Welcome to NoBMoB - the Northern Beaches Mountain Biking Group. Not just for the extraordinary, everybody is welcome! Just starting out? Been riding for years? Join us for our weekly social rides on Sydney's beautiful Northern Beaches and beyond.
Why not sign up and post your ride, join someone else or just chat in the forums? Riders from all over Australia are here so you don't have to be a Northern Beaches local to enjoy. Make your plans sound enticing and see who comes along!
If you are interested in road riding, check out road.nobmob.com.
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Upcoming advocacy events would normally appear here, but things are a little quiet at the moment and it's empty.
Don't be shy - this is a community site so if you're out there working post your meeting.
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A lot of questions are asked in the forum here relate to buying a new bike for the first time, or (more often I think) upgrading from that first ride.
We'd like to think of the average user here as pretty knowledgeable, and that you'll find plenty of good advice in places like our MTB Gear Forum. That said, we were interested to find out how the pros in some local bike shope would respond to some common queries:
1. I'd like to take up MTB riding and have a limited budget, what's the best 'cheap' bike for me to buy to start?
2. I've been riding some local firetrails on my Huffy hardtail and feel ready to take my riding to the next level, take on some rougher terrain & maybe small drops. Say I have $2,500 to spend, what should I be looking at? Talk me into spending more if you can!
3. My 'significant other' has recently taken up MTB riding. They don't have much gear. In fact they ride in old tees, board shorts and trainers. What's the best gift under $100 you can recommend giving to a relatively new rider?
4. Store's choice (optional): aside from the above, what's the most common type of query you get and what does the customer usually end up buying?
Head on over to Local Bike Shops: Responses to common newbie queries to find out how they went.
As we mentioned a while back the trails DB on this site has had a bit of work done recently. With points of interest and other features now able to be classified we've been able to build a complete trails finder page.
On there, you can filter and search by features and instantly see on the map where those trails are.
The reports are starting to trickle in, and today's race down in Bundanoon was one for the hardmen - and hard women - by the sound of it.
One of the biggest Marathons of the year, the Fling always draws a great field, who this year were joined on the start line by a world tour road pro - bet you are wondering how he went? Throw in a whole lot of wet and windy stuff and the recipe looks a treat for those who like to read of adversity, and of overcoming.
If you were down in Bundanoon today we'd love to hear how you went. Why not share in a blog entry linked to our 2013 Highland Fling page. Include your result to get it built into a local leader board and history in your profile.
All the stories are always appreciated by those of us who couldn't make it!
I'm not sure how much of this people will have noticed, but... thought it was about time to say a few words about our trails DB.
This started out as just a few words about local trails but after a quick glance at the page above you'll see it's grown into much more.
While this section of the site has been here for a long time, it's had a bit of TLC lately (and will get a bit more in the coming weeks & months).
There is a whole load of information here and it can be a bit daunting, so in general the changes are aimed at making it easy to find 'stuff I like'.
The changes so far have been:
- Remove reliance on Google Maps in favour of Leaflet - looks great on mobile.
- Nice little thumbnail maps on the 'At-a-glance' section for each trails area.
- Introduction of a point of information (POI) content type. Instead of just listing facilities we can now pinpoint them on a map (with relevant icons of course).
- Maps for individual areas can now show trails colour coded by difficulty (where authors have rated them), as well as those POIs.
- As well as the Northern Beaches area overview map on the trails DB overview there's a new Trails Finder page that shows all the areas to ride on a map.
- A little reminder message on all these content types: this is a site for the MTB community, and as trail info can often change, anyone is welcome to contribute with better information if they have it. You know - just like a wiki.
Well, that's for a start... there's more coming! Yes, a nerd's work is never done!
Today (13 October) NPWS are reporting that due to a total fire ban, many National Parks in Sydney and surrounds are closed.
Eg. for Ku-ring-gai Chase:
Total Fire Ban
All tracks and trails across all of the Metropolitan National Parks are closed Sunday 13 October 2013 due to Total Fire Ban. West Head Road is closed, however the basin campground will remain open.
Many other parks around Sydney have similar warnings. Many thanks to the guys who put in all the trail status updates to alert us to this - nothing worse than turning up to a trail and finding out it's closed
More details on NPWS page: