V17L wrote:hi rossi
Well done for getting back to riding.
The Alice Hospital has a swimming pool for staff, so showers are available there if you want. Lots of staff ride bikes to work. My lovely lady walks to work at the hospital. Depending where you live in the Alice will dictate whether you ride on the footpath or bike tracks. Its flat as a tack.
Your Giant is perfect for riding in Alice.
Suggest you get thornproof tyres and possibly consider slime in the tyres. Other options are tyre liners, and tougher tyres. Glass and three corner jacks are the enemy. Having said that, Alice has a lot of racing bikes with thin tubes and tyres, so its not that bad.
Suggest a helmet, even though you get helmet hair. Good example for the kids.
Happy to go for a ride with you when you hit town. PM me if you would like to.
There is a very active cycling club in town, and early Saturday mornings there is WOW, woman on wheels, who go for a reasonable ride and then drink coffee.
Lots of kids ride their bikes to school, including mine, depends on what school and where you are living.
Simpsons Gap cycle path on the edge of town is magnificent for both riding and walking. 17km one way, sealed.
Re the seat, you should be comfortable riding. If you are not then something needs to change so you can be comfortable.
There are three bike shops in town.
Suggest you consider a drink bottle cradle and drink bottle for rides. Water is great. Freeze half a bottle the night before, the fill up with water before the ride. Nice and cold to drink.
Cheers for the info Steve! I didn't know about the pool at the hospital - bonus for me!! I've been told this week that they have a bike cage too which is great. We'll be in Old Eastside so I nice ride to the hospital - 2km each way according to google maps. I used to live in the area so know the town bike paths pretty well but I would love to work my way up to that Simpson's gap ride! The kids will be riding to school hopefully - at this stage it looks like I'll have one at school in Old Eastside and one in kinder at Braitling so if the times are too close we'll need the car, but my kids do love to ride.
I used to knock about on a bike to the pub and back there in my younger days but I've lost all confidence on a bike although I'm slowly gaining some back. I'll definitely look into the Women on Wheels - sounds right up my alley!! I never had an issue with three-corner Jacks but my husband used to ride to and from work and he had constant flats. He's already on me to get some slime put in. It'll all have to wait until we get there now - removalists come tomorrow to take my bike Can't wait to get back to Alice. I've been gone 5 years and I know the town has changed - but I sure did love my life there!
I know it's silly - but wearing a helmet really put me off riding in the past. But now that the kids have come along I do think it's important to set a good example. And for the commute to work I'll def have one on. Can't promise anything about the sneaky little run to the pub though