MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

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MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby tekapo » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:23 pm

Any suggestions for trails that starts near train stations in Melbourne? i.e. don't have a car.
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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby su-pista » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:08 pm

Heidelberg, access from base of Burgundy St. Eltham, to Westerfolds park!

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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby clackers » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:07 pm

From Hurstbridge you can head to Smith's Gulley and Kinglake. If you're fit you can get to Lysterfield from Belgrave, as well as the trails around the Thousand Steps.
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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby clackers » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:09 pm

tekapo wrote:Any suggestions for trails that starts near train stations in Melbourne? i.e. don't have a car.



su-pista wrote:Heidelberg, access from base of Burgundy St. Eltham, to Westerfolds park!

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And fron there on to Candlebark Park.
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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby Mugglechops » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:23 am

Little River is pretty close to the You Yangs
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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby Duck! » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:45 pm

clackers wrote:From Hurstbridge you can head to Smith's Gulley and Kinglake. If you're fit you can get to Lysterfield from Belgrave, as well as the trails around the Thousand Steps.

Hallam is closer to Lysterfield.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby tekapo » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:44 pm

clackers wrote: Lysterfield from Belgrave, as well as the trails around the Thousand Steps.


Thanks, looks good from the maps. How hilly is the terrain, I will probably try ride Belgrave to Dandenong station via Lysterfield. Looks to be about 15-20ks.
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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby ProCelebrityGolf » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:49 pm

not exactly trails but great fun on a mountain bike - check out the route maps on http://melbournegravelgrinders.blogspot.com.au/
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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby clackers » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:12 am

tekapo wrote:
clackers wrote: Lysterfield from Belgrave, as well as the trails around the Thousand Steps.


Thanks, looks good from the maps. How hilly is the terrain


I've never ridden it, but others have and there are apparently off road bits. The drive is up and down, mostly down.

Hallam is closer, as Duck points out, but more time spent with traffic I suspect, and a nice climb up North Hallam Road. :)
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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby antigee » Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:26 am

not exactly trails but great fun on a mountain bike - check out the route maps on http://melbournegravelgrinders.blogspot.com.au/


as you say not MTB but that's a great link for me as I ride my CX on gravel as much as ride MTB and there's some nice routes there THANKS :P
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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby Blakeylonger » Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:32 am

antigee wrote:
not exactly trails but great fun on a mountain bike - check out the route maps on http://melbournegravelgrinders.blogspot.com.au/


as you say not MTB but that's a great link for me as I ride my CX on gravel as much as ride MTB and there's some nice routes there THANKS :P


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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby nezumi » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:18 am

Recommended tyres/pressure for gravel grinding?

I currently have my CX commuter shod with Schwalbe Marathon Plus 28s, but I also have the folding Conti CX 35s that came on the bike.
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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby Blakeylonger » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:11 am

First, burn the marathon plus'. Heavy & dead.

Second, high enough not to pinch flat, which depends on tyre width, your weight and riding style, personally I'm around the 30-35psi mark. Slicks are usually fine unless it's muddy. The routes are mostly dirt/gravel roads after all.

Contis would be the best of your options.
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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby nezumi » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:57 am

Blakeylonger wrote:First, burn the marathon plus'. Heavy & dead.

Second, high enough not to pinch flat, which depends on tyre width, your weight and riding style, personally I'm around the 30-35psi mark. Slicks are usually fine unless it's muddy. The routes are mostly dirt/gravel roads after all.

Contis would be the best of your options.


Hey, it's a commuter - I need the puncture protection :P

I'm at about 85 Kgs at the moment.

I'm still new to riding with any form of slick tyre, so I am a bit wary of a smooth tyre on gravel - I keep thinking the punctures will happen all the time.

I run the SMPs at around 80 PSI for the commute.
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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby Blakeylonger » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:35 am

nezumi wrote:I run the SMPs at around 80 PSI for the commute.


Off topic tyrechat:

I commute on Ultremo ZX 28mm tyres at ~50-60psi or Grand Bois Hetres 650bx42mm, ~30-40psi (~60kg).

No puncture belts, no liners, just very supple carcasses and high quality rubber.

No flats either. ;)

If you want a nicer slick around the 30mm mark, try the 700x35mm Kojak (kevlar), or Resist Nomad (wire, cheap, 28/35/45mm). I also love Challenge Parigi-Roubaix (or the new L'Eroica) & Grand Bois Cerf (26/30/32mm), but they're a bit more $.

The Durano (not the plus!) can be had in 700x28, they're less than half the weight of your bricks, will roll much better and have a bit more protection than the ultremo. But if you must use Marathon's, at least get the 35mm Racer version.
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Re: MTB trails close to stations in Melbourne

Postby shakes » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:06 pm

Duck! wrote:
clackers wrote:From Hurstbridge you can head to Smith's Gulley and Kinglake. If you're fit you can get to Lysterfield from Belgrave, as well as the trails around the Thousand Steps.

Hallam is closer to Lysterfield.


From belgrave you drop straight into 'birds land' and onto gravel. an easy warm up before you hit the trails.

On google maps it doesnt look like it from Hallam>?
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