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Dear Loyal Followers
On 11th June the company which I used to host this blog, as well as many other websites, was hacked. All of the servers were badly compromised. In all 48,000 websites were lost.
As soon as I had access to the domains, I redirected them to another hosting company in the USA. Fortunately most websites I provide are basic html sites, copies of which are stored on my computer, so it was a simple matter to upload them to the new server.
However blogs are interactive and store all their posts and comments in a database on the server. If the server is corrupted the info is lost. We managed to salvage most posts up to June 2010.
We have lost a year’s posts from June 2010 to June 2011
If you made a comment or asked a question over the last year, could you please re-comment, so we can get the blog as up-to-date as possible. I will do my best to restore the newer posts. For now, we just roll on… :roll:
Thank You

Who is BARBUG?

BARBUG first met in Feb 2004

1st BARBUG Meeting

BARBUG is  a social group for recreational cyclists. We ride mainly in the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee Shires on quiet rural roads and bike paths. We use  road, hybrid and mountain bikes and ride on road, and fire trails. Most of our rides are around Picton, Tahmoor, Bargo, Thirlmere and Yanderra. Sometimes we venture to the Southern highlands and enjoy a ride in Mittagong, Bowral or Moss Vale.  We also ride near Berrima, particularly around the vineyards of the Southern Highlands.

Check out our Past Rides pages or Gallery to see our recent adventures.

Our committee consists of:

Liz Moses – President and ride leader

Sally Knyvett – Secretary, Web person and ride leader

John Knyvett – Ride leader

Phil Rylatt – Ride leader

Everyone is welcome to ride with us, no matter what your fitness level.

We meet regularly on most Sundays at 9am and Tuesdays at 9.30am.

Every 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month we have  major rides that are published in the Bicycle NSW  Push On ride calendar. These rides vary in length and difficulty, ranging from short (15 – 30k), easy family rides to longer (30 – 60k) excursions that may include significant climbs.

To date, our rides have been led by Sally and Liz, very often assisted by John. We now have a new ride leader, Phil Rylatt, who will lead the rides on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Thank you Phil, it is wonderful to have extra support.

All our rides are on quiet rural roads with wonderful scenery, very often finishing at a coffee shop or pub.

To keep up to date with our rides, bookmark BARBLOG (right-click anywhere on page and choose: Bookmark This Page or Add To Favourites),  keep an eye on Push On or join our mailing list.
The week before a major ride a reminder email is sent to all those on the list. To join, simply fill in the form on our contact page.

A note for new cyclists:

Do not think you are too slow or unfit to join our group. We welcome everyone, and it does not take long for your fitness level to increase. Some people may ride ahead and then wait for the slower ones, no-one minds waiting, we have all been-there- done-that.  Everyone has to start somewhere. It is the job of our group to ensure everyone has a good time.

If I want a fast ride, I’ll go at another time and ride at my own pace.

Occasionally we set rides which are fairly challenging including both “significant”  hills and long distances. In this case we say that the ride is suitable for experienced riders only.

A hint for new cyclists:

Find a quiet 10k route near your home. Even if it is down the road and around the block 3 or 4 times. Ensure there are  a couple of minor hills. It should take about 1/2 hour give or take a few minutes. Cycle the route 3 – 5 times per week. Start slowly, warming up for the 1st 5 minutes, then go a bit harder for 20 minutes, and cool down for 5 before finishing. Not only is this a great way to start the day, you will be astonished at how quickly your fitness improves. Within weeks you will be able to cycle a  much longer distance, and up steeper hills, with no worries at all. Your little 10k route will no longer be a challenge.

Jargon

To help you work out if a ride is suitable for yourself or family there are some standard phrases used by most BUGS and Bicycle NSW:

  • Some Traffic –  On road, usually a quiet back road.  (we try and avoid major roads, but occasionally a short distance needs to be on a main road.)
  • Significant Hills – Long, fairly steep climbs
  • Cycle Paths – Shared pedestrian and cycle paths
  • Cycleways – Usually on-road cycle shoulder
  • Off-road – Unsealed road or trail, suitable for mountain bikes only

Where to find us:

Bargo is a small town south-west of Sydney, 20 minutes from Campbelltown on the Hume Hwy (M7).
Our rides often start from Rest A While Reserve, a small park near the station in the centre of town, equipped with bike racks.

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For those needing accommodation, there is a choice of  lavish B & Bs, a motel, a caravan park and budget group accommodation at Wirrimbirra Sanctuary. For more info see the accommodation page on the Bargo website.

Also,  for more info, contact Sally on (02) 4684 1444 or use the contact page.

We encourage all regular cyclists to become members of Bicycle NSW for insurance and other benefits they offer.