We’ve had the bikes for exactly one week. Here’s what we think so far after a couple of short trips, including one into Melbourne’s CBD.
It’s been a tricky week at work for both of us. Mainly because we’ve been itching to get out on the bikes. Saturday morning gave us the opportunity to do a quick test ride on the newly created Djerring Trail under the Cranbourne and Pakenham train line. This new Skyrail has been controversial. A lot of residents were dead set against it. But, it got rid of a lot of the old level crossings that cause congestion and often, accidents. Underneath the elevated tracks is a trail that is quickly becoming popular with walkers, joggers and bikers. Then we put the bikes away and went over to St Kilda Cycles to get some panniers. We went for the Ortlieb Back Roller Plus in red. They had them for a great price and we’re very happy with them. We’ll do a mini review on them soon, but you can see them in the pictures below.
On Sunday we set off early and headed towards the city. There’s only one segment of the 20km or so ride that is on a main road, and that was very quiet. We ended up at Hosier Lane which is famous for the street art and graffiti. It’s always enjoyable cycling around when the city is quieter. Then we had a coffee and bagel at Bowery to Williamsburg. It’s a New York style cafe/diner. We were there by 9am and it was already busy. Well worth a visit.
First impressions from Ali…
As a self confessed not too confident city cyclist (Melbourne has quite a lot going on; with trams, fairly narrow bike lanes, and hook right turns) I’m really loving the way the Rohloff changes down gear automatically when I stop at a junction, or a red light. It’s just one less thing to have to think about; I can concentrate on the traffic around me. Then I can get myself into a good straight position, one foot down, one gently resting on the up pedal ready to set off, knowing that the motor will just give me a little boost to get out of the way of the cars. The ride is super smooth; no worries about all those bumps. It’s great to have the lights on in traffic with the brake light, and for such a simple thing, the stand just allows you to get off without having to think about where your going to lean it. I just need to get used to hopping off the the left to get it down. I’m a leftie and this is not coming naturally yet! :-p