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Wanting to rent a bike and head for the hills?

It appears that a lot of our customers are pretty keen when they are visiting Victoria to get into the wilderness and do some climbing.

For a little extra effort, when getting to Victoria best climbs, cyclists are rewarded with some of the best scenery that Australia has to offer.

The best website for a reference and information is http://theclimbingcyclist.com/

Three of our recommended rides are:

The ‘1 in 20’

A light spin out of the city starting about 30km east of Melbourne CBD. It is a good one to be attacked in the morning when there is not too much traffic around.

http://theclimbingcyclist.com/climbs/mt-dandenong/the-1-in-20/

Arthurs Seat

Providing absolutely fantastic views of Mornington and so picturesque on a beautiful day. It’s an approx. 160km loop from Melbourne CBD heading out Beach Road.

If you’re wanting to cut the trip a little shorter – it’s worth considering checking the direction of the wind. You could then jump on a Train to Frankston or for the return journey.

For more information http://theclimbingcyclist.com/climbs/mornington-peninsula/arthurs-seat/

Kinglake

For the keenest of riders, Kinglake is a minimum of c.120km return. You will be rewarded with some of the best riding in the region.

If you are here for a few days this is a great adventure off the beaten Beach road route. There are also some great bakeries to keep a look out for.

For more information http://theclimbingcyclist.com/climbs/kinglake/kinglake/

Victoria road cycling - roads through the hills

Victoria road cycling –         roads through the hills

By |November 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cafe and restaurant recommendations for Melbourne – 10Bikes team

We frequently get asked for recommendations on cafes and restaurants to visit in Melbourne. And given we are spoilt for choice in Melbourne, it can be overwhelming.

Here are the tried and tested favourites 10Bikes recommend, that you will have earnt after a ride on the road bike.

Local cafes

CBD – Patricia (Little Bourke St) for coffee so good it’s standing room only
http://www.patriciacoffee.com.au/

South Melbourne – Wynyard (off Clarendon St) is a hidden gem with great food, coffee and designer interiors.
https://www.wynyardcafe.com/

Brunswick East – Double Dutch make great coffee of your choice, with a retro Melbourne cool vibe.
http://doubledutchcoffeebar.com/

St Kilda – Cafe Racer (Beach Rd) – ‘the stop for Melbourne cyclists on route’. Lycra recommended.
https://www.soulracercafe.com/

Abbotsford – Admiral Cheng-Ho (Johnston Street) – Great coffee and a local stop for Kew Boulevard
http://www.admiralchengho.com.au/

Docklands – Hortus (Harbour Esplanade) – Specialising in coffee and a small menu of food items, you can bring your bike and enjoy the harbour.
https://sevenseeds.com.au/

North Melbourne – Auction Rooms (Errol Street) – they make coffee an art form, with an impressive menu for breakfast, lunch and beyond.
http://www.auctionroomscafe.com.au/

Photo of coffee outside Hortus cafe Melbourne Docklands

Coffee in the sun at Hortus cafe

Restaurants and/or dinner options

CBD
Cookie has a great busy bar and good food
http://www.cookie.net.au/

Longrain has South East Asian food designed to share, with amazing cocktails
https://longrain.com/melbourne

Movida is a Melbourne institution with Spanish tapas and an extensive wine list. In two CBD locations.
https://movida.com.au/

Carlton
The Town Mouse – Innovative European based cuisine in a modern, sleek surroundings.
http://thetownmouse.com.au/

Bars

CBD – Madame Brussels (Bourke St) – for fun cocktails on a rooftop bar.
http://www.madamebrussels.com/

CBD – Eau de Vie (Malthouse Lane, off Flinders St) hard to find whiskey bar but super cool, very Melbourne
http://eaudevie.com.au/melbourne/

What are your favourite bars, cafes and restaurants in Melbourne? Let us know.

Road Cycling Mecca Melbourne

See the best cycling Melbourne has to offer

It is safe to give Melbourne the title of Cycling Mecca of Australia. What makes Melbourne so good? Flat coastal roads allowing you to access a short quick ride close to the city or push yourself with longer rides. The scenic hilly rides boarding the city such as Dandenongs, Red Hill, Arthurs’ Seat, Healesville and more. Or, a number of city circuits taking views of the Yarra river and parkland.

 

With Melbourne’s passion and the volume of cyclists, there’s both a comrade and a feeling of safety.

beach-road-riding-giant-tcr

If you’re new to Melbourne or cycling, here are our tips on the best rides:

1. Beach Road (St. Kilda to Mordialloc)

Beach Road is the mecca of Melbourne cycling. Whether it’s a fast-paced hit out or a leisurely shop ride you’re looking for, riders of all abilities are guaranteed to enjoy this flat, smooth road that winds alongside Port Phillip Bay. There are plenty of fantastic cafe options along the route and you can choose to turn around at Black Rock, Mordialloc, or continue on to the beachside town of Portsea.

  • Distance 45.0 km
  • Elevation 604 m

https://www.strava.com/local/au/melbourne/cycling/routes/17

2. 1/20 + The Wall Dandenong Ranges

This route includes the two most popular climbs in the Dandenong Ranges. The benchmark climb for Melbourne cyclists, many riders know their PRs on The 1 in 20 by heart. An absolutely beautiful ascent that twists and turns up through the ‘Dandies’, the KOM and QOM spots are highly coveted. Reward yourself for a good time on the segment with a pastry at the top and get mentally prepared for the next climb; The Wall. Beginning in Monbulk and heading straight up to Olinda, this climb is a true test of climbing prowess. Long, with two particularly steep sections averaging 10%, The Wall is seemingly neverending. Surrounded by altitudinous pines and bright flowers, you’ll know you’ve reached the finish once you come across the Olinda swimming pool.

  • Distance 85.0 km
  • Elevation 1,875 m

https://www.strava.com/local/au/melbourne/cycling/routes/15

 

3. Yarra Boulevard

One of the wonderful things about Melbourne is that there are plenty of great options for riding within the city. With multiple roads and bike paths to choose from, one can enjoy kilometres of uninterrupted riding close to home. Yarra Blvd is a favourite amongst local riders looking to fit in a quick ride before or after work. A lengthy and undulating road without much traffic, Yarra Blvd can be ridden multiple times at TT or recovery pace. Set in the parklands, you’d be hard pressed to find a more convenient route in any other city. Looking for an extra challenge? Try sprinting up Yarra Street, where the gradient reaches 17%.

  • Distance  38.9 km
  • Elevation 562 m

https://www.strava.com/local/au/melbourne/cycling/routes/21

 

4. Kinglake

City cyclists love heading out to the tiny town of Kinglake on long weekend rides to tackle the famous 7km Kinglake segment. A smooth road with a steady incline, riders enjoy powering up this climb to the summit, which has fantastic views on a clear day. Although one ascent is challenging, many pros venture out to do multiple hill repeats up this iconic hill. Devastated by the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, the Kinglake landscape is incredibly unique while the rolling countryside on the way back to Melbourne makes this climb part of an all-around sensational ride.

  • Distance 104.0 km
  • Elevation 1,872 m

https://www.strava.com/local/au/melbourne/cycling/routes/19

 

Find out more?

Strava

Or, contact us and we’re happy to help.

Giant 2014 TCR Advanced 1

2014 Giant TCR Advanced 1

2014 Giant TCR Advanced 1

We have tested a lot of Bikes and I mean a lot, more than 7 less than 16… and after extensive consideration 10Bikes is excited to have secured the 2014 Giant TCR Advanced 1.

Sporting our pre-requisites of carbon frame, Ultegra and Shimano components plus held together in a hot looking package, we had to have.

We’re sure you’ll be impressed with our bikes. Come and take one for a ride. Or, learn more here.

 

By |September 3rd, 2014|Melbourne Cycling|0 Comments

Cycling in Melbourne

Maybe we are a little biased but with over 20,000 cyclists pedalling up and down Melbourne’s infamous Beach Road on any given day, it is safe to give Melbourne the title of Cycling Mecca of Australia. What makes Melbourne so good? Flat coastal roads allowing you to access a short quick ride close to the city or push yourself with longer rides for 3+ hours. The scenic hilly rides boarding the city such as Dandenongs, Red Hill, Arthurs’ Seat, Healesville and more. Or, a number of city circuits taking views of the Yarra river and parkland.

With Melbourne’s passion and the volume of cyclists, there’s both a comradie and a feeling of safety.

If you’re new to Melbourne or cycling, here are our 10Bike tips on the best rides.

1. Beach Road – a ‘no brainer’. This flat ride lets you set the distance, coastal views and you’re sure to find a rider to match your pace.

2. Kew Boulevard – closest thing you’ll find to a pink jersey ride close to the CBD. Set a time and try to beat it.

3. Dandenongs – not for the faint-hearted: challenging climbs and the best scenery Victoria has to offer.

Find out more?

Map my ride

Strava

Cycling Tips

Or, contact us and we’re happy to help.