Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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So my lovely wife and I (both fit and healthy) have started road riding this year.
We currently ride Reid Osprey bikes, and have been climbing hills like the 1 in 20, The Wall and Devil's Elbows (riding from Surrey Hills, so around 70km round trips).
We are managing these rides OK, but are looking for lower gears as we struggle on the steeper sections.

We aim to train up for the 7 peaks challenge this year, and are looking at updating to better bikes.
We've been to a number of bike shops, and all the 'experts' tell us something different (apparently based on the bikes they are trying to sell us).

We would like to spend maximum of about $1500 per bike.
My wife probably needs a flat bar road bike (physical limitations due to mild Cerebral Palsy).

Questions we have:
Which brand of bike... Giant, Avanti, Cannondale, etc
Carbon fibre, Aluminium or combination? (ie, how much difference does it make?)
Gearset: Shimano 105/ultegra etc... again, how much difference does it make?

We don't care about the latest or trendiest; just need a bike which will allow us to complete the 7 peaks.
We don't think the Reids will cut it!!

We'd love some REAL advice from actual riders who know their stuff... not from salespeople trying to push a particular bike out of their store.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice!

Cheers
Pete

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Yep it is confusing and there is no right answer. A carbon bike will always have a better "feel" than aluminium but lots of people are happy with al bikes. Groupsets get better year and last year's Ultegra is often the same as this year's 105. I wouldn't go much lower than 105 or equivalent. A more expensive bike is usually better than less expensive, but sometimes not by much. I have a Specilized Roubaix that cost me about $4k. I needed a bike in another city for a couple of weeks and looked on Gumtree as an alternative to hiring. I bought an "as new" Centurion aluminium frame bike with Tiagra groupset for $500. My Roubaix is better but not 8 times better. That is an option, look for higher spec 2nd hand bikes to stay in yout price range. Another tip, hire good road bikes for a day and see if you notice the difference. Enjoy:)

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Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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So my lovely wife and I (both fit and healthy) have started road riding this year.
We currently ride Reid Osprey bikes, and have been climbing hills like the 1 in 20, The Wall and Devil's Elbows (riding from Surrey Hills, so around 70km round trips).
We are managing these rides OK, but are looking for lower gears as we struggle on the steeper sections.

We aim to train up for the 7 peaks challenge this year, and are looking at updating to better bikes.
We've been to a number of bike shops, and all the 'experts' tell us something different (apparently based on the bikes they are trying to sell us).

We would like to spend maximum of about $1500 per bike.
My wife probably needs a flat bar road bike (physical limitations due to mild Cerebral Palsy).

Questions we have:
Which brand of bike... Giant, Avanti, Cannondale, etc
Carbon fibre, Aluminium or combination? (ie, how much difference does it make?)
Gearset: Shimano 105/ultegra etc... again, how much difference does it make?

We don't care about the latest or trendiest; just need a bike which will allow us to complete the 7 peaks.
We don't think the Reids will cut it!!

We'd love some REAL advice from actual riders who know their stuff... not from salespeople trying to push a particular bike out of their store.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice!

Cheers
Pete

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Yep it is confusing and there is no right answer. A carbon bike will always have a better "feel" than aluminium but lots of people are happy with al bikes. Groupsets get better year and last year's Ultegra is often the same as this year's 105. I wouldn't go much lower than 105 or equivalent. A more expensive bike is usually better than less expensive, but sometimes not by much. I have a Specilized Roubaix that cost me about $4k. I needed a bike in another city for a couple of weeks and looked on Gumtree as an alternative to hiring. I bought an "as new" Centurion aluminium frame bike with Tiagra groupset for $500. My Roubaix is better but not 8 times better. That is an option, look for higher spec 2nd hand bikes to stay in yout price range. Another tip, hire good road bikes for a day and see if you notice the difference. Enjoy:)

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Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

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So my lovely wife and I (both fit and healthy) have started road riding this year.
We currently ride Reid Osprey bikes, and have been climbing hills like the 1 in 20, The Wall and Devil's Elbows (riding from Surrey Hills, so around 70km round trips).
We are managing these rides OK, but are looking for lower gears as we struggle on the steeper sections.

We aim to train up for the 7 peaks challenge this year, and are looking at updating to better bikes.
We've been to a number of bike shops, and all the 'experts' tell us something different (apparently based on the bikes they are trying to sell us).

We would like to spend maximum of about $1500 per bike.
My wife probably needs a flat bar road bike (physical limitations due to mild Cerebral Palsy).

Questions we have:
Which brand of bike... Giant, Avanti, Cannondale, etc
Carbon fibre, Aluminium or combination? (ie, how much difference does it make?)
Gearset: Shimano 105/ultegra etc... again, how much difference does it make?

We don't care about the latest or trendiest; just need a bike which will allow us to complete the 7 peaks.
We don't think the Reids will cut it!!

We'd love some REAL advice from actual riders who know their stuff... not from salespeople trying to push a particular bike out of their store.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice!

Cheers
Pete

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Yep it is confusing and there is no right answer. A carbon bike will always have a better "feel" than aluminium but lots of people are happy with al bikes. Groupsets get better year and last year's Ultegra is often the same as this year's 105. I wouldn't go much lower than 105 or equivalent. A more expensive bike is usually better than less expensive, but sometimes not by much. I have a Specilized Roubaix that cost me about $4k. I needed a bike in another city for a couple of weeks and looked on Gumtree as an alternative to hiring. I bought an "as new" Centurion aluminium frame bike with Tiagra groupset for $500. My Roubaix is better but not 8 times better. That is an option, look for higher spec 2nd hand bikes to stay in yout price range. Another tip, hire good road bikes for a day and see if you notice the difference. Enjoy:)

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Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

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So my lovely wife and I (both fit and healthy) have started road riding this year.
We currently ride Reid Osprey bikes, and have been climbing hills like the 1 in 20, The Wall and Devil's Elbows (riding from Surrey Hills, so around 70km round trips).
We are managing these rides OK, but are looking for lower gears as we struggle on the steeper sections.

We aim to train up for the 7 peaks challenge this year, and are looking at updating to better bikes.
We've been to a number of bike shops, and all the 'experts' tell us something different (apparently based on the bikes they are trying to sell us).

We would like to spend maximum of about $1500 per bike.
My wife probably needs a flat bar road bike (physical limitations due to mild Cerebral Palsy).

Questions we have:
Which brand of bike... Giant, Avanti, Cannondale, etc
Carbon fibre, Aluminium or combination? (ie, how much difference does it make?)
Gearset: Shimano 105/ultegra etc... again, how much difference does it make?

We don't care about the latest or trendiest; just need a bike which will allow us to complete the 7 peaks.
We don't think the Reids will cut it!!

We'd love some REAL advice from actual riders who know their stuff... not from salespeople trying to push a particular bike out of their store.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice!

Cheers
Pete

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Yep it is confusing and there is no right answer. A carbon bike will always have a better "feel" than aluminium but lots of people are happy with al bikes. Groupsets get better year and last year's Ultegra is often the same as this year's 105. I wouldn't go much lower than 105 or equivalent. A more expensive bike is usually better than less expensive, but sometimes not by much. I have a Specilized Roubaix that cost me about $4k. I needed a bike in another city for a couple of weeks and looked on Gumtree as an alternative to hiring. I bought an "as new" Centurion aluminium frame bike with Tiagra groupset for $500. My Roubaix is better but not 8 times better. That is an option, look for higher spec 2nd hand bikes to stay in yout price range. Another tip, hire good road bikes for a day and see if you notice the difference. Enjoy:)

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So my lovely wife and I (both fit and healthy) have started road riding this year.
We currently ride Reid Osprey bikes, and have been climbing hills like the 1 in 20, The Wall and Devil's Elbows (riding from Surrey Hills, so around 70km round trips).
We are managing these rides OK, but are looking for lower gears as we struggle on the steeper sections.

We aim to train up for the 7 peaks challenge this year, and are looking at updating to better bikes.
We've been to a number of bike shops, and all the 'experts' tell us something different (apparently based on the bikes they are trying to sell us).

We would like to spend maximum of about $1500 per bike.
My wife probably needs a flat bar road bike (physical limitations due to mild Cerebral Palsy).

Questions we have:
Which brand of bike... Giant, Avanti, Cannondale, etc
Carbon fibre, Aluminium or combination? (ie, how much difference does it make?)
Gearset: Shimano 105/ultegra etc... again, how much difference does it make?

We don't care about the latest or trendiest; just need a bike which will allow us to complete the 7 peaks.
We don't think the Reids will cut it!!

We'd love some REAL advice from actual riders who know their stuff... not from salespeople trying to push a particular bike out of their store.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice!

Cheers
Pete

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Yep it is confusing and there is no right answer. A carbon bike will always have a better "feel" than aluminium but lots of people are happy with al bikes. Groupsets get better year and last year's Ultegra is often the same as this year's 105. I wouldn't go much lower than 105 or equivalent. A more expensive bike is usually better than less expensive, but sometimes not by much. I have a Specilized Roubaix that cost me about $4k. I needed a bike in another city for a couple of weeks and looked on Gumtree as an alternative to hiring. I bought an "as new" Centurion aluminium frame bike with Tiagra groupset for $500. My Roubaix is better but not 8 times better. That is an option, look for higher spec 2nd hand bikes to stay in yout price range. Another tip, hire good road bikes for a day and see if you notice the difference. Enjoy:)

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