I had a letter from Steve Brown about a bike tour he’s just done with his partner, Zoe Xue, an urban designer from China.
And Here’s Zoe.
I first met Steve some years ago when he was working with Scott Dickason at EVs, developing electric bicycles for the postal service.
We made a film together about the excellent hill climbing qualities of the EVs E bikes, choosing a famous climb in the Dandenongs for demonstration purposes.
I was tricked into being part of that demo!
Hmm, the film’s had 19,000 views. Not bad!
Then, Steve went off on his own and formed Niubike.
He was writing to me now about the exceptional lightness of one of the E bikes he’s offering, the eCoda which is only 17 Kilos, very light for an E bike though laughable for a racer of course.
Here’s the eCoda.
What looks like the water bottle is apparently the Lithium battery. He rode this E coda on the tour I’m going to tell you about whilst Zoe rode the heavier more conventional, ETU (pron. E two) you see here.
Note the voluminous panniers and the battery behind the seat post on her bike
The ride was in Victoria, from Wangaratta to Bright via Beechworth.
and like Pooh bear, stocked up with a jar or two .
Approaching Bright, it was another story
The alpine town, famous for its stately avenues
was where they struck trailer trouble. The solar panels came loose.
But at Crispy hardware and Timber, with the help of Zack, they managed to fix the loosened panels just before Crispy closed.
To wrap the story up, Zoe reports that the food was great and reasonably priced at the Alpine Gate Cafe in Myrtleford.
And the fish and chips were excellent at the Ageing Frog in Beechworth.
As was the coffee at the Beechworth Bakery where some of the staff waved them on their way.
I would have loved to have ridden with them though if I did. I would have practiced CCD.
That stands for creative civil disobedience meaning there’s no way I would have worn a helmet out there in the fresh air, traffic non existent.
No way with the chance of a head injury being about about one in 2 million or the same as getting a meteorite up your nose.
Indeed, if this was the Northern Territory, you could ride legally without a helmet on such a trail, as I recently discovered and showed in the film, Darwin Shows the Way
That’s as it should be, helmet choice, that is.
One can only hope, as more and more visitors from overseas discover this great trail, that they’ll point out how stupid is our compulsory helmet law, how out of step with the rest of the world it is, and that change will come.
And then one will ride with the breeze in one’s hair as nature intended.