Melburn-Roobaix 2016

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Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby baudman » Fri 24 Jun 2016, 12:28 pm

So, who's in?

I thought last year would be my last*, and that this year I'd volunteer. It's not that I didn't enjoy it - I had great fun. It's just... I didn't have the buzz of other years so I thought I'd let someone else take one of the limited places.

However, a crew of like-biked individuals wanted to take it on (even one from interstate), so I thought I may as well head jump aboard.

I'll be rolling through Fed Sq about 9, to get to the not-so-secret (hint, the same as every year of late) start point for registration. Sometimes it's worth just going to the start to take a look/photo op, but based upon forecasts people may be leaving their vintage/bling at home?

*barefoot's bike-in-a-box challenge still has it's attraction. And, of course, there's the prospect of Things 1 and/or 2 at some point.

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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby Ghislain » Fri 24 Jun 2016, 2:07 pm

I'm in. Going to ride the dually this year (rather than the single speed or lovely green Surly pacer) and have some muddy fun.

Hope it stays dry though, I've had enough getting wet this week already.

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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby Snuffy » Fri 24 Jun 2016, 2:39 pm

I'll be there with the usual crew of forumites.

Either fat tyres or really fat tyres.
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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby mtb101 » Fri 24 Jun 2016, 3:12 pm

will be an altered route this year with no finish at Brunswick Velodrome.
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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby baudman » Sat 25 Jun 2016, 9:18 am

I was hoping for the Lemond (thems were the days).

But nup. Jones Reserve. ie - right next to the Velo, on the other side of Harrison St.
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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby Madrider » Sat 25 Jun 2016, 10:08 am

baudman wrote: ................. Sometimes it's worth just going to the start to take a look/photo op, but based upon forecasts people may be leaving their vintage/bling at home? .............


I for one will be riding vintage cica 1982 at least
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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby baudman » Sat 25 Jun 2016, 9:23 pm

Madrider wrote:
baudman wrote: ................. Sometimes it's worth just going to the start to take a look/photo op, but based upon forecasts people may be leaving their vintage/bling at home? .............


I for one will be riding vintage cica 1982 at least


No 36"? :(

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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby Madrider » Sat 25 Jun 2016, 10:24 pm

baudman wrote:
Madrider wrote:
baudman wrote: ................. Sometimes it's worth just going to the start to take a look/photo op, but based upon forecasts people may be leaving their vintage/bling at home? .............


I for one will be riding vintage cica 1982 at least


No 36"? :(


No 36'er this year that was so 2012

Upon review of gearing requirements it will be a circa 1992 bike with modern 10 speed compact groupset ;)
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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby NightFallTech » Sun 26 Jun 2016, 7:49 pm

This was fun, rode from home, so a 112km round trip on the singlespeed. A few scary sideways moments, but kept the rubber side down.

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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby Ghislain » Mon 27 Jun 2016, 8:54 am

Had a blast, Andy and The Boss do a great job. Particularly glad I brought the MTB. My buddy was late so we were at the back end for a while and with 1500+ bikes ahead of us, that section through the back of Ivanhoe Golf Course was like Woodstock! Much sideways, sliding fun.

The 'gifts' we get are generous (musette, rear light etc), but I would willingly forgo them in favour of more organised action and entertainment in the various sectors. I dunno, noise, flags, whatever. Especially the final sector, which was a bit of a let down.

Reckon there must be a market for a 'family or kids' version too. I know it's easy to just carve off a section of the main event to shorten it, but a formal 'Petite Roobaix' with the same start and finish points but only 5 sectors / 30k or something and the kids Roobaix showbag waiting at the end would be great. Maybe a couple of kids-specific 'things' on the way. I dunno. I've ridden it several times now, including the first edition, and it would be a nice change to allow the kids to ride it under their own steam, it's just that they aren't ready for a full day in hell

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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby baudman » Mon 27 Jun 2016, 9:33 am

Roobaix Petite would be brilliant!

Yes, much sideways slippage was had - I never thought I'd get to use my snowdriving skills on my daily commuter. The track sure did get chopped up. My proudest moment was riding up that steepest of steeps everyone else was walking up.

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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby NightFallTech » Mon 27 Jun 2016, 9:34 am

Ghislain wrote:My buddy was late so we were at the back end for a while and with 1500+ bikes ahead of us, that section through the back of Ivanhoe Golf Course was like Woodstock! Much sideways, sliding fun.
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We weren't so far back... but on a road bike.. that was still pretty slippery!

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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby Snuffy » Mon 27 Jun 2016, 9:53 am

baudman wrote:My proudest moment was riding up that steepest of steeps everyone else was walking up.


16" wheels is cheating :P

(I cleared it too - rode the last pinch with my front wheel in the air :shock: )
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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby Ghislain » Mon 27 Jun 2016, 9:58 am

^ Me too, but almost had to track stand it near the end when a rider in front called it quits and dismounted.

Biggest close shave was riding along Indian file on the trial through Fitzroy when the dude on a fat-tyre unicycle in front of me fell off.

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Re: Melburn-Roobaix 2016

Postby baudman » Mon 27 Jun 2016, 10:39 am

Snuffy wrote:
baudman wrote:My proudest moment was riding up that steepest of steeps everyone else was walking up.


16" wheels is cheating :P


33.1 gear inches. If I drop the chainring down from 50T to 44T I get 29.1.


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