys still heading out with the wet forecast??

  7. #157
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Quote Originally Posted by J_775
    Hey Cowpat, thanks for posting up the maps, seems we were one ridge away on Saturday. Are you guys still heading out with the wet forecast??
    Yeah, unless it's bucketing, I'm tossing up whether to go out and buy a decent rain jacket that I've been threatening to do for 12 months.
    Last edited by Hud; 04-24-2008 at 02:58 AM.

  8. #158
    fan of maple syrup
    Reputation: nuclear_powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,581
    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    Yeah, unless it's bucketing, I'm tossing up whether to go out and buy a decent rain jacket that I've been threatening to do for 12 months. Oh yeah and in my recent travels at ST A. I stumbled across a full blown xc course, I'm not saying where it is though...
    Your call mate, I'm happy to head out if it's just a few showers (BoM says showers in the afternoon). Though with showers the day before, every tree slap will be like a brief shower anyway.

    RE: jackets - I've got a Fox Trooper ($95 eBay), similar to Mitchell's but a bit newer, and it's pretty good. I would've preferred something more breathable since I'm a sweat hog, but the sorta thing I need (25K+ breathability) is upwards of $350.

  9. #159
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    I've been looking a t a Kathmandu jacket $300 marked down from $450 but it's still serious loot for something that is only used occaisionly.

  10. #160
    mtbr member
    Reputation: I Like Dirt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    308
    I've got a Kathmandu jacket that I bought a long time ago ~9-10yrs maybe. Its been pretty good I think I paid about $180 back then
    Breaths Ok but in a down pour you get wet really only good for lighter stuff and a bit of wind protection

  11. #161
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Some Guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    1,482
    I have no idea if it is actually any good, but http://www.torpedo7.com.au/products/BYJKEW7CJ is cheap.
    www.yourtrails.net/weights/ - Kick ass weights listing
    racing.thylacinecycles.com - Racing silliness

  12. #162
    fan of maple syrup
    Reputation: nuclear_powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,581
    Great ride out there today. Hud, Hud's Brother, Mitchell, Puddleduck, Puddleduck's friend & myself did a gruelling 40 odd kilometers to Yarra Ridge and back (that correct Hud?). Felt like we climbed above the snowline at one point in Kinglake Nat Park before some absolutely fantastic descents.

    Checked out "Hud's Loop" which I think he, his bro and Mitchell had made. Nice stuff. Found another pretty serious XC track which was pretty awesome. Totally buggered at the end but the post-ride analysis and food at the Gen Store was a great way to end the ride.

    Great to catch up with and meet some fellow MTBR'ers.

  13. #163
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Yeah it was a great ride. Probably the toughest variation we've done to date. Headed towards Kinglake for a bit then over to the edge of the Yarra Valley. Some fast flowing trail, tight singletrack, long descents, and the odd climb
    Hope it wasn't too much for Puddleduck on his first session out there.
    In the future if new people come along: BRING AT LEAST 3L OF WATER, LOTS OF FOOD AND BE PREPARED FOR THE TOUGHEST RIDE YOU HAVE EVER DONE!
    That doesn't mean it won't be good though...

    Thanks for the link to the jacket Someguy, I might go with that.

  14. #164
    mtbr member
    Reputation: PuddleDuck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    1,111
    Great ride on the weekend - lots of climbing, amazing views. Big thanks to Hud and the crew.

  15. #165
    Fired Up, Here We Go
    Reputation: sabresix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    137
    Hey Hud,

    I was just wondering when you're heading out to St Andrews next?

    I've never been out there before, and I would appreciate it if someone knowledgable would be able to guide me on the singletrack.

    Cheers,
    Australian Defence Cycling Club - Team ARMY

  16. #166
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Dunno, maybe saturday after this one coming. Keep an eye on the forum.

  17. #167
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    483
    I'd be keen to ride out there next Saturday. That's one other...

    I'll probably be out there Thu night too if anyone has plans for a night ride. It does get cold quick out there in the little valleys though, once the sun sets.

  18. #168
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Went for a walk over the weekend out on the new flowy trail that started near the dam. (Yarra ridge area) Hoping to put in a trail from the dam around to the pines where the new xc trail has been cut in - following the contours. Walked a fair bit of it and there is a remnant of an old trail there already, including some nth shore made by some kids or someone like me which could be good.

    Snapped a few pics of the flowy trail. I think one of the tyre prints on the log is a Kenda small block 8, can anyone identify the other? Maybe a Michelen A/T? A splinter interest of mine is identifying tyre prints in mud.

    Keen to ride out there again on Sat.(9am) Thinking of doing a mildly revised reverse loop. Who's up for it?

    One of the pics is a bit O/T for PDucks benefit.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  19. #169
    Scott is a tool.
    Reputation: waldog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    854
    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    Went for a walk over the weekend out on the new flowy trail that started near the dam. (Yarra ridge area) Hoping to put in a trail from the dam around to the pines where the new xc trail has been cut in - following the contours. Walked a fair bit of it and there is a remnant of an old trail there already, including some nth shore made by some kids or someone like me which could be good.

    Snapped a few pics of the flowy trail. I think one of the tyre prints on the log is a Kenda small block 8, can anyone identify the other? Maybe a Michelen A/T? A splinter interest of mine is identifying tyre prints in mud.

    Keen to ride out there again on Sat.(9am) Thinking of doing a mildly revised reverse loop. Who's up for it?

    One of the pics is a bit O/T for PDucks benefit.
    Those trails look fantastic!!! I'm pretty sure that the on on the left isn't a small block 8, the sguares look too big, the small block 8 squares are very, very small. I could be wrong though. I would think Michelin on for the one on the right too.

    What kind of dog is that?

    Wal.

  20. #170
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Jess is a Kelpie.
    I sort of cheated though on the tyre. I know who it would've been riding there and he has SB8's.
    I would've known anyway of course...

  21. #171
    mtbr member
    Reputation: PuddleDuck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    1,111
    Nice!!

  22. #172
    fan of maple syrup
    Reputation: nuclear_powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,581
    Is the dam you're talking about where Mitchell & I both discovered we were bleeding from the arm? And would revised reverse loop include heading out that far?

  23. #173
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    haha yeah. Are your ears developing large holes yet?

    As for the revised reverse loop, no nothing 'new' just thinking of doing stuff in a slightly different order. Hardly worth mentioning really Anyway I don't have to have all the say, if people like yourself are out there.

    Cheers
    Hud

  24. #174
    fan of maple syrup
    Reputation: nuclear_powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,581
    Hmmm, I'm a big fan of reverse - particularly finishing via Clintons Rd. If we can put Mitchells new climb plus Ridge Rd in there as well then that would make a pretty good ride. Any way to do Bunjil - Alma, left onto Long Gully, then up Turnung Rd to get to the track that leads back to E-YG road? Then we go from there to Mitchells new track?

  25. #175
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Bit hard to do Ridge then get back to Clintons road without covering a lot of ground that you've already done.

    I was thinking Boomers, Bunjil, Alma, Long Gully, (Motchell Climb/descent?) Turnung, Mitchells trail, Ridge rd....[Alma, Bunjil again with the mineshaft descent - 2nd half of long gully, boomers - up Blue House rd that I mentioned]
    Yeah doing Clintons back to the shop from Ridge would be great but you'd have to ride about 5km of E-YG road. (Not good)

    Wish I could drop this many names at a business meeting...

  26. #176
    fan of maple syrup
    Reputation: nuclear_powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,581
    After 2nd half Long Gully I'd climb back up Broad Acres again (after most definately doing it earlier for the Motchalls descent) over Boomers as a means of getting back to Gen Store. Boomers is really only cool one way - down (even though there's a bit of up).

    But I'm fluid - we can decide as we go eh? It will just be fun to be out there.

    As much as nowhere else is providing as much inspiration as St A's these days, at some stage we're going to have to get out to the Youies too ... maybe weekend after if I'm not in Canb. Best done dry though for tackling wooden obstacles and boulders.

  27. #177
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Thats not a bad thought, going up Motchalls, a bit more height gain but we can just cruise up the road itself, then the lower section of Clintons is the best. As I always say, nice to finish a ride with a descent.
    Yeah the excitement builds every week at the thought of getting out there, there are so many options one doesn't get sick of it. Still looking forward to a Youies session. A car pool would be the go if possible.

  28. #178
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Spent 6 hrs out in the bush today with tools, this effort much more succesful than the last. Friendlier terrain means this trail is going to flow very sweetly. Bring on the weekend!

  29. #179
    fan of maple syrup
    Reputation: nuclear_powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,581
    Whereabouts? Back up high near the damn, or back closer to the gen store?

  30. #180
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Is that a typo...
    Back close to our regular area.
    Last edited by Hud; 05-07-2008 at 02:40 PM.

  31. #181
    fan of maple syrup
    Reputation: nuclear_powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,581
    9:00am start tomorrow?

  32. #182
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Yep. I'm going to be early for once. Sabresix or anyone else coming?

  33. #183
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    483
    I'm still in for a ride. See you at the general store.

  34. #184
    fnar fnar brrraaaaap
    Reputation: ilostmypassword's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    2,161
    Hud- if you are still after a waterproof here you go mate. I just picked up one on Ebay.

    A north face "venture" jacket.

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....MEWN:IT&ih=004

    I've been into North Face gear for a few yrs now and I love it. Great fit- amazing quality- good prices. I highly recommend tis jacket.... and I'd say a medium is your fit. They also have matching water proof trousers too.

    I actually purchased this style jacket for my wife only a few months ago (ladies version) and paid about $370 NZ!!!! Oh- and you can get it in a range of colours- not just black

    Ride on!

  35. #185
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Thanks for that. I'm liking Ground Effects Storm Tropper jacket as it packs into a bumbag which is handy if it's been used and is subsequently wet and muddy, or if there is just not enough room in the backpack. Costly though, compared to what you have linked up there.

  36. #186
    fnar fnar brrraaaaap
    Reputation: ilostmypassword's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    2,161
    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    Thanks for that. I'm liking Ground Effects Storm Tropper jacket as it packs into a bumbag which is handy if it's been used and is subsequently wet and muddy, or if there is just not enough room in the backpack. Costly though, compared to what you have linked up there.
    Sweet.

    The reviews of the storm trooper are spot on. Nice choice Jedi Knight

  37. #187
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Hmm.. the urge builds once again to get out there. Sort of thinking of doing the Yarra Ridge mega loop again. Wouldn't mind doing that one on the SS. But if P'duck and some of the other 1st timers want to come out again maybe we could do a reverse loop??
    9am start at the shop.

    Cheers
    Hud

  38. #188
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    278
    went here for the first time this weekend, just rode around for about 3 and a half hours, mostly trying to figure out where we were. but there are some really good trails through the area.
    would have never known bout it if i didn't visit this site. will be visiting again very soon.

  39. #189
    mtbr member
    Reputation: PuddleDuck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    1,111
    I'm definitely up for another ride soon - ideally one with lots of sweet flowing singletrack. Unfortunately I cant make it this Sat.

  40. #190
    fan of maple syrup
    Reputation: nuclear_powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,581
    I'm in Canberra this weekend. Have fun out there whoever goes. And keep an eye out for the albino kangaroo (I didn't realise how rare a thing it was for us to have seen a wild one a few weeks ago).

  41. #191
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    483
    I'm very keen to ride out again at St Andrews but can't make it this Saturday (have to guide some guys from Tassie around the Moonlight Flat Pines loop at Castlemaine, hard luck eh!).

  42. #192
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Talking to Ross from the shop today. He has been approached by members of the group that mange a bunch of the reserves in the area for a meeting this friday. Ross said they realise that "mountain bikes aren't going to go away" and they have approached him to talk about MTB access. This is great news, hopefully a positive outcome will be reached. Ross is going to show them some of the trails and put a good spin on MTB in general. He's going to ask about putting in new trails that will cater for walkers and MTBers (not gravel footpaths) including one down along the creek along that stretch of Eltham -Yarra Glen road that we have talked about (Nuclear_Powered and others)
    Anyway It'll be interesting to see what happens.

    Cowpat: Hoping to head out this saturday to do the Yarra Ridge loop, I'll be taking the Niner. Piker is interested in bringing out his SS as well. Will confirm tomorrow night. Others welcome. It'll be 40km minimum with plenty of climbing, plenty of food and water needed.

  43. #193
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    It's a goer from my end. Piker - I'll be running 32/18 for this ride on the 29er. Cowpat reckons 32/16 is good for a 26".
    Anyone else coming out?

  44. #194
    mtbr member
    Reputation: PuddleDuck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    1,111
    Would love too, but I've got the bug that's floating around, and haven't been on a bike for 1.5 weeks...it's killing me!

  45. #195
    fnar fnar brrraaaaap
    Reputation: ilostmypassword's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    2,161
    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    It's a goer from my end. Piker - I'll be running 32/18 for this ride on the 29er. Cowpat reckons 32/16 is good for a 26".
    Anyone else coming out?
    32/18 is the sweet spot for big wheels (apparently).

  46. #196
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    483
    I'll assume at the store at 9 tomorrow; PM me by 8:20 tomorrow if you bail on the weather.

    I'd run 35/16 except Castlemaine would probably kill me. Let's see how hard the hills at St Andrews are. Apprehensive? Maybe.

  47. #197
    I am right!
    Reputation: Piker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    142
    sorry Hud, i'm out for Sat...32/16 on the 29, but 32/18 would be better.....

  48. #198
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Yeah 9am start. The weather should be okay "Light showers possible".

  49. #199
    Hud
    Hud is offline
    Singletrack minded
    Reputation: Hud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    1,949
    Once again, looking wetish for saturday, nevertheless, I'll be out there after two weeks off the bikes. Anyone coming?

  50. #200
    fan of maple syrup
    Reputation: nuclear_powered's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,581
    I can only manage a short one this Saturday, like - back to Gen store at 1230. Probably wont work for part of a group ride. If I do head out there, I'll prb try and do a pseudo reverse loop or something. But at this stage thinking of heading to Blue Lake for a quick spin and some more reccy of the area.

Page 4 of 14 FirstFirst 12345678 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •