We headed over to Curtis Island on Sunday 19th January 2020, joining a contingent of 23 mountain bikers to explore the gravel up to Joey Lees, the flat pristine beach at Turtle Street, plus the newly built single-track green trails around Connor Bluff.Continue reading “Curtis Island social mountain bike ride 19 Jan 2020”
We rode the new Goat Head to Connor Bluff trail during a Gladstone Mountain Bike Club social ride on 19 January 2020.
It was a gruelling but excellent day and we rode this trail towards the end of the ride.
This 10 minute video shows the full uncut ride along Goat Head to Connor Bluff (green rated) so you can get the full experience. I narrate throughout but the sound is a bit windy so turn on the captions so you can share my pain 🙂Continue reading “10 Minute Trails – Goat Head to Connor Bluff”
On Tuesday night, 14th January 2020, our intrepid crew of night riders headed out through First Turkey MTB Reserve to Zamia Trail in the foothills of Mount Archer National Park.Continue reading “Zamia Trail social night ride 14 Jan 2020”
The Lower Pig-Cactus loop in the video below happened at the end of a Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club social night ride on 14 January 2020 at First Turkey MTB Reserve.
We were all pretty buggered by this point but pushed on up the hill regardless 🙂
This 10 minute video shows the full uncut climb up Lower Wild Pig (green rated) then the fast descent down the Cactus enduro trail (blue rated) to show you what to expect.Continue reading “10 Minute Trails – Up Lower Pig Down Cactus”
On this first episode of Come Ride With Me, we hit the back roads to Woolwash Lagoon and Midgee, heading out along the old Bruce Highway.
I’m road testing the new Go Pro Hero 8 mounted under-bar on my Giant Defy for this ride and I’m quite impressed with the results.Continue reading “Woolwash Lagoon Social Ride”
I present this argument to every mountain biker, whether experienced, recreational, or novice: You need a retro fully-rigid MTB in your life.Continue reading “Why you need a fully-rigid MTB”
If fat bikes aren’t something that normally hit your radar, chances are the mere mention of them conjures images of a burly American lumberjack-type dude belting through the snow with a can of craft beer in his bottle cage.
Here in Australia’s north, we don’t get a lot of snow. Well, except back in 1946, when according to my late mother, half an inch fell at Eidsvold.
In our part of the world, fat bikes are mainly seen as novelty bikes for the beach, but increasingly you’ll spot one on your local trails. Why?
Why would anyone choose a fat bike for XC when no Australian company actively markets them, let alone for that purpose? Indeed, you’ll rarely see a fattie on the floor of your local bike shop.
The reason is simple. It happens organically. You’ll ride with a group and someone will have a fat bike. They’re keeping up with the pack on climbs and nailing it on the descents, the sound of those big tyres rumbling.
You hear them laughing. A lot. That’s because fatties are fun. And the child inside you stirs. You want one. That’s how it happened for me.
So, the purpose of this article is to unveil the mystery of fat bikes, to explain them for those of us who live here in the sometimes-drenched but usually hot and dusty climes of Central Queensland.
I’ll discuss the pros and cons of riding a fat bike for XC, and if you already own one, I’ll provide some tips and tweaks to make your rig perform well on any terrain.Continue reading “Fat Bikes in the Bush – Your ultimate guide”