Felt wrote:A few people have been talking about the shop rides they do so and someone suggested it was time to start a thread about them. Please add them as you do them. I've tried to include a bit about each aspect of the ride: where it goes, average speed, pre and post ride food and drink and the bikes/gear the shop sells (just in case your tempted).
KAOS BIKE SHOP RIDE
Lately I've been doing the KAOS Bike Shop ride. KAOS sells BMCs, Cannondales and Specilized bikes as well as making custom bikes. Check out their website for all the details. http://kaoscustombikes.com.au/index.php/home
The ride starts at the shop in Elsternwick Rd Caulfield at 7.00am on Saturday. Details about the ride are also on the KAOS site http://www.kaoscustombikes.com.au/index.php/community.The bunch rides to Mordi and back stopping at Whyte Cafe in Elsternwick Road (a Km or so further down from the shop) for the obligatory coffee, brekky and a chat. The bunch congegates in the undercover area out the back where you can also park your bike and keep an eye on it. Great coffee and food is terrific! Fabulous fruit bread for $5
There are a few sprint points including of course the mandatory sprint into Mordi. Very friendly bunch, well skilled with some great BMCs on show !Pace averaged around 30kmph with the sprint into Mordi going into the 60s My legs were nicely toasted last time!
BIKE GALLERY RIDE
Another Saturday morning ride I've done once to date is the Bike Gallery ride. http://bikegallery.com.au/ It starts at 7.00am at the shop in Camberwell. The shop used to be an Indian rug shop and the BG people have done a great fit out. For those who haven't been to the shop it combines great coffee with a feast of Specialised and BMC bikes as well as Specailized and Rapha gear. Nice big table inside to sit at post ride drink terrific coffee and watch replays of the pros in action on the big flat screen. Also has fresh juices and some munchies. They also had Cadel's BMC that he rode at the Worlds in Geelong on display as well.
The BG ride also goes to Mordi but don't ask me to remember the route beyond Burke Road! Big bunch the day I rode it with some very nice machinery on display. BG has a very nice looking kit too. There are a few sprints along the way with the sprint into Mordi being the fastest. The route back takes you off a lot of the busier roads and is about 60 K from start to finish.. KOM is the top of Burke Road. If only I was 20 years younger and 10 kgs lighter just maybe...
brycerider wrote:Hampton Cycles
Departs Blackrock shops @ the Pharmacy - 6.30am Saturday and 7.00am on Sunday
Heads down to Frankston along Beach Rd/Nepean Hwy @ 30-35kph. Loops up around Mt Eliza using the same course as the Hell Ride.
Can be fast on the climbs but not too bad.
On the return from Frankston the hammer goes down and its 42-46kph pretty much all the way back to Blackrock where a fair chunk stop off for a coffee.
Total distance from Blackrock about 70km.
blybo wrote:Peak Peloton Saturday St. Andrew loop;
Did this for the first time today and I'm told I picked the wrong week to debut... fastest/hardest ride they've ever done with a 31.5 avg for me and I'm sure the lead guys would have racked up a 32+ avg. Ouch
Leaves the shop on Burgundy St Heidelberg @ 6:30 and heads out through the popular Greensborough/Diamond Creek/Hurstbridge route to St Andrews with regroups at Diamond Valley, Hurstbridge and St Andrews. Turns right and heads back via Smiths Gully, Kangaroo Ground to Eltham with a regroup before heading down into Research. Then takes some backs streets in Templestowe that have some nasty pinches and roll back to the shop for a 60km round trip in under 2 hours rolling time getting back to Burgundy St about 8:45 for coffees.
For those familiar with the MRR think 2 fast rabbit runs back to back but with more climbing. I was spat out the back 3 times today although my riding (particularly at tempo or above) has been spasmodic to say the least this year. A few more suffer fests and I believe I'd be able to sit in the main bunch the whole way.
The Duckmeister wrote:Jones Cycles Ride
7:00 Saturday mornings, departing from Jones Cycles on Nepean Highway in Frankston. Ride to Black Rock, coffee & return. Pace approx 30km/h, 50km round trip.
squeazasis wrote:The Freedom Machine shop rides
http://www.freedommachine.com.au/shop-r ... av=NavNews
I'm doing their Albert Park Lake road skills clinic on 29/5 (Sunday morning, leave from Port Melbourne store at 6:45 AM, they said clinic generally finishes by around 8 AM). It runs on the last Sunday of each month. (Thanks Fraggle for the link!)
I'm hoping next Saturday to do the Williamstown ride. 30 km, average pace 25-30+ kph, generally faster in cold/wet weather than in fine weather (due to fewer female riders). Sometimes it's just the one group, sometimes more than one group, grouped according to pace.
The above is the second-slowest of the rides: see link for longer/faster rides, and rides on different days, and from different store locations.
Can you copy the other rides into the first post to put them together?
Also, the KAOS shop and Whyte cafe are in Glenhuntly Road. Ride distance from shop with the trip to and from the cafe is just under 50ks. From AA (for the MRR regulars) it is 70ks.
Blybo can confirm the BG details from AA (I guess 65ks?).
DOH! I have put them all ina post but i had to 'quote' them cos I don;t knwo how to get them into my first post using the edit function. Anyone know how its done?
Madrider wrote:Now living in the inner Nth West I miss the Kaos rides but have started riding with th Essendon Cyclery guys leaving from the shop in Mt Alexander Rd Essendon at 7 am to Black Rock & Back about 65 km a smaller group at this stage and also meets with a few more at cnr Pickles St and Beach Rd at 7.40am
terryansimon wrote:due to my part-time work commitments, Saturday shop rides are normally out of the question for me. apart from Kaos' Tuesday 1830hrs shop ride, are there any other rides that begin on any other day? Sunday preferably?
or should I just quit my part-time gig and go ride on Saturday instead.
just saw brycerider's Hampton Cycles suggestion. hmm. interesting!
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