Get Involved: Brisbane Cycling Festival

Attention all cyclists! The Brisbane Cycling Festival is once again rolling into town for a thrilling 2 and a half weeks. 

From the 24th of March to the 12th of April 2021, there will be a plethora of events on offer.

Brisbane bikers of all abilities will be able to get active and enjoy plenty of entertainment in the single largest multidisciplinary cycling festival in Australia.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 event, the 2021 festival is gearing up to be the biggest and best one yet with the return of the major events as well as some new activities to look forward to.

Here is what’s on offer this year…

Track National Championships

Ride on over to the Anna Meares Velodrome to catch a glimpse of the biggest domestic track event in the country. 

Australia’s best track cyclist will be racing for the sought-after green and gold jersey and the title of national champion. 

Mark the dates down in your diary as you won’t want to miss this!

  • Elite & U19: 24 – 28 March 2021
  • Masters: 31 March – 3 April 2021
  • Juniors: 6 – 10 April 2021
Brisbane Cycling Festival

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The Festival Village

The Festival Village is set to be the hub of the festival, located at the iconic Brisbane Showgrounds.

There will be heaps to see and do for the whole family, with plenty of food, e-bike demos and entertainment. Make sure to check out:

Keep an eye on the websites for all of the details!

Active Lifestyle Expo

The Active Lifestyle Expo is running from the 9th to 11th of April and is the hero of the Festival Village. 

There is something for everyone at the expo with the best cycling technology and products, live entertainment, food and beverages, fashion parades and cycling clothing stores. It’s a free, outdoor event and is guaranteed to have a great atmosphere!

For those owners with health-orientated wares, you can get in on the fun yourself and book a booth to showcase your business! 

Spokes N’ Jokes

This is a must attend event for the passionate corporate cycling community, industry participants and cycling enthusiasts.

If you manage to nab a ticket, you’ll enjoy a couple of hours of beverages, canapés and entertainment by comedian Dusty Rich and musician Andy Ellem. 

Additionally, there will be a storytelling session with past cycling greats including Katherine Bates, Robbie McEwen, Sara Carrigan and Henk Vogels, focussing on the lighter side of cycling.

Head to the website to secure your spot.

In Brisbane City?

Here at cycle2city, we can’t wait for the festivities to begin. 

For all those keen cyclists riding in and around the Brisbane CBD during the Brisbane Cycling Festival, or any time of year, make sure to check out our fantastic facilities. We have showers, lockers, a workshop and secure storage for your bike so you know it’s safe wherever you are.

Have a chat to our team today or GRAB A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL.


E-bikes and Riding to Work – The Pros and Cons

E-bikes, or electric bikes, have enjoyed rising popularity over the past years, and for good reason. 

Electrically-assisted bikes means less work for you when struggling up those hills and could be the extra incentive people need to ditch the car and make the move riding to work.

However, it’s useful to weigh up the pros and cons of e-bikes before you rush out and purchase one…

Pros

Environmentally Friendly

Compared to a car, e-bikes are a significantly more eco-friendly alternative to commute to work.

By switching to an electric bike, you’ll have the satisfaction that you are doing your bit for the environment… while avoiding fuel and public transport costs at the same time!

Travel Further

If the distance between your home and work is slightly more than what is rideable, an e-bike might be a good option for you. 

Depending on your fitness level and the terrain of your route, it can be a bit daunting to make the switch to ride to work. E-bikes can help you tackle any steep hills or long distances that may be hindering you making the switch!

A Less Strenuous Form of Exercise

For those with medical conditions, riding a conventional bike to work may not be an option. E-bikes are great for those that want to exercise more, but require a bit more assistance to do so. 

With the added benefit of choosing how much assistance you require, e-bikes are a great way to ease into the exercise routine for those who might have fallen out of it too. 

As your fitness increases, you may even find yourself using the electric assistance less!

Less Sweat!

If you ride to work, a significant drawback to your daily commute is the sweat factor, particularly in sunny Brisbane. With electric bikes, you’ll be able to make your ride as easy or difficult as you desire… excessive sweat and red faces will be a distant memory! 

Cons

More Expensive than a Normal Bike

The upfront cost of an e-bike is significantly more than a regular bicycle. An e-bike is more of a long-term investment, which is why you will want to be sure that you’ll get use out of it.

Theft and Vandalism

Unfortunately, because e-bikes are more expensive than regular bikes, they’re more often targeted for theft and vandalism. So extra care needs to be taken in regard to security and extra insurance taken out for peace of mind.

Heavy

With the added components and batteries, the weight of the e-bike is noticeably more than other bikes. 

This may pose a problem if you are transporting it up stairs or if you’re out riding and the battery runs out… forcing you to pedal a heavier frame without the luxury of added power.

More Complex Parts

When something goes wrong on an e-bike, it can be costly to fix. Due to the added technology, electric bikes often have more specialised parts that are more difficult to fix than your conventional bicycle.

Whether you are riding an e-bike or conventional bicycle, you’ll need a place to store it when you get to work. At cycle2city, we have a range of storage and biking facilities including e-bike servicing available in the heart of Brisbane city. 

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Must Do Bike Rides In Brisbane

Whether you are riding for fitness or pleasure, there are some great trails around Brisbane that are a must for every bike rider!

Suitable for a range of fitness levels, you can stick to the city or head out into nature to really see the sights that Brisbane has to offer. 

Here are the rides to consider next time you are up for a cycle…

Kangaroo Point Bikeway

If you’re after a simple and scenic ride, head over the Kangaroo Point Bikeway.

Beginning beneath the Story Bridge at Captain Burke Park, this leisurely cycle connects to the Woolloongabba Bikeway and CBD, with options to continue past leafy Southbank and into West End if you’re keen for more.

Length: 3.5 kilometres

Difficulty: Easy

Terrain: Mostly flat

Mt Coot-tha Loop

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For those after a bit more of a challenge, head over to Mount Coot-tha for a hilly ride right in amongst nature.

Starting from Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, you can choose to ride clockwise for an easier uphill and thrilling descent, or challenge yourself for a heart pounding ride to the top by going anti-clockwise… either way, you’ll be rewarded for your effort with some spectacular views of the city!

Length: 16 kilometre loop

Difficulty: Intermediate

Terrain: Hilly

Shorncliffe to Scarborough

If you are looking for a sea change, jump on the train to Shorncliffe for a longer ride. You’ll barely notice the distance with the spectacular views of the Coral Sea… you might even be lucky enough to glimpse a dugong or whale!

Be sure to stop in at Redcliffe and Woody Point during your ride and make sure to pack your swimmers!

Length: 41km return

Difficulty: Moderate

Terrain: Mostly flat

Boondall Wetlands

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If you are looking to get back into nature, head over to the Boondall Wetlands Trail. 

Ride through the paperbark forest and marshland to glimpse the many waterholes, wildlife and migratory shorebirds. The gentle slopes, narrow bridges and plenty of winding trails will add plenty of variety to your cycle too. 

Being wetlands, mozzies and other insects can be an issue, so pack the insect repellent, just in case.

If you’re a nature lover, make sure to start at the Nudgee Beach Reserve and finish at Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre to learn more about the environmental and cultural heritage of the wetlands!

Length: 12 kilometres return

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Terrain: Mostly flat, along cycle paths

If you’re a Brisbane local and a keen bike rider, squeeze in your biking by cycling to work! There are numerous bikeways to get to the city that you’ll be sure to love and there’s no better time to check them out than your daily commute.

As with any ride, make sure you keep hydrated, so pack a water bottle.

Check out our blog on The Impressive Benefits of Riding to Work in Brisbane and be sure to drop in at cycle2city to use our impressive facilities. Have a chat to our team today or GRAB A FREE 7 DAY TRIAL.


How to Handle Your Summer Cycle Commute in Brisbane

We all know that summer in Brisbane can be hard to handle… but it shouldn’t be the reason to give up your bike ride to work. 

However, it’s important to look after yourself on your commute. No one wants to come to work sweaty and red-faced, or with more serious health concerns, so it’s important you take action to mitigate those risks.

If you love all of the benefits that come with riding to work, here are the best ways to make it through summer…


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10% OFF any SUN SAFE CLOTHING and SURFMUD SUNSCREEN from the bike shop!

Find us downstairs – 2nd level, King George Square Bus Station, Brisbane. Ph : 0488 552 338

Valid until end of January 2021.


Hydrate

Keeping your fluids up is important throughout the year but it is especially crucial in summer, particularly if you are exercising. 

Dehydration can cause a range of issues but is easily avoidable by drinking water before and after you ride, and keeping a drink bottle on hand for sips during your cycle!

Plan Your Route

In the height of summer, you’ll want to minimise the time that you spend in the sun. You’ll thank yourself later if you plan ahead and choose a shadier route with fewer hills on your way to work.

A particularly gruelling route isn’t a good idea if you’re riding in the heat of the sun as it can lead to numerous heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke.

Heat stroke symptoms and prevention - ride to work

Choose Your Times Wisely

As well as where you ride, it is also important to plan when you ride. 

For most of us, the commute to work will usually be in the mornings and evenings anyway, but it’s always good to keep in mind that you should be riding in the cooler parts of the day so you don’t overheat. 

Dress For It

It may be obvious, but wearing thicker, less breathable clothing isn’t going to keep you cooler. Have a chat to your local bike shop for summer gear that offers sufficient ventilation!

Be Sun Safe

While it’s important to dress for the weather in terms of keeping cool, you should also ensure that you’re being sun safe. You should:

  • Cover up (with breathable clothing)
  • Apply sunscreen
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses

*Mention this blog to our team at cycle2city and get:

10% OFF any SUN SAFE CLOTHING and SURFMUD SUNSCREEN from the bike shop!

Find us downstairs – 2nd level, King George Square Bus Station, Brisbane. Ph : 0488 552 338

Valid until end of January 2021.


Cool Off!

Before going into work, you’ll want to cool off from your ride. At cycle2city, we have a variety of facilities to accommodate your ride to work… including cold showers! 

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The Best Cycling Apps For Your Ride To Work

In the digital age, there is a plethora of technology you can take advantage of to make your cycling life easier.

If you have started riding to work, there are plenty of cycling apps available to make the most out of your ride and make sure you don’t run into any problems on your way to the office. 

These apps have a range of benefits with different focuses and aims, from fitness to convenience. So which are the ones you should download?

Strava

Strava cycling app
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If you use your commute to improve your fitness, then Strava is the app for you. Using GPS, you can upload your ride to your online profile and see your stats. The app tracks:

  • Speed
  • Distance
  • Time
  • Calories burned
  • Elevation rode

This is a great way to record yourself and set goals… and you can even see how your friends are going with Strava’s social media side!

Komoot

Komoot cycling app
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It can be boring going the same way to work every day. With Komoot, you can plan different routes, depending on what you want out of it. 

This route planner, voice nav & offline maps app is also great for your hiking and mountain biking adventures.

You won’t get lost – you will be able to receive turn-by-turn voice navigation, as well as track your route and research popular cycling routes in Queensland.

Weather

If you’re riding to work, you’ll want to know if there is anything to prepare for before you go. A reliable weather app, like the New BOM App, will make sure you are prepared rain, hail or shine!

If you have all the technology down, make sure you have all your bases covered before you ride to work. If you are riding in Brisbane, cycle2city has you covered. Our storage facilities, showers and workshop are equipped with everything you’ll require to ride to work. 

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A Guide For People Who Want To Ride To Work But Can’t Get Started

You may be well aware of the physical, psychological and environmental benefits of riding your bike to work… but the push to actually start doing it isn’t easy for everyone.

Many people find it difficult to motivate themselves when considering swapping the car for the bike but it doesn’t mean it should stop you.

There are plenty of things you can do to get yourself on the saddle and riding to work. 

Here are our tried and true tips:

Get The Gear

The right clothes, bike and helmet are imperative for any ride… and without these, it’s understandable why you’re finding it difficult to get started.

You don’t have to buy new. The old bike in the back shed might just need a bit of ‘tending to’ before it’s good as new… check out our post on How to Maintain Your Bike – The Ultimate Guide to get it back up to scratch.

Set Achievable Goals

A good way to get started is by setting yourself easy to meet goals.

This could be as simple as easing yourself into it by going for a ride on the weekend as a trial. Otherwise, you could set yourself the challenge of riding to work once or twice a week, which is a great way to form a new habit. 

It can also be helpful to know The Impressive Benefits of Riding to Work in Brisbane. Riding to work has positives for you, your wallet and the environment… and reminding yourself of this might just be the push you need to get started.

Infographic about the benefits of cycling

Make a Plan to Ride Work

Knowing what time to get up, what route you are going to take and where you’re going to store your bike when you get there can help make the first ride to work a lot easier.

If you are wondering what to do with your bike when you get to work, cycle2city has got you covered if you’re riding to work in Brisbane.

Located in the heart of Brisbane, cycle2city has a range of wonderful facilities that are fully equipped to make riding to work easier for you. This includes secure storage, lockers, access to showers and a workshop!

Get in touch today or GRAB A FREE 7 DAY TRIAL.