Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby honeymonster on Thu 8/Dec/11 9:31pm

It has been a while between posts, and this time it is back to the adventures. Here's my take on the Queen Charlotte Track:

not the world cup final
http://www.inspiring-riding.co.nz/adven ... final.html

Enjoy. Paul
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby honeymonster on Sun 26/Feb/12 9:41pm

We are on again. Finally (after a month away on holiday and another month of broken ribs - which are unrelated) there is a new Inspiring Riding post:

http://www.inspiring-riding.co.nz/adven ... ts-me.html

Enjoy. Paul
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby honeymonster on Thu 15/Mar/12 11:22pm

There's a new Inspiring Riding post don't you know? This is a three day trip along the Old Dunstan Road from Pukerangi to Alexandra in Central Otago: big country
http://www.inspiring-riding.co.nz/adven ... untry.html
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby Dr. Fuentes on Fri 16/Mar/12 8:28am

honeymonster wrote:There's a new Inspiring Riding post don't you know? This is a three day trip along the Old Dunstan Road from Pukerangi to Alexandra in Central Otago: big country
http://www.inspiring-riding.co.nz/adven ... untry.html


That looks great.

Is the blue machine a Solaris? How was the Simple compared to your old Swift? So many questions! :o
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby honeymonster on Fri 16/Mar/12 8:42am

Nah - the blue one is Tim's Salsa. I intentionally can't remember what the name of it is :sly:

It's hard to tell how the Simple is vs Swift - this was the first ride, and the only unloaded bit was a road ride around Dunedin. It is a lower frame though - the top tube on the large is about 20-25mm lower at the head tube and seat tube. I like the lower front end, and it seems to contribute to some quick steering. It feels like the combination of 26" Soul handling and 29er smoothness and stability I was hoping for. The other obvious difference is the pedalling stiffness - the Simple uses a 31.6 seat post and an oval top tube. It really does make pedalling seated and standing nice and stiff - less BB flex for sure. It is still comfy though - but perhaps a bit harsher than the Swift (mainly I think due to the big extension of the fatter Thomson post not flexing so much under my bulk).

Will ride more this weekend and post up on http://www.cotic.co.nz
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby poledo on Fri 16/Mar/12 12:26pm

Just a note about riding into Little Valley from the Manorburn. That is all private land, with the landowner almost going out of his way to keep the public out. This is the route used by the Goldrush multisport event, and only opened for that event and a couple of practice days. Riding through here without permission (which will not be given - we've tried) could jepordise this limited access. Not sure how you got to the Manorburn, but same applies for most of this area. Not being a smart-ass, just trying to look after our local area, where access is under the spotlight at bit at the moment. Cheers

honeymonster wrote:There's a new Inspiring Riding post don't you know? This is a three day trip along the Old Dunstan Road from Pukerangi to Alexandra in Central Otago: big country
http://www.inspiring-riding.co.nz/adven ... untry.html
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby ryda on Fri 16/Mar/12 1:02pm

poledo wrote:Just a note about riding into Little Valley from the Manorburn. That is all private land, with the landowner almost going out of his way to keep the public out. This is the route used by the Goldrush multisport event, and only opened for that event and a couple of practice days. Riding through here without permission (which will not be given - we've tried) could jepordise this limited access. Not sure how you got to the Manorburn, but same applies for most of this area. Not being a smart-ass, just trying to look after our local area, where access is under the spotlight at bit at the moment. Cheers

honeymonster wrote:There's a new Inspiring Riding post don't you know? This is a three day trip along the Old Dunstan Road from Pukerangi to Alexandra in Central Otago: big country
http://www.inspiring-riding.co.nz/adven ... untry.html
you can use another route not sure which they used but
nzsouth.co.nz/goldfields wrote:Just beyond Styx, the trail headed across country to the old Blackball Hotel. This part of the trail is on private land, but trail users can go north to the Paerau Junction and then turn west again to Linnburn Station. http://www.nzsouth.co.nz/goldfields/dunstrai.html
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby swtchbckr on Fri 16/Mar/12 1:53pm

indeed, comparing the Paul's map with the Walking Access Mapping System (http://wams.org.nz/wams/index.aspx) the route he took is indeed not technically legal. Plenty of legal rights of way right through that country, its just too bad that barely any of the roads or farmtracks are actually on them!
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby honeymonster on Fri 16/Mar/12 2:15pm

After due diligence, it looks as though there were two short sections around Manorburn that weren't completely all above board. Apologies to locals and anyone who cares. In future I'll be checking and double checking routes. Then checking again.
Paul.
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby poledo on Fri 16/Mar/12 7:34pm

Good stuff. Looks like you had a great ride, fantastic country up there.
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby Orange Roughy on Fri 16/Mar/12 11:47pm

Two years ago i decided to ride from Wellington to Auckland, so I built a trailer to accomodate my '98 Moto. single 20" wheel and a V-brake actuated from an extra gear lever on the handlebars. Seven days on SH1 from Wellington to Auckland 770Km. Way to easy i thought, so i went via the eastcape back home. 14 days on SH2, with adventures over the Gentle Annies (160Km Napier to Taihape, half gravel), The Woodville windfarm ridgeline, and cant forget the Rimutaka rail trail which seemed easy after passing old smoky campervans up Morere (Gisborne). Here is a photo from the bushwalk trail at the tip of Coromandel Peninsula, 5 hours for an 8Km grovel. Climb 2 metres, then apply the brake and have a sit down for 5 mins. The downhill was fun, and very stable with the trailer brake. Im amazed that the commercial trailers dont offer anything like it for tourers.

The weight of the trailer, plus all the weet-bix i was eating, destroid the rear bushes on old Roughy. So i got it rebuilt just for tough off-road rides and brought a hardtail with full SLX drivetrain just for the towing job. I keep the hardtail chain clean and oiled, the bike shop says its flogged out, but its never missed a gear change and has done over 15,000Km in 18 months (mostly while towing the trailer). Old Orange Roughy has done over 100,000Km and the XT chain and rear derailer will regularly explode at 3,000Km. I still use the trailer every week to get my groceries. And sometimes i go out collecting cans and steel after rubbish day. Its a great training slog, forcing yourself to stop on a steep uphill and chuck extra weight in the trailer. though the pay barely covers the food needed for such an intense training ride.

Also a quick comment about your fluro clothing commuter post. I have 2 rules for cycle safety:
1; Always wear something different. A flagpole on the trailer, or enough flashing lights to look like a christmas tree. A flashing light swishing around on the flagpole is amazing.
2; Always ride like no one will see you. I tour on a MTB, near the gutter and able to dive off the road if i hear anything unusual. Careful tyre selection with a raised centre-bead on nobblys helps here.
Coro Steep 1.JPG
Coromandel walking track.
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby honeymonster on Mon 23/Apr/12 4:57pm

This time the inspiring riding post is takes a little inspiration from http://www.cycle-exif.com, only the bike for me is a little rougher, and a little readier.

workhorse
http://www.inspiring-riding.co.nz/adven ... horse.html

enjoy.
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby dented on Mon 23/Apr/12 7:22pm

Your blog posts always make me feel guilty for not riding enough. Dont feel bad :)
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby swtchbckr on Mon 23/Apr/12 9:31pm

honeymonster wrote:This time the inspiring riding post is takes a little inspiration from http://www.cycleexif.comfixxord, only the bike for me is a little rougher, and a little readier.

workhorse
http://www.inspiring-riding.co.nz/adven ... horse.html

enjoy.

damn it! now you've sent me off on a drooling journey of wading back through cycle exif archives... dang there's some sweet sweet rides in there.
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Re: Inspiring Riding: Bicycle Powered Adventures

Postby honeymonster on Tue 19/Jun/12 10:07pm

We have a new adventure for your viewing enjoyment. Our little trip to the Meridian Energy West Wind turbines.

nearly in my back yard
http://www.inspiring-riding.co.nz/adven ... -yard.html

Inspiring Riding is now all set up on Facebook.
To keep in touch with us, start a conversation or share your own adventures please:

clicky clicky the 'like' button on http://www.inspiring-riding.co.nz
or find us at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Inspiring ... 3694122446

Ta. Paul
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