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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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

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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
Image source: Komoot

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.

 


How Cycling to Work Can Increase Your Fitness

When you lead a busy life, it can be hard to find the time to exercise. Getting to the gym can be difficult between work, family and other commitments. Cycling to work can be a great way to squeeze fitness and ‘you time’ into your day.

Cycling has a range of health benefits that are good for your body and mind. Check out our blog on The Impressive Benefits of Riding to Work in Brisbane and read on for how this activity can improve your fitness…

Swap Sitting for Riding

If you usually get to work by public transport or car, you’re starting your day sitting, then you may spend the rest of the day sitting at your desk. That’s not great for your health, but riding to work gets your body moving, increasing fitness and uses your time before and after work efficiently. 

Exercise your Whole Body

Cycling works all your leg muscles, from calves to glutes. But that’s not the only area that gets a workout. Simply holding yourself upright while balancing on a bike engages your core and back muscles. Similarly, your arms and hands are strengthened by gripping the handlebars and steering. Cycling provides a full body workout.

Becomes a Habit

Commuter cycling can be more effective than other forms of exercise (such as going to the gym) because it’s done more often and without thinking of it as exercise. It becomes a daily habit that’s not easily broken. A habit which happens to increase your fitness. 

An Aerobic Workout

Aerobic exercise has a range of benefits that can help in improving your fitness. Pushing pedals  is great for the heart, brain and blood vessels and also releases endorphins. This will put you in a great mood for work, and get you excited to ride back home in the afternoon!

Cycle to Your Intensity

The great thing about bike riding is that you can go as hard or slow as you like. Whatever pace you choose will help to build up your fitness and stamina and it also means you don’t have to be completely knackered when you get to work… unless you’re running late of course!

If you’re keen to start riding to work in Brisbane, you’ll need a place to store your bike. Be sure to contact the team at cycle2city for information on our amazing facilities right in the heart of Brisbane. Get in touch or GRAB A FREE 7 DAY TRIAL.


How to Maintain Your Bike – The Ultimate Guide

Keeping your bike properly maintained is the best way to avoid costly fixes down the line and ensures it will be riding smoothly for years to come. Here are the best things you can do to maintain your ride:

 Regular Cleaning

 The simplest way to make sure your bike has a long and healthy life is to clean it regularly. A build-up of dirt and mud will only add to the risk of rust and corrosion, affecting the workings of your bike.

Use soapy water and a cloth to sponge and scrub the tyres to get rid of any debris. Keep a smaller brush on hand for the chain, cogs and hard to reach places, which will also benefit from a bike-specific degreaser to help break down any leftover oil and grit. 

 Lubricate

Once your bike is cleaned and degreased, use bike lubricant on any of the metal parts that move together, in particular the chain and pedals. This is essential in lessening excessive friction that will ultimately cause wear and damage. However, avoid lubricating brake pads and braking surfaces.

When using lubricant, make sure you’ve properly cleaned the surface beforehand, or you’ll do more harm than good. After applying, allow some time to let it soak in before wiping off any excess.

 Pump Up

Checking to see if your tyres are properly inflated helps to avoid punctures. When pumping up, check the side of your tyre for the recommended pressure and make sure you’re using a pump that’s compatible with your tyre’s valve type.

 Check Your Brakes

 If your bike has rim brakes, the pads can get worn down over time but are easy to replace. You can tell if they need replacement if the grooves barely show.

Many bikes have disc brakes now, which can start rubbing, grinding or screeching during a ride or when braking. There are many reasons why these things happen, including a misaligned caliper or the presence of contaminants and there are varying ways to fix it. Have a look at this video to learn how to maintain bicycle disc brakes. 

Squeaky brakes can be avoided by keeping them clean and be sure to tighten the brake handle and lever if necessary. 

 Tyres and Wheel Bearings

Use a bike stand or turn your bike upside down to check if the bearings are running smoothly and your wheel is straight (true). If not, contact a professional bike mechanic to have a look.

Professional Service

Although home maintenance goes a long way, there is no harm getting a professional to inspect your bike every once in a while. Book in at our onsite pedalon bicycle workshop to make sure 

your bike is riding as it should. 

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