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.

kyoto station > fushimi inari-taisha > imperial palace park >nijo castle

during summer, it’s easy to hire bikes in kyoto, some places stay open until 8 for you to grab wheels. locals move around the most in august because of holidays and people are coming home.

note, there are little rivalries between bike shop owners.

kyoto is mainly flat until you visits the temples and shrines in the east. also caution on bike parking stops, you’re not allowed to park anyway in the city center (though people do anyway). bikes are scattered across kyoto like pebbles. people are lax about bike security.

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we borrowed a couple of cruisers for 24 hours, cheap as chips at 700 yen. we set out early to get to inari, it’s only a 20 minute cycle from kyoto station. you can go at night because inari shrine doesn’t close, however, locals advise against it as it’s apparently very haunted.

it’s hard to get lost in kyoto, let the river be your compass. inari is south of the river, the imperial palace/city center/golden pavilion is north. also, excellent cycleway by the foreshore.

IMG_6957if you get peckish while you ride, drop by a lawson or familymart to pick up a healthy snack. so many choices.

inari pilgrimage is a hard hike but gives you the highest peak in kyoto looking over the city. if going right to the top, water and neck towels are a must.

i would recommend cycling in the north, south and west. the east is very hilly. though locals do it all the time. i saw spry 75+ year old ladies and gents peddling away 45 degree angles.

oh the streets of japan.

kyoto side trip: nara is very bike friendly too and the enormous park is a joy to ride through. oh deer, feed them. largest wooden structure in the world still standing after being burnt 100 times.

image (6) that’s right, go to japan now.

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syd cycleways > wentworth park > syd fish markets

today’s venture, rather than adventure, was to find you other sydney riders who peddle for leisure.

so the bike gang headed to the sydney cycleway’s try2wheels event in search of you. they had set up a bike jousting tournament with recycled kids bikes (tassels and the lot) and you are also equipped with a waterproof lance. it’s a pretty fun idea until your feet touch the ground, metaphorically representing a shameful death in which you’ll never marry the princess.

no mercy and to the death.

despite being forever loyal to red bike, we jumped on a couple of tokyo bikes to take for a quick spin around wentworth park, stopping at the sydney fish markets for an oyster break.

tokyo bikes are easy and timeless, sleek strong frames for a smooth steady ride. the price tag will set you back 700 min. but you can hire them for 20 a day.

the other cyclist gave good advice on bike maintenance and i walked away with a handful of new routes for the rest of summer.

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