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
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.
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.