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Mountain bike panic!

By johnboy - 18 July 2006 52

The Canberra Times has a strange story warning us of the menace that is mountain bike trail builders at Mulligans Flat and Tuggeranong Hill.

The article is odd for the way it mixes and matches trail bike riders and mountain bike riders. The two are very different groups with very different effects on the environment.

Just as odd is the assertion that building a couple of jumps on trails is responsible for the absence of small mammals in our nature reserves. I’m guessing cats would bear a large share of that blame.

But weirdest yet is Minister John Hargreaves announcing his intention to muscle up to these hooligans

“The safety risk and potentially irreparable damage to the environment caused by these activities are unacceptable.When we catch people acting illegally, constructions will be removed immediately and those responsible will be put before the courts…

Those who seek to do damage to our parks and reserves will not be treated lightly”

As opposed to drink drivers one supposes.

It’s a weird mindset, does he think these people wake up in the morning and say to themselves “Aha! I shall do damage to Canberra’s parks and reserves by building a bike jump!”


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morto1980 8:12 pm 21 Jul 06

You could refer to your beer gut as “the package” and you’re all set. “I’ve got a hot face AND the package”.

I refer to mine as the muffin. No matter how fit I am I always have some muffin 🙂

Absent Diane 5:11 pm 20 Jul 06

I have a hot face but a sweet hockey beer gut should I be wearing lycra on my face….

Danman 5:02 pm 20 Jul 06

What if you have the package and not the body like me ?

Kramer 3:14 pm 20 Jul 06

BTW – there’s nothing wrong with lycra if you’ve got the body (and the package). I wear it for road rides and MTB race days. Just make sure you don’t crash, otherwise everyone gets to see more than the shape of your arse.

Kramer 3:09 pm 20 Jul 06

Yep, another beat-up, slow news day story from the CT. I’m not really familiar with Mulligan’s, but Tugger Pines is very far from being of any environmental significance. As stated earlier it is plantation pine, so the whole forest is cut down, plowed by an earthmover and replanted every 10 to 15 years. In addition to this, it is regularly used by thrifty Canberrans as a free tip to dump their household waste.

Absent Diane 2:57 pm 20 Jul 06

and then theres the whole reporting the accident to the coppers..

“Well officer I was driving along and out of the corner of my eye I saw a mountain biker… instead slowing down I accidentally accelerated…”

Ari 1:37 pm 20 Jul 06

And they tend to clog up the tyre treads.

Danman 12:50 pm 20 Jul 06

They make a mess of your wheel arches hay AD

Thumper 10:35 am 20 Jul 06


Absent Diane 10:02 am 20 Jul 06

yep nothing worse than off road moutain bikers when your 4 wheel driving.. 😛

Thumper 9:08 am 20 Jul 06

I agree VG, but way more cars than bikes so a false statistic….

Yeah, back to the off road stuff….

vg 8:45 am 20 Jul 06

Multiply the dickhead factor by 100 and thats what’s driving the cars in the ACT so I’d say proportionally cyclists are in the dickhead minority.

Its not inherently dangerous when drivers and cyclists mutually respect each other.

Now, about those off road MTB tracks again

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