‘Burbing

I saw this article in The Age (Melbourne newspaper) and thought everyone here could appreciate it. It’s about a guy riding every road in his neighbourhood and discovering what’s local.

Melbourne has gone back to a strict lockdown where residents cannot travel more than 5kms from their homes – though this was done before the lockdown came into effect.

I enjoyed this because it’s the urban version of what I do in rural areas. I just have A LOT less turns! The video is fun, too, so worth a 2-minute watch. The article also links to another one talking about this growing phenomenon. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/tour-de-reservoir-burbing-cyclists-take-on-all-the-streets-they-can-20200805-p55iyl.html

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/tour-de-reservoir-burbing-cyclists-take-on-all-the-streets-they-can-20200805-p55iyl.html

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

12 response to "‘Burbing"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: August 8, 2020

    Loved this! Although our travel isn’t limited, I need something to pep up our standard loops. A new challenge!
    Btw, I didn’t find the other link you referred to.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: August 8, 2020

    I left a rather long reply here but somehow got bumped off even though it was indicated that I was logged in. GRRRRRRR.

    This is a very interesting article Em. It is a little similar to what I do in my neighborhood. I don’t ride EVERY road or street as some have humongous hills, and some have fast and traffic. I call the my ‘ETAL’ route (Every Turn And Loop). I ride all the roads, down dead ends, through industrial parking lots, and in and out of cul de sacs. When I want or need a shorter time on the bike I adjust and vary.

    I did not know I was ‘Burbing” ;’-0.

    It would be interesting to see a map of the roads I ride and which ones I don’t. I may have to fire up Strava which I think of as an app for those tracking their speed and are competitive. Thanks for the article Em. I will be doing some research here ;’-).

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 8, 2020

      I’ve had that happen to me several times, Nancy. It seems the comment section doesn’t like lengthy posts, which is a bit of a problem for me because sometimes I get a little wordy. One time I even edited a comment down to half it’s original length and it STILL got rejected. Now, if my comment gets too long, I divide it into two or three posts.

      • By: NancyG Posted: August 8, 2020

        What? You wordy? How can that be?

        (Thanks Greg.)

    • By: Scooter Posted: August 8, 2020

      I noticed that myself when I tried to submit a lengthy comment last week. Very frustrating. It took me three tries before I figured it out. Possibly there’s a size limit on comments. I’ll have our tech support crew study it to see if we have Any options here – maybe there’s a parameter somewhere we can modify.

  3. By: gregblood Posted: August 8, 2020

    Cool. I just looked it up, and MY Town has 105 miles of city streets. I haven’t ridden a century in at least ten years . . . maybe now is the time to do it again.

    • By: NancyG Posted: August 8, 2020

      Good plan Greg. I so look forward to your routes and rides.

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 8, 2020

    Interesting video and article, thanks!
    Friend Mark, in Mel, tells me police can, will, and do stop people to inquire about their travels — and it is wise not to stray off base.

    Quite apart from here when we were in lock down, which resulted in a so-so degree of cooperation.

    Some cities are now requiring retailers to enforce face coverings and social distancing inside their business.

  5. By: Laura Posted: August 8, 2020

    I’m not used to riding that fast. About made me dizzy. What a creative thing to do during this pandemic. I don’t know that I’ve even ridden every road in my subdivision. It would be fun to try, but there are many deadends and hills steep enough, I’d probably have to walk up some. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: August 8, 2020

    I saw this article repeated in the Launceston Examiner. Not a bad idea when you are “locked in” and live somewhere with a lot of streets.

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