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Friday September 29th – Sunday October 1st (Grand Final Long Weekend)
Allan Marshall has once again organised this splendid weekend of cycling, friendship and sight seeing.
This tour is fully supported – the Cycling Geelong bike trailer is being refurbished, and there will be motor vehicles accompanying all rides, should anyone need a break. Allan has organised some excellent places to eat like Blue Pyrenees Winery and Maryborough Golf Club.
For more details please contact Allan Marshall (0418 992 672). Booking is very tight due to other events in the region and the long weekend, so , if you’re interested, please contact Allan as soon as possible.
Some photos from a previous goldfields tour.
Here are some more of Coralie’s cycling book reviews – all available from Geelong Regional Library.
by Carlton Reid
edited by Richard Ballantine.
For people who would like to encourage children to ride. Lots of information on teaching children to ride, bicycles for children, and alternative ways to carry children on bicycles, such as trailers, tagalongs, and box bikes. A good book for a cycling grandparent to encourage their grandchildren.
CUSTOM BICYCLES: A PASSIONATE PURSUIT
by Christine Elliott and David Jablonka
foreword by Phil Liggett.
Mulgrave, Victoria: Images, 2009.
‘IT LOOKS FAST STANDING STILL’
Custom built bicycles: a bicycle built to your specifications. Why? ‘To have a bike that does exactly what you want it to do, fits you exactly the way you want it to fit, and looks exactly as your heart desires’. Many want a custom built bicycle so they can have the right size bike, but there are other reasons too: some want faster, lighter bikes with better components. Some want to have a distinctive looking bike such as the wonderful butterfly spokes bike from Roark Custom Titanium Bicycles (Indiana, USA). Some want a special type of bicycle, such as a tandem, tricycle or a cargo bike. Some see their bike as an extension of their personality, it has to be just right in the way it fits and looks and works, so they go to a custom builder.
‘Custom bicycles’ looks at builders of custom bikes in a number of different countries, with a few pages each on about 40 different companies, lots of photographs and interesting information. The most interesting is Baum in North Shore, Geelong. That’s right, you can have your custom bicycle built in Geelong. Darren Baum, who was born in Geelong and grew up here, set up Baum ‘to create bicycles that combine the best of modern technology and sports science with the timeless elegance of a handmade product: bicycles you will always enjoy’.
1001 bicycles to dream of riding
by Guy Kesteven.
New York: Quintessence, 2014.
A good book to dip into, beginning in the 19th century, but concentrating on the 21st century. Some different types of bicycles: aero/ all rounder/ all-terrain/ cargo/ childs/ commuter/ concept/ custom/cyclocross/ downhill/ e-bike/ fixed gear/folding /gravity/hardtail / leisure/ mountain/ paced track bike/ race/ recumbent/ road/ snowbike/ tandem/ triathlon/ touring/ town/ track/ tricycle/ time trial/ triathlon/ utility.
Coralie’s book reviews – part 2
All books are available from Geelong Regional Library
Ride your way lean: the ultimate plan for burning fat and getting fit on a bike
by Selene Yeager.
If you’re like me (cycling to prevent weight gain) this is just the right title. Yeager is a Bicycling magazine columnist (their resident ‘FIT CHICK’), an authority on training, nutrition, and weight loss. The book includes training plans, nutrition information, and strength training plans to boost fat-burning.
by John Forester.
About 800 pages and very few illustrations – even the section ‘Shapes of bicycles’ has seven pages but not one illustration! This textbook covers a huge amount of territory – the bicycle, bicycle maintenance, the cyclist, the environment, avoiding hazards, ways to enjoy cycling, etc. He seemed to have an opinion on every aspect of cycling, including one against rear vision mirrors (which I disagreed with). Comprehensive, but unfortunately written for the US market, so instructions on right/left side of the road need to be translated.
The Bike Deconstructed: a grand tour of the road bicycle
by Richard Hallett.
This is the best bicycle book I’ve read about the nuts and bolts of bicycles. Well set out, good illustrations, easy to understand, up to date (published in 2014). It is very useful for those who would like to understand bicycle terminology or buy a new bicycle. A good reference book – Christmas is not too far away (www.octopus books.co.uk).
Smart cycling: Promoting safety, fun, fitness, and the environment
edited by Andy Clarke
League of American Bicyclists.
This is the most basic cycling book, the book for the beginner, with information on choosing a bicycle, bicycle handling skills, equipment, commuting, etc. It includes a DVD on cycling skills and safety. Unfortunately, being from the US, some information needs to be translated from left to right. And I laughed at a photograph of two cyclists in traffic ‘enjoying fresh air’.
Garden Delights Trail Ride
9:00am Sunday 20 August
Starting at Grovedale Community Garden, 45-47 Heyers Road, Grovedale
Easy ride, 20 kms
Rosemary and Joy are again leading a pleasant ride along the river from Grovedale to Highton. It will be interspersed with visits to four interesting but different gardens where you will see veggies, fruit trees, camellias, salvias, indigenous and cottage plants, garden art and much more. Final stop – a café, of course. This was so enjoyable last year that we have decided to follow basically the same route this year, so it is being replicated due to popular demand!
It’s been windy the last couple of days with ‘surf’ on Corio Bay, and tree branches down all over! A northerly wind was predicted, to turn westerly ‘around the middle of the day’. A short ride to Lara seemed a safe bet.
From the first, it was clear that even at 8.30am, the wind was clearly from the west! As the deadline approached, and no riders appeared, would I ride anyway, or throw in the towel and go to a movie in Melbourne instead? The decision didn’t need to be taken as a solitary rider appeared on Bell Parade.
The two of us, Brigid and I (Helen) pedaled north along Corio Bay and over Hovells Creek to Lara. An early coffee break at X-presso was most welcome. The return deviated a little from the original plan, reducing the amount of time riding directly into the gale-force wind. Forest Road still has no sealed shoulders on the busy section between Canterbury Road and the rail crossing, but motorists were pretty courteous this morning, as we battled the cross wind. The Heales Road section was slow, but, once Ted Wilson Trail was reached, there was some protection from noise barriers as we wended our way back towards Church Street.
The Ted Wilson Trail was very quiet. There was only one pedestrian in the whole distance to Church Street and beyond. This is usually a very popular path with cyclists – but there were none to be seen anywhere!
I’d forgotten it’s National ‘Plant a Tree’ day.* A bevy of wonderful volunteers were busy along the path near Drysdale Street. Thanks to these people we’ll watch this section of native plants as they develop over the next weeks and years, bringing with them native birds.
For the final 5 kilometres down Church Street, it was a most welcome tail wind. Though a short ride, it was most enjoyable and a good chance to chat on safe bike paths. Thanks Brigid for sharing the ride.
As I rode home I spotted one other cyclist – Rolf from GTC returning home along Balmoral Crescent.
A little later, I also spotted our president, John, riding along Douro Street in North Geelong. So it wasn’t only women who were cycling today!
*Listen to 94.7 The Pulse FM next Saturday at 11am to hear how Heather got on on the opening of one of the paths along Kororoit Creek – another event on National Tree Day.
Coralie has been reading avidly. Here are a few quick reviews of cycling books. The good thing is, these are all available from Geelong Regional Library.
Reviewed by Coralie Jenkin
Mountain High: Europe’s greatest cycle climbs
by Daniel Friebe and Pete Goding.
A beautiful coffee table books with the details of mountain climbs – photographs, history, and practical details for those who want to cycle them. Such as maximum gradient 23%. There are maps and diagrams, details of length, gradient, where to find refreshments, etc. The photographs are stunning. The book will appeal to those who enjoy watching cycling races to see the scenery, as well as those who long to tackle the big ones.
Cycle touring in Ireland
by Tom Cooper.
I’d like to cycle overseas again, I’ve heard that Ireland is a wonderful place for cycling. So I borrowed Cycle touring in Ireland‘, a Cicerone Guide. Published in 2010, updated in 2011, it provides information for the cycle tourer in Ireland, a ‘cyclist’s paradise – quiet roads, winding along spectacular coastline, through tiny villages, over mountain passes and past countless historic sites’. There is plenty of route information as well as photographs to whet your appetite.
Bike mechanic: how to be an ace bike mechanic
by Paul Mason.
The subtitle is misleading: this little book, an ‘Instant Expert’ guide, shows in words and pictures how to carry out small bicycle maintenance jobs. Practical, step-by-step instructions, which look easy. Such as cleaning chains and gears, fitting new disc brake pads, and bike cleaning.
Cycling Science: how rider and machine work together
by Max Glaskin.
I found this cycling book surprisingly easy to read – given the title – the author discusses such subjects as the most efficient bicycle design, rider input forces which affect cornering, the environmental impact of cycling, and the aerodynamic implications of various seating positions. The book is well designed so that each question is discussed separately with diagrams and statistics. Well worth dipping in to.
Keep your eyes open each week for more of Coralie’s book reviews.
We welcome reviews from other cycling readers – just email to our web coordinator Helen.