For 2014 the Grinders rides will be merged into my
'Beat the Boring' ride program as exploring new food and coffee
establishments is never boring!
Grinders rides will be
run roughly monthly with lots of variety (routes, timing
and day of the week) to keep it interesting and fresh.
This will also offer a balance between keeping active and
managing the expense, and there are plenty of other Bushranger
rides to keep you on your bike and spinning at other times.
There is a cost and
bookings are required.
Are these rides for me?
The Grinders rides will
at least 30 to 40kms (+) distance and quick paced (the aim is to
complete rides in 4 hours including coffee stops). They will be less
restricted in location so expect ranging cross suburban rides,
plenty of undulations, no or minimal 'breather' stops and possibly some more
road sections when compared to other Bushranger rides.
recreational and social rides - you don't need a fancy bike, and you
certainly don't need the lycra. However to help you decide if
these rides will be for you please consider the distance and
To ensure your safety and that of others on the rides
you will need to be confident and competent on your bike - so
decisive at road crossings and intersections, confident on
corners and the twisty bits, able to adapt to varying road and
path conditions, and able to keep up and capable of pushing on when required
would certainly help.
Details and dates
currently being developed.
Details of the
rides will be e-mailed to Grinders members via regular 'E-Newsletters' and
then you can decide if you are interested and make your booking.
Rides will be limited to 8 participants to ensure there is room
at the Inn (cafes).
firstname.lastname@example.org to book or for more
are available to everyone and membership via signing up for
newsletters is encouraged. More detail of every ride will be provided when you book.
Additional or repeat rides will be run if there is enough demand
and we will establish a system to ensure bookings and
cancellations are handled appropriately.
rides will be run as 'mystery rides' with details provided about
the route and difficulty, gradient and pace, but the cafes will
be a surprise.
Once we have
explored a variety of venues, club members will be invited to
rate their favourites and design some rides for the club that
other details can be found on the
Join the Club page.
Club rides are $20 per person per ride (including GST).
This provides ride organisation and management, route planning,
cafe and social planning, ride support and encouragement when
required (you know - the subtle nudge to get a move on) and the
fun of exploration, discovery & adventure on your bike.
Plus to add to
the fun the cafes will be asked to participate and provide
information sessions and we can also run a 'rate the experience'
guide (optional) via the Bushranger Bikes
Face book page.
Setting the Cost - the Value Equation:
What's a ride
worth? This is always the dilemma however it's been
made a little easier by the benchmarks set for rides conducted
by Bicycle Queensland (a none profit association) - at roughly
$1 per km:
- Mt Cootha
Challenge - 85kms - $70-$80
- Great Brisbane Bike Ride 30/50kms - $50-$60
come in at around 50-60 cents per km - and are something special
- you are part of
a unique club where discovery, adventure and safe small group
cycling fun are the themes and where the membership is free - bargain! You get
fit, a chance to discover and explore some fantastic cafes, have heaps of fun and
exciting social life all thrown in.
Quit the gym,
sack the personal trainer and join THE GRINDERS CLUB! I can promise real
wind in your hair and I won't be as tough on you! Hmmm!