Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby find_bruce » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:32 pm

There is a shared path from Fairford Rd to Bexley Rd
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby rheicel » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:35 pm

Good to know Bruce, I should have taken that path 2 weeks ago.
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby for_sleep » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:16 pm

Chiming in, but the M5 does have a shared path on both north and south sides. I've only ridden on it around the Kingsgrove area though (it's clean and well kept). A quick Google map in satellite view should clarify how long it extends for though :)
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby QuangVuong » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:24 pm

Coming along Austyn?
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby for_sleep » Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:44 pm

Most likely not for this week, looking like a busy weekend so far. Will try for the next one
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby frailer5 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:26 am

frailer5 wrote:Having signalled a possible route for the upcoming, if people were thinking of the 24th, I'm out. Struck down by a Winter Lurgy. If it's the following Saturday, 21st, I'll take a raincheck, as the Americanos say.


The Lurgy musta fried my brain as well. I meant I may be OK for the 31st
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby frailer5 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:58 pm

Quang's putting the heat on here. Looks like myself, Quang...
Just post here if you think you can make it. We'll do a head count towards Thurs/Fri.
Ride link posted here again. Any suggestions for changing it, or reasons bits of it may be unsuitable, are welcome.


http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/256503335


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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby rheicel » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:44 pm

I am in!
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby find_bruce » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:39 pm

frailer5 wrote:
frailer5 wrote:Having signalled a possible route for the upcoming, if people were thinking of the 24th, I'm out. Struck down by a Winter Lurgy. If it's the following Saturday, 21st, I'll take a raincheck, as the Americanos say.


The Lurgy musta fried my brain as well. I meant I may be OK for the 31st
Sorry to confuse you, Quang. :oops:

Paul, we just figured it was old timers disease :D

I went for a ride this afternoon & took in part of the proposed course (in reverse direction I think) The section around Fairford Road is a bit non-intuitive, but I managed to find my way. The area near Riverwood Skate Park had lost of construction which made it hard to find the path, but from the other direction it should be OK. The run from the M5 to the Cooks River was well signposted & easy to follow. The path through the Pat O'Connor reserve was a bit narrow but should be ok. I would recommend staying on the southern bank of the Cooks river to Willis Ground as the bridge over at that point is a bit ordinary, both condition & a number of tight turns. The short section of Canterbury Road is not ideal, but I can't see a reasonable alternative
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby QuangVuong » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:02 pm

Not part of the course, but how was it getting from starting point at Padstow up to Yagoona? Im prob heading over via that way, but havent been that way in ages.

Or, I could meet up with you and prob Rheicel there, and then head over.
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby find_bruce » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:39 pm

QuangVuong wrote:Not part of the course, but how was it getting from starting point up to Yagoona? Im prob heading over via that way, but havent been that way in ages.

Or, I could meet up with you and prob Rheicel there, and then head over.

Whether I am there depends on the day. I am assuming not tomorrow & I am out for 31st.

Yagoona to the M5 kis pretty straight forward & a nice ride apart from a couple of blocks through Bankstown. Then again I did ride along Olympic Drive (at about 35 km/h) so I am probably not the best judge of a sane route.
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby frailer5 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:44 am

find_bruce wrote:Paul, we just figured it was old timers disease :D

Always in denial on that aspect, bruce. :wink:
Yep been a while since I was on the Cook's River path. I'll change that, or improv on the day. It's like a single lane walking bridge, right? 31st it is. Shall catch you on the next one, perhaps.
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby find_bruce » Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:29 am

Cooks river path is fine ~2 - 2.5m wide. The Pat O'Connor Reserve is just a single lane, as the shown on the streetview link.

The bridge at Willis Ground is wide enough, it is just the repeated 90 degree turns. You can ride over it, just that it is easier to avoid it
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby frailer5 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:51 am

Yep, they ring a bell. There's also the quaintness factor of them. Kind of pseudo-Japanese. :| I mean, the Cooks River is so picturesque. :)
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby Saro28 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:32 pm

I have work commitments so ill miss this one. So close to home and yet so far. Ride safe everyone
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby recumbenteer » Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:37 pm

Sounds like a plan is brewing, I might be able to tag along.

You can all be entertained by watching me get the Rotovelo across that bridge. :? ... bring the popcorn! :mrgreen:
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby QuangVuong » Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:39 pm

Won't you just float across to the other side :) ?
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby isabella24 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:31 pm

Count me in on Saturday. The ride looks good - I've never been down Cooks River before!
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby frailer5 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:34 pm

Saro28 wrote:I have work commitments so ill miss this one. So close to home and yet so far. Ride safe everyone


No worries Andy. Catch you on a later one. 8)

recumbenteer wrote:Sounds like a plan is brewing, I might be able to tag along.

You can all be entertained by watching me get the Rotovelo across that bridge. :? ... bring the popcorn! :mrgreen:


I think Bruce was suggesting we can avoid those bridges. By crossing at Canterbury Rd bridge. I'll research it before Saturday.

isabella24 wrote:Count me in on Saturday. The ride looks good - I've never been down Cooks River before!


It's more like a creek. Has its charms, in parts. See you there, Claire.

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So, Monday evening roll call.

-Quang
-Rheicel
-Green Rocket Man.. :)
-Claire
-myself

JohnJ is a possible starter; he'll let us know.

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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby find_bruce » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:35 pm

As much as I would enjoy hearing about you crossing the bridge at Willis Ground, if you had to cross the Cooks River, a less entertaining way would be to cross at either of the two previous bridges, opposite Hutton St or opposite Foord Ave which give you a straight run over.

What I was actually thinking was not crossing the river until you get to Illawarra Rd.



What I would like to see is the green rocket man attempt the Canterbury Rd underpass, it is, ahem, a little tight. If he gets through, I want a photo. Avoiding it will require a little diversion via Hutton St & Charles St.
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby Johnj » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:39 pm

I'm in as well. What time is the start? I'll probably catch a train from Strathfield to Bankstown

I'm reasonably familiar with the M5 path and I can guide you to the Cooks River via Cup and Saucer Creek. The bridges on the Cooks River are no great bother, though when I'm riding the tandem I walk it across. A bigger issue is the Canterbury Road underpass on the way back....

We could rendezvous with the Dulwich Hill Saturday Slowies bunch if we get to Marrickville in time.
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby frailer5 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:05 am

That's great John. And looks like the Hutton/Charles Sts diversion is advisable, as per Bruce's suggestion.
I'm happy for a 0730 hrs start, but if anyone's a bit late, we'll just kick off when all there. If there's a concensus for earlier, please post; we'll take a straw poll.
Looks like ample street parking along that park where Salt Pan Ck. begins proper.

So, Tues morning roll call.

-Quang
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-Green Rocket Man.. :)
-Claire
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby recumbenteer » Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:40 pm

""What I would like to see is the green rocket man attempt the Canterbury Rd underpass, it is, ahem, a little tight.""

Ahhhh, yeh! It's a wonder a regular DF can fit through. :shock:

This would be pretty close to being THE worst piece of so called "cycling infrastructure" in Sydney.... ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC!!!!! :evil:
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby frailer5 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:55 pm

Don't worry Mark, we'll get you around it on the day. :) Instantly recognised it from the photo from about 6 years ago when I did the Cooks R. I think it's too narrow to walk your bike through, actually. Walking infrastructure only.
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Re: Weekend Retro rides_Sydney(updates)

Postby QuangVuong » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:20 pm

Rheicel and myself will probably meet up at Regents Park, then head over to Bankstown station to meet up with you John. When's your train arrive? Then we'll head over to the starting point.

Mark and Claire, how are you guys gonna head over? I could meet you guys on the rail trail at Yennora Station, and then ride over to Regents Park.
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