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MoreArt Sound Ride: Sunday 13 October

Join this sound supported ride along the Upfield train line: get your bike tuned while we have a chat to the great people at Commuter Cycles and then pedal power with Cargone Couriers’ fine selection of mobile sound! We’re taking in all artworks of MoreArt 2013, stopping for a chat with exhibiting artists and finish up at Brunswick’s new social hotspot The Howler for some more fresh beats and a beer or two.

Starting 2.30pm at Coburg Station, Coburg

Finishing at 5pm at The Howler, 7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick

Cost: Free

More info at:


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MoreArt Welcome Ride: Sunday 6th October

Celebrate the launch of the MoreArt Public Art event with a guided bicycle tour along the Upfield train line, stopping by at our new friends on the bike path, independent bike shop Jetnikoff.

Participating artists will be on hand to discuss their works on site, we take a stroll around the RMIT-Artland installations and the ride will conclude at MoreArts launch party at the Mechanics Institute Brunswick.  Stick around for some complimentary nibbles and a drink to quench your thirst, accompanied by quirky-folk West Brunswick tunes from Susy Blue. 

Starting 12.30pm at Coburg Station, Coburg

Finish 3pm at Mechanics Institute, Brunswick.

Cost: Free 

More details at:

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Op Shop ride – Hidden Treasures of the North, Saturday 27th July

10AM — Glenroy Railway Station

Everyone knows the best op shops are off the beaten track. This ride is a rummage through the treasures of the the north, (Glenroy, Pascoe Vale and Coburg). Catch the 9:32AM Flinders St Train to Glenroy OR meet us at Glenroy Railway Station at 10:00AM. Ride ends 4PM at Al-Alamy Bakery Cafe in Coburg where we’ll compare our finds.

(Note this is a ride happening in Moreland but is not a MorelandBUG ride)

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Chocolate Ride – Sat 11 May

As the Autumn chill bites its time for the annual Chocolate Ride.

Five chocolate cafés over a day of feasting.

Its delicious, decadent (and a bit pricey budget $50 or more for the day) 

Meet at Rushall Station at 10am.

Shocolate (Fitzroy)
Koko Black (Carlton)
Fraus (North Melbourne) – a good spot for a savoury lunch
San Churro (Docklands)
Lindt (Southbank)

Finish at Fed Square at 4pm.
We’ll spend roughly half an hour at each cafe.

For route map visit

Contact Simon Stainsby (0411 877 503) for details

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Social Ride – Batmania Superhero themed bike ride Sat 2 March 2013

Date: Sat 2 March 2013
Start: 11:00AM
Meet at: The playground behind Velo Cycles / St Ali North (corner of Park and Nicholson Sts, Carlton North) on the Capital City Trail
Finish: 4:00PM

Cast off your secret identity, don your hero costume and ride around the city thwarting wrong-doers.

The Batmania superhero ride will be a fun day of dressing silly and performing heroic challenges whilst riding around Brunswick and Coburg.

Prizes for best costume and most heroic deed.

Bring a camera or smartphone – some challenges will involve taking photos.

For details contact Simon Stainsby on

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Social Ride – Op Shop Ride – Sat 9 Feb

Simon (again as an individual) is organising another Moreland BUG social ride.

Op Shop Ride – Sat 9 Feb 2013.

Start: 10AM Brotherhood St Laurence Op Shop Brunswick (If the 10AM start is a little early for you, join us en-route. I expect to spend around half an hour at each shop)

End: 4PM Al-Alamy Cafe Waterfield Street Coburg.


  1. Brotherhood St Laurence – 109 Brunswick Rd Brunswick (Open till 4)
  2. Christ Church Brunswick – 8 Glenlyon Rd (open till 1)
  3. St Johns Op Shop – Daly St Brunswick (near cnr Victoria St), behind St Johns Church (Open till 1pm)
  4. Don Bosco’s – 368 Sydney Rd (Between Albion and Moreland)
  5. Salvos Brunswick – 740 Sydney Rd (Between Albion and Moreland) (Open till 5) and if we have time we can pop into two more op-shops near Al-Alamy.

If you are thinking about going on the Batmania superhero ride (Sat 02/03/2013) this is a great opportunity shop for costume inspiration.

To make op shopping a bit more fun we’ll do a show and tell at the end of the ride.

Will you be the rider with …

  • The Craziest costume.
  • Best find for under $5.00
  • Coolest thing you can hold in the palm of your hand.
  • Best bad taste / Kitsch item.
  • Most stylish ‘DIY Diva” award (i.e. what crafty outfit will you make with your op-shop finds?)
  • “Project Inspiration” award (i.e. what mad project will you make with your op-shop finds)
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MoreArt Opening Ride — Sunday 30th September

Celebrate the launch of the MoreArt Public Art event with a guided trail along the Upfield train line.

Participating artists will be on hand to discuss their works on site, and the ride will conclude at RMIT Brunswick for the MoreArt launch party, also taking in the Artland exhibition of student works. Stick around for some complimentary nibbles and a drink to quench your thirst.

Meeting: 12:30pm at Coburg Station

Finishing: 3:30pm at the MoreArt Launchparty at RMIT Brunswick.

See the Squeaky Wheel for more info.

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Ride together to the Riders Rally! June 21

As many of you would know, a riders rally is planned for next Thursday, June 21 to protest against the Baillieu Government’s decision to cut the Victorian bike budget to zero.

Bicycle Network Victoria and various BUGs are organising the event and the estimate is that there’ll be 3-4000 riders there on the day.

The rally is from 7.30 am to 8.30 am in front of Parliament House.

If you are not happy with the Baillieu Goverment’s decision, make your voice heard and come along to the rally. You can make your way into the city at your own leisure or join one of the organised rides. More details on the rally and various meeting points and times for rides can be found here.

Moreland BUG member Tim Read is organising a ride to the rally from Brunswick. We meet at Cafe L’Amour, 76 Lygon St. (next to Gelobar), Brunswick East at 7am and ride in together along Canning St.

And Anna has set up a Facebook event and so far 72 people are going. You can join here.

While some elements of the rally are still on the drawing board, a rough run sheet for the morning currently looks like this:

0730 – rally starts, Victorian Parliament steps, Spring St, Melbourne
0745 – we plan to unfurl a fabric bike path to symbolise the types of facilities that will now not be possible with zero funding. This “path” can be passed around overhead or perhaps symbolically laid!!
0815 – speech and pics
0830 – event ends

Hopefully we will have a good turn out so make sure you are coming along!

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Midwinter Ride to the Collingwood Children’s Farm

Here are the details for the next Moreland BUG ride:

Date: Saturday, 23 June 2012

When & Where to meet: 11am in front of the Noise Bar (on the corner of the Upfield Path and Albert Street, Brunswick)

Description: Ride south on the Upfield Bikeway, Capital City trail then Merri Creek bikeway to Dight’s Falls, then along the Yarra to the Childen’s Farm.
Minimal on-road, family friendly. There are some ups and downs on the path, the cafes at the Farm are a definite up!
Come and regard the goats, horses, chickens, geese, ducks…

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ANZAC Glow Stick Ride

Update: due to the bad weather, tonight’s ride has been cancelled!

The next Moreland BUG ride is the ANZAC Glow Stick Ride and the details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 25 April 2012

When & Where to meet: 7pm in front of the Noise Bar (on the corner of the Upfield Path and Albert Street, Brunswick)

Description: Ride to the Espy (Hotel Esplanade) in St. Kilda via St. Kilda Road and enjoy free live music, drinks and good company.

Make sure to lighten up your bike with usual or unusual lighting devices!

If you have any questions send an email to

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