Welcome to eBikerDiary


There are many blogs and websites that describe rides, but most are by and for younger cyclists brave enough to ride on roads. This blog is different in two ways: it is for road-averse riders who place high priority on safety, and it tries to show what the ride looks like rather than worry about maps and riding data. This means all posted routes avoid riding on roads and there are lots of photos of what to expect.

I was inspired into eBiking after riding the 152km Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand.  Since then I have had three ebikes which has been a learning experience as my riding preferences developed. My current ebike is a Merida eOne Sixty 800 Full Suspension bought from Sydney Electric Bikes. It’s a go-anywhere machine and I love it.

Cent Park

Sydney has a patchy bike path network and it’s not always easy to find safe and scenic rides. So hopefully this blog will inspire others to try these tours and maybe share their riding experiences.

Each tour is described in terms of start and finish points, scenic highlights, overall length, approximate time taken, plus a map. With 20 years of professional photography behind me, there are also lots of photos.

In addition to Sydney-based routes, there are fabulous rides further afield, including Melbourne, Albury, Wollongong, Newcastle, Thredbo, Jindabyne, Uluru. There are also two posts with practical suggestions for Transporting eBikes and Tips for a Softer Ride. I hope you find these useful.

Feel free to comment on anything that attracts your interest and share your own favourite rides.




PS: if you would like more detailed route information and you have a Strava account, please feel free to connect with me via my account name: Richard Alaba

PSS: if there are any ebikers out there who are also keen movie goers, please visit my film review site at https://cinemusefilms.com

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  1. G’day Richard, I love what you’ve started, have an under-utilised Ezee Torq e-bike, and would be delighted to join you, and preferably a few more, in repeating the trips you listed and/or new ones. Best wishes, Neil

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    • Nice to hear from you Neil. What area are you in? I was hoping to maybe form or find a group for a few tours in the warmer months. Will keep you posted. Do you have any favourite long rides?


      • I guess, in the first instance, rides that start within about 30 minutes from my home in Willoughby, NSW. My riding is a bit rusty but once I get my mojo back I’d be up for many rides outside of Sydney and elsewhere in Australia. Having company when riding is important for me to overcome the lazy voice sometimes in my head. I’d also prefer fellow riders that are happy to go at a pace where we can enjoy where we’re going and not make ‘getting there’ as fast as possible the object of our travels. I’m 70 with the fitness of a 50yo.


        • Watch this space Neil. There is a NSW Bike Week coming up in the second week of September and there may be an organised bike tour on offer. I expect to have an article in the NSW Seniors Newsletter about ebiking and Bike Week.


  2. Hi Richard, it’s great to see your blog on eBiking. I really enjoy how my eBike extends the distances I can comfortably travel. However, I do find the alloy frame quite rigid in comparison to my push-bikes that have chrome-moly frames. I think your suggestion of the Thudbuster seat suspension might be the solution for that. Thanks for the tip! And good riding! Gail.

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