• Creating art out of good conversation

    Union Club Hotel

    DYO simple artwork: BYO & share art materials: Connect Art Discussion: At our next meeting we will all do a simple ten minute artwork of whatever you want, maybe a photo you have brought. Think of an emotion or metaphor you want to express while doing this simple artwork: eg, happiness, anger, or maybe a metaphor of the big issues regarding society and politics. This is where the fun begins. As you copy from the photo to create simple artwork, sketch out a simple outline and color it in, think of what kind of line you will use as you color it in: thin, fuzzy, spontaneous, repetitive, scribble or cross hatch. What kind of texture, what kind of colors will best express this emotion: subdued, vibrant, warm, cool? Will you use tone and shadow to create the illusion of 3 dimensionality? Have fun, express yourself. On the day, if you cannot make it to the ride please change your RSVP to 'NO' within a reasonable time. Our club policy is that visitors may participate on three rides before making the decision to join our club for an annual fee of $25. You can join Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club Inc. at http://www.mbtc.org.au/membership/ Benefits include other rides not listed on Meetup, special event meetings, social events, RWGPS club subscription, etc. When I RSVP for this event/activity I acknowledge that the activity of bicycle riding can be dangerous and that I may suffer loss or injury or death and I agree that in consideration of my participation in any event conducted by the MBTC that I will absolve from liability the MBTC, its officers, and any event organiser from all claims, demands, or suits whether for personal injury or property loss suffered whether by negligence or breach of contract or otherwise, save for any right I may have pursuant to the Trade Practices Act 1977 (Commonwealth) as amended. I agree that photos taken of me during MBTC rides or social events may be used for publicity purposes.

  • Hock the Ruby, Tanks, Blueberry

    Tallarook

    Tallarook cafe 8:30 a.m. for breakfast, coffee, freshly baked sour-dough rye bread, etc A Seymour train leaves Southern Cross at 7:11am, or drive to Tallarook. We will head westwards from Tallarook to the Sugarloaf Rd and head north to Puckupunyal Army Tanks museum. Entry $8.50 adults, $6 concession. Also photo ID required for entry. Ride eastwards to Blue Tongue Berries, Northwood Rd and then to Seymour station for train to Southern Cross. Options are: 1. for those who are car-based, ride back to Tallarook station, on a pleasant 12kms on quiet winding road. About 60 km total 2. for those on the train, ride to Seymour. About 50km total, train to Southern Cross 3. stay overnight in Seymour if you are going to Tahbilk on Saturday. Blue Tongue Berries will be open on Fri 29th from 11 am, and their cafe provides tastings, substantial, small mouthfuls of cheeses, fritattas, etc and little desserts for lunch (see their instagram or facebook page). They need to know specific numbers that want to book lunch at $25 per head, by Wednesday 27/3 (I'll let them know) If people are coming, please let me know if you would like to book lunch.

  • Seymour - Tahbilk Winery Loop (Hard-83kms,+516m)

    Gaffney's Pie Kitchen

    This ride is open to financial MBTC members. As this ride is limited to 10 people, Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides will be welcome to attend if there are any places not taken by financial club members. Ride 35kms to the Tahbilk Winery where we will stop for lunch and appreciate a good look around this very interesting winery. After lunch we will ride through Avenel (optional stop) and then head back to Seymour. This ride is a combo of sealed and unsealed back roads. HISTORY Established in 1860 Tahbilk is one of Australia's most beautiful and historic family owned wineries. Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne), one of the nation's premium viticultural areas. The property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11 kms to the Goulburn River and 8 kms of permanent backwaters and creeks. Purchased by the Purbrick family in 1925, Tahbilk is home to 5 generations. The name Tahbilk originates from it's location, which the local aboriginal people first referred to as "tabilk-tabilk", meaning "place of many waterholes". Originally spelled Tabilk, the 'h' was added later. For more information: http://www.tahbilk.com.au/our-story.html We will keep up a reasonable pace of approx. 20kph on the flats. Bikes to be in good working order, any type of bike with tyres suitable for unsealed surfaces will be ok. Check out the route at: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29193359 ESSENTAIL ITEMS Functioning headlight & tail light Spare tube and a puncture kit MYKI card, ATM card/cash, basic tools, rain gear, food/snacks, etc WATER It's your responsibility to check the temperature and distance for the day and carry an appropriate amount of water. When riding outside suburbia remember that carrying too much water is better than not enough as the distances between water availability may vary greatly from the planned route due to road closures or other unforeseen circumstances. Check your app for any changes two hours before a day ride, or two days before a multi day ride as the ride may be cancelled in the event of extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances. If you cannot make it to the ride please change your RSVP to 'NO' within a reasonable time. Our club policy is that visitors may participate on three rides before making the decision to join our club for an annual fee of $25. You can join Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club Inc. at http://www.mbtc.org.au/membership/ Benefits include other rides not listed on Meetup, special event meetings, social events, RWGPS club subscription, etc. When I RSVP for this event/activity I acknowledge that the activity of bicycle riding can be dangerous and that I may suffer loss or injury or death and I agree that in consideration of my participation in any event conducted by the MBTC that I will absolve from liability the MBTC, its officers, and any event organiser from all claims, demands, or suits whether for personal injury or property loss suffered whether by negligence or breach of contract or otherwise, save for any right I may have pursuant to the Trade Practices Act 1977 (Commonwealth) as amended. I agree that photos taken of me during MBTC rides or social events may be used for publicity purposes.

  • Cycology, Dinner and Drinks (Club social night)

    Our social nights are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month at various public venues in or around the CBD, so come along and join us. Have a meal and a drink Meet like minded people Get new ideas for riding/touring Share your cycling stories and experiences Learn new tricks on setting up your bike for touring Get to know each other Newbies and experienced riders all welcome

  • 2019 MBTC Annual General Meeting

    Great Northern Hotel

    From 6.30pm with an 8pm start for business, Great Northern Hotel, 644 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North Dinner will be available to order in the bistro beforehand where we have adjoining tables reserved, then from 8pm, members will be asked to move to a separate room to vote to: · accept the minutes of the last annual general meeting. · elect incoming Committee positions. A couple of platters of dips and fruit will be distributed before the end.

  • RIDE WITH GPS Instructional Night- Route Construction

    Kathleen Syme Community Centre

    This event is open to financial MBTC members only. One of the many benefits of being a financial MBTC member is the RIDE WITH GPS Club subscription. This gives us extra route planning options, visual or audible turn by turn navigation, but most importantly is gives us our routes and maps when we are offline and in the middle of nowhere. Before the night you need to already have a free RWGPS account, the app in your phone, and be linked to the club account. You can always contact me prior to the night if you don't yet have an account. It will be best to bring a laptop so you can practice the tasks as I demonstrate them but if that isn't possible just take notes and practice at home. You can always contact me later if you require any help. I will demonstrate the following: - Using the club account - How to create and save a route - Using various map formats - Adding POI's - Adding/removing/changing route tags in the route library - Editing a route and the use of control points - Lock and unlock a route - How to copy and edit a locked route - To download or not to download the route & map for offline navigation? - Locating and downloading the route in the phone app Here are some of the advantages of using the RWGPS Club account with offline maps & navigation: - We've paid for it as part of our membership so lets use it! - The club route library is at your fingertips - The latest app upgrade now includes the club calendar of events - Download offline maps on home wifi to save using mobile data when navigating in mobile reception areas - We'll always know where we are on the ride as the map & route won't mysteriously vanish when we're out of mobile reception - Look at the elevation of the terrain ahead - Be able to check the remaining distance, and point to point distances - If anyone decides to bail out part way into the ride we can be sure of getting back to the car or station - If the ride leader is unwell or injured and has to abandon the ride then the ride can continue with another leader - No more excuses for splitting the group when riders pass the ride leader and take wrong turns - More members will be inclined to lead rides in the country with confidence - After this night I will expect participants to have the ride route onboard in a phone or GPS when attending my country rides - Stop thinking and just enjoy the ride! Light refreshments & munchies will be provided.

  • Great Southern Rail Trail Overnighter (90km, 960 vertical metres)

    This ride is open to MBTC members or Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides. Difficulty: Day 2 is easy, Day 1 is hard, so let's say hard, not for beginners. Park car at Leongatha, then to Foster ('Gateway to Wilson's Prom') for the night by 45km of scenic, mainly C road, hill-country, and return the next day via Great Southern Rail Trail (flatter, smooth packed gravel for about 50km) If enough people would rather do something easier - the Rail Trail both ways - and there is a suitable second ride leader, we could run two groups for this event who meet at Foster on the Saturday. Anyone interested should start some discussion in the Comments and see who bites. :) You'll have to arrange your own accommodation - I'll probably pitch a tent at the Prom Central Caravan Park, but there are some cabins there too, and the glamping options are the Prom Country Lodge https://www.travelvictoria.com.au/foster/promcountrylodge/ and the Wilson's Prom Motel https://www.travelvictoria.com.au/foster/wilsonspromontorymotel/ We can arrange to meet that night in town for dinner, and anyone who does their own camp cooking of course can join in just for a drink and wind-down. Bikes to be well maintained and in good working order, any type of road/touring bike fitted with racks/trailer will be ok. Depending on where your'e staying, you may need gear including tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, stove, food for a night's camping as well as picnic lunch on the first day. Also bring pump, lights, tools, spare tube, puncture kit, tools, money, phone with my number in it and the RidewithGPS route if we get separated, bike lock, wet weather gear if raining. Check out the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29305743 WATER It's your responsibility to check the temperature and distance for the day and carry an appropriate amount of water. When riding outside suburbia remember that carrying too much water is better than not enough as the distances between water availability may vary greatly from the planned route due to road closures or other unforeseen circumstances. Check your app for any changes two days before as the ride may be cancelled in the event of extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances. If you cannot make it to the ride please change your RSVP to 'NO' within a reasonable time. Our club policy is that visitors may participate on three rides before making the decision to join our club for an annual fee of $25. You can join Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club Inc. at http://www.mbtc.org.au/membership/ Benefits include other rides not listed on Meetup, special event meetings, social events, RWGPS club subscription, etc. When I RSVP for this event/activity I acknowledge that the activity of bicycle riding can be dangerous and that I may suffer loss or injury or death and I agree that in consideration of my participation in any event conducted by the MBTC that I will absolve from liability the MBTC, its officers, and any event organiser from all claims, demands, or suits whether for personal injury or property loss suffered whether by negligence or breach of contract or otherwise, save for any right I may have pursuant to the Trade Practices Act 1977 (Commonwealth) as amended. I agree that photos taken of me during MBTC rides, meetings, and social events may be used for publicity purposes. Ride route and times may very due to circumstances on the day.

  • Easter Murrindindi high plains ride,four day ride.

    Southern Cross Station

    We will meet at Euroa station Our first night will be at Ruffy in the Strathbogies Our second night will be at Murrindindi Our third night will be Warburton and back to Lilydale the next day, finishing Monday Bush camping every night

  • Social ride to an art discussion.

    Visitor Centre at Federation Square

    This ride is open to financial MBTC members, and Meetup visitors who have not yet completed three introductory rides. We'll be doing an easy, short (5k) ride to join like minded people for a meal or a drink and pleasurable & cheerful conversation at the Union Club Hotel, Fitzroy. https://www.meetup.com/Connect-art-discussion-Meetup/events/njqnrpyxjblc/. Meeting at the visitors centre at Fed Square we'll be heading north. Remember to have lights on your bike as it will dark by the time we get to the Union. Here's the route we will be travelling: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27716769 Check your app for any changes 2 hours before the ride as the ride may be cancelled in the event of extreme weather. On the day, if you cannot make it to the ride please change your RSVP to 'NO' within a reasonable time. Our club policy is that visitors may participate on three rides before making the decision to join our club for an annual fee of $25. You can join Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club Inc. at http://www.mbtc.org.au/membership/ Benefits include other rides not listed on Meetup, special event meetings, social events, RWGPS club subscription, etc. When I RSVP for this event/activity I acknowledge that the activity of bicycle riding can be dangerous and that I may suffer loss or injury or death and I agree that in consideration of my participation in any event conducted by the MBTC that I will absolve from liability the MBTC, its officers, and any event organiser from all claims, demands, or suits whether for personal injury or property loss suffered whether by negligence or breach of contract or otherwise, save for any right I may have pursuant to the Trade Practices Act 1977 (Commonwealth) as amended. I agree that photos taken of me during MBTC rides or social events may be used for publicity purposes.