it was just time to leave sydney city, so we did.
we’re keen to do the sydney to gong ride in november so this was an easy aperitif. we biked from thirroul down the coastline to wollongong, felt the winter breeze, so returned by train.
the ark booty bike rack ($160) and buzz converter bar ($30) were bought from bike barn. took a while to set up and didn’t feel completely stable on the back- quite nerve-racking. it’s a strap on with 3 bike slots.
the bike rack is a pickle to put together. it’s meant fit 3 bikes but with two big-boned cruisers on the back, there is only enough distance in between for a sausage. the rack weights 5.5 kgs with a 45kg load rating.
quick tip is to keep the cylinder foam from the packaging and keep it on the bar of the rack that latches on to the hood because without it, it will most likely leave a scratch. put the cylinder foam around your pedals too.
red bike is a step through so we added the bar. the seat had to be extended for the bar to only just fit.
they need to start building bike racks that are customised for step through cruisers too, free from the bar. recognise us minority bikes !
don’t be sidetracked by the cute dogs and good-looking walkers, once you’re distracted by the passing pet catalogue you’ll never finish this track. too many dogs.
there was a hilly start but most of the ride is smooth and the path clear. there is a small section on road, though you’ll be on a green cycleway that quickly takes you back to coast.
we’ll be back to go from thirroul to kiama.
company: black bike.
estimated distance: 16.5 kms, real distance: 20 km
estimated time: 59 mins, real time: 3 h 30 mins (bummed on staircases and rocks)