Bridgewater Bridge

Bridgewater Bridge

Postby Davidkmendel » Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:39 pm

I am interested in how people tackle the Bridgewater Bridge. Would I be better just to dismount and walk over the causeway and bridge on the pedestrian side.
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Re: Bridgewater Bridge

Postby master6 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:21 pm

In a word, "carefully".

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Re: Bridgewater Bridge

Postby mcdurdin » Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:45 pm

Yeah, I find if I balance really carefully, riding along one of the rails is easier than the road. Unless a train comes along.

Isn't that what you meant, master6?
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Re: Bridgewater Bridge

Postby Gordo » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:03 pm

keep looking over shoulder. no cars in the distance? pedal as hard as u can... if your game. otherwise do what i do and get the hell off the road and on to the walkway. i hate it.
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Re: Bridgewater Bridge

Postby master6 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:14 pm

mcdurdin wrote:Yeah, I find if I balance really carefully, riding along one of the rails is easier than the road. Unless a train comes along.

Isn't that what you meant, master6?

Exactly.

Dont worry about the train/s. They usually derail long before reaching southern Tasmania. :(
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Re: Bridgewater Bridge

Postby m@ » Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:01 pm

Admittedly I haven't crossed the bridge in the last few years, but used to ride across pretty regularly and never had a problem—just remember to claim the lane across the vertical lift section. And cross the rail lines at a right angle, naturally...
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Re: Bridgewater Bridge

Postby markpa » Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:59 pm

mcdurdin wrote:Yeah, I find if I balance really carefully, riding along one of the rails is easier than the road. Unless a train comes along.

Isn't that what you meant, master6?


So Marc you've been doing some of this (at about 1:07) on the roadie?
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Re: Bridgewater Bridge

Postby mcdurdin » Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:15 pm

I reckon Danny's attempt was a bit lame -- you've got to do it above the water to look really cool. Hence the Bridgewater Bridge. Oh yeah, and on a roadie, none of those soft trials bikes with suspension for me.
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Re: Bridgewater Bridge

Postby HobartJim » Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:56 pm

This used to be my daily commute in the sun and in the ice/wind. I found the causeway to be fine, just stay upright in the wind. The real trick, I had to learn more than once, is that wet train lines at 45 degrees to the road are not cool. I tackled them in the end by looking over my shoulder and if no cars we behind me I would vere across the lane to put the train lines at 90 degrees under the wheels. Also not cool if you forget to look behind.

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