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Brisbane Valley Rail Trail - the video

Queensland’s Greatest Rail Trail is open all year round. Really close to Brisbane, it’s all off-road and traffic free, just South East Queensland’s big skies and distinctive landscapes to enjoy. Come and experience for yourself why thousands of people love exploring the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail at a leisurely pace on bicycle, on horseback or on foot. Get a group of friends together and come and find out what Queensland country all about.

For more information, check out the…

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Added by Paul Heymans on July 5, 2017 at 9:14pm — 1 Comment

Repco Olympic 14 Cassette

Repco Olympic 14 Cassette
After 13yrs of faithful service the cassette on my Olympic 14 failed today.
Can any one let me know where I can obtain a replacement part?.
Cheers Bob

Added by Robert Orms y on April 1, 2017 at 2:10pm — 2 Comments

Commuter Advice = Redcliffe to the Valley

Hi All!!


I'm moving to Redcliffe soon and would like to explore the notion of riding to the Valley from Redcliffe 

I commute only to work - not a road rider on weekend etc

Is anyone able to advise how long it might take and if it's safe to ride along the wetlands etc early in the mornings or when it gets dark in the winter...any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Added by Angel Maher on February 24, 2017 at 4:57pm — 2 Comments

Commuter Advice = Redcliffe to the Valley

 

Hi All!!


I'm moving to Redcliffe soon and would like to explore the notion of riding to the Valley from Redcliffe 

I commute only to work - not a road rider on weekend etc

Is anyone able to advise how long it might take and if it's safe to ride along the wetlands etc early in the mornings or when it gets dark in the winter...any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Added by Angel Maher on February 24, 2017 at 4:56pm — No Comments

The Rise of Uber and Lyft - safer for cyclists in the long term

Uber - Lyft definitely has made an impact on the declining Taxi industry as we know it. (A surcharge from Uber going to the Taxi companies to recoup there losses)

I am not sure for certain but would assume these service companies having vehicles on the road driven by there owners is a plus for cyclists, and because of the ratings system the good drivers are rated and a standard is maintained unlike the Taxi industry with very low standards.

Hopefully over time this will benefit… Continue

Added by Peter Cutajar on December 31, 2016 at 9:43am — 3 Comments

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail News Update

It’s now 8 months since the announcement about funding for completion of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail by the Queensland Government in January of this year.

Whilst there was early optimism that the project would be completed by late 2016/early 2017, it seems we may have been looking through the wrong end of the telescope.

The wheels of government turn very slowly, but that does not mean to say they have not been turning.

Just to remind everyone, the deal the Queensland…

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Added by Paul Heymans on October 3, 2016 at 7:55am — No Comments

Critical Mass and why we need it now

critical mass - we need it now more than ever - bikes, card players, gypsies etc. even room for unused greyhounds Nuns and grandmas to come along and be a part of Bne the new world city- San Francisco style. For it to happen it needs to be a social media spectacle extravaganza.

I know all the nanny state peeps will be negative but it will build confidence and that is what we need to be shown as a relevant part of soceity - using the safety bicycle as a way to limit our footprint and not… Continue

Added by Peter Cutajar on August 19, 2016 at 9:46pm — 3 Comments

Traffic Always Increases with Time - Dave's Law

So, have You ever worked out how many times you have travelled to work or wherever - I have. Over the years, since I moved into the house I currently live in, I have travelled into the Brisbane CBD where I work, by train or foot or bicycle for around two trips a day, five days a week, 48-weeks a year for twenty-two years now. That's 480 trips per year less a few days for public holidays and other days when I couldn't be bothered to turn up. All up, I've walked and sat on the train or…

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Added by Doc Embrey on August 4, 2016 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Long Distance Ride Upgrades

To get back into biking proper I bought a commuter bike, an Avanti Blade 3 from Avantiplus in the Valley. Got last years model at a great price. However, as much as I love this bike and it was a good commuter it wasn't a great long distance rider. On my first (and only to date) 100kms ride from Brissie to Gold Coast I discovered a few issues I had to fix.…

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Added by Dunsobarky on April 21, 2016 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

The transition from e-bike to me-bike

I mentioned before, I took up biking again after a considerable break for several personal reasons. One, to improve my fitness, two, to commute to work, three, to look super cool in some sparkling lycra. 

My fitness levels were very poor so, after nearly killing myself on my first commute and taking almost an hour to ride 12kms to work, I converted my Trek mountain bike into an electric bike. It's transformed the commute and is a wonderful machine. I love the feeling I get when riding…

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Added by Dunsobarky on April 20, 2016 at 6:33am — 4 Comments

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail - new website

Fresh from our successful campaign to secure a $1.8 million funding commitment from the Queensland Government to complete the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, we are very pleased to announce the launch of a great new website to promote this great Queensland Adventure Rail Trail.

Please feel welcome to post links to it on your Facebook pages, blogs, relevant forums, relevant websites, etc.

Let’s spread the word about this great recreational resource right in Brisbane’s…

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Added by Paul Heymans on March 27, 2016 at 9:19am — 2 Comments

Invite to Bicycles Create Change Art Bike Presentation - This Sunday 13th March

Bicycles Create Change - Art Bike Presentation

You are invited to an ART BIKE PRESENTATION on Sunday 13th March at 10.30am at the Bethania Community Gardens, Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane.

Background:

The Bicycles Create Change Summer Program has for the last 8 weeks, been working with 4…

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Added by Nina on March 11, 2016 at 10:59am — No Comments

NSW finally catching up

The NSW Coackroaches are finally catching up to good old Queensland.

http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/go-together/index....

Passing laws for motorists to protect cyclists. About time.

Added by Donald Rintoule on December 21, 2015 at 6:14pm — 2 Comments

One year of ebiking

When I lived in the UK about 6 years ago I bought a decent mountain bike through the government's Ride to Work initiative. Essentially got it for half price. It was a Trek 6300 hard tail. It was never used for commuting and it has never been on a mountain.  

Then I moved to Oz and brought it with me and a year ago I decided I was going to start commuting to work from Lutwyche in the north of the city to Woolloongabba in the south. About 11kms. However there were a couple of uphill…

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Added by Dunsobarky on December 12, 2015 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

River loop Saturday morning

Are there any group rides leaving from Toowong etc on a Saturday morning

Added by Chris on December 1, 2015 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Ebike tour update Part 2

Day 5 Wednesday 18th Nov

Day trip to Noosa

Noosa was about 22km from Coolum so I only needed 2 batteries for the day trip as I'd proved I could get 35-40kms out of each one on the fully laden bike. Checked both batteries were fully charged and after a dawn swim, rubbish Macca's breakfast I set off. It was a beautiful day, sun was shining, bike was performing like a dream. The road was a bit hilly but no problems with my Ebike with a motor. With the power level on 3 I sped off. Took… Continue

Added by Dunsobarky on November 20, 2015 at 7:43pm — 2 Comments

Ebike tour update

The short tour on my ebike is nearly over. Thought I'd do a quick update. I'll do a full blog with pics when I get back



Day 1: Saturday 14th Nov.

Set off from Brisbane about 8:00am heading to Caloundra where I'd arranged to stay at a friends place. Google maps said it was about 104kms. I had 3 batteries with an 'estimated' range of up to 120kms so was about to test how accurate my calculations and estimates were. About 30 mins into my journey the heavens opened and it stayed… Continue

Added by Dunsobarky on November 20, 2015 at 4:35am — 3 Comments

Ebike Touring prep

My first ebike tour starts next week. I built myself a spare battery from old recycled laptop batteries donated by work during a tech refresh. Managed to get nearly 100 good 18650 cells and wired them in 7p13s config. Estimated 720Ah of power. Along with the original 480ah battery I estimate the range to be over 100kms. More than enough to last me all day every day.

I have 2 routes planned, one 320kms and one 500kms. I'll see how I get on and will work out if the 180kms additional leg…

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Added by Dunsobarky on November 9, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

My new "beater" bike

Well, I found myself a “beater bike”.

Originally I was looking for a folding bike. That evolved into being pretty sure I wanted/needed a Brompton.

The reason? For rolling the flat 1 km or so from the house to the railway station on the one day or two a week that I don’t ride all the way to the CBD on the recumbent. A folder seemed logical to enable taking the bike on the train with me. An added benefit, I thought, would be that on days where large storms knock out public…

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Added by Dirk on October 17, 2015 at 10:00pm — 16 Comments

Electric Assist

Yesterdays long trip gave me a chance to reacess the electric assist on my recumbent trike as I recently cleaned out the connection to the Battery and it now charges much better.

Leaving and returning home yesterday would have been 70 k's for me. I lost the green light having orange and red left about 5 k's before I got back to the meet up area  but still had some power in the battery so that would be about 60 ks then. Being a bright sunny day the hour or so we stopped at Woody point…

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Added by Mary Martin on October 4, 2015 at 5:52pm — 4 Comments

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