gearing up, girl 2015

red, the colour of chinese new year (happy new year!) and the theme of 2015 gear up girl to support the heart foundation. the costal track is set marking 3 years for this girl gang ride.

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the ride is on 8 march and you can peddle 20-40-60k. if keen to join the redbike team, please drop us a note! best way to celebrate summer, check out all the good times from last years ride. we welcome all sorts of wheels.

register now. x redbike

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spring cycle 2014

st leonards park > sydney harbour bridge > iron cove > sydney olympic parkScreen shot 2014-10-25 at 8.14.14 PM

spring chickens at spring cycle this year. the red bike gang took on the classic polygon ride from one tourist attraction, the sydney harbour bridge to the next tourist attraction, the olympic park.

7am start. the journey to nth sydney was tetris. in one side of the carriage we stacked 16 bikes, no one could get off or get on. carriage demographics: lycra population 15, no gear cruiser population 1.

highlight. we rode over the sydney harbour bridge with 360 views!

on the bridge

after the bridge we did a spin around the botanical gardens  at mrs. macquaries point and headed back into suburbia through glebe and haberfield, missing anzac bridge all together.

this means inside of the spiral climb up to anzac bridge you got the corkscrew which is the first real gradual climb (saw a man on a unicycle, i don’t know how he did this – respect). somewhat hilly in the city and inner west until you get to iron cove.

iron cove

at iron cove we had a breakstop and ate the energy bars given in our packs (food rating, 8/10). by this point, my preferred breakstop meal would have been a lasagne.

from iron cove you detour around bicentennial park, cross concord rd bridge and back on silverwater bridge. the park underneath was holding this fancy old automobile showcase with dapper gents everywhere.

the track around meadow bank to the finish line is easy going.

look at these winners below (medals medals medals): medals

we finished up at the cathy freeman park, how fitting because we are olympic gods in olympic park. you know it must be true because we’re wearing 24 carat gold medals to match our precious metal thighs.

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there was a little stall called bike n’ blend where you had to use leg-ectricity to make your own smoothie. once you’ve pedalled for 3 minutes, ring the bell and you get to drink your creation. excellent innovative homeware to have in your new kitchen.

a big congrats to the bike gang, another 55k bites the dust. from the north to the west, for some, completely new terrain.

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company: crouching tiger, mike-the-bike (cell fixie), bikebikebaby and figure8.

challenge ride course distance: 55km.

manly cove > sydney harbour national park > north head > marine parade

from the south cove to the north shore.

lesson learned from our trip to prospect reservoir, we decided to hire out a couple of hybrid bikes for sydney harbour national park and left the cruisers at home.

the boys at manly bike hire attach a map to your bike with all the different routes:

manly bike network

we took the orange path into the park. it’s recommended not to go up steep darley street, instead crisscross along marshall. it’s still quite hilly though.

the bikes had refreshing gear systems but stiff noisy brakes. being a cruiser rider, the handle bars were low and standing up on them felt awkward. black bike adjusted much more quickly.

you get to the stone archway and there is a big sign that makes you aware you’re entering bandicoot territory. they are endangered. some stats: 5 passed on in 2012, 7 this year and counting. abundant yellow triangle bandicoot signs.

north head is incredible.

north head

the little white masts dancing in all sorts of directions and cruiser-liner leaving sydney cove makes one of the best bike-led views i’ve seen.

there is a walking trail too. we looked through a birdwatcher’s leica telescope (apo-televid 65) and you could see every wave crash, the distant lighthouse and some audacious kayakers in deep water.

north head

climbing rocks and being right on the edge of cliffs gives me a high. if you’re the same, this park/coastal ride won’t disappoint. just make sure you don’t tip off the edge as a couple of by-passers told us had happened.

deets:

company: gorgeous black bike.

orange national park bike route: 10.3 ks.

estimated time: 2 hours, real time: 3.5 hours inc. walking trail

bike hire: all day $36.

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