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Old 07-13-11, 11:07 AM   #1
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Cycling From Sydney - Perth

In the middle of a mid-life crisis thing and am going to cycle from Sydney to Perth where I once lived and wondered if anyone has any advice or knows of a gang doing the same nutty thing! Currently in the UK deciding on whether to purchase a bike here or there...

That being said, I'm also after a good bike shop in Sydney that stock some 'endurance' worthy bikes.
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Old 07-13-11, 05:03 PM   #2
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I don't have any answers for you, but I just want to acknowledge HOLY CRAP that is a long journey (2,400 miles?!). Best of luck & please keep us posted on your journey. And post pictures too please!
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Old 07-13-11, 07:16 PM   #3
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That's a good way to deal with a mid-life crisis. I pedaled around the perimeter of Oz and covered the area you are talking about nine years ago.

Good luck finding a group of people all crazy enough to ride the Nullarbor. Actually it's a good ride if you like desert scenery which I do. Don't be swayed by doing it alone. You will no doubt run into other cyclists.

I don't think you can do better than the UK for a quality touring bike. Anything in Australia will cost you quite a bit more and you won't find the variety. I would buy one where you live and bring it with you for sure.
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I was going to comment on the same thing. I'd recommend getting the bike on your home turf, so you can ride around a bit and make adjustments & modifications as necessary. Then ship the thing when you're ready to go and you'll be so much more "in tune" with it.
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Why not post over on the Aussie touring forum:
http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/vi...6adb04f3ed4c59
A thread over there from a couple Aussies going from Perth to Sydney leaving in August and looking for mates to go along. Have you researched wind directions on the Nullarbor Plain for when you want to ride??
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When are you planning to go, and what route are you planning to take?
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Guys, thanks for all your comments and encouragements - need that. As I mentioned before I'm planning to cycle from Sydney to Perth Australia and am looking for advice on what to take luggage wise? I've made a list but there's always something!

The other thing is that I'm doing this with a t-shirt to make people aware (hopefully) of brain damage, which I aquired via a kite surfing accident. I lost a lung, got phnemonia, fractured my neck, spent 3 months in a coma and survived. So I'm aiming to prove a point to anyone afflicted by something as dramatic... ...it can be overcome. "f*ck you Brain Damage - you picked the wrong person!" kind of thing!

I've done bush walks and been bitten by Huhntsman Spiders so I'm OK with uncomfortability, but would like that equipment advice!
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[INDENT]As I mentioned before I'm planning to cycle from Sydney to Perth Australia and am looking for advice on what to take luggage wise? I've made a list but there's always something!
I ask again ... when are you planning to go, and what route are you planning to take?
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I ask again ... when are you planning to go, and what route are you planning to take?
Paul, In order for those who know the territory to help, they need some specifics in order to give equipment, gear and possibly even prevailing wind advice.

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longest straight road in the world, AFIK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nullarbor_Plain

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after a good bike shop in Sydney that stock some 'endurance' worthy bikes
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Koga Miyata makes great bikes, fully Tour equipped ,
and their signature program
lets you spec the build off a factory list.
then they ship out, from NL to a designated dealer .
I see one in Melbourne, Victoria , as well as in UK.
http://www.koga.com/uk/dealers.asp
might be a price advantage to having it sent there, then brought home, used.
VAT differences, etc. you do the math

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Paul, In order for those who know the territory to help, they need some specifics in order to give equipment, gear and possibly even prevailing wind advice.

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Exactly ... if you were to come down toward Canberra and cross the Great Dividing Range at this time of year, for example, I'd be suggesting fleece and waterproofs. But in January you could likely get away with shorts, jersey, and a light jacket.

But then again, maybe you don't want to cross the Great Dividing Range ... maybe you want to follow the coast all the way around. Or maybe you want to head up to Dubbo and across to Broken Hill ... if you were to do that in January, I'd probably suggest carrying lots of water.
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Sydney to Perth- The good, the bad, the ugly on this Aussie thread:
http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/vi...p?f=12&t=42865
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In reply to yourself and bradtx

In reply to yourself and bradtx, I plan to cycle the great ocean road from sydney - perth from end of feb 2012 with a 'tri-cross' sport or comp bike + whatever you suggest.
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I plan to cycle the great ocean road from sydney - perth from end of feb 2012 with a 'tri-cross' sport or comp bike + whatever you suggest.
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Paul, I looked at a Specialized tri cross and it seems to be okay for your trek. You won't be able to load it too heavily, but from what I gather it's ready made for a rear carrier and fenders. I would have the wheelset tuned and trued after a few miles.

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February is when Perth gets the stinking hot easterly winds and days straight of 40 degrees C. Look up what wind patterns are happening on the Nullabor at that time (as that'll be the most critical stretch of your journey) but bear in mind that even if the typical pattern says 'tailwind' you could be hit with a week of malicious headwind. And unlike the UK most towns in Australia, particularly in WA, are far apart. On the Nullabor you'll have nearly 200km between roadhouses and the prices for water and those snacks that you'll crave will be more malicious than the winds that kept you at a snail's pace getting to each stop. Carry lots of water, cover up and use sun screen. Watch for roadtrains and tourist buses.

And otherwise, if you're a lizard like me and soak up the heat, enjoy. I'll be off soon on a tour from Perth to Norseman via an old track that once broke my touring bike, then Esperance and slowly back into the timber and wineries of the South West. You might also consider the same, that there are more ways to Perth once you get to Norseman than just the Great Eastern Highway.

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