Brompton Maintenance Session & Club Ride – 24 & 25 February 2018

Brompton Maintenance Session
Saturday, 24 February 2018

Velo Cycles is holding another Brompton Maintenance Session at their Electric & Folding shop on Nicholson Street (roughly 200m south of the main shop on Capital City Trail).

This session will have the same itinerary as the last one, walking participants through the different parts of a Brompton, how to remove and refit a front and rear tyre, and how to adjust your gears. For full details on what is covered and how to register your place, go to:

  • Velo Cycles
  • Call them on 03 93810088
  • Visit in person!
    753 Nicholson St, Carlton North – Velo Electric & Folding
    851 Nicholson St, Carlton North – Velo Cycles

As places are strictly limited, if you wish to participate in this session please register by 6pm this Friday (23 Feb).

End of Month Club Ride
Eastlink Trail from Heatherdale Station (Mitcham)

Sunday, 25 February 2018

This month we’re exploring to the east, using the aptly named Eastlink Trail.

Meeting location: Near the corner of Heatherdale and Forster St, Ringwood at the exit of the Heatherdale Train Station. Heatherdale Station is one stop before Ringwood Station.
Meeting time: 10:20am

If you are traveling from the city to Heatherdale Station and would like to catch a train with us, please meet at Richmond Station on Platform 9 by 9:35am. The Belgrave line train due to depart at 9:39am. We will travel in the second from front carriage.

Route and Distance

Option A – suggested route
Ride 14km (mostly downhill) to Jells Park for an ice cream (or something more substantial). There is a lovely café there, an information centre and public toilets. Ride back (uphill) to Heatherdale Station to finish the ride for the day. Total distance = 28km. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

However, if everyone turns up feeling quite energetic and there is consensus from all riders, we might consider one of the following alternative options:

Option B
Ride 26km (mostly downhill) to Dandenong and return by train from Dandenong Station. Option of returning back to Heatherdale, or catching a train back to the CBD from Dandenong Station.

Option C
Ride 14km to Jells Park where we stop for a short break, because it’s uphill from there to the end of the Gardiner Creek Trail in Glen Waverley which we will ride all the way to Burnley. We will then follow the Yarra River (Capital City Trail) to Federation Square.

What to bring

  • Water bottle
  • Myki
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Suncream
  • A snack if you think you may need one

Please also ensure that your Brompton is in good working order; that your tyres are adequately inflated, your chain has been lubricated, and brakes work properly.

As always, notice of your intention to join a ride is always appreciated. You can contact me by email on or find me on the Facebook Messenger app.

A reminder that all of our rides are friendly, social rides where the abilities of all participants are taken into consideration. We don’t leave people straggling, and every effort is made to ensure all riders enjoy the outing. If you are concerned about your ability or endurance, you are most welcome to message me (per above) in advance of any ride.

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Happy Bromptoneering everyone! 🙂

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Moonee Ponds Creek Trail – Saturday 20 Jan 2018

Happy New Year everyone!

We’re kicking off the year with a ride along Moonee Ponds Creek Trail (“MPCT”); we haven’t ridden this one very often, so it could be a new ride for some people and we also stay clear of the city and the crowds currently in town for the tennis.

So here are the details you need:

Meeting place: Green Park, outside Velo Cycles (815 Nicholson St, Carlton North – right on the Capital City Trail (“CCT”)).

Meeting time: 11am, Saturday 20 Jan

Distance: ~22.5km

From Green Park (Velo Cycles) we’ll follow CCT to Fleming Bridge Station where we’ll join the MPCT and ride north to Broadmeadows Central – not because there’s anything amazing there necessarily, but we’re probably guaranteed somewhere for lunch.

There are a couple of options for the return route:

a) retrace our path along MPCT

b) jump on a train from Broadmeadows Station, very close by our planned lunch stop

c) we could explore further and follow the bike path east along the Western Ring Road, and head back to Green Park via Merri Creek Trail. This route is approximately 21.5km from Broadmeadows Central.

Apologies for the late notice of this ride. There is no ride presently organised for the Australia Day long weekend, which is when you would expect the nominal ‘end of month ride’ to be held (however if anyone happens to be in Marysville on Saturday 27 Jan and wants to ride up to Lake Mountain with Stephen and I, please get in touch).

Upcoming Events

While I have recently posted a draft outline of events for the year (see previous post) I will endeavor to confirm upcoming events at the end of each new post as a reminder for people.

10-11 Feb Sustainable Living Festival

Melbourne Brompton Club will be represented at the Velo Cycles stand at this year’s SLF, held at Birrarung Marr. Why not come along and say hi if you’re around?

24 FebBrompton Maintenance Session

Our maintenance session last November was was a sell out. Attendees had a great time and picked up some practical knowledge to get them out of a tight spot. If you feel you need a basic refresher, or you missed out on the last course, Velo Electric & Folding is running another basic maintenance course on the last Saturday in February. Stay tuned for more details on how to register your place.

In the meantime, happy Bromptoneering everyone. 🙂

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2018 Ride Calendar

Welcome to 2018 and another year of fun on two wheels!
Below I’ve drafted out a calendar of events, followed by a list of trails (share paths around Melbourne and Rail Trails around the state) that we may wish to consider, either as a group or individually.
As always, ride suggestions are welcome (in advance), whether they be from the list below or new ones you have to contribute. Suggestions made in person, perhaps while on a group ride, will almost certainly attract preference votes. 😉
Looking forward to seeing you soon! 😀
Sun 21/01 – MBC Ride
Fri 26/01 – Australia Day (long weekend) – Are you up for a climb? Why not spend the weekend in Marysville (it will be very popular there) and ride up to Lake Mountain with us?
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Sat-Sun 10-11/02 – Sustainable Living Festival at Birrarung Marr. Velo Electric & Folding will have a stall should you wish to come and say hi.
Sat 24/02 – Basic Brompton Maintenance Session at Velo Electric & Folding, 10am-12noon. Maximum of 10 participants. Reserve your place at:
Sun 25/02 – MBC end of month (EOM) Ride
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Mon 12/03 – Labour Day (long weekend)
Sun 25/03 – MBC EOM Ride
Fri 30/03 – Good Friday (Easter long weekend)
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Sun 01/04 – Easter Sunday (Easter long weekend)
Mon 02/04 – Easter Monday (Easter long weekend)
Sun 15/04 – MS Melbourne Cycle
Sun 22/04 – MBC EOM Ride (or 29th, but we can’t make it that date)
Wed 25/04 – ANZAC Day
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Sun 06/05 – Ballarat Autumn Day (“BAD”) Ride – date TBC
Sun 06/05 – Rutherglen Tweed (food & wine) Ride – date TBC
Sun 13/05 – Mother’s Day
Sun 20/05 – Melbourne Tweed Ride – date TBC
Sat-Sun 26-27/05 – Ballarat Heritage Weekend (including Tweed Ride & morning tea on the Sunday)
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Mon 12/06 – Queen’s Birthday (long weekend)
Sun 17 – MBC Ride
Sun 24/06 – Melburn Roobaix – date TBC
Sun 01/07 – MBC EOM ride
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Sun 29/07 – MBC EOM Ride
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Sun 26/08 – MBC EOM Ride
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Sun 02/09 – Father’s Day
Fri 28/09 – Grand Final Friday (long weekend)
Sun 30/09 – MBC EOM Ride (or Sunday 23rd?)
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Sun 07/10 – Around The Bay – date TBC (Various ride distances to choose from. If we’re organised early we can enter as a team and design our own jersey, or simply register as individuals)
Sun 28/10 – MBC EOM Ride
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Tue 06/11 – Melbourne Cup Day
Sun 25/11 – MBC EOM Ride
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Sun (TBC) – MBC Xmas/End of Year Ride
Bay Trail (east towards Black Rock)
Bay Trail (west towards Altona)
Capital City Trail
Eastlink Trail
Gardiner Creek Trail
Maribyrnong River Trail
Merri Creek Trail
Moonee Ponds Trail
Outer Circle (Rail) Trail / Anniversary Trail
“The 1 in 20” from The Basin to Sassafras in the Dandenongs
Bass Coast Rail Trail 
23km, flat from Wonthaggi to Kilcunda, then easy climb to Anderson (near Phillip Is) – could be a day trip, or as a weekend away
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Bellarine Rail Trail
32.5km from South Geelong to Queenscliff, but why not combine with the Bellarine Railway to make the return journey (uphill) a little easier? Do it as a day trip or weekend away.
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Lillydale to Warburton (Yarra Valley) Rail Trail
40km. Some people race there and back in a day, but Warburton on a beautiful morning is really something to behold!
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East Gippsland Rail Trail
94km from Bairnsdale to Newmeralla (near Orbost)
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Great Southern Rail Trail
74km from Leongatha to Port Welshpool (not far from Wilsons Prom)
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The Great Victorian Rail Trail (previously the Goulburn Valley Rail Trail)
120km from Tallarook to Mansfield (optional side trip to Alexandra). Can be done easily enough in two, but why not take three if you have the time and relax and enjoy the countryside? Definitely worth it.
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Ballarat – Skipton Rail Trail
57km, although the iconic Nimons Bridge is somewhere around the middle/two thirds mark.
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Castlemaine to Maldon Trail
18km, can be combined with a heritage steam train one way. Defintely a one day ride not to miss out on!
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O’Keefe Rail Trail
50km from Bendigo to Heathcote. A two-day trail. Mind the Magpies around Axedale.
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Murray to Moutains Rail Trail
116km, Wangaratta to Bright (optional side trip to Beechworth). At least three days of enjoyment there, or more if you can stretch it out?
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