[SUBW-A] Trip Report - Mountain biking - Lindfield to Manly 2/6/02
dnoble at ozemail.com.au
Mon Jun 3 17:12:37 AEST 2002
Trip Report - Mountain biking - Lindfield to Manly 2/6/02
Party - Richard Wood, Alex Debono, Dave Noble
The trip started well when we met up at 10am at Lindfield station and I
spotted a bakery that was open. At the same time Alex noticed a tyre on
his bike had gone flat - so he decided to change the tube over to his
spare. A few minutes later we set off along roads down a hill to
Lindfield Rocks climbing area. Here the singletrack began.
A few steps were negotiated and then Richard stopped to try and fix up
his gears. His changer for his rear derailler had failed so he
effectively only had three gears. Unfortunately, Richard was not able to
get his gears working properly for the whole trip.
So we set off along a track that eventually led to Roseville Bridge. The
riding was quite good along old fire trail, sewage access roads and bush
tracks through what is now Garrigal National Park. We rode fast - but
had time to pause and admire the luxuriant rainforest growth.
Once over Roseville bridge we continued along bush tracks that went
towards Middle Harbour - and then went along roads for a short section
through Killarney Heights. It was here that one of Richard's pedals fell
off. Alex's pencil case came out again - and as it was full of tools, it
was quite useful - but Richard's pedal was too badly jammed. While
Richard attempted repairs we noticed a local resident who had got up to
collect the paper and to exercise his dog by walking it across the road
and back. He then stood in the middle of the road looking to see if the
white line was still in the right place. We had more important things to
do however, and we set off towards Forrestville in search of a bike
shop. We found a small shopping centre - and it did indeed have a bike
shop - but the owner was reluctant to try and fix ball bearings up - and
as Richard's pedal had somehow started working again - we set off once
more through the bush towards Wakehurst Parkway. After a detour to check
out a girl guide hall we eventually joined up with the Manly Dam
singletrack. This was great fun - and we continued at a great pace until
we got to the streets of Manly. We then rode into the town centre where
Richard was able to find another bike shop. He had now decided that
preventative maintenance is best - so he bought a new chain.
It was the a short ride to the Ferry Terminal - and then a cruise back
to the city.
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