Thursday, December 11, 2008

Eurobodalla Bicycle User Group (BUG)





Scenic cycling in Eurobodalla
How would you like to get fit, feel alive, smell the roses and sample a variety of coffee spots in the Shire.
A group of cyclists in the Shire has rapidly grown in numbers and enthusiasm. There is a mix of men and women of varied ages and fitness levels. They all have a desire for exercise, a fondness for fresh air and a wish to explore the magnificent scenery that our area has to offer.
There is a strong social side to the rides which comes to the fore over a cup of coffee, providing a great opportunity to make new friends.
The organised rides take place on Mondays starting at 8.00am.(Summer) and 9.00am (winter)
[A more easy paced group, suitable for new or returning riders is available on Wednesday.]
The rides require the use of mountain or hybrid bikes as the routes usually include gravel roads and often bush tracks. For many, the routes will take you places you haven’t ventured to before.
The rides have been organised in all areas of the Shire from Durras to Tilba and even outside the Shire at Bermagui. The rides are pedalled at a slow pace over a length of generally 15km to 60km. It is of course a challenge to cater for all levels of fitness and so every effort is made to include the option of a shorter or easier route, when the nominated ride is more suited to the fittest members of the group. So you don’t have to be a lycra junkie to join in.
The rides are organised under the auspice of Bicycle NSW through the Eurobodalla Bicycle User Group (Euro BUG)

EUROBUG Cycling Calendar 2017

Start Time 0800 hrs Monday for Summer / Autum

Start Time 0900 hrs Monday for Autum / Winter

The calendar of rides with full details can be found at the web site

http://eurobug.weebly.com/

Note: If viewing on a mobile device (ie phone or tablet) please ensure that you select the "web" option at the bottom of the page on that device to see the details correctly.

Alternatively further information can be obtained from Guy Brantingham on 44738376
The group is looking forward to welcoming new riders to the interesting rides that have been scheduled.

Eurobodalla Cycling Route Maps
Maps for all the rides undertaken by the EUROBUG can be found on the "Ride With GPS" (ridewithgps.com) website. This site also gives you access to more than 80,000 bike routes worldwide.

http://www.ridewithgps.com/find

Search within 50km of "Moruya" and enter "Guy Brantingham" into the Keyword field to filter.

Eurobodalla Cycle Routes Brochure
Eurobodalla Tourism, a unit of Eurobodalla Shire Council have, in consultation with the BUG, produced a very good brochure which details 13 selected routes throughout the shire that cater for cyclists of all capabilities. The featured routes have also been sign posted to make navigation easy. The brochure can be obtained from the tourist information centres located on the Princes Highway in both Batemans Bay and Narooma as well at the Council Library in Vulcan St Moruya.

Other Bicycle Groups
Push On (Bicycle NSW) - http://www.pushon.com.au/
Pedal Power (ACT) - http://www.pedalpower.org.au/
Bermagui Dirt Surfers - http://bermagui-dirtsurfers.org/
Cyclerides - http://www.cyclerides.com.au/

NSW Gov Info
http://www.bicycleinfo.nsw.gov.au/

History
Coruna Velodrome - Mystery Bay
The Bicycle Club of Corunna built a velodrome near Mystery Bay around 1892.
Slashing has removed much of the growth that would have hidden portions of the circuit, so it is now possible to walk around the track and to see original contours and embankments that were built by those energetic enthusiasts in the 1890’s. Some of them are probably in that photograph  resurrected from history.
The NPWS Management Plan for Corunna Point, prepared in July 1998, brings together more information and photographs relating to Corunna Point.
It seems the Bicycle Club of Corunna was very active to the turn of the century. In 1899 clubs amalgamated and changed their name to Central Tilba Cycling Club. It was proposed to join the NSW League of Wheelmen and to procure clubuniforms – this did not proceed.

Bottin Grave Site - Reedy Ck.
The following link gives a fascinating insite into some early local history surrounding the 'Bottin' grave site hidden in the bush at Reedy Ck.
http://www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/07_subnav_01_2.cfm?itemid=1550221 

Rail Trails
What are Rail Trails?
Rail trails are shared-use paths recycled from abandoned railway corridors. They can be used for a range of purposes including walking, cycling and horse riding.
What are they like?
Most trails have a gravel or dirt surface suitable for walking, mountain bikes and horses. Some are sealed and are great for touring bikes too.
This link will take you to Railtrails Australia.

http://www.railtrails.org.au/index.htm

EUROBUG have so far riden the East Gippsland Rail Trail from Bairnsdale to Orbost

http://www.railtrails.org.au/states/trails.php3?action=trail&trail=19

and the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail from Wangaratta to Beechworth and Bright

http://www.railtrails.org.au/states/trails.php3?action=trail&trail=22

Photos
These links will show a few photos from some of our rides.

http://picasaweb.google.com/jdmcgreg/EurobodallaBicycleUserGroup?authkey=vj8YwQCX8cA#

Canberra / Captains Flat / Majors Creek / Araluen, April 2009 - http://picasaweb.google.com/jdmcgreg/CanberraCaptainsFlatAraluenApril09?feat=directlink

Bicycle Maintenance
Park Tools - Park Tool has been manufacturing bicycle specific tools since 1963. Based out of St. Paul Minnesota, they claim to be the world's largest bicycle tool manufacturer.
If you are you looking for help on how to perform a repair or maintenance exercise on your bike they have provided an extensive library of repair instructions free for your use on their website.
If you know the common term for the type of repair you want to perform, you can go directly to their “Repair How To” section and look it up under their alphabetical list. If you only know the area of the bike you wish to work on, then you can select their “Bike Map” and then click on the desired area of the bike for a list of repairs for that area.

http://www.parktool.com/repair/

They claim to have the broadest line of bicycle tools in the world and are the same tools that are preferred by professional bicycle mechanics around the world.
You can find their entire line up listed by category on the left of the web page. You can also download their current catolog here.

SuperB - A Taiwan supplier of bike tools

http://www.superbiketool.com/

Shimano - Shimano are one of the worlds largest suppliers of components for bicycles and their products are found on many different manufacturers products. By closely examining your bike you should find a Shimano part number either on a sticker, stamped into the metal or molded into the plastic components. By using this number on the Shimano website you can bring up detailed drawings of the assemblies with parts breakdowns and part numbers. Also you can access the tech. docs. that detail how to set up or adjust those components on your bike.

http://techdocs.shimano.com/techdocs/index.jsp?JSESSIONID=Jw3HpJ1JwdYfgC8nmTGpSrzmdjB3cQyjDCF5JF1xZNjqb2B9QFZy!-451012360&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181679&bmUID=1227913031104

Derailleur Adjustment - This is a good site to give you the process of checking and adjusting your derailleur.

http://sheldonbrown.com/derailer-adjustment.html

Chain Maintenance - Article on chain maintenance, wear, lubrication etc.

http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html

http://www.jimlangley.net/wrench/cleandrivetrain.htm

Chain "Breaking" and Replacement - How to break and join a chain

http://bikebooboos.com/chain.aspx

http://www.bicyclinglife.com/HowTo/ChangeAChain.htm

Saddles, Adjustment etc.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html

General Maintenance, Noises etc. etc.

http://www.jimlangley.net/wrench/wrench.html

Bike Shops and Parts
Moruya Bicycles - http://www.moruyabicycles.com.au/index.html?lmd=39676.912627
Velogear - http://velogear.com.au/index.php?
Torpedo7 - http://www.torpedo7.com.au/division/bike/menu/01/title/Mountain%20Bike%20Parts
Cyclelink - http://www.cyclelink.com.au/category1164_1.htm
Cecil Walker - http://www.cecilwalker.com.au/category127_1.htm
Phantom Cycles - http://www.phantomcycles.com.au/default.aspx
The Bike Shed Mortdale - http://tbsm.com.au/
BBB tools and parts - http://www.bbbparts.com/
Chain Reaction - http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/au/en

Loire Cycling Tour 2013  - Blois to Saumur

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In May / June of 2013, 28 Eurobug members undertook a 10 day, 11 night self guided tour of the Loire Valley starting in Blois on 27/5/13 and concluding in Saumur on 7/6/13. The trip was completely self organised by the BUG staying at cycle friendly hotels and on hired bikes from Detours de Loire in Blois. Total distance cycled was approximately 450km.


Day 1 - Blois - Chambord - Blois, 45.7km
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/972886
Hotel - Hotel De France et De Guise


Day 2 - Blois - Cheverny - Blois, 47.2km
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/977445
Hotel - Hotel De France et De Guise


Day 3 - Blois - Ambois, 42.9 km
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1029293
Hotel - Hotel Chaptal


Day 4 - Ambois - Chateau Chenonceau - Loches, 48.1 km
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1031741
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1031659
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1031700
Hotel - Luccotel
Day 5 - Loches - Azay le Rideau, 64.2 km
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1033598
Hotel - Hotel Biencourt


Day 6 - Azay le Rideau - Vilandry (via Langeais) - Azay le Rideau, 37.3 km
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1036581
Hotel - Hotel Biencourt


Day 7 - Azay le Rideau - Chinon, 33.1 km
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1036540
Hotel - Planagenet


Day 8 - Chinon - Saumur, 48.3 km
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1047093
Hotel - Hotel de Londres


Day 9 - Saumur - Doue la Fontaine - Saumur, 45.6 km
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2258108
Hotel - Hotel de Londres


Day 10 - Saumur - Breeze - Saumur, 26.6 km
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2261219
Hotel - Hotel de Londres





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