Welcome to NoBMoB

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!

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Next Group Rides When #
Ourimbah MTB Sun 20 Apr (13:00) 1
Manly Dam - Social Sun 20 Apr (14:00) 1
Next Advocacy/Build Events When
BMORC Rake & Ride - The Oaks Sun 25 May (09:00)
Next Races When
Shimano MTB GP - Round 2 Sat 26 Apr (09:00)
Convict 100 2014 Sat 3 May (07:00)
Singletrack Mind Series Round 1 Sun 18 May (All day)
WSMTB XC Round 3 Sun 18 May (09:30)
Dungog Challenge - Off Road Duathlon (Run/MTB/Run) Sun 25 May (08:00)

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An important request from the Mayor of Warringah - remember to share the trails with courtesy

We have received an important request from the Mayor of Warringah regarding concerns some residents in the area have about riders behaviour on the track around Narrabeen Lagoon.

Please take a moment to review this and take on board his message (and one that we have been supporting for many years) that the trails are there to share.

Obviously this is a particularly family friendly trail and not only should riders take care when approaching and passing walkers and joggers, they should also be aware a large number of young children learn to ride (and to love riding) right here.

Full details can be found here: Cyclists on the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail. Please follow up on that thread.

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Mowbray Park Farm track official opening tomorrow (Saturday 18th) - family friendly rides ahead?

Just a reminder for those who might have missed the Mowbray Park Farm track official opening calendar entry.

Enjoy the heat? Why not go and check out this new trail to the South of Sydney (near Picton) this weekend? For those that don't, might be worth a visit at another time?

The site looks like a pretty promising option for riders who may feel guilty about leaving the family at home while they indulge in the pleasures of MTB. There appear to be a tonne of family friendly activities for the significant other & kids. Kudos for the initiative guys!

All the details are on the calendar page linked above. Note club membership requirements before planning your trip!

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Manly Dam consultation sessions: Free BBQ and a chance to have your say!

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Here's a bit of welcome news: Warringah Council are running two consultation sessions on the future of Manly Dam. Even better, these are to be run at the Dam and accompanied by a free BBQ lunch.

If you haven't been to the Dam in a while perhaps this is the perfect excuse? Take a ride, grab some well earned post-ride lunch and let the council know what an important venue this is for riders.

Dates are in our calendar and are:

Sunday 12 January, 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Saturday 1 February, 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Details from council here:


This is all part of the consultation process which will end on Monday 10 February, so if you can't get there be sure to give your input in some other way on how the park (and of course mountain bike track) should be managed.

More details on the consultation here:


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Garigal NP/Bantry Bay to get authorised trails - it's official!

Back in June it was announced that NPWS had put out for comment amendments to Garigal National Park that, amongst other things, included provision for an authorised trail at Bantry Bay (see Garigal NP/Bantry Bay Proposed Trails - Act Now!).

The great news is that yesterday these amendments were officially announced and include a map of proposed trails pretty much unchanged from that put out for comment (see attached).

The full plan with these amendments can be found on-line at the Environment & Heritage site here:


It includes some nice phrases such as...

Easily accessible mountain bike riding is also provided for in Garigal National Park. This activity will be enhanced by the purpose-built track proposed for construction in the Bantry Bay area of the park. There are opportunities to link tracks in the park to adjacent natural areas, thus creating a district track network.

The experience provided will be an authorised, cross-country / all-mountain mountain bike route, approximately seven to ten kilometres in length as shown on Map 4. The track will comprise mostly a 'one-way' route from beginner up to intermediate levels. The route will include attractive landscape features, such as view points. It will allow separation of mountain bike riders from bushwalkers. It will be supported by basic local government visitor infrastructure such as car parking space and toilets and will aim to attract local and regional visitors who may wish to enjoy a few hours exploring the park and surrounds.

Happy days Smiling

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Common 'newbie' queries on buying or upgrading a bike. How do a few local shops fair?

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.

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