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Queensland Newsletter July 25th 2019

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Welcome to the July 25th edition of the Queensland Newsletter. In this edition we have some PBP stats, a few ride reports and some bicycle maintenance items.

We see some wonderful scenery and we have the opportunity to appreciate it as we ride.
Photo courtesy of Ben Coogan (Dirty Boonah Triple 2019)

Paris Brest Paris

Less than 4 weeks to go before the start of the 19th Paris Brest Paris, this year with a new start and finish location. Australians have participated in the event since 1983, with 449 finishes for our riders over the years. We wish all riders safe travels and good riding conditions for this year’s event. For more information and history a great place to start is our Audax website. Follow the link here

Rathdowney Rumble

This year’s Rathdowney Rumble is on Sunday 28th July. This year the ride is being run to support Vaughan Kipper’s entry in the Smiling For Smiddy ride in August 2019. Please take part in a superb event and support an excellent cause. Entries close at 11pm this Friday.

Calendar Workshop

The Calendar workshop is on at Brian’s place on Saturday July 27th, starting at 10am. If you want to attend, RSVP by Friday evening to Brian at as this is a catered event.

Ride reports

We have a few ride reports this edition.

Yeronga Medley – Ride Organisers report by Ant Richardson.

We had good weather for the Yeronga Medley 3 on Saturday 20 July and Sunday 21 July – it was 23ºC each day, sunny and reasonably light winds. It was a bit cold in the mornings and overnight though, especially west of Brisbane. We had a record turnout with 32 riders registered. All distances were ridden, with 15 riders for the 109 km, 7 for the 200 km, 1 for the 300 km, 5 for the 400 km ,and 4 for the 600. We had an additional rider too – Jeff Franklin did a permanent  600 (his second for the week!) starting at 2 pm on the Friday and riding through with no sleep.

Jeff is going to smash is Audax record for the most number of kms in a season. Nic Booth, who did the 600, was also in a serious mood, wanting to get some distance under his belt for PBP. He left his home on the Gold Coast at 1 am on Saturday morning, and rode up to the start at Yeronga.

When I opened the door at 5:30 am I found Nic shivering on the front grass, so I invited him in for coffee to warm up. He had problems with the 600 too, breaking a gear cable at the 200 km mark, so he rode in his hardest gear to the sleep stop at the 350 mark at Yeronga. Tara Horner and Steve Powell also slept over, but Dave Riddell rode through without sleeping.

On the second day of the 600, the route goes down toward the Gold Coast, so Nic detoured to his place down the coast and rebuilt his second bike over a few hours so he could ride that. He then finished the ride with a full complement of gears and arrived at my place Sunday night. Nic then rode back home down the Gold Coast, doing nearly 1000 km for the weekend! Incredible! Although four people did not start (too cold?), every rider bar one finished – a very strong result. Well done to everyone!

Yeronga Medley – A rider’s perspective by Heath Carney

Heath also found the Yeronga Medley a pleasant ride on Saturday. You can read his report here:

Dirty Boonah Triple – Ben Coogan’s adventure

Reading Ben’s writeup on the triple tells me it is one tough ride. I included all of Ben’s photos at the end of his ride report and it is a very scenic ride. Read more here:

Completed Rides

Dirty Boonah Triple

20 riders completed one of the three distances: 56km riders in 4 hours, 111km riders between about 6 hours and just under 8 hours, the 150km riders from 7 1/4 hours to 9 1/4 hours. Well done to all on a tough course.

Yeronga Medley 3

Ant has painted a good picture of the ride earlier. Times are: 109km 4 1/4 hours through to 6 1/2, 200km riders 9 1/4 hours to 10 1/2, 300km completed in 13 1/4 hours, 400km completed in 17 hours and the 600km completed in 36 1/2 to 38h 20.


More on Disc Brakes

Keith Heinrich continues his exploration of all things disc brake. This edition he looks at hassles when putting the wheel back in. Read his write-up here

Skipping chains

There are several causes of chains ‘skipping’ around the chainrings or cassette. Many of these are due to either component wear or adjustment, This one was a little different as I have been having worsening issues on my last few rides. I thought it may have been the cold weather and the waxing of the chains with a freshly waxed chain installed just before the Yeronga Medley 3. Beach and Bush was where the symptoms started so I diligently checked the chain, completely re-adjusted the drivetrain from scratch and initially the problem disappeared.

On YM3, the problem was that bad that I couldn’t use the 11 on the cassette, reducing my downhill and run-on speed by about 10kmh. I did try to find the problem to no avail. Sunday, I put the bike on the stand and checked the cassette and something looked a little unusual so I removed the wheel then the cassette to check the 11 tooth cog in more detail and compare it to another I happened to have spare. What I found was something unexpected – a tooth that was bent inwards and slightly forward. The combination gives the appearance of a worn cog to the chain and when combined with a low tooth count the chain is very prone to skipping.

I have yet to take the bike for a test ride but will do so this weekend and provide an update.

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