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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob
    Yeah, I'm pretty sure I remember seeing you out there a couple of times..... cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    Coming out of my mouth in the form of a sigh.
    rofl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_M
    The Temple of Zoom, I like it already and I dont even know what it looks like............
    Thanks Ben. We have to market these things properly you know.
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    Steve, we need more info!
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    Yeah, I know you do.


    here you go...


    info info info info info info info info info info info...


    geez, someone shoot me.
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    Got a ride in yesterday. Got up early and headed for Pommi, 2 laps there and then across the highway and through the San-Isador Quary, out past Kapooka for a fire road loop, over another quary, up Willans Hill and back home 3hrs 45min and 53ks later.

    Only excitment was out the back of Kapooka I came across possibaly the biggest Rottweiler I have ever seen. I backed off a bit and started to head the other way a bit. I dont normally back away from dogs to often but this one was different. It had a dead rabbit in its mouth so I figured it already had the taste of blood in its mouth and might want more. Anyway he seemed too happy with his catch to bother me and he walked off and I survived.

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    First ride off road in 7 weeks for me after breaking two ribs at the Wharfedale. First 29er off road ride too in the Port Hills. A new build too- a KHS Tuscan. Up Kennedys's and across traverse to old bownenvale downhill.

    Interesting is how I'd describe the 29er. Damn hard on the climbs but great on the rocky downs. I had to stop several times to allow the feeling to return to my arms.... lol. Amazing how we take our fullys for granted!

    Good to back on the bike though




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    Geez I'm envious of those views Paul, and the trails.

    Got my first ride since the OO this arvo. Up at Silvan with Love Chunks to test out The Temple of Zoom, and what a blast! It's an absolutely brilliant way to link up the top of Steve's uphill switchbacks to the bottom of Baker's Dozen. I can't believe this track hasn't been used for so many years. You fellas are gunna love it.

    That aside, I felt really strong on the bike today, and changing the gearing to 33:19 has shortened the wheel base, making it much easier to lift the front wheel. A great ride at a very fast pace.
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    Nothing major but went for a ride with my daughter last night and I feel the future generation of MTB in my family lies with her and her appreication of bumps.

    On a side note ordered an Awesome Strap which arrived last night and not only is it awesome as expected but they sent me two! I'd recommend them but I understand they aren't for everybody.

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    Got a quick one in last night - kangaroos everywhere! Had a mob of about 20 hop right across the track in front of me.
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    Was having a great Ride @ Castlemaine on Sunday until i went OTB and broke a bone in my hand. Whoops. Am seeing a specialist this arvo.

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    ouch! bad luck. speedy recovery mate
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    That's too bad mate, here's hoping for a speedy recovery!
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    No good man. All the best for a quick recovery.

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    Thanks! Going to see specialist today to get options.

    Edit for pic of thigh which is nicely bruised (with a huge lump from the haematoma) after bearing the brunt of the impact on a rock...and an x-ray since we're here!


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    Has been raining for about 24hrs here and it is suppose to keep it up all weekend so I didnt think id make an appearance in this thread this weekend. I woke up this morning and found a small break in the weather and it didnt look like raining in the next hour so I threw on some riding clothes and took off for 1 1/2hrs out at Pommi. The trails were not too bad, a few puddles here and there but generally pretty good. If we get more rain today I dont think it will be much chop anywhere around here tomorrow.

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    We've just a had our first few mm of rain for a long time.
    I went out and did a 18km singletrack slog this morning.
    First ride since the OO, pulled up ok.
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    Sounds like the rain is falling everywhere. We do need it though. I just hope it stays dry for the Youies tomorrow.
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    Quick ride with my daughter in the seat this weekend.

    About 2 hours later our good car got stuck in the 'eye' of the storm in upwey. Every panel is damaged and front window is chipped. Got hammered for 10 mins before we could turn and head home. First and last time I hope to see jaggered peach sized hail... mind you on the upside it was kind of a fun experience.

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    Damn chumbox, you were unlucky. We didn't get any of that hail in Ringwood at all. Hope you've got insurance.

    I bet it was loud in the car.
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    You have a good outlook on life Chumbox, what sort of car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    You have a good outlook on life Chumbox, what sort of car?
    2007 Toyota RAV4 which 'was' in perfect condition

    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob
    Damn chumbox, you were unlucky. We didn't get any of that hail in Ringwood at all. Hope you've got insurance.

    I bet it was loud in the car.
    We are insured which is partly why it has an entertaining upside, but yes it was ridiculously loud. My daughter didn't seem to mind the hail at all which was funny to watch, mind you my wife and I were both waiting for the window to smash.

    My bike was in the shed, so that's great!

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    I did the Mt Stromlo Realbike/Rocky Trail Entertainment 30k cruise. Great fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chumbox
    Quick ride with my daughter in the seat this weekend.

    About 2 hours later our good car got stuck in the 'eye' of the storm in upwey. Every panel is damaged and front window is chipped. Got hammered for 10 mins before we could turn and head home. First and last time I hope to see jaggered peach sized hail... mind you on the upside it was kind of a fun experience.
    I brought my wife and son home from the hospital in Ferntree Gully at around 2pm in my lovely classic Peugeot 504. A few hours later the storm hit and we heard from my sister's friend who works at the hosp. that every car in the carpark had cracked glass and panel damage... by then we were at home in Lilydale where all we had was heavy rain.

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    I got in a ride at Lysterfield with wife and kids on tow on Saturday - 20 mins after we packed the car afterwards the storm hit - we had great weather while riding and not too many people out there too.
    The got in the Sunday YY ride and only got a little wet super tacky trails and great days riding

    I can't believe my luck over the weekend with 2 rides around such bad weather - cleaning the bike after the YY took a while though

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnŠ
    Lucky.
    Got that right!

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    Took some photos of the YR trails last time I was out for a build.
    It's getting quite nice out there now, in some places the foliage is 6ft high.
    It's been really good for the bush to be burnt, there are wattles and ti tree re-establishing where before there was virtually no undergrowth and only established (scrawny) gums. Incredibly dense now in places.
    I came across this local spider whose ancestors must have survived the fires, about 5 inches long tip-to-tip.
    I'm glad I came across it at walking pace rather than on the bike.
    I relocated him with a stick.
    Generally speaking though there is still very little insect life out there.
    I saw one ant nest, no lizards or bugs, though it was a cold day.
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    Nice work Hudster. Those tracks are looking great.
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    Good stuff Hud. I'll have to get out there soon. But I'll make sure someone else is riding up front to "clear the way".
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    I hope you relocated that spider to spider heaven.

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    NP tell me about spider heaven
    What are the spiders like there??

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    I hope you relocated that spider to spider heaven.
    'Fraid not. I'm still feeling kindly towards any bug that manged to stay alive out there.
    I wrapped his web and himself up with a stick and threw him a couple of metres off the track.
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    Spiders? Snakes? What are these you talk of?

    I remember those buggers hanging in the pathways...*shudders!*

    Nice trails btw...

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    Did a gravel cruise around some back streets of the local neighbourhood and up some hills I have wanted to climb for ages. Turns out I couldn't even get up half of one of them. In the process I finally stumbled upon some local water tanks and the phone tower.

    For anyone who cares this is the tower you can see when you drive towards Mt Dandenong and it's on your right on the Upwey side hills. I tried to ride up the steep hill at the street right next to the Angliss Hospital. I know nothing about grades (feel free to school me) but I grade it as 'oh my gosh this was a bad idea'... it's now my new goal hill.

    On a side note I overpacked the new Awesome Strap but it held a treat. Going to remove some things and then I think it will be perfect. Loving it so far.
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    It's good to have a goal hill. I have a few myself.
    I see hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob
    It's good to have a goal hill. I have a few myself.
    Willing to share?

    I have this one at the end of the street near the Angliss, I have Sunset Walk in Birdland Reserve as it is now covered in soft peach sized granite and it's like riding in jello and I have also found a secret one at Lysterfield which I'm nearly up... it is a medium length grass/fireroad climb that has a quite steep pinch climb at the end.

    I'd put money on it though Steve that you would nail all these first go haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by chumbox
    Willing to share?

    I have this one at the end of the street near the Angliss, I have Sunset Walk in Birdland Reserve as it is now covered in soft peach sized granite and it's like riding in jello and I have also found a secret one at Lysterfield which I'm nearly up... it is a medium length grass/fireroad climb that has a quite steep pinch climb at the end.

    I'd put money on it though Steve that you would nail all these first go haha
    lol. Maybe, but I'd have to see them. I can remember one like you describe at Lysty though. Finishes on top of an open hill with a small rocky outcrop?

    I'm eyeing off a couple of steep fireroads at Silvan, but I can't remember the track numbers.
    I see hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob
    I can remember one like you describe at Lysty though. Finishes on top of an open hill with a small rocky outcrop?
    Sounds very similar. I really must get to Silvan again one day, oh time.

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    As for an asphalt road, Glenvale Road in Ringwood North is a chest exploder.



    You really get an idea of the incline when you look at where this fence starts and finishes wrt the house.



    The climb's only a couple of hundred metres, but I've yet to make it on the SS.
    I see hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob
    As for an asphalt road, Glenvale Road in Ringwood North is a chest exploder.



    You really get an idea of the incline when you look at where this fence starts and finishes wrt the house.



    The climb's only a couple of hundred metres, but I've yet to make it on the SS.
    Glenvale road looks tough and awesome at the same time.

    We need to start a new thread called "Where's that hill?"

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    Talaskia Road, Upper Ferntree Gully. Not sure the grade is as steep as Glenvale but is half paved then half rough grass.
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    looks bloody steep from the second photo
    I see hills.

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    That's Long & steep.
    Not as long but steeper if you believe the hype, is the old Templestowe Hillclimb track.

    "The famous 'Wall' with it's daunting gradient of 1 in 2.5 feet , was (possibly still is) the steepest bitumen road is Australia"

    It's located just off the Yarra trail before the trail finishes at Warrandyte (near Beasleys Nursery) Melways 34 E3-E1 or google Templestowe Hillclimb.
    The hillclimb was over a kilometre long but the steep bit (Wall) is only a couple of 100metres. It's steep! I've ridden up it but your almost sitting on the handle bars. It's bitumen but in poor condition with a lot of twigs and leaves covering it.
    It's scary going down because there is little run off at the end due to a fallen tree. Reckon I went down with the backwheel off the ground for most of the way.

    Once up there is a small down hill loop that winds its way back to the start

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    That templestowe road sounds mad... thanks for the tip

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    Originally Posted by Hud

    I came across this local spider whose ancestors must have survived the fires, about 5 inches long tip-to-tip.

    Hud,

    I came across his little(!) brother today on Old Kinglake Rd. Big, fat body at least 5cm long and a web about 3 mts across. Golden Orb spider according to an old spider book I have, which also quotes body size "up to 4 cms". Some scientist nees to get out there and have a look if our two specimens are any indictaion of the population! I reckon these guys have it easy at the moment; hardly any bird life where the fire went through so what is eating these guys?!??!




    Did around 42ks today, nearly all fire trail. From E-YG Rd up through One Tree, Rifle Range, up Everard Trk, Cookson Hill and Old Kinglake Rd, then back. Ride 'back' much more enjoyable and faster!!

    jossa

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    We get those golden orbs everywhere here in summer. The female is the big one - very painful bit apparently. The male is tiny by comparison.


    On Wednesday I went with a few of the blokes from work for a group ride. After all the rain the tracks were nice and tacky, the bush smelled great and there were a few babbling brooks flowing here and there. Ten minutes in one of the boys stacked and hurt his wrist and had to bail out luckily we were not far from his place..)

    A while later one of the other blokes had a huge endo on a very steep, rocky downhill and somehow manage to do a complete flip and run through it. Amazingly his bike was unharmed. A minute later one of the others ended up with his rear mech in the spokes - we managed to get it kind of straight again.

    A comedy of errors but enjoyable nonetheless...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ditchart
    That's Long & steep.
    Not as long but steeper if you believe the hype, is the old Templestowe Hillclimb track.

    "The famous 'Wall' with it's daunting gradient of 1 in 2.5 feet , was (possibly still is) the steepest bitumen road is Australia"
    Cool. I lived in Newmans Rd in Templestowe (less than 2km away) and never knew about that.

    http://www.aboc.com.au/maps-and-race...towe-hillclimb
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    Bike Buller

    Done and Dusted
    Great weekends riding - got off to a rough start as last week we recieved an email from Rapid Ascent advising that the Horsehill chairlift had been pulled from operation due to safety reasons and would not be operational again until June.

    This meant that the brake burner was rejigged - Instead of doing laps going up the chair it was one run down from Baldy to Mirimbah down the summit rd then onto some single track/ double track that wound around the back of the Village up one tree hill onto gang gangs then down to the picnic trail / skill park section then down the delatite river run which in cluded rough and loose 4wd track with 12 river crossings - It was advertised as 12km with almost 1100m vertical descent.
    It also meant that at the end of the 50km event we rode back up the asphlt to the village from box corner(about 4-5km).
    stage 1 which was supposed to be 25km turned out to be about 22 with 780m climbing(and descent) The climb up to corn hill was a killer with about 30 switchbacks in total but there was some great flowing single track too 2:14 for that one and 122nd

    For me stage 2 now suited me better than the former would have becase it included more technical decending and less climbing it actually turned out to be 18 km and was an absolute hoot - I think only 2 of the river crossings were ridable with most of the thigh deep except for the one when I stood on a large rock and fell sitting down in the river mid crossing. We saw one guy make it through the final river crossing at Mirimbah to a thunderus applause.57min 115th now in 94th for both stages
    Sateg 3 on Sunday really surprised me 50km from Buller village up one tree hill down gang gangs down corn hill rd to Howqua Gap then up a really steep track over Stirling the weather was sensational and really had some magnificent views going up here. The ride down off of Stirling to Telephone box juction was sensational with some really fast WOT areas on double track and some nice ST too A bit more climbing and decending on St and 4wd tracks. One almost lost it as coming down a really fast fire trail and didn't see a 20 m patch of mud in the shadows hit it a slid a bit sideways but maintained control tightened the sphincter muscle an kept going. reached the Delatite and rode up to the road and then up the road from box corner to the village I was really cursing the chairlift as I passed by it only got passed by 5-6 people up the road all of which I had passed while descending I was expecting quite a few more- I'm not sure how many km's but 1400m of altitude I managed to get in at 3:56 which I was stoked with as was expecting to be ~4.5hrs. So over all of the people who did the whole lot I ended up 81/161 which I was stoked with - still got to work on my climbing though.
    All in all a great weekend and event met up with a mate of Puddleduck who had a great race on Sunday also met up with guys from Batemans Bay who I ride with at Christmas
    Ready to sign up for next year

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    Lap and a bit of Pommi then home via the river trail. We had some flash flooding last weekend during some torrential rain. The trails at Pommi were not damaged too much but the river trail took a beating.

    This bridge was underwater for a bit.


    One of 3 trees that fell into the rive along this part of the river. This one has left a big hole in the trail.

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    Wouldn't want to get my front wheel stuck in that hole!

    I just did some 'training' climbing over One Tree Hill and doing some other climbs around my area. Just trying to get my climbing hours up at the moment.

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