Nov-Dec club rides & Brompton Maintenance Session report

End of Month Club Ride – Sunday, 26 Nov 2017

Apologies for the short notice, but the end of this month has really caught me by surprise. The plan is to do an easy, relaxed ride from Federation Square to Port Melbourne, then down to St Kilda for lunch.

It’s a very familiar route for many of us, but there are two reasons for this choice: we’ve had some adventurous rides recently, and we have more members joining the club all the time with differing level of ability so it’s nice to cater for as many people as possible. All our rides are social rides; no one is “dropped” or left behind on their own.

Start Location: Federation Square, opposite Flinders Street Station
Meeting Time: 10am, Sunday 26 Nov
Distance: ~5km to Port Melbourne, +~5km further to St Kilda (return trip from St Kilda ~20km)
Duration: 2hrs incl lunch break

Depending on the group (and weather), we might choose to go further. There are public transport options for anyone who decides they need a supported ride home (tram/train). The route to St Kilda is almost entirely on shared paths.

Melbourne Brompton Club with St Kilda Lighthouse in the background

End of year / Christmas / Brewery ride – Saturday, 9 December 2017

By popular vote (on our Facebook page), our last group ride for the year will be the second Saturday of December.

Start Location:  Velo Cycles (815 Nicholson St, Carlton North – right on the Capital City Trail)
Meeting Time: 5pm
Distance: 15-20km (but you can do as much or as little as you please)
Duration: ~4hrs

Starting from Velo Cycles, we’ll cruise

a largely off-road, on-cycle-path route to these to-be-confirmed inner north/inner west micro/nanobreweries :
-Temple Brewing
-Henry St Brewhouse
-Hop Nation
-Two Birds

The final destination is only 500m from Newport train station. Each venue also only a short walk from train stations, so we can responsibly fold up and take public transport home.

Come for the lot, for the start, for the end. We don’t mind.

Costumes completely optional, for yourself and/or your Brompton.

Report: Brompton Maintenance Session – 18 November 2017

This past Saturday, Velo Electric & Folding conducted a basic maintenance session for Brompton owners. There was plenty of interest from our community; all the places (and a couple more) were filled for the session.

Under Cory’s instruction we learnt how to remove and refit our wheels, adjust our gears and talked through some basic cleaning tips.

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As with any new skill, practice makes perfect. We do recommend that participants repeat what they learnt in the session again at home as soon as possible to embed that memory as much as possible. Don’t forget that there is always our previous blog post to refer to if you get stuck: Brompton bicycle 6-speed rear wheel removal & gear adjustment in pictures.

If you are interested in attending a maintenance session for hands-on practice under expert instruction, we have good news! We expect to hold the next maintenance session (likely to cover the same topics) sometime early in 2018. We will keep you updated as details are confirmed.

Happy New Year

As this is likely to be our last update for 2017, I’d like to extend a warm (if belated) “Welcome To The Fold” to all our new members who joined us this year, a big Thank You to everyone who came along on club rides, and give three cheers to the many members who contributed to the vibrant conversation on our facebook page.

2017 was a blast! I can’t wait to share 2018 with you all!

Happy Bromptoneering everyone!
😀

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Brompton Maintenance Session – Saturday 18 November 2017

Velo Cycles, in conjunction with Melbourne Brompton Club, will be running a hands-on 2 hour Brompton Maintenance Session on Saturday 18 November 2017. If you’re unsure about how to fix a flat tyre, or the best way to keep your beloved Brompton running smoothly, this is the course for you!

Topics  covered

  • Tube changing (inc remove and replace front and rear wheels)
  • Brake Adjustment
  • Gear Indexing
  • Basic clean and lube

Session Details

Time: 10am-12noon
Date: Saturday 18 Nov 2017
Location: Velo Electric & Folding, 753 Nicholson Street Carlton North (200m south of Velo Cycles)
Registration fee: $20pp (Includes free puncture repair kit)
Booking website: shop.velocycles.com.au/ (Or contact Velo Cycles during work hours to make payment over the phone)

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The session will be limited to 10 participants, ensuring everyone has the opportunity for hands-on practice and plenty of Q&A. Register now to ensure you don’t miss out!

Upcoming Events

Don’t forget our next EOM ride (The 1 in 20 ride at the Dandenongs) is THIS Sunday, 29th October. Find all the ride details here!

Happy Bromptoneering!  : )

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Dandenong’s 1 in 20 – 29 October 2017

Do you enjoy your usual rides, but feel like your Brompton has the potential for more? Are you a confident on-road rider? Do you want to challenge your Brompton and yourself?

We are rising to the challenge of “The 1 in 20” cycling route for our end of month ride. If you aren’t familiar with this ride, have a read of this website: http://theclimbingcyclist.com/climbs/mt-dandenong/the-1-in-20/

Things to note
There is no bike lane along this stretch of road, and at times there may be very little road shoulder. It is a public road; we will be sharing space with cars, motorcycles and other cyclists. We recommend joining this particular ride only if you already have a high level of confidence riding on open roads.

Should you choose to join this ride you do so at your own risk, and agree to conduct yourself in a manner that will not put at risk or endanger the welfare of others.

The ride will not be a race; each person is free to ride at their own pace.

We will regroup at a café at the top (Sassafras) for morning tea/brunch before heading back down the mountain.

Ride Details
Start location
: The Basin (3km/5min drive) east of Boronia, in the park opposite the shops
Start time: 10am
Ride distance: 6.8km for the actual “1 in 20” at an average of 4%
Elevation gain: 274m
Duration: Approx 2hrs

Getting there
I expect most people will drive to The Basin, however if this is not an option for you, Boronia Station is only 3km away.

From Richmond Station you may need to change trains at Ringwood. The journey will take around 55min.

From Boronia Station, follow Boronia Road east until it turns into Forest Road. The Basin is the next village along. Take the farthest right turn at the roundabout and meet in the park opposite the shops on Mountain Hwy.

PLEASE advise if you plan to join the ride, either by emailing me at melbournebromptonclub@gmail.com or indicating your interest if you are a member of our Facebook group.

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