Handy Information

As we build up a list of resources we will share them here for you. 

     

    Local Links

    Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club

    Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club are the advocates for, and drivers of mountain bike development and participation across the Toowoomba region. Their role is to identify, plan and deliver mountain bike infrastructure, initiatives and events that showcase the region’s natural assets.

    South Burnett Mountain Bike Club

    South Burnett Mountain Bike Club promotes mountain biking and off road riding throughout the South Burnett. They are a family club with a strong emphasis on Junior development. Their club is currently developing single trails in McEuen Forestry in Wondai.

    https://www.auscycling.org.au/qld

    AusCycling represents over 52,000 members across BMX, BMX Freestyle, Cyclo-Cross, E-Sport, Mountain Bike, Para-Cycling, Road, Track and Lifestyle (recreational and commuter) riding throughout Australia. 

    Cycling Queensland (CQ)

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    CQ is the peak body promoting and developing racing and recreational cycling in Qld. Our mission is to foster cycling’s improvement and increased participation through collaboration with members and stakeholders based on professionalism and open, honest engagement. 

    Bicycle Queensland

    BQ is the leading voice for community cycling in Queensland

    Mountain Bike Australia is the peak body for mountain biking in Australia.

    https://www.auscycling.org.au

    The Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission recognises Mountain Bike Australia to develop mountain biking in Australia.

    We aim to lead the development and promotion in Australia for the benefit and enjoyment of all mountain bikers.

    Cycling Australia

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    Cycling Australia, the trading name of the Australian Cycling Federation Inc, is the national governing body for bicycle racing in Australia, and represents the interests of affiliated cycling clubs and State federations. It covers the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclo-cross, BMX. In  

    Routes, Trails & Rides

    Principal Cycle Network Plans (Qld Dept Transport & Main Roads) 

    Principal Cycle Network Plans show core routes needed to get more people cycling more often. Routes shown are indicative and exist to guide further planning. The plans are intended to support, guide and inform the planning, design and construction of the transport network.

    Downs South West

    Principal Cycle Network Plan (48MB)
    Priority Route Maps (53MB)

    Bloke On Bike

    Info on all sorts of rides around Australia

    Cycling Wild

    Routes and stories in Australia and beyond

    Cycle Trails Australia

    The best source of info for riding in remote central Australia

    Bikemap.net

    Bikemap is one of the largest collections of bike routes on the web. Cycle routes can be mapped or uploaded from GPS devices.

    Gold Coast Maps and Guides

    Maps and guides to help you discover the best walking, cycling and public transport routes in your local area. Why not explore your neighbourhood?

    Railtrails Australia 

    News, maps and trail information on Australia’s extensive network of rail trails

    Bikepacking

    Bikepacking.com

    Same as above, but focused specifically on off-road travel

    Adventure Cycling Guide

    “The Adventure Cycling Guide: All you need to know about adventure cycle touring, including choosing a bike, gear, where to go, planning, bikes on planes, safety & security.”

    Findacamp

    Find that campsite

    Cycling Forums and Blogs

    Average Joe Cyclist Blog

    Queensland Cycling Strategy

    The Queensland Cycling Strategy sets the direction for encouraging more cycling, more often throughout Queensland. It is accompanied by an action plan and Queensland State of Cycling Report, which will be updated every two years to help prioritise efforts and respond to changes that impact cycling in Queensland.

    Australian Cycling Forums

    Huge range of topics including cycle touring

    Bicycle Network

    Rider insurance, news and cycling advocacy, nation-wide

    Audax Australia Cycling Club

    Audax Australia is a non profit national cycling organisation specialising in on road rides from 50 – 1200km and off road rides from 35 – 200km. Rides 200km and over are recognised internationally by Randonneurs Mondiaux and Audax Club Parisien.

    The word Audax comes from the Latin for bold or courageous. In 1897 a group of Italian cyclists rode 200 km between sunrise and sunset, and became known as “les Audacieux”.

    https://www.ridenation.com.au/

    Ride Nation is the place where the cycling community comes to connect, learn, improve and have fun! Wherever you are on your riding journey, Ride Nation is the marketplace for programs, activities, events and adventures that suit your needs.

    Crazyguyonabike.com

    A place for bicycle tourists & their journals

    Cycling Around the World

    “Cycling Around the World is 100% non-commercial, maintained by Paul van Roekel & Anja de Graaf, who live in the Netherlands. All information on this site is based on bike trips they made since 1987.”

    The Inner Ring

    “The Inner Ring is a blog about cycling and cycle sport, especially pro cycling. News, comment, opinion and chat feature here. The aim is to give a different take on the sport and sometimes have a look at things that might get overlooked by the mainstream cycle sport media”.

    Bike Forums

    Forums include: advocacy & safety, bicycle mechanics, BMX, classic & vintage, commuting, electric bikes, 50 plus, folding bikes, framebuilders, long distance cycling, mountain biking, recreational & family, recumbent, road cycling, professional cycling, touring, track cycling, training & nutrition, general cycling discussion. Other sections include introductions, charity events, regional discussions, news & suggestions, as well as items for sale.

    Cycling Forums

    Cycling Forums is a cycling related chat forum. Sections include General, Tech Corner,  Bike Racing, Mountain Bikes, Regional Cycling Forums (including Australia & NZ, UK & Europe,  Africa, & Canada & US), Other Stuff, Groups, Feedback & What’s Going On.

    CTC Forum

    CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club), founded in 1878 as the Bicycle Touring Club, is the UK’s National Cyclists’ Organisation.

    Jim Langley – Bicycle Aficionado

    Jim Langley is a self-described bicycle fanatic, writer/editor, author, teacher (professor of bicycle maintenance at University of California at Santa Cruz for four years!), mechanic , collector, inventor, consultant, athlete & cyclist.  His site contains heaps of useful information about bicycles & cycling.

    Jim Langley’s Bicycle Beat

    This is Jim Langley’s blog.

    On Your Bike – Thorn Tree Forum – Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet cycling forum

    RoadBikeRider.com

    The free newsletters from RoadBikeRider.com contain “advice & information on training, bike riding skills, bicycle maintenance, pro racing & more – plus worldwide news of cycling.” Subscribe to the newsletter & receive a free copy of their eBook: 29 Pro Cycling Secrets for Roadies

    Sheldon Brown’s Home Page

    Heaps of helpful bicycle & other articles by the late Sheldon Brown

    Travel with Bicycles

    “This website is a personal, non-commercial attempt to make available the experience of hundreds of individual bicycle tourists who travel some distance to get to a place for their tour. Either we travel with our bikes or we rent bikes when we arrive. We take airlines, trains, buses, or ferries.”

    Travelling Two: Bicycle Touring Around The World

    “Learn how to go bicycle touring. We cover all the basics like picking cycle-friendly routes, the top equipment for bike tourists and inspiration for the world’s best places to ride a bicycle.”

    Velominati > Keepers of the Cog

    “We are the Keepers of the Cog.  In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list”.

    Cyclingnews.com

    “Since its inception in 1995, www.cyclingnews.com has grown to become the worldwide leader on the Internet for the sport of cycling.”

    General Cycling Info

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    Amy Gillett

    A national organisation dedicated to bike rider safety. Leads multiple initiatives directly to the public to improve safety, funded through donations, charity rides, corporate sponsorship and assistance. Runs the award-winning Cycle Safe Communities program, which provides the community, councils   

    Cycling Tips

    Mainly focused on road cycling, but includes some stuff on adventure cycling

    Bikepacking Buyer’s Guide

    Massive archive of articles on gear, bikes and rides from around the world. Focus on long-distance cycle touring.

    BikeRadar.com

    “Bike reviews, bike gear, parts & accessories, over 30,000 cycling routes, news & race results. BikeRadar.com: from the Cycling Plus, MBUK, Pro Cycling & What Mountain Bike network.”

    Bike Repair and Maintenance

    “Bicycle Repair & Tune-Up Guide, a complete, illustrated, online bicycle repair manual including wheel alignment, flat tire repair, derailleur & brake adjustment, & much more for mountain bikes, BMX, & general bicycles.”

    Cycling Tips

    This site, by Wade Wallace, comprises all sorts of cycling-related tips, news and comments, including those submitted by readers.

    Benefits of cycling

    Cycling is a cost effective and healthy way to get around our city. Improve your fitness and help reduce congestion on our roads.

    Bike theft prevention

    Bicycle theft can result from owners not locking their bikes properly or leaving them in places where they are vulnerable to theft. There are a number of ways you can reduce the risk of having your bike stolen.

    Cycling safety

    Beginners and experienced cyclists alike can feel exposed or vulnerable in the road environment. Riding confidently, courteously, and proactively scanning and sharing the road will improve your safety.

    Bike sheds

    There are a number of bike sheds available for you to use along the light rail. They provide a protected place to park your bike while you make the most of Gold Coast public transport on your way to work, school, shopping or just getting out and about.

    International Codes

    Very Easy

    Wide trail with a gentle gradient smooth surface and no obstacles. Suitable for beginner cyclists with basic bike skills, and most bikes

    Easy

    Wide trail with a gentle gradient smooth surface. Some obstacles such as roots, logs and rocks. Suitable for beginner cyclists with basic mountain bike skills, and off-road bikes

    Easy to Intermediate

    Likely to be single track with a moderate gradient, variable surface and some obstacles. Some obstacles such as roots, logs and rocks. Suitable for mountain bikers with mountain bikes

    Intermediate

    Single trail with moderate gradients, variable surface and obstacles. May include steep sections. Suitable for skilled mountain bikers with mountain bikes.

    Intermediate to Difficult

    Suitable for competent mountain bikers, used to physically demanding routes. Expect large and unavoidable obstacles and features. Challenging and variable with some steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces

    Difficult

    Suitable for experienced mountain bikers, used to physically demanding routes. Navigation and personal survival skills are highly desirable. Challenging and variable with long steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces. Some sections will be easier to walk