Touring Australia on a Bike

As you all know we are huge fans of the Australian continent even as kiwies…
We spent a few holidays there surfing the best waves the country as to offer.

The idea of the bike came later. There’s a personal challenge but above all want to live every day fully, to relearn to appreciate simple things every day, 11 months. Moreover, solo to open my mind, let me surprise and let the unexpected take the reins.

Note that I did not the Australia tour bike completely. I chose to explore three sections (West, North Queensland, South East and Tasmania. I wanted to see the route that allowed me to go was my pace, enjoy the scenery and work a little (wwoofing, fruitpicker). I wanted to not be a slave of the bike. It was therefore not a pure sporting challenge to make a complete loop of the Australia.

What material to choose to circumnavigate the Australia cycling?

I bought my bike at my arrival in Brisbane ($1400 AUD with tools and equipment). It might have been wiser to bring it to France, we must see with the transport charges.

This type of adventure, to a robust bike: so a frame and a fork in steel, including to support the luggage and baskets (which must be waterproof). For Australia, a mirror is not a luxury, as many roads are frequented by trucks, unfortunately.

For the rest of the standard: brake pads or discs, 26 inch wheels, to quickly find spare parts in the most remote corners.

In 6500 kms, I just changed the pedals and the rear carrier that bears almost all the weight.
Moreover, for the rest of the equipment?

It takes the lighter material and the smaller possible:

Resistant, compact and lightweight tent
Ditto for down (feathers if mountain hiking)
Stove, pattanaik, stone fire, cutlery, torch
Clothing: long sleeves, shorts, shoes (flexible for biking, hiking), cyclist and poncho (absolutely)
Tools and accessories for repair: pump, tire changer, tire, all-in-one with screwdriver, hex wrench, and tubes
Helmet mandatory
Medical kit
Water and food (canned food , freeze-dried when not of point of supply before several days)
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What are the galleys to be expected during one such trip by bike?

The technical issues are mainly punctures, sometimes in the rain, at night, at the edge of a construction.

Otherwise, we must try to anticipate big seeds and change the parts that begin to deteriorate when it is located in a large city.

Physical galleys are few because a bike effort is fluid, we must just learn to manage the heat and cold.

The main gaissues and problems you will face are psychological, for example when it comes to chain five days of rain and/or wind. It must also have a particular taste for life in the bivouac! It is sometimes hard to do not have Chair for eating or having to eat under the tent to avoid mosquitoes.

The most beautiful moments of your tour of Australia by bike?

The moment a bike, I lived in the Pilbara desert: between lightning in the morning when the storm rumbles, the stunning views on the Hamersley Range in day and night under the starry sky and the dingoes nearby.

Other highlights:

Hit the slopes of the Great Ocean Road
Through fields of wild flowers of the Kalbarri
Cross the River to go to Carnarvon Gorge
Discover the Atherton Tableland plateau and the sublime East coast of Tasmania.

Stewarts Cycle City

You’ll find the hire bike to suit your requirements at Nelson Bike Rentals. We have a terrific variety of professionally maintained cycles that can be rented for half a day for numerous months! Our bikes will certainly let you explore the city by roadway or provide an excellent experience off road. They can be shipped back from other locations if you go exploring.cycling

If you are a keen bicyclist going to the location and desire a bike for a local event/ exploring holiday then, kindly get in touch – we can supply the right bike for you! You have access to a wide choice of the roadway, mountain, and leisure bikes as well as tandems, travel luggage trailers, visiting panniers and child seats and trailer bikes. All bikes and devices are skillfully maintained in our workshop. Our services are developed to make your cycle rides in New Zealand economical, dependable and FUN!

The Key Features of Hire Service:

Option – A great range of road and mountain bikes available for a wide choice of designs and sizes.

Flexibility – Rental durations are flexible to satisfy your requirements. They vary from half a day to numerous months and will certainly fit the bicyclist on a day journey to Nelson or the tourist riding around the nation.

Everything is provided – Every bike includes a helmet, pump, tube, repair kit, lock, and so on– everything you need to keep riding.

Where to ride – Recommendations on where to ride around the Nelson location from our “bike mad” store personnel. They understand the best on-road routes and the off-road tracks and trails for every rider ability. Suggested trips.

Book online – You can book and protect your rental bike paying straight online or getting in touch with the store with your credit card details.

Bikes provided to you – Want to cycle to Nelson? We can have bikes provided outside the Nelson location. We will certainly even bring your bikes to your cottage in Nelson.Redeem scheme – You can use our redeem plan for

This is frequently more cost – effective than bringing your bike on an airline or leasing a bike for lots of months. We will purchase the bike when you are ready to leave Nelson for an agreed quantity.

Contact United States – We’re offered to answer your questions relating to bike requirements and availability through email or phone.

Convenient – Our existing store is opening hours and easily located in Nelson city.

Events – While you’re in town, have a look at our regional cycle events and rides.