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Road riding in Chiang Mai, Thailand

This Summer I looked a little further when it came to riding over the Christmas/New Year break and Chiang Mai was suggested by Rico Rogers as a great place to escape to for some rest & relaxation and great road cycling.

The research was done and some great accommodation was located with 51 Hometel (link below) and was insanely cheap and great quality. The bakery next door to the hotel provided great post ride eggs. I would highly recommend you check them out if your headed there. Some flights booked for a two weeks away of sunshine, riding, eating and potentially a little work.

So what is the riding actually like?

It’s fantastic and some of the best riding I have ever done. The roads are smooth and roll really fast, and are wide enough to provide plenty of space for traffic. I have been riding early to mid-mornings and it’s about 28 degrees and little or no wind.

What’s the scene?

Road cycling is getting popular here and you see people of all levels out riding, from old ladies on mountain bikes to what look like seasoned professionals in the off season.

Is it safe?

Initially I was a little hesitant with thousands of scooters buzzing around and the locals appearing to drive like madmen. But after a short time felt as safe or safer as I do in Melbourne, people give you heaps of space, the roads are wide and the scooters do a great job of staying out of you way. So yes, touch wood.

What’s the food like?

‘Off its’ head great’ – you can find great Thai meals for as little as $2 Australian but the food is wide and varied. The cafes and coffee are really great and as good as Australia, there are great options and it’s never hard to find a great meal or any flavour.

Where is the best riding?

My favorite morning loop is a local climb called Doi Suthep, the starts climbing as you leave the city and winds its way up the hill. The scenery is great.
The locals ride around 17km to a temple but it’s also a great ride to go a little further to the Palace around 20km. The peak is around 1,700 meters the average gradient is 6.7%. The climbing is very steady the road is perfectly smooth and there a two lanes headed up so traffic is never an issue whatever time of the day you ride up there. The climb does get steeper towards the top. The section between the temple and the palace is tough. There are stalls at the temple so a great place for a fruit smoothie stop before tackling the descent. There are heaps of roads and loops that head off this climb to explore including a hill village 3km past the Palace that is worth checking out.

Is there a 10Bikes in Chiang Mai?

Not at this time – I brought my bike with me – but we do have some interest there so watch this space!

How can I work from Chiang Mai?

If you can work remotely, then Chiang Mai might be a good option. There are a number of different co-working spaces in Chiang Mai, where you can bring your laptop and work from, starting from 99 Baht a day – or even similar spaces in shopping malls. The internet connections are great, so depending on your work and how the timezone works for you, it is worth considering!


The accommodation was such good value and was really great:

Here is one the popular co-working spaces I have used:

Chris the Freelancer – a digital nomad shows how to live for under $600AU per month in Chiang Mai. It gives a good sense of living in Chiang Mai:

Disclaimer – I am not paid for suggesting this hotel, or travelling to Chiang Mai – it is just a genuine review!

By |January 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Seasoned road cyclist or keen enthusiast? Are you a little bit forgetful when packing to go interstate or international?

We get a lot of customers remember to book a road bike but they forget to pack their helmet, shoes, Garmin etc.

Pack a helmet (required in Australia by law), your shoes, riding gear, sunglasses and cycle computer.

Melbourne is an absolutely cracker place to ride a bike anytime of the year but especially in Summer. If you’re away from home hiring a road bike is a great way to experience the area like no other.

Our Giant bikes are delivered to your city accommodation and collected. The toughest part is remembering to pack all your riding gear!

By |November 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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.


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/


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

South Melbourne – Wynyard (off Clarendon St) is a hidden gem with great food, coffee and designer interiors.

Brunswick East – Double Dutch make great coffee of your choice, with a retro Melbourne cool vibe.

St Kilda – Cafe Racer (Beach Rd) – ‘the stop for Melbourne cyclists on route’. Lycra recommended.

Abbotsford – Admiral Cheng-Ho (Johnston Street) – Great coffee and a local stop for Kew Boulevard

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

North Melbourne – Auction Rooms (Errol Street) – they make coffee an art form, with an impressive menu for breakfast, lunch and beyond.

Photo of coffee outside Hortus cafe Melbourne Docklands

Coffee in the sun at Hortus cafe

Restaurants and/or dinner options

Cookie has a great busy bar and good food

Longrain has South East Asian food designed to share, with amazing cocktails

Movida is a Melbourne institution with Spanish tapas and an extensive wine list. In two CBD locations.

The Town Mouse – Innovative European based cuisine in a modern, sleek surroundings.


CBD – Madame Brussels (Bourke St) – for fun cocktails on a rooftop bar.

CBD – Eau de Vie (Malthouse Lane, off Flinders St) hard to find whiskey bar but super cool, very 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.


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


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



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



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



Find out more?


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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


Cycling Tips

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