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Melburn Roobaix

Postby Kwaichang » Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:02 am

Just wanted to know if any BNA members are riding this year and what they'll be rolling on?

I'll be on a single speed Bowery just wondering if I should put on some 700 x 25mm for the cobbles...

Who's in?
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby gabrielle260 » Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:41 pm

Would love to do it but it sells out so fast! I missed the rego day and when I next looked, it was full.
If anyone has an entry and won't use it, I will happily buy it off them !
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby rjk » Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:58 pm

i am riding, the most inappropriate bike i can find, many people ride who have not registered, you just cant win any of the prizes, come along
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Mulger bill » Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:53 pm

rjk wrote:i am riding, the most inappropriate bike i can find, many people ride who have not registered, you just cant win any of the prizes, come along


Good to know, I forgot all about it. Better check me roster...
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Percrime » Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:24 pm

Yes I just checked and I cant get a ticket. I,ll be doing it on a 1950s SS which has 700c wheels and 8 dollar tires. That I put together for $38 3 years ago and has already done one Melb Roubaix. And turned out to be perfect for the job.
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby mattwilkinson » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:45 am

How many people do it on their mountain bikes?
Just interested, Also how 'rough' is the course, If I took the roady would 23c Gator Skins be suffice?

Also, Wheres the start location? The website says the start location was sent by email 2 days ago.
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Toyopet » Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:08 pm

People do it on all bike types, including mountain bikes. Last year I used a road bike with 23mm tyres. Sure it was a little rough on the cobbles, but not too much of a problem and it's all part of the fun. I'm tossing up whether to use the roadie again this year, or a steel single speed.

Start location is the same as last year. See FAQ's
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby kukamunga » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:24 pm

i,ll be there
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Percrime » Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:22 am

Oh if you have the choice you have to SS it. I,m doing it on 23mm $8 tires. (Yes new... I kid you not)
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby barefoot » Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:41 am

Percrime wrote:Oh if you have the choice you have to SS it. I,m doing it on 23mm $8 tires. (Yes new... I kid you not)


If you have the choice, you have to do it on something inappropriate :lol:

I'll be on a bike I found on a hard rubbish pile.

My previous Roobaixs have been on a Chinese Flying Pigeon step-through (converted to drop-bar fixie) and a Raleigh / BSA Twenty shopper (with pink-rimmed coaster brake BMX wheels for mad skids).

SS (or fixed) is kind of a baseline assumption - although like most things Roobaix, there are no rules, and what rules there are are strictly unenforced. I'd reckon there are more geared bikes than SS... and that's fine too.

I'm riding with gears for the first time this year - because this bike has no provision for brakes, and the only coaster brake wheel I own of the (nearly) appropriate size for this frame is built on a 3-speed coaster brake hub.

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Percrime » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:31 am

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Mine. Hard rubbish Robs 1950s frame with track ends.. Brooks saddle Originally for 119 inch rims. Has 700cs which look too small but make it rideable by me. Total cost to get to this point... about $46. Its done 3000 km with me now. Steel frame is very flexy brilliant over cobbles.
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby sturmey archer » Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:38 pm

I'll be doing it on the Shogun I found in the back cobbled laneway - like a baby left on the doorstep.
1.370" x 24 tpi - what sort of stupid standard is that?
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby mattwilkinson » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:57 pm

What are the chances of getting lost?

I assume I don't get a map since it sold out
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby barefoot » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:31 pm

mattwilkinson wrote:What are the chances of getting lost?

I assume I don't get a map since it sold out


Approximately 100% chance :lol:

Aim for Brunswick Velodrome, via whatever general localities you can remember from what glances you get of a map. There will be lots and lots of people on bikes, all over the city. Many of them will be going the wrong way. And that's half the fun.

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Mark Kelly » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:04 pm

Maybe after Sunday someone could post the locations of the best bits of bluestone. I want to ride them as a test of my wooden frame but I missed the Roobaix registration date because I was still in vintage when it came around.
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Percrime » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:06 am

Absolutely 100% chance :D. When lost we found the only lane so steep I could not ride it. And it was not on the course :(.

If I could have got a run at it....

Not to decry it but I would be astonished if a wooden frame could stand up to it. Really impressed too. Why not come...give it a shot. Just organise rescue in advance
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Mark Kelly » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:58 am

Percrime wrote:Not to decry it but I would be astonished if a wooden frame could stand up to it. Really impressed too.


It's not durability that I'm testing but ride quality. I've already tested it over the worst bits of "Western Suburbs Pavé" I can find, it handles them so much better than anything else that I wanted to try it on Sunday.
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby clackers » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:43 am

The cobbled sections are pretty short ... the back laneways for the old sewage carts.
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Mulger bill » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:23 pm

Mark Kelly wrote:Maybe after Sunday someone could post the locations of the best bits of bluestone. I want to ride them as a test of my wooden frame but I missed the Roobaix registration date because I was still in vintage when it came around.

Try Footscray for some decent boneshakers.

I'm a big chance for it, not 100% but still big.
Methinks the Reid Harrier will be tapped for the job.
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Kwaichang » Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:18 pm

I have an inappropriate bike for the job... But alas it is going to a new home via eBay!
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby sturmey archer » Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:09 pm

Percrime wrote:Absolutely 100% chance :D. When lost we found the only lane so steep I could not ride it. And it was not on the course :(.

If I could have got a run at it....

Not to decry it but I would be astonished if a wooden frame could stand up to it. Really impressed too. Why not come...give it a shot. Just organise rescue in advance

This wooden bike made it last year...
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Percrime » Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:19 pm

sturmey archer wrote:
Percrime wrote:Absolutely 100% chance :D. When lost we found the only lane so steep I could not ride it. And it was not on the course :(.

If I could have got a run at it....

Not to decry it but I would be astonished if a wooden frame could stand up to it. Really impressed too. Why not come...give it a shot. Just organise rescue in advance

This wooden bike made it last year...
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Cool.

I was wrong. I am a fan of wooden structures.. I just thought this one a big ask.

Thats twice this decade I have been wrong. Oriental rice and steak did not work
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Duck! » Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:56 pm

Percrime wrote:
sturmey archer wrote:
Percrime wrote:Absolutely 100% chance :D. When lost we found the only lane so steep I could not ride it. And it was not on the course :(.

If I could have got a run at it....

Not to decry it but I would be astonished if a wooden frame could stand up to it. Really impressed too. Why not come...give it a shot. Just organise rescue in advance

This wooden bike made it last year...
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Cool.

I was wrong. I am a fan of wooden structures.. I just thought this one a big ask.

Thats twice this decade I have been wrong. Oriental rice and steak did not work

You thought it wooden work?

Sorry, someone had to. :mrgreen:
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby clackers » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:36 pm

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The Mornington Brewery cargo bike last year ...
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby m@ » Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:05 pm

clackers wrote:The Mornington Brewery cargo bike last year ...

Orright, I'm in! :D
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