MTB/Commuting

Rohloff 14 speed hubs  are super reliable the shifting is a little slower than a set up with a regular shift and rear derailluer but when you have a fully load bike nothing beats a Hubgear ,

Shimano XT Disc Brakes as always these are very reliable hydro ,

Shimano XT crankset strong as

Tange Prestige Chromoly Frame always can be Fixed

Chis King   and Head set front hubs these are Legendary made in US since the 70s

Brooks leather saddles

MKS ezy clipless pedals much better float than any Shimano SPd pedal only need one set you interchange between several bikes

ROAD / Cyclo cross

SRAM force 22 with double tap shifters gets the job done

TRP HyRd Hydro disc brake calipers  these are cable actuated

Campagnolo Veloce  Drivetrain  very reliable  for low end have many KMs on this group the Brakes have been replace with 3R as the springs on veloce brake calipers  seem to break

Commuting

Shimano Alfine  with trigger shifters the poor mans Rohloff good value for money just a little more maintenance cable is exposed a quick wipe with a clothto give it a clean does the job

Sturmey archer 3 speed hub gear

Frames

Cromoly steel the toughest

Alloy easy to get cheap can be heaveier than steel

Carbon frames must treat with a little more care

TYRES

Schwable Marathon 16inch to 29 inch

Maxxis Refuse hard wearing

Some back ground

I have been Cycling for 27 years i have watch our cycling infrastructure improve over that time from narrow bitumen  paths to beautiful wide in some areas cycle paths even our rail trails have improved , I participated in the 5th or 6th  Great victorian Bike  , in recents years the army has been looking to how bicycle victoria( Now Bicycle Network )organises that
As for the bikes these have improved immensely  i remember the First Down hill Mtb these with only front suspension these are considered either “Retro” or collectors items  these days they certainly don't come close to offerings these days, i wasn't into road cycling much  so don't really have much to comment on that side of things, I Could never afford a MTB with suspension on it for a few years, I did own a steel locally made Road bike with Australian made Rims no it was not a Malvern star ,

I decided to start this website because there is not enough community cycling groups around except those on commercial sites which claim they are Community how can this be so if they are fee based ? best if you find the answer to that one , yes there are Bicycle user groups these are great Advocacy at a local level but i feel   we are  grown away from this model as our own technogly has taken over

Rides found on this site are all over Victoria interstate if i have the time

 Contact Email cyclinfreedom@gmail.com

What we use on our bikes

Cycle Across the Central Plaeteau Of Tasmaina

DONE Early 2016

Click here for Our Route

Trail Discription: Road sealed un sealed

Suitable Bikes: MTB Hybrid Touring bike

Transport: Bus and Ferry

Accomodation : Hotels Motels backpackers

TIme: 7 days

Ride Discription

This seems a good time year to do this ride very little traffic hopefully  Tour of Tasmania it will be challenging hilly and fun The plan is to start From Devonport

What to bring: Panniers bags clothes etc Tools tubes first aid kit

Here's the basic route will allow 6-7 days

Day 1   Overnight/ Ferry Melbourne  to Devonport

Day 2  : Devonport to Delorine 60km

Day 3 : Delorine to Miena 69km this day will involve quite a bit of climbing

Day 4 : Rest day ?

Day 5 : Miena to Both well 63km

Day 6 : Both well to Richmond 66km

Day 7 : Richmond to finish Hobart 30km Buses will only take 2 bikes at time  back to Devonport for the Ferry there is plenty of accommodation in most of these towns it's up to you how to get here ferry is simplest Roll on roll off

I suggest  spending at least a day in Hobart its a lovely small city

You will need to book your own Transport contact me regarding accomodation

Transport: Ferry Spirit of Tasmaina from $166 one way day time sailing includes the bike price a return fare for 16th jan $131Bring the car day time sailing $248 one way

 

 

 

SOME Past RIDES WE HAVE DONE

 

Anzac day ride Ballarat to Linton rail trail

There were 10 of us 6 came by car 4 by train

this trail is a nice change from the usual  trails   there are a few places to stop just not enroute just not as well known  its a 90 min vline train trip from melbourne we were lucky to get on the train with just  the 4 of us as there 6 other cyclists so thumbs uo to the Vline conductor  for the  anzac day 8:15am train towards Ararat which arrived at Ballarat 9:41 am.

 

We rode  from Ballarat Station past lake Wendoree   via a few side streets till we hit the rail trail  we stopped a few times as one in the group was struggling but they managed to cycle to Linton  for lunch  on the way  back we split into 2 groups the person that was struggling  was in rear group which suggested to stay in Haddon  so someon could come back to pick them up  it all worked out well

This ride probably not suitable to someone that has not ridden this distance of 80km  before it was a reasonably fast group also

 

 

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Brisbane Ranges Ride

Not the greatest route to ride  the sealed road sections we found a little boring the hightlight is when we got off road thru to  the brisbane ranges

 from Ballan station thru the Brisbane Ranges national park to Lara station 75km it's mainly downhill or into Werribee this adds another 30km oh there is 7 km of dirt road

 

Grand Ridge Road Ride

Starting from Traralgon past Loy Yang power sation i  did not realise how big the power station was it was a mix of dirt and sealed road a very nice ride  this was a 3 day ride