Electric mountain bikes are remarkable. They provide remarkable performance and demand nothing more than average fitness from the rider. The experience riding electric bikes is extraordinary as the rider can be ordinary.
When fixing old bikes we find ourselves between a rock and a hard place due to the availability of parts. The product life cycles seem to be getting shorter with the result that parts for previous models – less than 1 year old – may be no longer available. This technological advancement has the benefit of providing us with better bikes, but it is making their lifespan shorter.
Explore the route now, but some of it is on foot. A rideable corridor to the Murrumbidgee River came up again with the release of “The best of Canberra mountain bike experience” report this week. Here is the proposed route.
Mountain biking is described in glowing terms. The ACT Greens submission to “The best of Canberra mountain bike experience” consultation last year is worth reading. It is well researched. Mountain biking is good value you for money and hampered by the inability of Government to exploit it.
The DRAFT report for the 2019 MTB consultation. Surprise! “The best of Canberra mountain bike experience” consultation has come back with a report. The Canberra Mountain Bike Report has been prepared by TRC Tourism Pty Ltd for ACT Parks and Conservation Service.
There is good riding in the ACT. Namadgi National Park and behind that Brindabella National Park are close to Canberra. That makes them interesting, however, none of the rides are short. The ACT Environment website provides information about the management trails.
The relationship between power and torque is confusing. E-bikes have an electric motor. The regulation is measured in power (Watts) but its performance, particularly for mountain bikes, depends on torque (Nm). Making sense of this is not easy.
Scooters are gaining in popularity now that they have been legalised in the ACT. Scooters are mobility devices and a great way to cover that last mile to the bus stop. However, they are unlikely to ever replace or slow the growth of bike usage. The motivation for buying a scooter or a bike is quite different.
Playgrounds are essential for children. With children, you would be familiar with hours spent at a playground. Living close to a good playground is of greatly valued. If you are out on the bike, why not ride there. For small kids, this will be the local playground, however, if they are older there may be a “play space” close by.
Mount Majura Road is an interesting CAT 3 hill climb. Going up is a fitness challenge. Going down the Mineshaft Descent is a challenge for the nerves. If you like hills this is a good ride. Mount Majura is part of Canberra Nature Park.