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Riding in Dubbo (Taronga zoo and other places)

Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:37 pm
by htleung88
Hi guys,

I'm heading down to the zoo at Dubbo on the weekend. I understand that a lot of people use a bike to ride around the zoo itself.

For those who've done it - can/should this be done on a carbon road bike, or do I need to bring something a bit more rough and tumble?

I've got a mountain bike with a mate so I could get it back if I need to, I'm just not sure whether I will have time do it before the weekend. I would much prefer to ride my road bike since I like it more, but having said that I'm not going to do that if not appropriate with the bike path/road conditions in the zoo (not going to race around, but clearly if the paths are rocky I don't want to be fixing punctures all day).

Cheers.

Re: Riding in Dubbo (Taronga zoo and other places)

Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:20 pm
by markusm
Definately not, that is unless you are willing to get off and walk up to the enclosures. There is a nice roadway through the park but a lot of the enclosures are down a gravel or dirt path so you would be getting on and off too much

Re: Riding in Dubbo (Taronga zoo and other places)

Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:59 am
by Nate
Its the Western Plains zoo... Taronga is here in Sydney ;)

from memory its a dirt path, but its well maintained as everyone is walking on it - so if its full of holes its a liability etc.
It should be fine on a roady.

Also the zoo was a terrible let down, the animals are in their "natural" environment = which means they're under a tree 3 kilometers away and can barely be seen.
enjoy the cycle

Re: Riding in Dubbo (Taronga zoo and other places)

Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:22 pm
by scotto
my experience with dubbo zoo (well my brother in-laws) is that your fancy bike will be stolen overnight and later found being ridden on the streets by local children with their parents saying "its theirs, they didnt steal it"...

Re: Riding in Dubbo (Taronga zoo and other places)

Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:27 pm
by stevecassidy
I took my road bike on a trip to Dubbo last summer, the rest of the family had bikes too. I mainly wanted to do some rides around the area while we were away but we wanted to ride around the zoo together as well. The road bike was ok but not ideal for the zoo, you get on and off a lot and so need flat shoes - I just did without cleats for the day. You need to lock the bikes up often and walk around various parts of the zoo. There's not a lot of riding to do, but it's good to have a bike to get around the different parts of the zoo, much better than walking which we did the first time we visited.

So, if you just want to ride around the zoo, take a MTB, but if you want to ride around Dubbo as well, take the road bike and compromise for the time you're in the zoo.

Steve

Re: Riding in Dubbo (Taronga zoo and other places)

Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:41 pm
by Xplora
scotto wrote:my experience with dubbo zoo (well my brother in-laws) is that your fancy bike will be stolen overnight and later found being ridden on the streets by local children with their parents saying "its theirs, they didnt steal it"...

I think the Ulock is for the beatdown after this conversation. Honestly, you're just forcing your kids to become future playthings of the local jail's bigdogs :shock:

Re: Riding in Dubbo (Taronga zoo and other places)

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:54 am
by Christine Tham
Kitty at Dubbo zoo (I refitted city tyres back onto it for the trip):
Image

Personally, I would not take a road bike. It's only a 5km (flat) loop, and as someone points out there will be a lot of stops and starts and walking so don't bother with cleats.

There was also a bike path all the way from our hotel to the zoo.

Security is not much of an issue - I didn't even bother locking the bike some of the time and no one touched it.

Re: Riding in Dubbo (Taronga zoo and other places)

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:01 pm
by hewey
I wouldnt take a high end roady to the zoo, for the previous bike locking issues and what have you. Plus when we went there we lost count of how many bindies and cats heads we got too :shock:

Its the Western Plains zoo... Taronga is here in Sydney


Its run and operated by Taronga Conservation Society and is officially called Taronga Western Plains Zoo :wink:
http://www.taronga.org.au/taronga-western-plains-zoo

Re: Riding in Dubbo (Taronga zoo and other places)

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:06 pm
by martinjs
Nate wrote:Its the Western Plains zoo... Taronga is here in Sydney ;)

from memory its a dirt path, but its well maintained as everyone is walking on it - so if its full of holes its a liability etc.
It should be fine on a roady.

Also the zoo was a terrible let down, the animals are in their "natural" environment = which means they're under a tree 3 kilometers away and can barely be seen.
enjoy the cycle


They renamed it. It's name is now " Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo" go figure.
All owed by the same group now.

Martin

Re: Riding in Dubbo (Taronga zoo and other places)

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:08 pm
by martinjs
hewey wrote:I wouldnt take a high end roady to the zoo, for the previous bike locking issues and what have you. Plus when we went there we lost count of how many bindies and cats heads we got too :shock:

Its the Western Plains zoo... Taronga is here in Sydney


Its run and operated by Taronga Conservation Society and is officially called Taronga Western Plains Zoo :wink:
http://www.taronga.org.au/taronga-western-plains-zoo


Woops, I'm a bit late. :oops:

Martin