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Old 11-06-02, 04:42 AM   #1
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riding in brissie

ok here goes,

I am trying to decide what kinda bike I should be looking at as a commuter/fun machine for the brisbane metropolitan area. I like mountain biking (at least the idea look fun, never actually done it ), but I cannot help feeling a road bike would be more comfy for commuting on.

so here is my question.

Are there enough mtb trails close to brisbane (QLD. AUS.) to warrant the possible slight discomfort of a mtb commute during the week (in terms of the mtb fun on offer during the limited free time of a full-time uni student). ?

Am I thinking wrong in believing there is any significant difference between a road and mountian bike on what is a relatively short stretch like my 40km commute (round trip).

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P.S: by mtb I mean nothing more extreme than a hardtail, full suspension is too much I think.
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Old 11-06-02, 05:54 AM   #2
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Fancy that. First time I stop by bikeforums in ages, and this question is at the top of the list

I live in Brisbane and also commute about 40km round trip. I use a mountain bike to commute, but I hardly ever mountain bike, so I'm not swapping tyres very often (or at all).

The mountain biking around Brisbane is ok, but depending on where you live, it could be a fair drive to get there.

If you do go for a road bike, it doesn't take much to get out of the city onto some very nice, mostly deserted roads, if a little hilly - not that I ever do that either, but my brother does and tells me all about it.

You pays your money, you makes your choice. If you want to ride off road, and can only afford one bike, a mountain bike will serve well as a commuter - and it has the added bonus of being able to better absorb the shonky roads around town. Slick tyres also make a huge difference to on road performance.

Where are you living by the way? Your profile says Norway - now THAT'S a commute.
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Fancy that. First time I stop by bikeforums in ages....
Good to see you posting. (Even if it is just one post.)

How's it going Allister?
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Old 11-06-02, 07:37 AM   #4
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Where are you living by the way? Your profile says Norway - now THAT'S a commute.
hahahaha yeah that's a fair hike every morning, I am only living in Norway until the end of this year. I will be back home to start Uni around mid jan early feb 2003. I've got a place lined up in Tarragindi, and will be going to UQ if it matters any.

As for the trails being a 'fair drive' away that is a drawback for me as I am hoping to eliminate my need for a car altogether (big and dangerous they are ... but most importantly for a uni student they are expensive ). Do you know of any clubs in the area that might run carpools out to some of the good rides ?.

Cheers for the tips mate, maybe we'll meet someday on the roads of our fair city.

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I believe there are some reasonable trails around Mt Coot-tha, which is only about 10km from the city. I commute on a MTB every day, with a 47km round trip. I don't find any discomfort with it.
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hahahaha yeah that's a fair hike every morning, I am only living in Norway until the end of this year. I will be back home to start Uni around mid jan early feb 2003. I've got a place lined up in Tarragindi, and will be going to UQ if it matters any.
Neither of those are very far from Mt. Coot-tha, which has some nice, albeit steep, trails. If you're near a train station (Fairfield?) Auchenflower station on the Ipswich line is only a few minutes ride from the trail head. You'll need a permit to ride there, but they're free.

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As for the trails being a 'fair drive' away that is a drawback for me as I am hoping to eliminate my need for a car altogether (big and dangerous they are ... but most importantly for a uni student they are expensive ). Do you know of any clubs in the area that might run carpools out to some of the good rides ?.
Most good bike shops run their own clubs. I'm not familiar with all of them, but one of the shops I frequent does regular mtb and road rides for all levels of riders. I'm sure if you contact them some suitable transport arrangements could be made. see http://cycleogical.com.au/club.html
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Mt Cootha ya say, cool that's not so far from my place, how does one go about getting a permit to ride there, is it a council thing or is the mountain privately owned (i.e. by the multitude of TV stations that have studios on it ) ?

Thanks a lot for your help.

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The mountain is not privately owned, you can ride up on the road without a permit. However, much of it is public reserves, so if yuo wanted to do any off-road riding, I'd imagine you'd need to contact the Department of Environment or someone like that. Maybe some of the clubs Allister mentioned can tell yuo more about that.
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Incidentally, did you get any Norwegians to try Vegemite while yuo were overthere? I met a lot of Scandinavians at university during the three years I was there, but I couldn't get any of them to try it.
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Permit? Do you blokes mean to tell me I've been riding ILLEGALLY out there for the past year?
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Permit? Do you blokes mean to tell me I've been riding ILLEGALLY out there for the past year?
Well, it's possible I suppose. But we'd never actually condone doing anything illegally now, would we?

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Oh well, at least I can take comfort in the fact that speed limits don't apply to pushbikes. It's so easy to get carried away coming down that mountain!
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Incidentally, did you get any Norwegians to try Vegemite while yuo were overthere? I met a lot of Scandinavians at university during the three years I was there, but I couldn't get any of them to try it.
ha ha, yeah got 'em to try it once ... never agian was the general verdict. Still it was nice to have a jar all to myself .

I guess no-one can outright say 'go for it',but if I was to perhaps just ride on the mountain, am I to understand the chances of being caught and/or prosecuted without a permit are slim enough to warrant the outing ?.

It's good to have so many knowledgeable locals on the board (not that I am really local myself just yet ).

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I had heard a rumour about these permits some time ago, but there aren't any signs saying you need a permit or anything. There are some designated walking tracks which are best to steer clear of but otherwise I haven't heard of anyone having problems. There is a water catchment area nearby, I'm thinking this area might require permits but I can't be certain.
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well it's been a while since i've been on here and i get back on and it seems there's a right little brisbane bikeforums section thing going on!

how goes it allister and chris? am back in uk now and really miss oz alot. talking of mt coot-tha makes me miss the place even more. was looking on coastalwatch.com at the beaches on gold coast the other day torturing myself! must be warming up there now?

hopefully will be back there in the next year!

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Right now is probably not the nicest time to be on the Gold Coast. Because of this F**king drought, we've gotta put up with dust storms and bushfire smoke. To be honest, the nicest thing I can think of to say about the whole situation is that in three days I'm escaping for a couple of weeks.
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