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 three years ago. Since then I have had several ebikes which has been a learning experience as my riding preferences developed. My current ebikes are a Merida eOne Sixty 800 Full Suspension and a Smartmotion X-City, both bought from Sydney Electric Bikes.
Why do I have two bikes? A hip replacement in early 2020 made it difficult to hitch mount the Merida for a while so I bought the step-thru X-City. I’m now lucky to choose which bike I’ll ride on any day, and the differences are explained in Choosing an eBike.
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 over 120 rides posted, and twenty of these are in my own neck of the woods: Sydney’s Northern Beaches. There are also posts with practical suggestions, including Choosing an eBike, Keeping your eBike Healthy, 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.
Richard Alaba, Visual Storyteller
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
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