Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Brisvegas (Aus)
Bikes: Avanti Montari MTB, Surly Steamroller fixie, and the first half of a Soma 4one5 singlespeed MTB
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For a sadist on a hybrid there are a couple of good climbs that you could do. Both Mt Cootha and Mt Nebo would be challenging (I doubt I could do either but then I'm fat and unfit so no real surprise). Mt Nebo would be a bit more of a full day affair as it is a much longer ride though Mt Cootha wouldn't be too bad and its pretty easy to get there from the CBD. The best sightseeing rides in Brisbane are along the river as there are something like 60+km of bike paths / walking paths as well as a floating concrete walkway and two bike / pedestrian only bridges that link it all together. Check this site out
for some good free bike maps and this site
for some more suggestions.
Not too sure where to hire a bike as I have my own and haven't had the need before, though I think there is a place at the botanic gardens in the city that rents out cheap hybrids (not sure if its only the weekends) and I think there is a new-ish place that rents them out at the base of the Kangaroo Pt cliffs. Perhaps someone else can help you out with that.
If you've got any other questions just send me a PM and I'll see if I can help.