Melburn Roobaix

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby clackers » Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:02 pm

I was driving through Kew Boulevard on Sunday, and there they were ...

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The Monty Python knights had coconut shells instead of bells, for the benefit of 'Holy Grail' fans.

But for effort, the two guys in the pantomime horse outfit - on a tandem - won my heart.

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby MattyK » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:42 am

Hah, that guy in the Chewbacca suit, I saw him on Sunday morning down Gardiner's Creek (Ashburton) when out pedaling with my family :) Thought it was odd but didn't think further about it.

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby clackers » Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:47 pm

MattyK wrote:Hah, that guy in the Chewbacca suit, I saw him on Sunday morning down Gardiner's Creek (Ashburton) when out pedaling with my family :) Thought it was odd but didn't think further about it.


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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby cray- » Fri May 09, 2014 2:52 pm

I know we're still a few months out but rego closed the other week, any BNAers signed up this year?

I'm making the trek over from Perth, been wanting to do it for years and managed to organise a family visit to coincide. Now to convince my little brother to join me.

Considering running my new Repco Lo-pro but I'll only get to see/touch the bike 2 days before the event and I've no experience with tubulars.
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby HappyHumber » Fri May 09, 2014 3:18 pm

ooh, cray- you benefited from mung's recent purge. nery nice. :)
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby cray- » Fri May 09, 2014 3:25 pm

Nope not munga's, this one was on Gumtree in Geelong. Got my bro to collect it and store for me, will bring it home to Perth after Roobaix.

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby MattyK » Fri May 09, 2014 3:50 pm

Ah, nuts I was thinking about this event the other day. Sounds like I missed out?

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Gunlock » Fri May 09, 2014 4:46 pm

I'll be doing it on my Kona Paddy Wagon.

Still considering dressing up, just at a loss for good riding costumes.
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby cray- » Fri May 09, 2014 4:58 pm

MattyK wrote:Ah, nuts I was thinking about this event the other day. Sounds like I missed out?

http://fyxo.co/melburn-roobaix/ yep, unfortunately rego closed last friday 2nd of may.

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby ironhanglider » Fri May 09, 2014 5:34 pm

cray- wrote:I know we're still a few months out but rego closed the other week, any BNAers signed up this year?

I'm making the trek over from Perth, been wanting to do it for years and managed to organise a family visit to coincide. Now to convince my little brother to join me.

Considering running my new Repco Lo-pro but I'll only get to see/touch the bike 2 days before the event and I've no experience with tubulars.
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Barely enough time to prep the bike. Apart from the other usual suspects on a second hand bike, cables, brake shoes, bearings… You've got to learn about tubulars.

I'd be pulling the tyres off and re-gluing them on principle, even if the tyres are still ok. Never trust someone else's glue job, their skin isn't on the line. If possible find out what brand the previous glue was. Mixing glues isn't a good idea either.

It's a good idea to have spare tubulars on hand, they can be hard to find and expensive if you need one immediately.

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby cray- » Fri May 09, 2014 6:29 pm

It's certainly looking unlikely. I'm assuming the tyres and glue are 20+ years old. Pretty sure this has been hiding in a dark corner of the seller's parent's shed since the early '90s. Bike came with another set of unused tubulars but again, 20+years old. Don't think I'll trust my front teeth to them, might be good for practice. Cheers for the tips, you ain't seen the last of this beastie.

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby clackers » Fri May 09, 2014 6:55 pm

cray- wrote:I know we're still a few months out but rego closed the other week, any BNAers signed up this year?



I'm in ... had to turn up to a swap meet a month or so ago to pre register.

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby diventare » Fri May 09, 2014 8:01 pm

Having signed on to a few of these my observation is that you can be pretty relaxed about missing out on a paid spot.
If you feel like doing it on the day I'll just ride along, Fyxo don't mind (unlike others they're just happy to see lots of bike participation) and it's not like there is a lot of support anyway.
A great day out though and not to be missed - for those that haven't done it think social. Just a big day out socialising with Melbournes cyclists and riding the back lanes of Melbourne inner (with a few too many pub stops thrown in for my crew).
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby ironhanglider » Fri May 09, 2014 10:06 pm

cray- wrote:It's certainly looking unlikely. I'm assuming the tyres and glue are 20+ years old. Pretty sure this has been hiding in a dark corner of the seller's parent's shed since the early '90s. Bike came with another set of unused tubulars but again, 20+years old. Don't think I'll trust my front teeth to them, might be good for practice. Cheers for the tips, you ain't seen the last of this beastie.


I hope not.

20 year old tubulars don't enthuse me greatly. Believers in ageing tubulars might be more attracted to them though. A lot depends on how you want to ride it. If you're not cornering hard then your teeth are not in too much danger, even blowouts don't cause crashes when you are travelling in a straight line. :wink:
Put some air into them (slowly in case the tube is stuck together) and see what they look like, then inflate to full pressure for a day or two before you make a final decision.

Sadly CA won't let you race even a TT with different sized wheels UCI bike regs 1.3.006 however not all clubs enforce the equipment rules to the same extent particularly at club level. The AVCC is less clear, since their rules actually don't allow any known bicycles to be used (!) 6(d) so any attempt to single one bike out might cause a halt to all racing. TA at least specifically allows the use of a different sized front wheel 3.12(f).


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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby m@ » Fri May 09, 2014 10:19 pm

I'll be along; reckon the Repco Traveller SS will get a run this year.
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby cray- » Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:08 am

2 MORE SLEEPS!

Looks like my little brother is out due to health issues so I'll be riding solo. =[

Trying to sort out transport on the day, coming up from Geelong I've got 2 options:
- Take the tain & ride to and from Southern Cross Station before and after the event.
- Or if I can borrow a family member's car I'm thinking parking at the Brunswick Velodrome finish line & riding 15km to the start line in Hawthorn.

Any idea what parking around Brunswick is like? Will the car be safe for the day? I had a look on Google Maps & there's some roadside parking by a park nearby, opposite a church.

Anyone else coming from afar, what's your plan for the day?

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby barefoot » Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:33 am

If you drive from Geelong, you have to be sober to drive back to Geelong.

That's not how my Roobaixs have ended up.

Just sayin'.

Southern Cross is nice and central. It's an easy enough ride out to Hawthorn for the start, and an easy ride back in from Brunswick after. Or you could even get a metro train out to Glenferrie or whatever that station close to the velo is... Melbourne trains are included in your V-line ticket.

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Mark Kelly » Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:01 am

Closest station to the start is actually Kooyong, on the Glen Waverley line. Trains leave Southern Cross at 0905 and 0935.

I'll be there on Lyrebird #1

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby rearviewmirror » Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:24 pm

Is the start at the same spot as last year? I wasn't sure if I'd be in town this year so didn't rego, but I might ride to the start after an early road ride for a coffee.

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby cray- » Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:38 pm

Tickets available now for those not in Melbs who haven't already got theirs. http://shop.fyxo.co/hellofthenorthcote

Did my first Roobaix last year, so much fun, gotta be there for the 10th anniversary edition. Who else is in?

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Gunlock » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:12 pm

Got my ticket (and free cap) last weekend.

Now the ponder of which bike to take begins....
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby gabrielle260 » Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:44 pm

I'm in. Got the tickets last weekend. Will be doing it with my 12 yr old boy.
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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby Mark Kelly » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:01 pm

Last year was amongst the best days on a bike I've ever had, despite the terrible weather.

I'm all booked for this year, hope the weather's better.

PS: don't forget the show the day before: http://fyxo.co/melburn-custom-bicycle-show. Come and say Hi, I'm stands 11 and 12.

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Re: Melburn Roobaix

Postby gabrielle260 » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:29 pm

Will do!
I agree - a great day on the bike!
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