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    Quote Originally Posted by crank1979@optusnet.com.au View Post
    They do run regular maintenance days at Loftus on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Considering the number of riders out there they get a very small turn out of 3-5 people willing to give a little back and I'm pretty sure none of those guys are locals.

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    thanks mate. I will put in too. This will avoid the menai effect.

    I am eagerly awaiting the re-opening of Menai. I am so grateful for the handful of guys who took the fight, lobbied and was successful with the council.

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    Any suggestions for rides in Melbourne this weekend ?

    It's been wet !!!

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    My Studley Park loop.

    I sure regret that decision.....

    There was some fun run thing on, and they were using every single good trails except for two, and two of the shortest at that.

    Lots of bitumen this morning.....

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    Last year an old riding buddy was riding his road bike early one morning when he got hit by a car doing 100kph. He survived and last weekend, over 8 months after the accident he was back on the bike, He has brought a new Cannondale 29er to ease his way back into it (very slowly). This is a video of his first ride back, about 20 of his old riding mates both road and MTB turned up to see the big man back on the bike. Myself and a mate did a bit of a ride before the official ride so ive included that as well.

    A very lucky man.


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    You need a camelbak hose cleaning kit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulb View Post
    You need a camelbak hose cleaning kit!
    Thats Mick's hose, but yeah, mine also needs a clean. I try not to look at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_M View Post
    Last year an old riding buddy was riding his road bike early one morning when he got hit by a car doing 100kph. He survived and last weekend, over 8 months after the accident he was back on the bike, He has brought a new Cannondale 29er to ease his way back into it (very slowly). This is a video of his first ride back, about 20 of his old riding mates both road and MTB turned up to see the big man back on the bike. Myself and a mate did a bit of a ride before the official ride so ive included that as well.

    A very lucky man.

    That's a real good news story right there.

    I had an altercation with a car on the way to work this week, and let me stress it was not even close to being at 100kph, and only a bit scraped up from it, but it has scared the S@#T out of me, so full props to your mate. I hope he has many safe and enjoyable years of biking to come.

    Thanks for the post.

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    We talk about growing old without growing up (or the other way around).

    That video really made me appreciate how riding bikes keeps us feeling young!

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    First ride on my 2012 anthem ... ironbark gully (near Samford, QLD) .. rode the three sisters and then straight on to the water towers.

    All up ~16kms ... about an hour of riding .. a lot of time spent double checking directions in the bush, first time out i wanted to end up at the right place !

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    Pewsey Vale again i learnt lots and had a ball
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    Val and I got out to the You Yangs on Monday. We only rode the Kurrajong area and Junction Track.

    The work that's gone just into Junction recently is impressive. Junction is rerouted with more berms (less fall-line) and the black section has heaps more armouring. It's a serious challenge to even attempt to ride up it now. It used to be just do-able, now it's another level yet again...fun down though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpat View Post
    ... and the black section has heaps more armouring. It's a serious challenge to even attempt to ride up it now. It used to be just do-able, now it's another level yet again...fun down though!
    Do you mean the rocky part of the junction track climbing up from Kurrajong to the road? If so, I too remember a time when it used to be climb-able the whole way, when there also used to be more soil between all the rocks. In fact I remember watching you clean that long steep rocky climb on your 6.6 once when we went out as a group. Zero chance now for me without a brief walk in at least 2 places. But, as you say, heaps fun coming back down. Nomad eats it up.

    Thinking of heading out to Stockyards this weekend. I was thinking of timing myself going down Cressy to see if it was worth entering this:http://www.youyangsmtbinc.com.au/ima...2012_large.jpg

    As in .... whether it's worth entering provided I don't come last by a great margin.

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    How did you go with the timing NP? I'm 99% in for this event - even if I come last! I'll be freshly back from Whistler so hopefully i'll still be in one piece!

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    I'm still under the 5 post limited so can't start a new thread - but can anyone recommend anywhere for a beginner to ride around Sydney or down the Wollongong/Shellharbour area?
    I'll hopefully be getting a Trek Mamba or 6000 for my first MTB and am keen to test it out somewhere noob-friendly

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris268 View Post
    I'm still under the 5 post limited so can't start a new thread - but can anyone recommend anywhere for a beginner to ride around Sydney or down the Wollongong/Shellharbour area?
    I'll hopefully be getting a Trek Mamba or 6000 for my first MTB and am keen to test it out somewhere noob-friendly
    Wollongong and Appin are either steep or rocky and technical - or both. I'd suggest Yellowmundi near Penrith, good fun.
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    28kms today with 630m of climb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris268 View Post
    anywhere for a beginner to ride around Sydney or down the Wollongong/Shellharbour area?
    Check out trailflix which has a list of most of the mtb tracks in and around Sydney.

    TrailFlix - Home Page

    There is some trails at Blackbutt Reserve near Shellharbour. I haven't ridden there before but i don't think they would be too demanding.

    TrailFlix - Blackbutt Reserve

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    Quote Originally Posted by beardi View Post
    How did you go with the timing NP? I'm 99% in for this event - even if I come last! I'll be freshly back from Whistler so hopefully i'll still be in one piece!
    Ouch ... that stings dude, throwing the 'W' word out there to those that won't be with you

    Didn't end up getting to YY in the end. Clusterf**k of a weekend all round. Still a bit keen for the event. I'd be more likely to enter if I had a riding buddy with me, so if you're keen, I'm keen.

    What are your thoughts about an AM ride there this Sat? I know it's a long way for you but I think my motivation increases if I know I have to meet someone there... or are you heading to W by that stage?

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    I was thinking the same thing myself, I'm in Melbourne working this week so I was hoping to get down there Sat morning? Not sure how keen you are for early starts but I really need to do some stuff around the house so I was thinking being there for 8.30 ish? Really hoping my new shock mounts arrive tomorrow otherwise I'm on the hardtail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beardi View Post
    I was thinking the same thing myself, I'm in Melbourne working this week so I was hoping to get down there Sat morning? Not sure how keen you are for early starts but I really need to do some stuff around the house so I was thinking being there for 8.30 ish? Really hoping my new shock mounts arrive tomorrow otherwise I'm on the hardtail.
    0830 would work fine for me. Grant gave me your number so I'll txt you tomorrow if I know I can make it. My only hesitation is that I'm heading to Singapore and Bali on Sunday, and the last time I went there I also headed to YY the day before, and cased a landing, and ended up in hospital and delayed the trip by a few days. So assuming I can wipe that mojo (and it's not pissing rain) I'm keen. I'll prob opt to park at Stockyards and run the FF helmet and armour, just in case.

    P.S. last years Cressy day winner was on a hardtail.

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    Good to hear you're escaping the last throes of winter by heading to SE Asia! I'm ready so just let me know if you can't find your biking mojo. I promise not to yell "yeah you should be right on that gap....what could go wrong? C'mon don't be a p......!"
    Ok maybe i'll pack the DH gear....now which bike? Tempting to give the nomad a razz if we're grinding up the fire trail.....

    P.S. I'm fairly confident last year's winner also has some talent, I'm still looking for some, might try CRC, see if they have any good deals.

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    Good ride yesterday. Perfect conditions. YY pretty packed, good to see.

    Have fun in Whizzla Beardy, rail those berms on Black Velvet for me.

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    Great day out Saturday; always great to meet and ride with new people. Also great to see plenty of people out enjoying the youies.....people on all sorts of different bikes including those funny ones with big wheels!

    Enjoy the warm weather in SE Asia N_P and I'll be sure to rip a few laps of whatever colour velvet they're calling it now.....seeya at the Cressy race/ride day.

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    Cressy ahoy!!

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    signed up yet Wal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beardi View Post
    signed up yet Wal?
    Not yet, you?

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    by the end of the week i will be

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    Very good then.

    I'll do it next week, can't be bothered doing it on my phone.

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    Hey Long time! I rode the steed for the forst time in MONTHS on the weekend in the Porthills. We move to Auckland in a few weeks so close to Rotorua. Its the time to dust off the bike and get out more this Summer. Just laid down cash on a Nukeproof Mega frame and Mag 55Ti forks (170mm) so lots of shuttling! More on my blog Taking photographs of porthill mountain bikers

    Anyway, how are you guys doing? I've only had a quick read of threads- and you all seem to be keeping in touch which is cool.

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    Whaka trails Rotorua!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedogmedia View Post
    Whaka trails Rotorua!
    Hey BlueDog Small world! I emailed you about getting on board as a photographer for the 2013 Rotovegas bike festival

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog View Post
    Very good then.

    I'll do it next week, can't be bothered doing it on my phone.

    Why cant this event be oct 22nd instead?? I wanna come.

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    I'm all signed up.

    Good times ahead.

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    Nice. Very nice. I was going to suggest some pics once you mentioned it earlier, but you beat me to it.

    May I ask re: the fork choice? Don't think I've seen you run the Marz before....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered View Post
    Nice. Very nice. I was going to suggest some pics once you mentioned it earlier, but you beat me to it.

    May I ask re: the fork choice? Don't think I've seen you run the Marz before....
    Correct, i've never run a Marz. I wanted a gravity fork and fox 36's were (and have been for sometime) on top of list until feedback from mates running the 55's and online/ mag reviews convinced me otherwise. By all accounts these are killer and being coil, and running damping from the 888 downhill fork- i can see why.

    With a family move to Auckland next week- and a few more bits of kit required i doubt i'll get to ride them for a number of weeks.

    But their maiden voyage wll be Rotorua it seems

    What are you riding? Still the Reign?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword View Post
    But their maiden voyage wll be Rotorua it seems
    I can think of worse places to break-in a bike ... most jealous. Why the move to Rotorua? I hope it's not insensitive to ask whether it's due to the earthquake.
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    What are you riding? Still the Reign?
    Nomad - but yes, still the same. I have no desire to change this to anything except it's carbon equivalent, and even then that would only happen if mine we stolen, and even then ... i'm not pining for it.

    I have the Niner as well (EMD9) but I don't rate it that much - not because it's a 29er ... more because it's a hardtail and I just don't find them to be as fun (which is what it's about for me anyway).

    P.S. your blog photos are fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered View Post
    I can think of worse places to break-in a bike ... most jealous. Why the move to Rotorua? I hope it's not insensitive to ask whether it's due to the earthquake.

    Nomad - but yes, still the same. I have no desire to change this to anything except it's carbon equivalent, and even then that would only happen if mine we stolen, and even then ... i'm not pining for it.

    I have the Niner as well (EMD9) but I don't rate it that much - not because it's a 29er ... more because it's a hardtail and I just don't find them to be as fun (which is what it's about for me anyway).

    P.S. your blog photos are fantastic.
    We are moving to Auckland City- so only a few hours drive from rotorua. Christchurch will never be the same after the Earthquakes and yes, it's a major factor for the shift like so many others. We would have moved sooner, but a new addition to our family- Thomas- who is now 9 months old slowed us down considerably

    I had my eye on a Nomad for sometime. They do look like lots of grins!

    Loving the photography...really loving it. This season i'll be involved more with the downhill and 24hr scene so can't wait for Summer!

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    A few warmup laps in Whistler bike park today...very bumpy post crankworx although I'm not complaining; this place just keeps getting better!

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    Even better with rebound hey beardi!
    Got some great after rain laps in today, was snowed on at the top of garbo also.

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    Bastards*

    (* said affectionately)

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    Bastards.

    NOT said affectionately.

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    Thats not very nice wally.

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    As far as I can tell mountain biking doesn't get any better than this.......stop upgrading your bike, forget about the 2013 model you "need" and get over here!
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    ^ Agreed. I would go so far as to say life itself doesn't get much better than riding on that mountain.

    My Whistler Pic

    P.S. did you get yourself a GoPro Beardi?

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    Buddy has a spare so thought I'd have a go - makes one look very slow!

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    PS - nice pic there....classic view down to the lakes below!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beardi View Post
    As far as I can tell mountain biking doesn't get any better than this.......stop upgrading your bike, forget about the 2013 model you "need" and get over here!
    Living in NZ ain't to bad Nice pics- looks like alot of fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beardi
    .......stop upgrading your bike, forget about the 2013 model you "need" and get over here!
    on the weekend I went to Davos for a bit of a ride, dont get over here its not worth it

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/F4sVPQLti_k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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    Well, we have some new trails here in Wagga which I I am told to believe a first of its kind. These are the first completly new multi-user trails built by NSW Natioanl Parks on NSWNP land. The new trails were built at Livingstone National Park just south of Wagga were we use to have some very challenging and unique trails which, unfortunatly were unstastainable so they were closed. Stage 1 of the trails were opened about 2 months ago and we have a 4km beginner (green) trails. It mat be green but those who can ride can easily get upto 40ks while dodging through trees and over nicly formed water diverson banks. Its also quite different in both directions so its more like 8ks of new single track.

    I organised a ride on Monday of the public holiday so people could tryout the new trails and see what they were like. I also wanted to take a group shot to send to the NSWNP big wigs to say, 'hey, theres lots of us and we like this stuff, can we have stage 2 please'. Stage 2 will be 4ks of intermediate trail, IF NSWNP can find it in their budget. We got around 30 riders at the ride including a couple of family's which was great to see. There were about 5 under 12s giving the whole 4k loop a go which was awesome. The seasoned riders also had a hoot, riding along at full tilt with a mate right on your tail yelling at you to do tricks etc..... Fun as.

    Some pics.....











    Back in May when in guys who had the contract to do the work, Trailscapes from SA were finishing up they invited a few of us out there to have a look and a bit of a ride. Here is the video,

    New Multi-use Trail at Livingstone National Park - YouTube

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    Looks like the mountain was happy to see you!

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    Those Wagga trails look good. might have to head out there sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_M View Post
    Well, we have some new trails here in Wagga which I I am told to believe a first of its kind.

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    Nice work Ben
    The twenty-nine inch wheel.

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    You Yangs, Victoria

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    Took a spin out at Foster. Trail is starting to bed in well, but there are some truly huge puddles (more like lakes) that will need a long time to clear. New log ride is a good test and very nicely made. Apart from that the trail is a lot of fun, with so many interesting gradients naturally existing in the park it makes for great riding. A few diversions are in order but it's early days there so I'm not complaining! Great potential here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beardi View Post
    Took a spin out at Foster. Trail is starting to bed in well, but there are some truly huge puddles (more like lakes) that will need a long time to clear. New log ride is a good test and very nicely made. Apart from that the trail is a lot of fun, with so many interesting gradients naturally existing in the park it makes for great riding. A few diversions are in order but it's early days there so I'm not complaining! Great potential here.
    Top work Beardman.

    How's that shock holding up? It's gotta be due for some love.

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    Holding up well as far as I can tell. Very hard coming off the Nomad...anything air feels like puss compared to a coil. It's WAY better than the triad, actually ramps up, so i'm definitely pretty happy with it. I reckon my next trail bike will have a coil. Frame weights are so low now that an extra kg wouldn't hurt. In the meantime i'll send it off to NS and see what they can do for me.

    ANother month or so Wal and Foster will be tasty, we should hit it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beardi View Post
    Holding up well as far as I can tell. Very hard coming off the Nomad...anything air feels like puss compared to a coil. It's WAY better than the triad, actually ramps up, so i'm definitely pretty happy with it. I reckon my next trail bike will have a coil. Frame weights are so low now that an extra kg wouldn't hurt. In the meantime i'll send it off to NS and see what they can do for me.

    ANother month or so Wal and Foster will be tasty, we should hit it again.
    I'm looking forward to getting down there again.

    What is NS, in regards to your shock? It will feel so much better after a service, it's years overdue.

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    NS Dynamics? Shock Dr's...Yeah i'm sure it'll be tasty with some maintenance, need to pull my finger out

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    Quote Originally Posted by beardi View Post
    I reckon my next trail bike will have a coil. Frame weights are so low now that an extra kg wouldn't hurt.
    Once you get the rate right go titanium. Only 0.5 kg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beardi View Post
    NS Dynamics? Shock Dr's...Yeah i'm sure it'll be tasty with some maintenance, need to pull my finger out
    Ah super.

    Just had a peek at their website.

    I'm sure it will be so much better after some love.

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    Last weekend with a mate on a bit of the Kidman trail near me in the Barossa.



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    Me and a workmate on Tuesday at Devils Gully> Had a great time even if I was totally out of condition and throwing up early in the ride. The start shows a koala we came across. Hes a little hard to see but we didnt want to get too close and the gopro lens makes it seem even further away.
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    Mainly Merri/Yarra through to Ceres then onto Brunswick Velodrome, alot of urban trails

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    Rode the 65Km option for Amys ride on Sunday put road tyres on and tried to hide the Kona amongst the road bikes. Some of those hills down south are unpleasant. At least I got the Kona over 62 Km/h. Cramped up 50m from the end but after rubbing my legs I made it. Maybe I will try the 100 Km option next year. Hopefully the guy who had a heart attack on the first hill pulled through ok. I got passed by kids,fat women old men and women and a guy with one leg! Damn paralympians! I have reached lycra overload fat lady camel toes are too much.

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    rode the half fling, had a great time but did not go as well as hoped. cramped after 3 hours, then had a nasty fall just from being tired in a simple bit of track. some great tracks there, but I am totally over grassy farm tracks

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    As one of the trainers for the kids in our local club, we took the kids here:



    Luckily only half of them were able to come, the track was crowded at times:



    My little fella getting into it:




    Was an awesome day
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    The last few weekends myself and a mate have been on Willans Hill right in the middle of town making this.

    Was a lot of fun to make.

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    that skills track looks so much fun, good to see them starting early!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beardi View Post
    Took a spin out at Foster. Trail is starting to bed in well, but there are some truly huge puddles (more like lakes) that will need a long time to clear. New log ride is a good test and very nicely made. Apart from that the trail is a lot of fun, with so many interesting gradients naturally existing in the park it makes for great riding. A few diversions are in order but it's early days there so I'm not complaining! Great potential here.
    Hi Beardi, I spend a lot of time at Inverloch so am interested in the trails you've mentioned. Is there a map of the trails that you know of?

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    The trailhead is at the cnr of Devlin and Hall rd's in Foster. The park is called Cement Hill Reserve. No map that i'm aware of but the loop is prob 5-6 kms. The trail is signed at most intersections now after they got some funding. You can't get lost really so just go for a spin and see how you go. Not worth it from Melbourne but if you're in Invy it's the best option around. I'm in Cape Paterson, give me a yell if you want a tour.....please bear in mind I'm quite unfit!

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    Out at Foster today; finally starting to get the place dialled in. Anyway I don't usually use this but I Strava'd the ride so people could see where it was

    Bike Ride Profile | Cement Hill Foster near Foster | Times and Records | Strava

    Also some pics......

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    Also, I didn't post a pic to showoff my bike (which is so old it still has those 26 inch wheels) rather to show the signage that has been installed. Much easier to join the loop up now.

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    I rode a mattock in the national Park Nerang QLD. Too much digging and too little riding of late.
    You guys at Wagga shouold see if you can get a trail agreement to build with NSW NPWS. That's what we have here on the Gold Coast now. QPWS have been the best land manager you could ask for in the last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beardi View Post
    Also, I didn't post a pic to showoff my bike (which is so old it still has those 26 inch wheels)
    In my book, that's _more_ of a reason to show it off

    Good to hear you're getting some trail action down there. Be sure to get in touch if you're up our way over the xmas period.

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    Shaping up to be a very busy Dec/Jan unfortunately. I'll let you know next time i'm in town, keen to ride somewhere with more than a 4km loop!

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    Rode our newly completed trails in Hornsby, Sydney
    Here is a buggered up vid thrown together to show what the trails are like... More betterer one soon!

    this is probably one of the worst put together vids i have ever done. but here it is... somehow i screwed up the encoding and we ended up with this boxed in view, i'm reworking it but this will give you an idea of the track!


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    Looks like it would be hard to get a really high qual vid of those trails. They were pretty techy and bumpy. Looks outstanding and a massive amount of work has been done. It is now definitely on my list, having family about 100k north.

    While some of the climbing was obviously green trail, what were the ratings of the others? Was the first a black trail?

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    Yeah that first climb is Blue but has a black line off the to left over the logs. The first downhill bit is blue with a black off to the left with the other large log ride. They put those in as filters so if you can't do the first bit don't try the rest. But it's pretty fun, ill try to get some better footage, probably not mounted to the bike though.

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    Love to see more as I doubt I will get there to ride there inside of 6 months.

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    Here is a new edit
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxpuppet View Post
    The URL is wrong fp, but the vid is good. Was the bird a baby butcher bird? Great trails.

    Should be

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    Great trails looks like a lot of fun, ans Sydney certainly needs it! I know where ill be riding next time in Sydney. Is there a link to more info?

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    There is no official link as yet as the council has not opened the park "officially" just work has been completed. Very soon though. In the mean time it's at quarry rd, Hornsby nsw, park down the end of quarry road about 50m past the trail signs. Trail is only open during daylight hours due to council stipulation to keep residents groups happy.

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    Cheers mate, ill look for more info when I head up there next.

    I’ve done a few nice rides in a past month but have been too busy to post here, but I thought I’d do it now.

    Early December a mate and myself did a road trip from Wagga to Tathra and Jindabyne. The trip over the snowy mountains was really nice with some awesome scenery and great little towns full of old Australian Architecture. We stopped at Cooma on the way for dinner and had a couple of Turkish Pides, these things were massive and lasted from Friday night to Sunday morning.



    Saturday morning saw us pulling the bikes off the roof at the Bundadong trail network in Tathra. Mick had ridden here about 12 months before and highly rated it which was one of the main reasons we were there and well, he was right.



    Nice flowing trails with some fast gully crossings. “Bridges” had about 20 gully crossings which was a lot of fun, but in my opinion the best trail was “Anchors Away”. Super fast with lots of burms and some small jumps had me smiling from ear to ear. I had my new Canondale which was hooked up like nothing else I’ve ever ridden which added to the awesomeness of the ride, this active suspension thing is pretty cool. On the first run down “Anchors Away & Nizentite” my camera fell out of my open backpack, I thought there was no way we were going to find it so I didn’t bother going back up (Long story short, a lady walker picked it up and dropped it off to the local bike shop and I got it back!!!) Along with the main Bundadong area we also headed over to the Fire Shed Trails which are connected together by some trails. This section is fun and a little bit flatter than the main section which means no big climbs but no big descents. There is a newish creek section which was a lot of fun and there is also a black downhill run towards the end of the loop that is a real hoot (not sure why it is rated black though?).

    With almost 40ks in the legs it was time to make a move. Before leaving town we stopped at a pub for lunch with a fantastic view but a noisy seagull.



    We said goodbye to Tathra and headed off on the 2.5hr trip to Jindabyne and the Bungarra trail network located on private property on the southern side of town. With a flow track, pump track, skills track, a jumps track and green, blue and black rated trails there is a lot on offer at Bungarra. We spent a bit of time playing on the pump track and skills track plus riding most of the other trails. My pick of the trails was “Wild Goats” track, really and technical trail that forces you to concentrate the whole way up and down.

    20ks done and we were off back to our nights accommodations in Cooma. Unfortunately the nights accommodations was not as good as the previous night, the disadvantages of a road trip on a budget.



    Sunday morning saw us back to Jindabyne (we could not get cheap accommodation for one night) and to the Mill Creek/Trylean trail network. Ever since watching the All Terrain MTB Challenge/Red Bull Ride videos from this area I have always wanted to ride here.



    Im not sure that I have ever started a ride any better way. The main trail that runs across the hill is a flat out blast with some great comers and plenty of rocks to skip over. I was getting quite comfortable with the new bike by now and I was keeping off the brakes much more than I ever have before, I was so full of confidence and having so much fun. After ending up at the dam wall we headed back and rode most of the trails that came off the main trail. These are the total opposite of the main trail, slow and technical. There seemed to be a surprise around every corner whether it be a rock garden, a steep climb or a tight corner, you never knew what to expect. We climbed up to the trip point at the top of a north shore black run for some fantastic views.







    Unfortunately I was smashed by this time so I didn’t really feel like riding anything too knarly so we headed down another very fast narrow trail all the way down to the lake, a great trail to finish on.

    Back in the car and we head to our last destination, Lake Crackenback. The easiest trail network on our trip it was best left to last as our (well my) bodies were suffering a bit, but once I got going it was much better. While nothing extreme it is a quite enjoyable ride around the village and along the fast flowing river and back again.



    They also have a very nice skills area and the best pump track or bowl that ive ever ridden. We met Paul who was the builder who was there having a run looking at some possible modifications.



    After a final run on the pump track using up what energy I had leftit was time to call the trip over and head back to normality and back to family life.



    Such a great road trip with some of the best trails I ever ridden, I can highly recommend all of the places we rode, I would go back to all of them if I had the chance. I think I’ve only just come down off the high from the trip a month later. I am in the middle of making a video which has more of the actual riding in it, I will post up when done.

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    Rode my favourite trails within East Kowen/Sparrows Hill in ACT on Sunday. Managed my longest ride yet; 52km non-stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_M View Post
    Cheers mate, ill look for more info when I head up there next.

    I’ve done a few nice rides in a past month but have been too busy to post here, but I thought I’d do it now.

    Early December a mate and myself did a road trip from Wagga to Tathra and Jindabyne. The trip over the snowy mountains was really nice with some awesome scenery and great little towns full of old Australian Architecture. We stopped at Cooma on the way for dinner and had a couple of Turkish Pides, these things were massive and lasted from Friday night to Sunday morning.



    Saturday morning saw us pulling the bikes off the roof at the Bundadong trail network in Tathra. Mick had ridden here about 12 months before and highly rated it which was one of the main reasons we were there and well, he was right.



    Nice flowing trails with some fast gully crossings. “Bridges” had about 20 gully crossings which was a lot of fun, but in my opinion the best trail was “Anchors Away”. Super fast with lots of burms and some small jumps had me smiling from ear to ear. I had my new Canondale which was hooked up like nothing else I’ve ever ridden which added to the awesomeness of the ride, this active suspension thing is pretty cool. On the first run down “Anchors Away & Nizentite” my camera fell out of my open backpack, I thought there was no way we were going to find it so I didn’t bother going back up (Long story short, a lady walker picked it up and dropped it off to the local bike shop and I got it back!!!) Along with the main Bundadong area we also headed over to the Fire Shed Trails which are connected together by some trails. This section is fun and a little bit flatter than the main section which means no big climbs but no big descents. There is a newish creek section which was a lot of fun and there is also a black downhill run towards the end of the loop that is a real hoot (not sure why it is rated black though?).

    With almost 40ks in the legs it was time to make a move. Before leaving town we stopped at a pub for lunch with a fantastic view but a noisy seagull.



    We said goodbye to Tathra and headed off on the 2.5hr trip to Jindabyne and the Bungarra trail network located on private property on the southern side of town. With a flow track, pump track, skills track, a jumps track and green, blue and black rated trails there is a lot on offer at Bungarra. We spent a bit of time playing on the pump track and skills track plus riding most of the other trails. My pick of the trails was “Wild Goats” track, really and technical trail that forces you to concentrate the whole way up and down.

    20ks done and we were off back to our nights accommodations in Cooma. Unfortunately the nights accommodations was not as good as the previous night, the disadvantages of a road trip on a budget.



    Sunday morning saw us back to Jindabyne (we could not get cheap accommodation for one night) and to the Mill Creek/Trylean trail network. Ever since watching the All Terrain MTB Challenge/Red Bull Ride videos from this area I have always wanted to ride here.



    Im not sure that I have ever started a ride any better way. The main trail that runs across the hill is a flat out blast with some great comers and plenty of rocks to skip over. I was getting quite comfortable with the new bike by now and I was keeping off the brakes much more than I ever have before, I was so full of confidence and having so much fun. After ending up at the dam wall we headed back and rode most of the trails that came off the main trail. These are the total opposite of the main trail, slow and technical. There seemed to be a surprise around every corner whether it be a rock garden, a steep climb or a tight corner, you never knew what to expect. We climbed up to the trip point at the top of a north shore black run for some fantastic views.







    Unfortunately I was smashed by this time so I didn’t really feel like riding anything too knarly so we headed down another very fast narrow trail all the way down to the lake, a great trail to finish on.

    Back in the car and we head to our last destination, Lake Crackenback. The easiest trail network on our trip it was best left to last as our (well my) bodies were suffering a bit, but once I got going it was much better. While nothing extreme it is a quite enjoyable ride around the village and along the fast flowing river and back again.



    They also have a very nice skills area and the best pump track or bowl that ive ever ridden. We met Paul who was the builder who was there having a run looking at some possible modifications.



    After a final run on the pump track using up what energy I had leftit was time to call the trip over and head back to normality and back to family life.



    Such a great road trip with some of the best trails I ever ridden, I can highly recommend all of the places we rode, I would go back to all of them if I had the chance. I think I’ve only just come down off the high from the trip a month later. I am in the middle of making a video which has more of the actual riding in it, I will post up when done.
    Post up the vid. You have ridden some nice stuff there for sure.

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    My latest little adventure was in the Blue Mountains over the Christmas break. Myself and a brother in law decided to do the Andersons Fire Trail with the hopes of continuing onto the Oaks Fire Trail, depending on how we were feeling.



    From Wentworth Fall Station it was bitumen for about 6ks until we got to an old hospital where we hit the dirt. Slightly downhill with a few undulations until we got to the turn off for the Anderson Trail.



    Some nice faster trails with some loose corners was finally brining in the fun factor then more undulations with the only thing of note was a couple of short steep technical climbs.



    Within no time we had reached the fun section, the long downhill down into the valley.








    Steep rocky downhills and tight loose corners make sure that you were concentrating all the way down while having a blast. It was all over too soon as in no time at all we were at the bottom of the valley where at the first creek crossing we were meet by a foreign man in his speedos looking at something in the trees with his wife. We said hi and quickly moved on to the second creek crossing, the fun one. We both crossed the creek successfully, I got drenched as I had a heap of speed going in and the splash ensured my front was saturated, but as it was a hot day I didn’t care a bit.














    After a bit of a cool down and a rest we saddled back up to take on the big climb out of the valley. 3ks long with some very steep (21% apparently) and rocky sections separated by some not so steep sections. This climb along with some of the other ones were teaching my brother in law that the main climb up Stromlo isn’t that hard after all. He had never ridden (well walked) up anything like it before so it was a good eye opener to him. I was happy with my effort which had me stopping only twice and only walking about 5m to the nearest water bar to start again.



    Once we reached the gate up the top it got much smoother and the gradient was more of a gentle slope (brother in law didn’t think so). We finally got some good views as well. That was one thing that I thought was a little disappointing, doing a ride like this in the Blue Mountains you expect some pretty good views. Besides a couple of glimpses of some hills there was not much to look at.





    One final hurdle was a short but very steep climb once we hit the bitumen, not sure but it defiantly felt like the steepest of the day. We cruised the last section through the town of Woodford and went straight to the train station, we were both fairly knackered and even though there is pretty much no climbing on the Oaks trail we decided we had had enough.



    We waited for the next train to come, put the bikes on the train and spent the next 15mins in a tiny little box with our bikes trying to keep them out of the way of other passengers.







    Overall it was a fun day but nothing spectacular. I don’t feel the need to do the ride again, still need to do the Oaks trail.


    A couple of days later with the other brother in law in tow we headed out to Scribbies which was in the first issue of Flow Magazine. It took a lot of research to find it but it was well worth it. I took a wrong turn at the start which cost us about 20mins and included pushing through some thick scrub to find a fire road, but once we found our way it was great fun. I would imagine it would only get better the more you got to know the trail as there are a few different lines to take in places. Would love to go back there one day.

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    Video from the road trip.

    Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beardi View Post
    The trailhead is at the cnr of Devlin and Hall rd's in Foster. The park is called Cement Hill Reserve. No map that i'm aware of but the loop is prob 5-6 kms. The trail is signed at most intersections now after they got some funding. You can't get lost really so just go for a spin and see how you go. Not worth it from Melbourne but if you're in Invy it's the best option around. I'm in Cape Paterson, give me a yell if you want a tour.....please bear in mind I'm quite unfit!
    Apologies for the late response. Thanks Berdi, that and the Strava link are great. I've been riding my SS 29'er out of Invy up Inv-Outtrim rd to Mt Misery (well named that!) and back for a ride so glad there's a ST option. Forster's about 40min away right?

    I'll ST you when I'm next down. More than happy to ride with someone, even a 26'er ;-)
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    Yesterday was the first time I rode in ages, I have hardly ridden in anger since having a child and buying a house. Now that I have gotten far too fat and lazy, I think I'll have to start getting out regularly again.

    So I rode Makara Peak, Welly NZ with some buddies. Went up via Koru, then the 4WD track because we are too unfit to do Sally Alley/Missing Link/Aratihi. Then we came down via Northface, end of RL Ext, Magic Carpet, then Swigg/Starfish. We all had a nice cold Sappora beer afterwards as reward for our efforts.

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    Fox Creek on Friday with a mate. The conditions were perfect. I kept riding until my legs cramped up. It was a great day and I cant wait to go back!

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    Nice write-ups Ben, good to see you still have the passion.
    Unfortunately I'm kind of in McSlows position. Marriage, house etc.. However I will be back! Planning a write up on some of the GDT I did over Christmas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud View Post
    Nice write-ups Ben, good to see you still have the passion.
    Unfortunately I'm kind of in McSlows position. Marriage, house etc.. However I will be back! Planning a write up on some of the GDT I did over Christmas.
    Just wait until the kids come Hud!! Ive always had the passion, just lacking the time to do anything with it. So much that i've had to join the gym to keep fit!!!! Its really not that bad

    Look forward to the write up.

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    Unfortunately I'm kind of in McSlows position. Marriage, house etc.. However I will be back!
    Sounds like fun Hud! Ive just spent a few days down riding the lovely trails of Forrest. Stayed in the caravan park. Love how you can just park your car and ride to the trails. Place was busy on Sat. Lots of riders getting in some last minute practice before the 100k this wkend. I will have to do it one year. Maybe next year. Im prob about mid-level fitness.

    On thurs i started off with 4,5 6 Follow the dog. Fun loop. Some nice little pinches on follow the dog. You sure earn your post ride coffee.

    In the arvo rode out to the Yaugher trails and did the super loop. Nice and fast, flat and flowy. Suits my style really being not so used to hills.

    In the evening, teed up with a few local guys who were riding up to do the lower part of red carpet. I decided to kick on and get to the top and do the whole of red carpet. Glad i did. Was the best time of day with the sun just about setting. Had a blast hooning down red carpet. Sweet track!! Met all of the other lads back at the brewery.

    Next day did 4, 5 and 6 again, then in the arvo went and did Grass Trees and Mariners. Hard to beat really. Bit of everything thrown in. Love the berms and gullies!

    On sat did another lap of Grass Trees and Mariners.

    All up did about 73-74 odd ks according to strava. Not a bad effort!!

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    Managed to finally get a couple of rides in at Woodhill after nearly two months of no action due to work up North. The dry summer has definitely pushed out the sand and made for some pretty fun and, due to the lack of riding, fairly unpredictable riding as well. Managed to avoid any spills and absolutely loved every second of it. My new, second hand forks arrived today as well so can not wait to rig them up and go for another burn!!!

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    Seeing those pics has got me pumped Ben, heading up to the Oaks for the first time in 10 years next weekend !!! can't wait !!!

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    Good to hear the pics got you pumped G Man, im sure the trail will have changed a bit in 10 years!! Enjoy.

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