Cycling in Sydney Australia
Bicycle NSW is holding an event in Orange similar to the old Big Rides called the Discovery Weekend. http://www.bicyclensw.org.au/content/discovery_weekend
It's a 3 day event (23-25 March 2012) with different rides going in and out of Orange. There will also be camping for those looking for that "Big Ride feel".
Registrations are now open - Who's going?
Hmm would like to go...thinking...
The first Bicycle NSW Discovery Weekend is only 4 and a bit weeks away! We have had a great response so far (nearly 400) and the good news is that there’s still time to register if you haven’t done so yet!
The Bicycle NSW Staff are proud to provide the opportunity to explore regional New South Wales by bike with a series of bicycle rides around the country town of Orange.
If you want to see more of these regional events across NSW, you need to show your support and get involved. Bums on bikes in Orange will be a BIG sign that will show that you want more of this!
Actually John, Will you be there? I thought I saw you entering a SC Event on 25th March.... Would like to know if you will be at Orange.....? I will be there and partly because I thought you were supporting it too......?
Oh no,me too but I think I had too much hill practices in my dreams that I`ve been cycling in bed that I hoped it will not breakdown.
Just had a great time down at Wynyard park with the Bicycle NSW Team and WSFM promoting the Discovery Weekend.
The CBD crowd got to find out all about the weekend, challenge their mates on the bike challenge and got a FREE orange to enjoy with their lunch.
Lots of fun and positive support for this great regional event.
If you haven't already, sign up as a rider or a volunteer and show that YOU want to see more of these events across New South Wales.
WOW!! Nearly 400 riders already register for the Discovery Weekend in Orange!!!
Also get your registration in today especially if you want to take part in the MTB ride (Saturday 24 March) as we only have 20 spots left!. Don't Miss OUT!!!
With all this rain in Sydney here's a photo of a gorgeous day in Orange. Just a taste of what the Discovery Weekend has to offer. Register today http://www.bicyclensw.org.au/content/discovery_weekend
Here's a thing. I signed up for this in December, booked a train ticket there and back, motel room, all that. But not a place in the train for a folding bike (Montague, so a bit larger than the one you're allowed to take on a train as hand luggage or whatever they call it.) Big mistake.
I am now told I have to book it in as a bike, and on a train which takes about 300 people up to Orange for a weekend when there is a cycling event, there are five (count 'em!) places in the goods van for bikes, and they're all taken, and they won't make any more.
It may be that my plans for this bloody thing are about to turn to custard.
In my custard-stained state, I am wondering this:
1) Why is CountryLink not trying to promote rail/bike touring? The really very nice bloke I spoke to at CountryLink referred to its policy of discriminating against bikes. Is there really active discrimination against cyclists? A policy to weed out cyclists from among their clientele? It certainly looks like it.
2) My bike fits into a bag about the size of a big suitcase, of the kind that is taken routinely on aeroplanes. It weighs less than 20kg all up. Why does CountryLink get to discriminate against bikes, given that they are legal and harmless? Do they discriminate against other bulky items this way? Plasma TVs? Large backpacks? Suitcases full of crystal meth?
I am not given to paranoia, but all this custard is telling me something. Custard doesn't lie.
State Rail has been useless for cyclists since Nick Greiner banned bicycles from country trains in about 1988 when XPTs replaced all useful rolling stock. Being one to hold a grudge, I have hated his guts ever since. He is a Liberal @rsehole after all. Not that Labor @rseholes improved the situation in the intervening years.
Why don't you just put it in a big non-descript suitcase and don't tell anyone it contains a bicycle?
I recall touring SW WA in 1996 with my wife and folding bicycles (actually, I think one was a Montague; we had borrowed it from a friend in Cottesloe). The railways/bus people would charge for the bikes if naked but didn't if they were in those stripey carry bag things.
I always knew I disliked Nick Greiner, but I have only just found out why. Thank you Neil.
I will try to find a large nondescript bag.
Wrap it up with bubble wrap, place in bag. They will never know.
Well maybe it will come to that.
But this rule has to change. It's a (insert expletive of choice) stupid rule.
I should be able to ride to the station, pack the bike there, and go on the train, not muck about carrying bubble wrap and packing tape all over the countryside.