• 04-22-2007
    Sideknob
    What did we all ride on the weekend?
    I got a ride in Sunday morning, appreciating the fact that there was some degree of moisture in the ground from a little rain we had in Vic. No little "POOOOF!" of powder as you hit two inch deep patches of bulldust, not so much washout from loose corners and the bush had that clean, gum tree smell.

    I did a 36km rolling hills ride, which is a combination of hilly dirt roads and rocky double track, just a few minutes from home. Put it in the big ring and let 'er rip. It looked like it might rain for a while, but unfortunately it all blew away.


    What did everyone else ride?
  • 04-22-2007
    mereel
    In a 6man social team for the Kooralbyn 24hr.

    Pissed down rain on Friday but that made the track perfect. Not dusty not too muddy.

    Loved it!
  • 04-22-2007
    akashra
    Lysterfield had plenty of large mud puddles and thick mud/soil. I was alone though so didn't really want to push it, nor was I really in the mood for getting mud all over myself :)
  • 04-22-2007
    Steve_N
    WSMTB had a club XC race on at Yarramundi on Sunday morning so that's where I was. I was 6 minutes faster this round than last so even though I was up the back of the pack I was still pretty happy! Did bust a spoke though...

    Conditions were pretty dry and dusty with a few spots of rain during the race, although not enough to wet the ground.
  • 04-22-2007
    Some Guy
    I rode at Castlemaine for the first(!) time. Nothing beats the rush you get from riding some great singletrack for the first time, especially when rain the day before has made the ground nice and grippy with not a puddle to be seen.
  • 04-22-2007
    nuclear_powered
    I rode out at the Youies Sat morning before the rain set in. Extremely dusty. At the beginning of the Cressy Climb (going down), one of us came off purely due to lack of visibility. Trav's diamond Track was probably the best spot of the day - we were the only ones on it most of the time, despite the full carpark.

    Once the wooden berms started getting wet after the first few drops, we decided to pack it in.

    Good 4 hours of solid riding though - can't complain.
  • 04-23-2007
    alchemist
    Check out the Juice in action

  • 04-23-2007
    sicwombat
    Lysterfield, Saturday morning
    Got a ride in before the rain on Saturday morning at Lysterfield. 32kms of dusty single track. Hadnt been out there for a few weeks, so it was good to get back into it. Very dry and dusty though, seems like each time I'm out there, theres another dead tree that has fallen over. Hopefully the rain on the weekend has freshened things up a bit.

    cheers
  • 04-23-2007
    All Mountain
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    I rode out at the Youies Sat morning before the rain set in. Extremely dusty. At the beginning of the Cressy Climb (going down), one of us came off purely due to lack of visibility. Trav's diamond Track was probably the best spot of the day - we were the only ones on it most of the time, despite the full carpark.

    Once the wooden berms started getting wet after the first few drops, we decided to pack it in.


    Good 4 hours of solid riding though - can't complain.

    Welcome to MTBR :thumbsup: :cool: :thumbsup: !~!
  • 04-23-2007
    All Mountain
    I tried these out:



    yup... 720 grams
  • 04-23-2007
    alchemist
    Ouch! After my experience on the weekend I'm not going near flats again - 8 stitches.

    And for my least favourite bike, this one



    Which used to be bike_freak's
  • 04-23-2007
    All Mountain
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by alchemist
    Ouch! After my experience on the weekend I'm not going near flats again - 8 stitches.

    And for my least favourite bike, this one



    Which used to be bike_freak's


    Ouch.... 8 stitches is a good wound :eek: Sorry to hear that.

    perhaps it was the rider's overzealous nature on the "fun bike" ?~:D ~!

    Flat's take some getting used to... funny how you are in control of a bike clipless then try the flats and feel out of control... yet after a while they can teach you to flow with the bike and move it intuitively...
  • 04-23-2007
    waldog
    I hit the Yarra trails on Saturday with one of my mates who is recovering from a knee reco. Got nice and muddy, it was soooooooooo good to ride in the rain, it just feels really fresh! Now if it would only just bucket down some more!

    Wal.
  • 04-23-2007
    Sideknob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by All Mountain
    I tried these out:



    yup... 720 grams

    Jesus, a few beer cans gave their lives to make them, LOL!
  • 04-23-2007
    Sideknob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Some Guy
    I rode at Castlemaine for the first(!) time. Nothing beats the rush you get from riding some great singletrack for the first time, especially when rain the day before has made the ground nice and grippy with not a puddle to be seen.


    The 'Maine is within striking distance for me, but I've never ridden it. I hear there are some good tracks.
  • 04-23-2007
    Some Guy
    Yeah it's definately worth the trip, although finding all the singletrack can be tough
  • 04-23-2007
    craign
    Spent the weekend in Canberra, rode Stromlo, Sparrow and Majura! Much fun.
  • 04-23-2007
    Steve_N
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by alchemist
    Check out the Juice in action


    :eekster: that is just plain scary.... :lol:
  • 04-23-2007
    All Mountain
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Sideknob
    Jesus, a few beer cans gave their lives to make them, LOL!

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    ... must american made with their Tinnies !~!
  • 04-23-2007
    MTB-Tragic
    Did a bit of Stromlo on Saturday afternoon, Sparrow Hill on Sunday morning, and managed to get a quick lap in at Majura yesterday morning (two days off work - YIPPEE!)

    While not actually riding I spent this morning on a DJ hunt - only visited two suburbs and a forest and managed to find 8 DJ sites between them. (Now if that doesn't scream Community Demand for them I don't know what will).

    R
  • 04-24-2007
    sicwombat
    Got a new bike yet ?, you mentioned a while ago it could be on the cards.

    Cheers
  • 04-24-2007
    BillyMTB
    awesome!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Steve_N
    :eekster: that is just plain scary.... :lol:

    Nice one Steve!! :thumbsup:
    Looks like you are having some fun there.
    I am really impressed on how compliant the Soma's ride is.
    Billy.
  • 04-27-2007
    waldog
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sicwombat
    Got a new bike yet ?, you mentioned a while ago it could be on the cards.

    Cheers

    Not sure if this was directed at me, if so, no new bike i'm dealing with a severe bout of upgradeitis. New wheelset and brakes should be here next week, more to come after that.

    On the subject of this thread last minute decision to head to the You Yangs today, bit of rain over night has hopefully got rid of some dust and some more rain today could make for some fun on those wooden berms down there!

    Good times!!

    Wal.
  • 04-27-2007
    sicwombat
    "Yeah the Reign is going very well indeed, still might be a new steed on the horizon though.....more on that another time."

    Hey waldog, you posted this a while ago. Looks as though you have gone for the upgrades instead. What brakes and wheels did you decide on ?

    Cheers
  • 04-27-2007
    waldog
    Just got back from the Yangs!
    I'm back, what a ride! Went on so many tracks that i've never ridden before, day was great until this happened......





    So yeah in reference to sicwombat's previous post, i'm getting a new wheelset :D Whats funny is that i'd already ordered it and it will be here monday, and that is why i'm smiling in the picture. Brakes wise looks like some HFX-9 Carbons, i like the bite and power.

    Fun and games at the Yangs. the best part was we'd been riding for a couple of hours and this happened a couple of hundred metes from the carpark!

    Good times.

    Wal
  • 04-27-2007
    Low_Rider
    Bah, she’ll pull straight with a good true… :p

    How on earth did you manage that, did you try and huck off that rock instead of rolling it? :D

    Dave.
  • 04-27-2007
    cathyandrob
    Well I worked all weekend so all I did was ride the Karate Monkey commuter to work and back.

    80k's in total is not a bad workout though.

    Rob
  • 04-27-2007
    waldog
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Low_Rider
    Bah, she’ll pull straight with a good true… :p

    How on earth did you manage that, did you try and huck off that rock instead of rolling it? :D

    Dave.

    You'd think something along those lines, but i didn't try to huck the whole thing, not enough speed, not enough transition and mostly not enough testicles! I pretty much just popped off the last little lip, and the whole wheel caved, it busted at the join.



    so yeah.

    Wal.
  • 04-28-2007
    Sideknob
    No ride for me this weekend, busy with with a new bang stick I just got...
  • 04-28-2007
    craign
    Urgghhh... Roadie ride, there was good quality pie involved though. Haven't quite finished off the temporary GT, need to swap the brakes and bar when I get them.
  • 04-28-2007
    alchemist
    Not much riding for me either, but I did finish assembling n+1 :D , fixed my 1x1 :eekster: and am still battling with a stuck BB on the Baum :madman:
  • 04-28-2007
    crosser
    Four Gorges
    Stacked hard and landed on my wrist. Then stupidly continued to ride for two hours.
    Should be no problem to ride the Dirt Works one handed. It's not like it's bumpy out there or anything...
    I hadn't had a roadie crash in years. It's worth trying to avoid them.
  • 04-28-2007
    craign
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by alchemist
    am still battling with a stuck BB on the Baum :madman:

    That's gunna hurt! Steel frame right, not ti?
  • 04-29-2007
    alchemist
    Steel, soaking in WD-40 now. If it doesnt come out I can always ride the 1x1 fixie or the SS Crosser in the DW50
  • 04-29-2007
    Low_Rider
    I wish it would actually rain instead of this useless drizzle! :yawn:

    No real riding for me this weekend, although I did get out for a bit of a roll around town to scout a few things to play on a little later. ;)
  • 04-29-2007
    aussie_yeti
    A maiden voyage plus pouring rain, how good!

    Got this built up late last night (well early this morning while watching the cricket) and took it for a burn before work. Lots of rain, lots of mud, lots of fun - it reminds me why I like light bikes - 8.6kg and so easy to throw around.

    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/john.g.groves/GroverSGrumblings/photo?authkey=w8HKbxsqfgo#5058758560318545890"><im g src="http://lh4.google.co.uk/image/john.g.groves/RjRSG7BA3-I/AAAAAAAAAWU/tXLTKMsxcNs/s800/070429.jpg" /></a>
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/john.g.groves/GroverSGrumblings/photo?authkey=w8HKbxsqfgo#5058758736412205042"><im g src="http://lh5.google.co.uk/image/john.g.groves/RjRSRLBA3_I/AAAAAAAAAWc/MoHJ0jlfZFI/s800/070429%20%281%29.jpg" /></a>

    The best part, a magic gear, no tensioner is so good.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/john.g.groves/GroverSGrumblings/photo?authkey=w8HKbxsqfgo#5058758908210896898"><im g src="http://lh5.google.co.uk/image/john.g.groves/RjRSbLBA4AI/AAAAAAAAAWk/WnjFswHGJ0Q/s800/070429%20%282%29.jpg" /></a>
  • 04-29-2007
    akashra
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by waldog
    I'm back, what a ride! Went on so many tracks that i've never ridden before, day was great until this happened...

    How the heck!?

    Surely there's gotta be a good story behind this one.
  • 04-29-2007
    Sideknob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Low_Rider
    I wish it would actually rain instead of this useless drizzle! :yawn:

    No real riding for me this weekend, although I did get out for a bit of a roll around town to scout a few things to play on a little later. ;)


    We got lots down in Vic. :thumbsup:
  • 04-29-2007
    Low_Rider
    That’s great to hear! :thumbsup:

    We've had just enough to make things miserable here, although if assignments hadn’t of got in the way I would probably have been out in it having a ball! :p
  • 04-29-2007
    akashra
    Well, my riding this weekend went really well.

    Went out to Westgate Park on Saturday to show a mate the track - he's going to start racing as of this coming week. After doing a few laps at a reasonable pace, I went out and did one more flat chat, and absolutely smashed my personal best - took a whole 45 seconds off it - and that was using my heavy wheelset (race wheelset is about 1.8kg lighter). Ie, I reckon I could do a 9:20 given the right circumstances. In fairness though I normally race at night - I'm not sure if a lap in daylight is worth 45 seconds or not.

    Thisafternoon, went out to Lysterfield as I usually do on Sundays. Ran the same track on the first lap as last week - last week it took me 58m, did it this time in 52m. Both tracks were run in muddy conditions as well.
    Second lap, on the other hand, was a little slower (62m), though on that I ran some longer sections, and did have an off.

    I pretty much think these improvements are due to some advice I got from royale on Thursday night. Stu also provided some valuable advice, but what he was saying is a bit trickier, and I'm not yet confident to try that stuff on soft mud where your wheels would go outwards underneath you.

    Pretty danm happy with those times/improvements though.
  • 04-29-2007
    PuddleDuck
    I've been riding my ice pack!

    I've got a bit of the 'ol Illiotibial Band Friction Syndrome (could just call it tendonitis) - so its killing me to read about Akashra training for the next installment of the Chase the Sun series at Lysterfield...when I want to be out there ripping it up :madmax: :smallviolin: :incazzato:

    At least I can look forward to getting my new FS 29er :rockon: :yesnod:

    Sorry for the slight thread jack and not posting photo's of my icepack :D
  • 04-29-2007
    ripper1
    Rode 32ks at Daisy Hill this morning in about 28 degree sunshine, some overnight rain calmed the dust down. Gotta get serious and crank out some ks for the upcoming noosa enduro http://usmevents.com.au/series/Enduro/home.cfm. Anybody in???
  • 04-29-2007
    mereel
    50 odd Ks on the roadie on saturday and a cruise around bunya (brisbane) sunday morning (about 20k or a bit under)

    I am planning on the Enduro in July
  • 06-08-2007
    Sideknob
    20 odd k's of swooping doubletrack around the local hills this morning - it was one of those clear, sunny mornings that tricks you into thinking it's not cold - it was!

    My legs had as much snap as a clagged out 2.4 diesel Hilux after a leg press and deadlift session at the gym last week, and the cold never helps them to loosen up, either. Lots of spots washed out from recent rain, some news holes formed in the trails and a bit of loose rock floating around the place.

    Passed a M+F pair of riders coming down the granny gear mongrel hill I was about to start climbing, exchanged the usual friendly "Morning" as we passed eachother.

    Looking down at my semi clogged High Rollers as I rode, I began to wonder if these things were ever going to wear out - they are like the Magic Pudding and seem to keep growing new tread in between rides. I have a new set of IRC Mibro's I'm keen to try, and I refuse to half half dead tyres around the place - I want them High Rollers to wear out!

    Basked in the post ride endorphins later this morning.
  • 06-10-2007
    alchemist
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Sideknob
    20 odd k's of swooping doubletrack around the local hills this morning - it was one of those clear, sunny mornings that tricks you into thinking it's not cold - it was!

    With the local tracks being a bit wet, I stayed inside and finally got around to building my first set of wheels.
  • 06-10-2007
    idiot
    Saturday I spent two hours pootling around Sparrow Hill - the carpark was CHOCKER when we got there, one big group leaving and one big group starting off. But out in the woods we saw no-one for 80% of the 30km we did. Right near the end we got tangled up with a group. quite funny as one of them called 'rider' on me like we were in the middle of a race or wome-such. I don't know if it was a latent word association thing, or perhaps a need to play the teacher, but that little word did rather spur me on - and I promptly dropped him like an anvil on a coyote!

    Yesterday was a bit different. With the family up for the riverside bruncheon thing I decided to whip out the roadie for a one-way ride 25km into the valley to the picnic area. It was all nice and casual for the first half, till I passed a very dissorganised bunch of young ladies out for a spin. About 3km later I glanced back to see that said bunch had found themselves a bit of orgnaisation and were gaining! Now, I was only intending to take it easy, but it's been a long time since I've been chased by girls - so I thought I better make it last as long as possible. I knew I'd have the wood over them on the descent, given the mass and momentum rules, so it was the two or three gradual climbs - on which a well driven group would have a clear advantage - that would tell the tale. I dug deep and made it stick (though given I stopped at the bottom of the valley for a couple of sausage sandwiches, berfore seeing the bunch pass by in a direction that included one pretty nasty climb and another 80km before they would get back to the start - there may be a case for handing them the moral victory).
  • 06-10-2007
    Sideknob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by idiot
    It was all nice and casual for the first half, till I passed a very dissorganised bunch of young ladies out for a spin. About 3km later I glanced back to see that said bunch had found themselves a bit of orgnaisation and were gaining! Now, I was only intending to take it easy, but it's been a long time since I've been chased by girls - so I thought I better make it last as long as possible.


    You lucky bugger - mind you, I'd have draughted 'em for awhile.... :thumbsup:
  • 06-11-2007
    [bEn]
    Went for a ride at lysterfield on saturday. First time in a few months, and clocked up 21km. Went around the lake to start off, followed by the games track. I've noticed a lot more riders there now which is good! :thumbsup: Hope to ride there again this week :)
  • 06-16-2007
    Sideknob
    Did a bit of a mixed up doubletrack / dirt road and swooping singletrack ride today. Prolly about 30k's.

    I rode my Tomac and my mate took out his Zion hardtail as his I Drive had a case of clickety clack gears syndrome.... :) Beautiful winter sun, nice green countryside, 'roos hopping away indignantly and lots of washed out sections to keep us on our toes. My mate ended up doing a beautiful superman over the bars, down into a dry creek but tucked himself up and rolled beautifully. Once I found out he was OK it was officially allright to laugh....

    Cleaned a little drop in that saw me doing the Superman a few weeks back, finished off with the obligatory coffee and packet of rice crackers back at old mate's house.
  • 07-15-2007
    Sideknob
    Short singletrack jaunt with the neighbour, who is just discovering the local trails.
  • 07-15-2007
    akashra
    It was all bitumen for me this weekend - 1.5 hours on Saturday, 2.5 hours today. The strength is still there (in fact, I think I'm now stronger/faster than when I got injured), but I'm hitting a wall at around 1 hour - the endurance has dropped right off.

    Heart rate was off the charts.
    I think I'll be giving it about 3 weeks before I get back to crits, but good to at least be back on a bike.
  • 07-15-2007
    PuddleDuck
    Saturday was my 'default' ride - an out and back tip along the Yarra to Templestowe/Warrnadyte ~ 35km. It feels great to be back on the bike after 3 month off due to knee/hamstring/flu issues, but the singletrack there is too muddy and chopped up to ride as far as I'm concerned, so I mostly rode on the main trail instead of the singletrack.

    Which trails around Melb are holding up well in these conditions? Castlemaine? You Yangs? Macedon? other???

    I'm steadily getting back in to something that vaguely resembles shape in time for the final Chase The Sun event.

    Cheers
    PD :thumbsup:
  • 07-15-2007
    Hud
    I did the Yarra trails on Tuesday. From Westerfolds Park to Heidleburg they wern't to bad but after that as PD said they were unridable - IMO. I did my Wonga Park-Warrandyte loop on saturday which was fairly dry and ventured into 100 acres for the first time. Some nice short sections in there but moss coated clay is very slippery.
    I'm woefully unfit at the moment as I haven't been getting out much, last winter my riding was hardly interupted by wet weather. Still, this is how winter is meant to be I guess.

    PD, in response to your question St Andrews is quite okay a day or two after rain but definately not during.
  • 07-15-2007
    AussieRider
    Did the Castlemaine Enduro today, the singletrack out at 'Jubber Land' (private property) were a little greasy for the first lap but then became fairly tacky and was a great day quite cold to start, sunny day with little wind.

    Great event well organised and some gold single track :thumbsup:
  • 07-15-2007
    nuclear_powered
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PuddleDuck
    Which trails around Melb are holding up well in these conditions? Castlemaine? You Yangs? Macedon? other???

    Blue Lake is nearly all mud/chop free except for one doozy - the creek crossing. What was once a 1m wide hardly-moving stream is now 4m wide, hub-deep mud-slush-fest. Needs a good, solid tree-felling to have something to climb over it.
  • 07-15-2007
    mereel
    100km Noosa Enduro

    Was a great event, much fun and pain
  • 07-20-2007
    Sideknob
    1.5 hour spin on nearby singletrack and dirt roads, before work. Rode a regular loop in reverse - it looked and rode totally different and I ended up somewhere I had no intention of going.....

    A bloody motorbike had been along before me and ripped the crap out of the damp trail, dug some puddles even deeper (I stopped and dug channels to drain 'em) and loosened everthing up.
  • 07-22-2007
    I Like Dirt
    Saturday Morning road ride out to St Andrews and back
    Saturday Arvo 1st BMX race - I figured the kids have started I'm there so may as well- good fun
    Sunday morning You Yangs- Beautiful morning top conditions it really capped it off for me
    I really should have tried to get on a valedrome Sunday arvo then I could say I had a perfectly balanced cycling weekend
  • 07-22-2007
    ilostmypassword
    Lysterfield this arvo and its still muddy as hell. Sun was shining for the first time in weeks which was awesome- and HUD- I'm in the same boat dude.... unfit as hell due to the rain.

    Still to do St. Andrews ;)
  • 07-22-2007
    tim_a
    I just returned from 3 weeks in the US and Canada. I rode Whistler last wekend !! (well just before the Crank Worx started anyway). My first downhill as I normally do XC on a GT iDrive.
    I did 2 days on the downhill stuff and a day on a XC around lost lake. Whistler is all they say it is and then some !!
  • 07-28-2007
    Hud
    A mate and I did a fairly big ride today. We rode up Ridge track on Pauls Range in Dixons Creek (Yarra Valley) from Old Healsville road. Lots of steep ups and down in loose rock and some moto'd muddy sections. Had to push a few times. Every time I got off my cleats filled with sticky mud. About halfway up to Toolangi we mistakenly took a side track down into the valley floor betwee Maroondah hwy and Pauls range. It ended up being a good chice though. It was a fun fire road descent with waterbars etc. at the bottom the track angled up to meet up with Ridge track again. A good steady 5km climb. Hit the main road at Toolangi, headed west, then turned down Old Toolangi-Dixons Ck road for a 10km downhill on a narrow gravel road, then looped back to the car. 1st 15km 3.5 hours - 2nd 15km 30mins.:D
    Good fun to get out into the rough stuff sometimes.
  • 07-28-2007
    Some Guy
    Ended up spending about three hours at the You Yangs. Rode pretty much everything around stockyards at least once in each direction, although we didn't venture down to the western plantation. Maybe next time.

    I'll put some photos up our blog soon. Brilliant sunshine, warm temperatures... what more can you ask for?
  • 07-28-2007
    fezi
    Rode a 40km loop front door to ront door around this:


    All stuck in one gear on this:

    1st real hit out with the new wheels and they make a huge difference. Will be dragging this bike down to Melbourne in the last week of August to give it a blast around Lysterfield as the G/F's oldies live 5 mins down the road from there.
  • 07-28-2007
    Sideknob
    Heading out at 3:30 into the mud to rid myself of this mild hangover....
  • 07-29-2007
    alchemist
    Raced track on Friday night (2nd place in the sprint:D)

    A little ride down (and up) Cascades followed by beers and food.

    Tour de France Time Trial

    Lap of Manly Dam on my crosser followed track maitenance in the golf-course single track (constructing a B line in one section and and A line in another). More beers and food.

    Snooze.
  • 07-29-2007
    fatnold
    Raced track on Friday night.

    Roadie ride with mtb'ers Saturday morning.

    Extremely enjoyable Saturday arvo mtb ride.......thanks Alchemist

    Royal National Park mtb Sunday. fun!
  • 07-29-2007
    Low_Rider
    It was a nice warm and sunny winter’s day here today, so I spent the best part of the afternoon just rolling from reserve to reserve through single track, around town and beyond. Just what the doctor ordered! :thumbsup:

    I’ve had a few big explores lined up that I’ve been planning for ages, but just haven’t had the time. Hopefully I’ll have some ride reports and photos to share soon. ;)

    Dave.
  • 07-29-2007
    Sideknob
    Rode the muddy, rocky local steeps in the misty rain this arvo.
  • 08-12-2007
    Sideknob
    30 - odd k's of dirt roads and doubeltrack. Nice morning that got progressively colder as it drew on.
  • 08-12-2007
    akashra
    Heh. I whimped out on a ride today, too bloody cold. Put in 60km (road on a MTB) in record time on Saturday though.
  • 08-19-2007
    Low_Rider
    I just couldn’t ignore the awesome cool clear days we’ve been having lately, and seeing as though I haven’t been on the bike for a while I decided that a bit of a road ride in the sun would be a good idea. Now don’t worry I’m not going to be riding any wheels bigger than 26”, or wearing Knicks any time soon! :p

    However I do enjoy the occasional roll about the countryside and I also had an ulterior motive as Google Earth and a bit of detailed map browsing showed an area of land that looked like it had potential as a nice little riding spot, about 35km away, perfect!

    I was surprised to pass a couple of roadies on the way out, especially after so much time off the bike. You’ve got to wonder what they think as you roll past. I’m sure it’s likely something along the lines of “no not a bloody mountain biker!” as they slide back out of sight. Next! :D

    The rest of the ride was pretty uneventful and I quickly fell in to a nice rhythm as I rolled along in the sun. Unfortunately when I got to my destination I found that there really wasn’t anything much of interest to ride at all. There were a few little trails here and there, but not the singletrack paradise I was dreaming of. Oh well, off to my favourite pie shop for a quick breather and a nice meat pie before working out where to head to next.

    I ended up tagging on to the back of a bunch of passing roadies, following them back in to town and then hit up a few local trails and nice sections of singletrack through the various reserves around town before calling it a day. I probably covered around 80km or so I think, not a bad way to spend a nice sunny Sunday afternoon. :thumbsup:

    Dave.
  • 08-20-2007
    Sideknob
    We had great weather around here - ended up going bushwalking with the missus and the two dogs for a few hours on Saturday. No riding for me this weekend.
  • 08-20-2007
    ilostmypassword
    booooo :)
  • 08-21-2007
    Hud
    On Wednesday I did the Oaks fire trail in the Blue Mtns. On Thursday I did the Ourimbah xc course (one of my all time faves now) On thursday I rode the escarpment around Wollongong. On friday I did some laps of the nzo 12hr course at Yellowmundi. On saturday I did a lap of the Mt Stromlo singletrack on my way back to Melbourne.
    Beat that.:p :D :D
  • 08-21-2007
    ilostmypassword
    Fark! Well I rode the last Chase the Sun solo (of course :)) I managed 85km over 7hrs.

    Mate have you been on holidays or been signed up on a pro team :)
  • 08-21-2007
    Hud
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    Fark! Well I rode the last Chase the Sun solo (of course :)) I managed 85km over 7hrs.

    Mate have you been on holidays or been signed up on a pro team :)

    I was on a nice relaxing holiday.:skep:
  • 08-24-2007
    Sideknob
    Beautiful day here today, so I headed out into the rocky trails for a couple of hours. Flying solo, my roadie mate from across the road was busy "gardening" so couldn't make it (see page 205, "Cyclist's book of excuses")

    The trails were dry after a short but heavy downpour we had in the early hours of the morning. The flowers were out, the birds were singing, and it was perfect temperature for a short sleeve summer jersey - I swear I could hear "bright eyes" playing in the background, it was so tranquil and pretty and perfect.

    Got a dose of the heavy legs halfway through my ride, no doubt due to Wednesday's heavy legs and deadlift session at the gym, and had to look down to make sure nobody had installed 2.7 High Rollers and thornproof tubes on my rims overnight - but nope, it was just my heavy legs.
  • 08-25-2007
    akashra
    Getting out in a short sleeve for the first time in months was great. Come tomorrow the sunburnt tan lines from my knicks will no doubt be showing strong ;p
    2h45m SLD ride for me (hardtail with brand new Barracudas, lots of resistance). Actually had trouble getting my heart rate above 140 for the first half hour! Knee was a bit sore, but not AS bad as on Sunday (Chase the Sun).

    Then spent an hour just riding the XTC to get the cleat and seat position correct. Pretty sure I've got it right now, but unfortunately I think the long ride might have agitated the knee a bit. We'll find out when I race tomorrow - I dont even know how long the track is I'm racing at, have never ridden there before. I *think* It'll be 3 ~25 minute laps though ;/
  • 08-25-2007
    sicwombat
    Hey, sun was out here in Melbourne, and it got to about 22 degrees. Did a couple loops around Lysterfield this morning, 31 kms. Stuffed afterwards though, been a bit slack during all the rain and cold. Great to see the tracks drying up nicely. Compared to a few weeks ago when I was out there with Waldog when it was barely worth riding due to the mud.
    Managed to come home and not have to spend a few hours cleaning off all the mud.
    Hope the good weather holds up for a while.

    Cheers
  • 08-25-2007
    Hud
    Today our crew rode along Long Gully Road in healsville to the singletracks in the bush at the end. 17km - good fun.
    Next week: Upper Beac. xc course.
    Following week: St Andrews.
  • 08-25-2007
    ilostmypassword
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hud
    Today our crew rode along Long Gully Road in healsville to the singletracks in the bush at the end. 17km - good fun.
    Next week: Upper Beac. xc course.
    Following week: St Andrews.


    Hey:) What days and times? I'll try to get a few of us out to meetup. Tomorrow we are at the YArra Trail again. Short sleeves ahoy!
  • 08-25-2007
    crank1979
    Friday, rode Sparrow Hill by myself. Saw heaps of kangaroos including one with a joey in it's pouch. :D

    Yesterday rode Mt Stromlo xc course with a mate who was nice enough to wait for me at the top of each climb!

    :thumbsup:
  • 08-25-2007
    Hud
    Upper Beac is going to be a unfit grom session, but as for the follwing week, it'll probably be ST Andrews mid morning on saturday.
  • 08-25-2007
    ducktape
    Ahh the husband is away for work so no trails this weekend
    Just out the back on the jumps with the kids:D, and then some one on one time with the bike today giving her a good clean while the shock is off to inspect the bushings.
    All in all still got some "bike time" so all is good!

    This is a shot from about a month ago, jumps out the back, I've since built a little loop with some smaller jumps that the kids (and I) can roll over.

    Probably close to a week ago the little fellow (5 in January) learnt to ride without pedals, such a proud moment!
  • 08-26-2007
    akashra
    Tell you what, Upper Beaconsfield can be a seriously tough track. There's not a single log to hop which is square on, and we got a short splash of rain on the second lap to make the roots nice and slippery, and the soil loose.

    First lap had plenty of chaos, with about six or seven of us getting caught up in an accident in the first 500 meters - fortunately I was far enough back in the train to avoid it and I just held up. First half of the lap five of us got stuck behind a slow descender - once the guy behind me got past, he was just gone (we only passed him because he stacked going up a hill).

    I must have come off about 6 or 7 times over the four laps, didn't attempt the rock hop once (not worth it when I'm still not used to the new fork which actually has travel in it :). The last crash took me seriously a full minute to get untangled, as I was stuck in the clips with the bike on me in such a way I couldn't twist my foot out of it.

    Had a good race with three guys the whole way - I'd crash on the downhills and they'd pass (or if they were already ahead on the downhills, they'd just drop me), we'd get to any uphill section and I'd just storm past them. I passed the same guy on every single lap going up the firetrail hill after the singletrack climb.

    Don't get me wrong, it's a good track, but I hated it (purely because I suck so badly on it and just struggled right through). Basically, all the singletrail is downhill - and downhills scare me :P Came away 10th in class (not particularly stellar), first time at that track.
  • 08-26-2007
    Hud
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ducktape
    Probably close to a week ago the little fellow (5 in January) learnt to ride without pedals, such a proud moment!

    He is certainly advanced, I'm 26 and I still use pedals and will be for some time, I think.:eekster:
  • 08-26-2007
    ducktape
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hud
    He is certainly advanced, I'm 26 and I still use pedals and will be for some time, I think.:eekster:

    LOL, That was meant to be "Without Training Wheels"!
    I said without pedals because a bike he had previously was one of those "first bike" type ones that don't have the pedals.
  • 08-26-2007
    alchemist
    Track Friday night
    SS race at Majura thanks to Mal Adjusted and crew on Sat arvo
    Cruisy stealth ride around Stromlo Saturday night
    CORC DH race at Stromlo today

    I'm tired
  • 08-27-2007
    Robbo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ducktape
    Ahh the husband is away for work so no trails this weekend
    Just out the back on the jumps with the kids:D, and then some one on one time with the bike today giving her a good clean while the shock is off to inspect the bushings.
    All in all still got some "bike time" so all is good!

    This is a shot from about a month ago, jumps out the back, I've since built a little loop with some smaller jumps that the kids (and I) can roll over.

    Probably close to a week ago the little fellow (5 in January) learnt to ride without pedals, such a proud moment!

    Hey Ducktape,

    I'm trying to convince Mrs Robbo that we need a pump track in the back yard (for me, Master Five and Miss Eleven - Miss One will have to wait a couple of years... ;) ). How big is your loop? Looks like you've got some acreage there.
  • 08-31-2007
    Sideknob
    40 k's of big ring slammin' on the rolling dirt roads and doubltracks near home.
  • 08-31-2007
    crank1979
    Scouted out a 10km track on Friday arvo. Not one i'll do too often and definitely not by myself or on any of my better bikes given the neighbourhood it's near.

    Linked up 3 smaller loops this morning to make a 27km loop not far from home with only about 4km on road, the rest dirt. :thumbsup:
  • 09-01-2007
    akashra
    50km for me and a mate out at Lysterfield today.
    Plan is for 80km on the road tomorrow on a hardtail. I was wanting to go to the FTF Winter Series round tomorrow morning, but don't have a lift there :(
  • 09-01-2007
    Sideknob
    While this sunny weather is nice, we will be in deep $hite if we don't get some regular, decent rain...

    :(
  • 09-01-2007
    Hud
    Too right, I'm in the agriculture industry and things are looking very serious again. Hard to believe a few weeks ago things were looking so good for the farmers.
  • 09-02-2007
    craign
    2 words: Angry Doctor

    And boy was he pissed off.
  • 09-02-2007
    alchemist
    You would be too if you had to climb 3000m in 100km

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/3834241

    That's right you did.

    Alchemist - who foolishly warmed up for it with a scratch race, wheel race, field print and motor-paced race at the track on Friday night
  • 09-02-2007
    DJM
    Bunch ride around the River in Perth, including the climbs of Kings Park and Reabold Hill, good bunch, nice weather and coffee at the Arc cafe after, noice.
  • 09-08-2007
    waldog
    Had a bit of an explore today. Checked out the Gurdies down at Grantville. I went there a month or so back and didn't find anything, but with a bit more local knowledge this time we found some decent little single tracks. Probably only about 10kms in total, but some really good decent's and a couple of tricky climbs.

    Good times with some mates.

    Wal.
  • 09-08-2007
    akashra
    60kms on my brand new road bike (Giant TCR Advanced 2) today. First time ever on a road bike, so was just taking it easy, getting used to the lower position, competing with saw hands due to the outstretched position on the brakes, figuring out the gearing and turning circles etc.
    Was about the same pace (maybe a bit slower) as I would usually do on my mountain bike, but the intensity was incredibly low (122bpm average over 2:26).
    Incredibly quick up hills though - a climb that would normally take me 2m45 I did in 1m55 with a much lower heart rate and was at the top before I even realized it, thinking "is that it!?"

    Heading out to the You Yangs tomorrow, since I couldn't get a lift to the working bee at Werribee. Should be there for about 4 hours. Have put Sl/Cr XPedo Mountain Force pedals on my Talon now - the 300g version o the Ti/Ti (200 grams) ones I have on my race bike.
  • 09-08-2007
    Hud
    Headed out to St Andrews today. I left early because I wanted to clarify where some tracks went - did about 5 km doing that. Then a mate and I did the revised and updated loop, 40km incorporating every section. We went flat out and did it in a smidge under three hours. Was really feeling it at the end as there is a lot more climbing now. Then in about 5 minutes I downed a gatorade, a swiss chicken pie, a tandoori sausage roll followed by a flat white and muffin.
    Found a heap more singletrack as well, I think out of the 40km it was about 75% singletrack/narrow firetrail.

    Akashra, I thought those xpedo pedals were no longer available?
    Do they suit SPDs? What do you think of them?