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Hi there ! 🙂 I’ve just discovered your blog via Dayna’s WP site and can’t wait to catch up on it.
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Hi Gail! Thanks for checking out our MBC blog.
Do make sure to let us know if you’re ever visiting Melbourne. We might even persuade you to join the fold. 😉
Hi Dayna – so sorry it’s taken me so long to find your MBC blog.. .I don’t know how I missed it …!!
Thanks for the invite… I think they’re a great bike and I’d love to try one 🙂
I will be cycling in Australia yet again this winter ( our winter UK , ) but first time in Melbourne
Only use folding bikes and will be bringing the Brompton this time
Are there any publications showing bike paths ,old rail trails ,maps etc. for the Melbourne area that I should obtain as I much prefer these to road cycling and fast cars
Have owned a Brompton for about 14 years and it’s been used as much in the Southern hemisphere as the Northern.
Any info. appreciated
Have contacted the tourist information ,but they didn’t seem particularly helpfull
There is are bicycling path books and maps for available – you’re probably best to have a browse online. A search of “cycling paths Melbourne book” came up with a few I recognised.
The “Where to Ride …” series is popular in bike shops, but it’s getting a couple of years old now (last time I checked): http://www.99bikes.com.au/where-to-ride-melbourne-book
Although we own a couple of guides, most of the time we rely on Google Maps’s bicycle infrastructure feature to plan our routes – and local knowledge.
If you’re on Facebook, please let us know when you’re about and we’d be happy to share some local knowledge with you – even join you on a ride if you’d like the company!
For rail trails, check out: https://www.railtrails.org.au/online-store for some handy guides.
Hope this helps,
Thanks for your reply and the info.,will check them out
Would be nice to meet up for a ride as we have monthly folder rides here ( mostly Bromptons ) which are well supported and we tour the Dorset countryside using the train to explore different parts each time
A little surprised that your local authority dosent supply free cycle maps for Melbourne city and its environs as do other Australian cities I have cycled in
If you call into the visitor information office at Federation Square, they may have something. But I don’t know for sure – I haven’t been in for a look. As you say, I would be surprised if they don’t given a) how everyone else does and b) how Melbourne City Council wishes to promote itself as a cycling friendly place.
Certainly worth a try. I’ll see if I can confirm for you before you arrive.
That’s very kind of you
Do you have regular monthly rides and if so are they on a set date ?
Here we sometimes have up to twenty riders in the summer months
Usually the last Sunday of the month. I’ll ‘usually’ post about it on the blog, but all rides – more than the monthly – are coordinated via the Facebook page.
I think our best today’s is 10? But we’re building up. 😊
I have (finally) had a day off and made it to one of the information centres.
I was advised that Melbourne City Council have stopped printing cycle maps. The lady at the counter had a rummage for me and found “the very last one” they had. It’s alright if you are only planning to cycle around the city, but doesn’t show at least one key route I’m aware of – and it’s only 2 years old…
Mind you, on the wall of the info centre there were maps of 4(?) popular bike/share trails – but no pamphlet to match. They were Capital City Trail, Meri Creek Trail (I think), Maribyrnong River Trail, and Bayside Trail (I think). Definitely should have taken a photo so I could remember for sure, but the point was there’s heaps of info online about each of these four trails. They’re well used, generally well sign-posted, and are a reasonable distance.
Many of our bike trails/shared paths traverse local council jurisdictions. That ‘may’ be one reason why the MCC map is a) no longer being printed and b) was pretty focused on just the CBD anyway.
I was advised to contact Bicycle Network. Haven’t yet; I’ll let you know how I go. Don’t hold your breath… (good) free maps seem as rare as hens teeth ’round these parts.
If you want the map I picked up let me know. I’ll try not to lose it before I can get it to you!
Thanks for the information and the obvious efforts you have gone to in obtaining such
It’s much appreciated
I will check the internet for the rides you have indicated and perhaps when I am in Melbourne I could arrange with you a method of obtaining the map you managed to aquire
Love the blog and great detailed stories!
Thanks Advrider 😊
Please let me know if any ride. I ‘d like to join the ride with my brompton bike. I live around brighton area.
We’ve just put up a draft itinerary for the year: http://wp.me/p6wREl-mC
I’ll try to post to confirm rides in advance.
Please be advised that there is a special discounted registration fee for the MS Melbourne Cycle until midnight 10 Feb if you’re interested in joining our team riding that event. I think we have people doing both the 30km and 50km options.
Hi everyone, I have just stumbled upon your club on wordpress. I am interested in finding a second hand Brompton. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Much appreciated, Ben
If you’re on FaceBook, this type of query would generate a lot responses/discussion over there: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BromptonBicycleClubMelbourne/
Let me know if you aren’t on FB and I’ll email you privately.
Thanks for your response Dayna. Unfortunately (?) I am not on FB so I would really appreciate your offer to help by any other means!
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