My boyfriend and I are going to be coming to Australia to do a long-distance bike trip starting in Adelaide and ending in Sydney. We'd like to either hire or buy touring/hybrid bikes for the trip - does anyone have a suggestion on where we can do this as inexpensively as possible?
Star cycles stock touring bikes.
many bike shops in Adelaide don't know what a touring bike is.
are you familiar with Australian country roads?
there are often long stretches (about 200 Km) between towns some "towns" ate littler more than a Pub.
they are narrow and you may be sharing them with B doubles.
Yeah, we know there will be some long stretches and could be some dangerous traffic spots - but we've talked to other people who've done some cycle touring in Australia and this leg specifically and we want to try it! The only issue for us (as of now) is that we'll be traveling to SE Asia first so we can't bring our bikes with us.
Highly unlikely that you will be able to hire bikes for such a trip. Have a look at www.bikeexchange.com.au They list many bike shops (but not all) in each state as well as secondhand bikes. True touring bikes are not that common stock items in many shops but there are plenty of hybrids with or without suspension. CycloCross bikes are also becoming a popular choice for touring.
As Don said Star cycles do stock touring bikes though they may need to order in to get your specific size.
For advice on riding/touring across the countryI would suggest writing to Australian Cyclist and Ride On magazines both magazines cover touring regularly and should be able advise on research material books magazines etc.
Thanks for the tips! I have checked out the bikeexchange site - it looks great. My only worry is that it'd be hard to get a bike when we arrive. I'll keep looking into that though and will write to those two magazines! Thanks!!!
Id start looking of Gumtree Adelaide website, alot of people during the colder months(ie. around about now) are selling off pretty decent 2nd hand bikes because its "too cold" or they didnt really like cycling.
A 2000km trip on a hire bike (if available) or an inexpensive bike sounds like a recipe for disaster IMO. As Don said Ozzie roads are often long and barren and you want good equipment in tip top shape to be touring them on a bike IMO. I would have thought you would need a bike you are familiar with and comfortable on before attempting such a ride.
Have you considered buying bikes in your home town that you will be able to use again? Then also able to do a test weekend trip near home to check out your packing and gear. Try more than one airline for best price for ticket with packed bike.
Be aware that on some road stretches in Australia you will need to pack quite a bit of water. This extra weight requires sturdy bikes. Will need sturdy bikes if you opt for some country roads that are less travelled -- advantage of less traffic. A cyclist mentioned huge trucks (B-doubles and road trains) on some roads -- government websites will show these routes for the benefit of truckies. Suggest that you do much web browsing before your trip, e.g. maps, caravan parks / camping grounds for showers and laundry. Will get the best Australian coverage for mobile phone (in case of emergency) with Telstra 4G designated 'country' but does not cover our few mountainous areas or remote country. Consider a web-based phone with GPS mapping so you can do some research while on holiday.
Unfortunately, we'll be traveling to SE Asia first for two months and don't want to bring bikes on that leg of the trip so we can't bring our bikes from home. :( We have done a lot of research and talked to some people about the long stretches, traffic, etc. though. Thanks!
I am envious of you!
Have you seen the website http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/? There are a few stories of people doing similar trips in Australia - often with very cheap bikes too!
Good luck on your quest! btw - where are you from?
Try http://unitramps.com All sorts of things are possible.
Simon, if you go to her AC page, from Oaklands in California. In theory California and SA both have Mediterranean climates, so not the shock of a UK rider arriving in Aus.
Yeah, we did see that site! He is crazy - but also that's so cool that he did that! This will be such a small portion of his feat!
We're from the US - Oakland, California to be specific (near San Francisco).