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Riding Brissie - All You Need to Know 

June 15, 2015
Riding Brissie - All You Need to Know

Thanks to Bean Brewding and Dovetail on Overend for the cover shot and great coffee shot!

New to bike riding? Or new to Brisbane and want to get a lay of land? BikeExchange has you covered with some of the local bike rides, bike shops, bike clubs and bike-friendly cafes. Get on your bike and get riding around Brissie!

Group rides


Location: Departs from Gympie Rd, Aspley

Start time: 6.30am every Sunday

Distance: Low 50s – low 90s

Description: There’s only 789m of climbing on this ride but it’s the speed that sets the challenge as the route takes you along mainly flat, suburban and some ocean fronted rides – a good scenic session in the saddle.

Intensity: Full gas

Numbers: A LOT!

Check out plenty of awesome bike nutrition and training ideas and inspiration here

Park Road, Milton (also known as Wednesday Worlds)

Location: La Dolce Vita

Start time: 6am every Wednesday

Distance: 35/40km

Description: This is the river loop

Intensity: 35km/h – can get a bit hairy at times and is probably faster than the Zupps given it doesn’t go for as long

Numbers: A LOT!

Bike-friendly Cafes


Location: 21 Railway Terrace, Milton

Phone: 0422 12 47 67

Opening hours: 6.15am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday

Style: Once a bomb shelter, now a hole-the-wall café pumping out terrific coffee and sweet treats.

Dovetail on Overend


85 Overend St, Norman Park

Phone: 0435 22 44 07

Opening hours: 6.30am (for take away, tables ready by 7am)– 1pm, weekends 6.30am (for take away, tables ready by 7am) – 2pm

Style: Great for cyclists who want to stay outside to enjoy their coffee. Top quality coffee and healthy bites to eat served from this hole-in-the-wall cafe.

The Tiller Coffee

Location: 81 Mina Parade, Alderley

Phone: n/a

Opening hours: 6.30am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday, 7am – 12pm Saturday

Style: A shipping container cleverly converted into a café!

Cycling Clubs

Balmoral Cycling Club

The club was formed in 1946 and an old wives’ tail suggests it came about due to a local abattoir and meat workers’ strike, and the need to give the laid-off workers something to do. The club’s premises were on some land in Hawthorn (acquired through a founding member) until Brisbane City Council organised for it to be turned into a park, and essentially exchanged the land for the club’s current home at Murarrie Reserve.

Club meetings are held at 9.30am on the third Saturday of every month at the clubrooms.

Along with a racing calendar, the club runs weekly rides, weekly training sessions, an annual century ride and skills development activities for junior novice riders.

Thinking of joining a club? Find out why you definitely should here

University of Queensland Cycling Club

The club was formed in the early 1980s and has helped develop champion Australian riders. The club focuses on road and track cycling and has State and National representation in both. There is a dedicated race calendar as well as training rides, track sessions, social rides and club trophies, which are awarded each year at the club’s Christmas celebration.

Hamilton Pine Rivers Wheelers Cycling Club

Hamilton Pine Rivers Wheelers Club

The 2013 Queensland Cycling Club of the Year winner, this club boasts club racing at state, national and international level, with members aged between six and 84. The club fosters junior talent thanks to its racing and development programme. It hosts closed circuit races, road races, handicaps, time trials, hill climbs and track races as well as women’s only events (and the annual Nicol Jackson Women’s Series).

Brisbane South Mountain Bike Club

Brisbane MTB Club

This club is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is the state’s largest MTB club. There is no end of activity on offer here, either – from regular club rides, to weekly Daisy Hill and Cornubia training rides as well as outings for beginners, children and families and of course a dedicated racing calendar. The club also participates in Cyclocross races. Off the bike, the club is also committed to track building and ongoing care and maintenance.

Bike Stores

AvantiPlus The Valley

Address: 76 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley

Phone: 07 38 52 54 44

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm

Saturday 9am – 4pm

Sunday closed

Stock: Avanti, Scott, ABD, Raleigh

Find out more about local bike clubs and culture here



Address: 316 Ipswich Rd, Annerley

Phone: 07 38 91 75 61

Opening Hours:

Tuesday 7am – 6pm

Wednesday 9am – 6pm

Thursday 9am – 8pm

Friday 9am – 6pm

Saturday 9.30am – 3pm

Sunday and Monday closed

Stock: Yeti, Santa Cruz, Niner, Giant, Liv, Transition

ForTheRiders organises a weekly shop ride departing every Saturday around 6.30am. Contact them direct to get on the mailing list.

Find out more about ForTheRiders here

Chain Gang Performance Bikes

shop rides

Address: 24/500 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd, Seventeen Mile Rocks

Phone: 07 37 15 89 90

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday 9am – 4pm

Stock: Focus, Cervelo, Colnago, Fondriest, Wilier Triestina

Chain Gang participates in plenty of cycling events across SE Queensland and welcomes riders of all ages, skills and fitness on shop rides. Touch base with the store for details.

Cycd for Bikes

Address: 15 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park

Phone: 07 33 99 24 53

Opening Hours:

Monday 8am – 6pm

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 6pm

Thursday 9am – 7pm

Saturday 9am – 4pm

Sunday closed

Stock: Cycd for Bikes is Australia’s premier Giant concept store.

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