Cycling in Melbourne Australia
So here's the scenario:
I'll be working in the CBD, I'm happy to commute by bike up to 10 kays to work, I don't have a car and the family is just me and my wife (so far!).
Where should I set up the workshop? (and the peripheral accompaniments such as a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc).
I think you'll find a LOT of options in that 10km ring.
What other things do you like doing? Are you happy commuting in traffic? Rent or buy?
Other things? *blank face*
But seriously, I like road riding, coffee and eating good vegetarian food.
I'm happy commuting in traffic. Really doesn't worry me too much but of course lower traffic is better.
And we're renting at this stage!
There's good vego food everywhere, but StKilda and Fitzroy/Brunswick are sorta epicentres.
We live in the inner West. If find riding around is fine, provided you avoid the very highly trafficked roads (esp the ones with trucks - not that the truck drivers are bad... it's more you may be less visible). We're pretty close in though, so it's only when headed out further for some reason that I have to put up with that. We're not far from the capital city trail, so SWMBO uses that for most of her commute. Me? I'm on the road(s).
The northern suburbs are excellent for cycling due to a number of factors, mainly great infrastructure and flat terrain. There are a number of routes entering the CBD that cater for fast commuters or plodders like myself, and 10km rides are damn easy. I've been living in this area car-free for close to two decades without any problems whatsoever.
Good luck with the move.
Thanks for the replies so far, guys! It's been really helpful.
The next question will be which road riding group will be most welcoming to a fast fixie (with brakes!).
Bayside Melbourne has a lot of cycling on it - the Beach Road Route in which you can go as far as you want and even do 200km laps when taking the ferry.
As was said St Kilda has a number of Vege options and most resteraunts are quite comfortable with vegetarian food - but that really describes all of melbourne these days.
I was in Cafe Racer after a ride this morning with a father and son - the son just built his first single speed and had just done a 40km shakedown with the North Road Ride I think (North Road Rides go evey weekday morning - at various speeds)
For a view on fixies I suggest calling Alan T on 9836-6585 during business hours - he is a devoted fixie rider, commuter & tourer (as well as being one of the organisers or Audax) and one of our store managers. Also the guys at Diggari - including Richard Ayling are passionate about fixies and single speeds (they make them) and should be able to guide you to any groups.
Coming a while ago from elsewhere I find that msot palces in Melbourne offer a great lifestyle but Personally I would suggest Elwood to live in - but I could be accused of being biased. However if you are single (I'm not) - it might interest you that in the last census it had the highest proprotion of single women 18-35 in Victoria - and a number of these ride bikes. However, as you have your bike, this information is probably of little interest.
Nice one. And thanks for the tips and directions. I'm a bit of a fixed audax fan myself so Alan will be a great contact.
We're inspecting a house in Elwood on Friday!