Road Riding Advice for a newbie

Road Riding Advice for a newbie

Postby chich0 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:43 pm

Hey guys,

Ill be getting a road bike in the next week or 2 and most of my riding will be out from Mernda.

Can anyone recommend some rides up that way? I'm new t road riding am in decent shape. I wouldn't mind going up to Kinglake West through Whittlesea & down Arthur's Creek Road up to Strathewen. Then further once I get better.

Being new to the road am obviously concerned about safety and just want to know that these roads are OK to ride? Is there much traffic down these roads?

Thanks! :)
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Re: Road Riding Advice for a newbie

Postby open roader » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:06 pm

Best (safest) time to ride the Whittlesea - Kinglake road/s is on a normal workday between the hours of 10:30am and 2:30pm. This largely avoids the commuters, school runs, most tradies and of course weekend warriors in 4wd's, motorcycles and on bikes. Sundays in particular are uber traffic days on these roads as are public holidays.

I suggest you work yourself up to riding to Yea and back via Hazeldene and Flowerdale. Ride up the Whittlesea hill climb and turn back. Repeat this until you feel you can ride further then ride back the same way. The ride out to Yea has another really good hill climb just up the road from Flowerdale.
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Re: Road Riding Advice for a newbie

Postby KenGS » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:49 pm

From Whittlesea turn off towards Humevale. Much nicer than the main road.
All those lanes around Arthurs Creek are great for riding.
You've also got the road up to Kinglake through St Andrews
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Re: Road Riding Advice for a newbie

Postby open roader » Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:17 pm

KenGS wrote:You've also got the road up to Kinglake through St Andrews


+1 Yes, great for a climb, crazy decent though......... :shock:
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Re: Road Riding Advice for a newbie

Postby dalai47 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:27 pm

KenGS wrote:From Whittlesea turn off towards Humevale. Much nicer than the main road.


+1 for Humvale climb as the better way up to Kinglake West.
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Re: Road Riding Advice for a newbie

Postby KenGS » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:16 pm

open roader wrote:
KenGS wrote:You've also got the road up to Kinglake through St Andrews


+1 Yes, great for a climb, crazy decent though......... :shock:

The three best descents in the area IMHO are:
Kinglake Central to Kinglake
Kinglake West on the main road towards Whittlesea
Kinglake West towards Flowerdale

The last two especially: 7% + gentle curves + hotmix surface...

More advice for a newbie if you are riding in the vicinity of Nutfield, Cottles Bridge, Arthurs Creek: beware of Mine Road heading out of Nutfield. It's one of those climbs that never seems to end.
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Re: Road Riding Advice for a newbie

Postby chich0 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:47 pm

Cool thanks for the replies guys! :)

Ill build my confidence up going to Whittlesea first and try and pick my RDO's going up to Kinglake/Yea.

I think ill keep the weekend rides to the Arthurs creek/Strathewen area.
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Re: Road Riding Advice for a newbie

Postby Wet » Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:25 pm

Great info, living nearby I think I might try a few of those myself, thanks KenGS :)
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