Big Rides, Little Wheels #2 – Don’t Forget To Stop

Posted in in brompton, Macro-Adventure, Touring on September 16th, 2013 by schmadzie | 2 Comments

Our friend Sophie is in the middle of a pretty epic Brompton adventure, taking her M3R from Boston to Miami via the East Coast Greenway, and having a fantastic time along the way. If you don’t speak Brompton, M3R means a Sturmey Archer 3spd hub, so much kudos to Soph..

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Kitebiking the Outback

Posted in in Touring on February 16th, 2013 by Lambo | No Comments

The crazy French guys from Soildream came to the shop when they were in Sydney. They are riding around the world on Surly Long Haul Truckers with Rohloff hubs.

We are cycling around the world. We’ve been on the road for 2 years from France. After we cycled a bit of Africa, went to Antarctica and cycled all the length of the Americas and New Zealand, we start on a new challenge in Australia, crossing the Outback in early summer, from Sydney to Adelaide and then to Darwin through Alice Springs. We packed some kites with us to try a new way of travelling : kitebiking ! This is the second part.
Pictures of this part of our journey:
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Dungog Pedal Fest 2012

Posted in in Events, Touring, Travel on August 15th, 2012 by Lambo | No Comments


Registration for this year’s Dungog Pedal Fest is now open. Last year my family had a great time. We stayed at the camping ground, went on rides through beautiful countryside each day and went to the bush dance on the Saturday night.

There is a number of rides each day, the most popular rides are on sealed roads plus there is some off-road events as well. There is a great family atmosphere and no traffic so it is an awesome way for young riders to show their stuff. It is also a good opportunity for anyone who is contemplating cycle touring to dip their toe in the water and test their cycling and camping equipment.

Dungog is 80km North-West of Newcastle, so not too long a drive from Sydney. Dungog train station is on the Sydney/Newcastle CityRail network (Hunter line) so you can take bikes on the train without having to put them in a box.

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The 2012 Pedal Fest is on the weekend of Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September, advance registrations close 27th August.




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Nic and Emma’s Truckers in Morocco

Posted in in Touring on November 4th, 2011 by nicholasb | No Comments

We built up a handsome pair of Surly Long Haul Truckers for Nic and Emma earlier in the year, and they sent us some photos from on the road in Morocco. Follow their ongoing adventures at

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Mick is riding across America!

Posted in in Bobo Bikes, Touring, Travel on June 29th, 2011 by schmadzie | 4 Comments


Mick is riding across America on his custom Bobo Bicycles Rohloff Tourer.

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Photos of roadside oddities, epic scenery, and epic meals. Check out a selection below..

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Vivente World Randonneurs nearly all gone..

Posted in in Touring on May 19th, 2011 by nicholasb | 5 Comments

We’ve been very impressed with 2011 version of the Vivente World Randonneur, and they’ve been flying off the floor, to the point they’re almost gone in some of the more popular sizes and handlebar setups. More bikes are on the way, but it’s looking like September before they get here. If you’re considering a Vivente for a spring tour, and want to get some time on the bike over winter, we’d encourage you to check one out now.

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Touring #4 – Xtracycle Rail Trail

Posted in in Touring, Travel on May 19th, 2011 by nicholasb | No Comments

We set up Lou’s Xtracyle Peapod in November last year, and just before Easter took it down the East Gippsland Rail Trail with her two boys. Check out more Xtracycle adventures on Lou’s Blog


Off-roading on the Xtracycle!

It’s almost 5 months since I got back on my bike (thanks to Xtracycle’s awesome Free Radical) and from that very first ride I’ve been dreaming up a way to hit the ‘open road’ with the kids and test my bikes ability to go beyond the daily commutes to music class, home-school meets and all the normal life stuff that we achieve on wheels. I wanted something more, something akin to the kind of bike touring that I did pre-kids. A proper cycling adventure, outside of the urban jungle.

Last week the kids and I packed up the car with our camping gear, threw the bike onto the shiny new roof-mounted bike rack (a tandem to accommodate the length) and headed south to try our luck with cycling along a Rail Trail. Well, not quite threw – it’s bloody heavy and not easy for this 5 foot nothing mama, but with the help of a milk crate and sheer determination I can do it. And have put it on and off successfully several times now with little more than a few greasy stains and perhaps a tiny little bit of chipped paint on the car! (Lucky I’m not precious about the car).

We drove for a few days, camping along the way. The weather turned rather foul at one point and we postponed hitting the Rail Trail for a couple of days while snuggled up in a gorgeous warm log cabin outside Marlo, sitting around the wood fire toasting marshmallows between little bush walks and wanderings along the beach nearby. (I’ll post about the non-cycling part of our trip soon).

When the rain finally stopped we drove to Bairnsdale, ditched the car and hit the East Gippsland Rail Trail on the bike for the next 3 days for our first ever almost whole-family (Will stayed home to work poor thing!) out of suburbia cycling trip. It was great. Challenging and hard work, but really great.

We needed to take a detour off the trail for the first night after discovering on-route that our accommodation options in the village we were headed to did not exist, and apart from the rather hairy 2 or so kilometres of cycling along the Princes Highway with enormous high speed logging trucks and way too fast cars in a ‘shoulder’ that consisted of a lot of loose gravel and uneven surface, we cycled the whole way along the peaceful old railway line through farmland and forest. Over rivers and creeks and gully’s. Past a Brown snake, many kangaroos and wallabies, about ten million butterflies and thousands of birds. And even a few other cyclists, though none of them carrying a load or child(ren)!

I just want to do it all again. Hopefully next time we’ll figure out how to carry camping gear as a cycling trip just doesn’t feel right when you’re not pitching a tent each night in my opinion. Oh well, for this trip we were loaded up enough without throwing in the extra weight of camping gear. And being our first time off a sealed road on the Xtracycle I didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew. I have found myself day dreaming about acquiring some super dooper ultra lightweight and compact fancy pants camping gear that I imagine must exist… anyone have gear of that description that you want to off-load on us?!

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Easter Touring #2 – Beechworth

Posted in in Touring on May 19th, 2011 by nicholasb | No Comments

Sylvia was in Beechworth, Stanley and Myrtleford for the Easter long weekend

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Easter Touring #1 – Snowy Mountains

Posted in in People, Photos, Touring on May 19th, 2011 by nicholasb | 2 Comments

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What cool touring did you do over Easter?

Posted in in Touring on April 27th, 2011 by schmadzie | 2 Comments

I was sick all long weekend. Please help me live vicariously. What trips did you all get up to over the superlongweekend?

send us some photos or a story or whatever to and we’ll whack em up

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