MBC ride updates for June-July 2018

Melburn Roobaix
Sunday, 24 June 2018

A few of us will be meeting outside Velo Cycles at 8:45am for a 9am departure and riding to this year’s starting location, Musca Street Reserve, Balwyn North.

If you’ve already registered, don’t forget to bring your ticket! Alternatively you can register on the day between 9:30-10:30am.

Please note, we won’t be hanging around at Musca St Reserve for longer than necessary; it will be a full day, and we’ll want to get cracking!

FYXO recommend you bring:

  • a warm jacket
  • gloves
  • scarf
  • spare socks #protip
  • cash/card/monetary instrument
  • phone/communication device
  • basic toolkit, spare tubes

The forecast for Saturday is wet, with a some possible showers carrying over to Sunday… which means that Roobaix will be a classic affair of mud, bumps and MUD! Luckily it’s all just for fun, right?

Melbourne Tweed Ride
Sunday, 24 June 2018

Yes, unfortunately this ride has also been scheduled for this Sunday!

When: Sunday, 24 June 10am with a 10:30am departure, no “dilly dallying”!
Where: Meet at the Hanger Cafe on the corner of Fitzroy and Gurtrude st, in Fitzroy
How Far: About 15ks.. ish…
What to wear: Tweed of course, or some sort of vintage outfit.
What to ride: Vintage is the theme, however safety is first, please ensure you can ride comfortably in traffic and tight places.

Please register your intention to join this event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/333578193840510/

Alternatively, if you do not use FaceBook, please email Pennyfarthing Dan at dan1870pf@gmail.com

June/July club ride
Sunday, 8 July 2018

The next Melbourne Brompton Club ride is in two weeks time. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for us! Here are the details:

Where: Meet at Federation Square
Time: Meet by 11am
Route: Bay Trail to St Kilda/Brighton/as far as we feel like on the day
How long: As decided by the group on the day, but usually 3-4hrs including a lunch stop

We are not planning a separate club ride for July as Cory, Stephen and I have been lucky enough to win places to ride in this year’s Brompton World Championship, to be held on Saturday 28 July 2018. We will be sharing lots of photos on Facebook and Instagram, and we’ll do a blog post-BWC, too.

Next club ride after we get back might be a brewery ride in mid-August, but we’ll confirm details closer to the date.

If you are also out and about having glorious adventures with your Brompton and would love to share them with us all, why not drop me a line? melbournebromptonclub@gmail.com

Happy riding everyone!

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MBC celebrate World Bicycle Day – Sunday 3 June 2018

Next Sunday, 3 June, Bicycle Network are organising a bit of a get-together at Hawthorn Velodrome from 11am to 2pm, and everyone’s invited!

If you are interested in coming along please let me know and we can meet up and ride as a group from Federation Square at 10:30am. It’s a very pleasant ride up the river to Burnley, then a short way along Gardiner Creek Trail. The ride there will probably take 30-45min.

Please advise if you want to meet up at Fed Square by commenting below or emailing me at melbournebromptonclub@gmail.com

UPDATE: Bicycle Network have scheduled an informal race for MBC members around the velodrome at 12:30pm, giving us an opportunity to showcase our Brompton bicycles. Then at 1pm, we will have the opportunity for a second informal race: Brompton vs Vintage Bikes (around the velodrome). The idea is that it will be very similar to what was done last year at the 200 years of the bike celebration, which was seen as a huge success and created a bit of media attention too.

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Which Brompton should I buy?

Considering that the main frame on every Brompton Bicycle exiting the factory in Greenford (London) are all the same dimension and weight, would it surprise you to hear that there are more than 16,000,000 potential combinations of components and colours to select from?

That’s a very daunting number.

The good news is that if you’re considering buying a Brompton for the first time, Velo Cycles (Australia’s Premier Brompton dealer) have written an article “Which Brompton Should I Purchase?” that clearly sets out the main factors you will need to consider when choosing the Brompton configuration to best suit your needs.

There’s no substitute for taking a demo Brompton (or three) for a test ride and having a face-to-face conversation with a dealer who’s as passionate about Bromptons as anyone in our club – and the article advocates doing exactly that! But if you can’t get to your local dealer right now, or if there’s someone else you know who’s thinking that maybe a folding bike is what they need in their life… We hope this article helps clarify the options available.

And with 16,000,000 configurations to choose from – why not go nuts?!

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