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.
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)
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 :
-Henry St Brewhouse
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.
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!