Warburton Rail Trail on a cruiser bike?

Warburton Rail Trail on a cruiser bike?

Postby melthekidd » Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:49 pm

Hi everyone...

So I feel like a bit of a fraud posting to this forum as i am a total novice. I have been enjoying some very casual riding on mostly flat surfaces lately on my Anaconda Cruiser bike. I also have a mountain bike but I really find my cruiser very comfortable to ride. I'm concerned about inclines but most of what i've read about the Warby trail is that it's very suitable for all levels. I've never ridden it and I just want to know what peoples thoughts are on riding a single gear bike on it. Is it acheivable or will I struggle??...

Thanks!! :D
melthekidd
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:33 pm

by BNA » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:19 pm

BNA
 

Re: Warburton Rail Trail on a cruiser bike?

Postby yarravalleyplodder » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:19 pm

the only real climb is either side of Mt Evelyn (a gentle couple km's at 2% to 3%), you might find yourself pushing hard into Mt Evelyn heading towards lilydale as that is a bit steeper than heading towards warburton, depends how much you want to work, but yes I do think its achievable

Are you planning to do the full 80km return journey or just a section? I would go with a geared bike if your planning the full 80km but if its just a section then take the cruiser
2011 Felt F75
2012 Fuji Nevada 2.0
User avatar
yarravalleyplodder
 
Posts: 434
Joined: Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:55 am
Location: Gateway to the Yarra Valley

Re: Warburton Rail Trail on a cruiser bike?

Postby il padrone » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:44 pm

I would happily ride the whole trail on my SS, but it's a nice light road frame. I've done a hilly 190kms on that one. Single speed does not equal slow or hard work automatically, but it does depend on just how heavy and/or sluggish your cruiser is. And how fit and fast you are on it.

Maybe 'suck it and see'..... just try riding to Woori Yallock and back first off, that's only going to be 40kms. Or just ride to the Carriage Cafe in Seville, about 25-30kms return.
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
User avatar
il padrone
 
Posts: 18256
Joined: Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:57 pm
Location: Heading for home.

Re: Warburton Rail Trail on a cruiser bike?

Postby melthekidd » Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:03 pm

Thanks for the info guys. I was planning on doing the return trip - but perhaps I should tackle it in sections like you suggest - especially the Mt Evelyn part and see how I go. It's a pretty solid frame - say 12kg.
Then I'll work up to the whole lot.

I'm looking forward to it!
melthekidd
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:33 pm

Re: Warburton Rail Trail on a cruiser bike?

Postby clackers » Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:49 pm

If you begin from Wandin North you avoid the main hill. :smile:
User avatar
clackers
 
Posts: 1946
Joined: Mon May 16, 2011 10:48 am
Location: Melbourne


Return to Victoria

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users



Popular Bike Shops
Torpedo 7 Torpedo7 AU
Ground Effect Ground Effect NZ
Chain Reaction Cycles CRC UK
Wiggle Wiggle UK
Ebay Ebay AU

“Bicycles BNA Twitter
“Bicycles BNA Facebook
“Google+ BNA Google+
“Bicycles BNA Newsletter

> FREE BNA Stickers
> BNA Cycling Kit