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Bike rides in Tasmania's wilds

Derby V Maydena: Tassie Mountain Biking’s Heavy Weight Title Fight

Derby versus Maydena? How do you compare these awesome Mountain Biking destinations?  Is it George Foremans raw power versus Muhammad Ali’s speed and smarts or is it MacEnroe’s serve volley versus Bjorn Borg’s dogged baseline play or maybe its a theme park holiday versus a week at a shack in a small coastal town. Right now Tassie has some mind blowing Mountain Bike riding.  I don’t have enough international riding experience to say “Its the Read more…

End of a Mountain bike ride.

Back to The River

Despite my invitation to the entire worldwide Mountain Biking community only 8 people turned up for this years ride of The River.  Maybe not as many people read my blog as I think, or maybe everybody was just getting ready for Christmas.  yeah, that must be it. Our latest Epic journey to one of my favourite mountain biking destinations was in complete contrast to every other one.  It was warm, and sunny.  And while there Read more…

We made it to FIFTY, and we’re still alive

We were washing the bus and preparing for our next tour and our laconic, monolithic guide, Joshua stops working, stands up tall ( quite tall in his case ) looks at me. “We’re 50.” he proclaims. “What” I rudely replied while washing the tailgate. “Our last tour was number 50.  Pretty cool, hey?” “Really? Wow !” I said without thinking about it too much. I’ve had time to think about it now and its pretty Read more…

Locals guide: What to do on a weekend in Hobart

If you’ve got a weekend in Hobart, get a shuffle on, you don’t have much time to fit everything in. Friday night 4:00 Shambles – get a beer.  These guys make their own beer and its great.  Its in the bustling mid-town district but they have a funky beer garden at the front where you can watch the city go by.  If you can’t get in here try Bah Wah, next door.  Its a groovy Read more…

Specialized Fuse – A Big Fattie

The Superior mountain bike in our fleet is the Specialized Ruse/Fuse. It’s a 650B hard-tail mountain bike with super-grippy fattie tyres. Spec’d with 180mm brakes, dropper post, Manitou front fork these bikes are the new wave of all-mountain trail bikes – the grip from the 3.0″ tyres is unbelievable. Check out what this bike can do in good hands (https://www.specialized.com/us/en/destination-trail-russia). I’m not in the same league as those guys but I have ridden this bike Read more…

The Specialized Stumpjumper

Ode to the The Specialized Stumpjumper When you don’t ever want to wonder if your Mountain Bike is up to the job you ride a Stumpy. The Stumpy is the ultimate trail bike and it can handle just about anything.  It is the ideal bike for the terrain you’ll find on a Hobart Mountain Bike Tour’s tour. Specialized has been making Stumpys since 1981 and each new model is better that the last. We use Read more…

Come Ride The River

Ok, as a mountain biker I might have a bit of a problem.  I’m don’t think i’m a trail snob.  I’m fully ( and sometimes painfully) aware of my short comings as a rider. Technically I’m not great and my fitness is no where near what it once was, but for me the essence of mountain bike riding is riding mountains.  Remote locations, off the beaten track, challenging trails with lots of vertical both up Read more…

Winter bike rides in Tasmania

Mountain Bike Fashion – What to wear, when

If you’re reading this seriously looking for fashion advice for mountain biking please let me know ( jono@hobartmtbtours.com.au ) because that’s really funny.  I’m the least fashionable person on the planet.  I wear one  pair of Blundstone boots (that changes every 5 years), wife beater singlet, Hobart MTB Tours jumper. Jeans in winter, shorts in summer.  I live in bib and brace bike shorts whether I’m on the bike or not. If you’re still not Read more…

Best Post Ride Beer

OK lets get any conflict of interest out of the way right now.  I live in Hobart and I ride on Cascade land.  I try and support them by drinking Cascade beer… Mountain biking seems to get linked to hipsterism and craft beer.  Not sure why?  Maybe its the deomographic or maybe its because we’re relaxed and social and slightly non main stream. Or maybe craft beer makers try and link themselves to mountain bikers Read more…