Right here in our home county, Trails are getting some great attention thanks to the Noosa trails network masterplan. An initiative of Noosa tourism and Noosa Biosphere now there is a clear way forward for Noosa to take the reigns and ride into the future on the swell of support for trails facilities. Something we can all be excited for, xplor4 sure are! After the excellent official presentation today things are sure to accelerate and attract support.
Over the years weve often wondered what could be.. Like many enthusiasts our home trails here captured our hearts decades ago. Mat used to help with the Noosa enduro MTB events on those same trails, and also rode in every single enduro held. He even has travelled parts on foot and by ebike on occasion. As an insiders tip he noted special mention of Woondum and Mothar mountain, definitely a highpoint. Heres a short vid of the memorial lookout up there from a few years ago.
And take a look at a portion of the enticing elevation profiles of those parts here
Of course 500m descending makes it a clear canditate for mountain bike uplifts or ebikes. Something you will see mentioned often in our articles. National Park designation does however mean a hefty reality check... yet heres hoping.
Whats your favourite trail in the Noosa network, do you have a question? For more insight get in touch email@example.com or drop us a line. And dont hesitate to check out or ask about any of our xplor4 maps on the AllTrails app too.
Welcome and thankyou for reading this post about electric commuter / leisure bicycles. Yes we are able to help you with ebikes, be it for private, commercial, community or other interest and yes we have commercial and fleet options. And also we write with a view to progress a local project for community benefit, based around these solar charged electric bikes.
In this article we will focus in on ebikes for commuting, particularly on a new ebike we beleive is best in that class. And has many brilliant commercial advantages. For many years we have ridden every ebike we could get our hands on, both on and off road. And for many decades weve ridden and been passionate non electric bicyclists. We know bikes.
When it comes to commuting and community ebikeshare theres been some sad stories of failed public programs with bikes being trashed, abused and generally unsuccesful. And although private individual ebikes are selling strongly there are many potential owners/users who could not see enough value... yet.
The balance between quality, rideability and cost had not been reached till now, when we acquired this latest sample ebike pictured below. Which finally ticks all the boxes!
Beautiful integrated battery design and functionality
Best balance of weight distribution and lightweight !
Best cost to quality ratio of any bike weve yet seen.
This article will be expanded upon over the coming days so stay tuned.
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In this part1 we will writeup on an interesting electric middrive Mountain Bike with an unusual motor, different from the typical Bosch, Brose, Yamaha and other fare. In part2 next week we will look at affordable commuter on road ebikes for fleets. And after that who knows..
Everyman review: As a longtime electric transport advocate, diehard 1st gen Mountain biker in the 80's and 90's. And approaching it from a relevant angle to most people this review matches perfectly to the main stuff everyone wants to know, not going off track with obscure detail that otherwise might make you yawn
Skimming through our blog or our video channel you can see super Mountain Bike and Electric eMTB adventures from the last few decades. Its clear cycling and ebikes are a passion for me, and Ive personally had the privilege of experiencing some great rides lately on the very latest gear. Even as far afield as Europe Italy and the states which wont happen again any time soon. Anyway as luck would have it I recently got to go on a group testride on the latest new Rocky Mountain powerplay altitude eMTB electric bikes back here in QLD. It was right before the big lockdown. Lucky.
These particular bikes have piqued my curiosity since they were first released because unlike all other high end eMTB brands they built their own proprietary motor system around their own requirements, specifically to suit their high end Mountain Bikes. This shows a different approach and that theres more to the growing ebike sector than first meets the eye. I wont bother with all the 'on paper' specifications suffice to say these Power Play ebikes with Dynamo motors stack up nicely. I am always more concerned with the reality out on the trails. So lets dive in to how the Rocky Mountain eMTB go out on the trails!
After a quick walk around and induction by S (she knows her bikes) from Electric Bikes Brisbane (thankyou crew) and checking the settings it was clear these are serious off roading Mountain Bikes. The spec was solid from the suspension and other components right through to the drivetrain. Plus it was particularly interesting to note that these powerplay ebikes are all fitted with remote dropper posts too.
Plenty of travel plus the 27.5 wheel size L that I rode had quality meaty tires and felt spot on from the get go. Throwing a leg over the bike it had a nice low center of gravity which became even more apparent once up to pace. Loads of traction and a good seated position for my 6+ frame. I did feel like the suspension could use better setting up for personal preferences but thats only to be expected, and there was no display or lcd screen which I actually like, although some might miss it. Just a clean robust cockpit, and less to break. The integrated battery arrangement looked great and should stand the test of time without the visual interruption of an obvious big battery. But the bike part of things felt good. So on to how did the dynamo electric motor feel?
In a word unobtrusive. There was a very intuitive and progressive power ramp almost to the point I felt like it was not coming on enough! Compared to the bosch and even the Brose motors it was very smooth with little lag and almost none of the unnerving spin-on that Ive had with some other eMTB bikes. However I did almost wish for more punch. Going uphill was easy as you would expect but for example popping wheelies uphill was not as much (compared to others Ive ridden). Apparently the proprietary dynamo motors can be tuned to feel just how you like if you have the diagnostic software and access to the program functioning but at this ride that was not an option. We just got to ride it out of the box which realistically is what most people want to know about anyway.
Riding downhill you naturally are not using the motor much apart from perhaps for momentum and stability through its weight. And in fact at these times the less you feel that weight the better. And in this instance the Rocky Mountain Altitude powerplay was brilliant. Extremely unobtrusive so you felt really free to flow through the turns and whoops. It was not a super lively mountain bike but a lot more lively than say the Brose equipped Fantic XF1 eMTB. Ie in comparison those eMTB electric bikes from Fantic are one of the most motoX feeling bikes out there, right down to the moto style larger front wheel rimsize. Also the Fantic XFI eMTB has a far more aggressive motor intervention out of the box. Those Fantic XF1 eMTB ebikes are pictured in the last few pics below and feature in earlier xplor4 blogs/vlogs on this site and our youtube too for further comparison.
Verdict: I think the Rocky Mountain Altitude powerplay ebikes are a very well built quality excellent handling mountain bike for those wanting more cycle and less electric intrusion. I rate them.
Standout of the crowd. These Rocky Mountain eMTB altitude powerplay ebikes are almost exactly the same geometry as their non motorised siblings in the Rocky Mountain range. Which is exactly the reason the company designed and built their own in house motors - to retain the geometry and complete control of driveline placement, orientation and in fact normal bottom bracket componentry too!. Truly natural MTB feel.
An esoteric driveunit, quite expensive, perhaps bit soft out of the box, and even just really 'out of the box' for some.
If youve got an eMTB or any electric bike youd like to share or comment on? please let Mat know as we love electric bikes!
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The Trail location:
Naturally as trail afficionados we will have to comment here on the trails. The Samford valley (Fernyhills) trail network was worth the trip although I'd not rush back there, its quite close to the city but feels a world away. Kind of slippery shaley surface with the hard orange base so prevalent in the area. Combi track in the middle of the network, so named after the rusted wreck of a combi van pictured is the highlight trail for sure. Sweet singletrack that left us hungry for more xplor4 riding so.. After the ride there and a scenic drive home past several lakes that looked good for paddling! (also pictured above) We were still fired up to ride some more and got a lap of the local in too although not e powered-(last riding picture). Its always interesting to get straight back on our trusty old non electric MTB bikes straight away and as always find it quite adequate for fun. So if your wondering, no I have not taken the electric plunge on my MTB yet, only commuting ebikes so far (check part2 next week) And if theres a trail from our alltrails library youd like more info on, well what are you waiting for get in touch!
About the author: Mat Colefax is an outdoors enthusiast since forever. Particularly boards and bikes. Long residing on the sunny coast QLD, Mat is happily out there on the trails and waterways every chance he gets.
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This article is a followup to my 1st Getting Solar PV writeup. In anticipation of our 1st power bill since solar went on our roof, I logged on to my provider account and saw the above indication, which boded well with an expected zero $ to pay! This is a great result for my new business clim8safe.
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About the author: Mat Colefax loves to create win win solutions to benefit others and the environment. Hes always volunteered at community organisations, for example Zero Emissions groups. His business clim8safe can help you $ave straight away. He rides boards and bikes too, hence his other businesses, M8 for sport imports and xplor4.com, this website.
Not so long ago when we were all free to go where and when we wanted WOW!. We decided on a week and a bits stay at Couran Cove resort on South Stradbroke island. Ive always been curious, especially hearing the entire resort sold for the grand sum of one dollar ! Located about halfway along the western side of the 22km long sand island, nestled around a man made lagoon, Its a fairly old and run down family resort where you cant be too snobbish or you wont enjoy it much. It really does run on 'island time' there. We had a good time and liked the laid back feel. Heres some pics of our stay below after which I will wrap up with some tips to make the most of a visit there.
You may find that the resort looks a little the worse for wear in parts. In the ultra regulated homogenized cottonwool norm weve become accustomed to in Australia it is a bit out of the box. But that did not deter us from getting amongst it. We particularly loved surfing the uncrowded classic little A frame beachbreak every day. I liked lazing around the pool every evening. And theres some nice walking through the livistonia forest, firebreaks and around the residential subdivision adjacent. Felt little bit like rottnest island with all the wallabies everywhere! I can imagine it could feel too isolated after a while, 1 week or so worked well for us. Heres some notes if you go while its still in its current somewhat delapidated state.
- Dont set the bar higher than the price - its cheap and cheerful.
- Dont expect to have many options for food and bev - BYO food is sensible. BYO booze is not officially allowed. Be discreet
- Dont go if you need nightlife and shopping. Definitely take a good read and comfy walking footwear for getting out and about
- Wifi only seemed to work near the reception and pool, check youve got a big data plan if your intending to stream stuff in your room
- It appeared there was 3 types of accomodation, 1over water flats close to the hub, 2units flanking the lagoon beaches, 3eco cabins in the bush a bit further afield
- Each of the eco cabin precincts is named in honor of a famous Australian artist. We found the commemorative plaques interesting
- Its a fair way to the isolated open beach, buggy transfers are free but sporadic so a walk or bike there might while away the day
- Bikes are included when you book through the resort, big plus especially if you stay any distance away from the lagoon or want to go surfing
- You can get some bargains privately through airbnb but check if they give you working bikes because that made a huge difference to our stay
- The pool was a mainstay, especially early and late when it was less crowded, great spot to watch the sunset from and grab a burger
- The inflatable floating fun park was fun for the younguns too as well as paddling around the lagoon but both are a shorterm diversion
- The arcade precinct has more to offer than just computer games, we passed on the minigolf and gyms but spent a fair time shooting basketball hoops and playing handball in the impressive full glass squash arena. BYO balls if you can
- The high ropes adventure course and climbing wall and beach+billabong camp that we saw mentioned are all long since defunct, along with attractions like the Eastern beach bar and bistro which is deserted too
- I have heard that the beach bistro can be hired out for functions and parties its certainly isolated enough nobody would care what went on
- We went surfing out there nearly every day although its unpatrolled, we did see some jetski tours and beach 4WD tour go by once if those activities interest you
- Its better part of an hour by ferry from seaworld, and thats not included in most bookings, otherwise byo boat seemed super if you have one
- We spent some time fishing but caught very little. Guests who arrived by their own boat could fish and explore further at their leisure! A good idea.
All in all our family rated this experience
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Mat is busily making the best of it from the family home in Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Australia. They are all looking forward to more low carbon local family adventures as soon as its clear to go!
I wrote a peice on medium about COVID, click on the link if youd like a look at it.
I also have some other writings and memes on the matter which you can get by asking. And I happily report that things are going well in Australia at this point a month on. Heres to better days ahead.
Feel free to share your COVID stories too thankyou.
My musings over our crazy current COVID (Chinavirus) crisis.
Disclaimer* Ive not caught Corona... yet. This article could be construed as callous, insensitive and even skipping apostrophes! Enjoy.
COVID conspiracies aside, and yes theres lots of crazy ones.. what is really happening and going to happen in this crisis. Could we be being brainwashed, Is this all a distraction, is it systematic martial law. Are we facing things far more sinister and serious again? Chipping and compulsory injections here it comes!! Or is COVID a tool to an evil end we cant even conceive?
'China/someone was contracted by Big Toilet Paper to create the virus to cause a run on butt wipes anyone?.'
Kidding, but irrefutable evidence already points out a silver lining to COVID's cloud. Collateral reduction in consumption and carbon already sees nature benefiting by reduced pollution, population damage and activity. As shown in satellite imagery of Chinas air pollution, and (anecdotal) reports from Italy:
Well what will we do next
Within every crisis is opportunity. And in this one its clearly changing our fatally flawed suicidal system to one thats better for our collective future. Such as reducing poverty and dis-empowerment and all kinds of abuse. Including the abuse of the planet. So doing our utmost to prevent catastrophic climate change as a priority. Can we collectively rise to this chance to break free from insidious shackles of our society, set ourselves on a path to truth and harmony. To a world with respect for each other, ourselves, our planet.
Let us not return to the old ways but forge better ways instead
My son says to me, Dad why is this happening. Well son Ive spent most of my life feeling a little like the world was careening down a wrong path, helpless passengers on a runaway rollercoaster. Now for the first time in my lifetime it seems to be stopping for breath. Perhaps now is the time for this.. Is the world gone mad or is it in fact madness that brought us here, the brink of a precipice. But which way is up, will fear doom us... are we about to fall or fly?
What about you? Do you see this as 'event horizon' or catalytic change of form for society? please share your thoughts in comments below. Just please dont aim or ask for it ALL to go back to the same way it was. Granted we had it pretty good here, but now is our chance to step up and ensure everyone everywhere gets a good or at least better outcome in the near and far future. Stay tuned.
Where to start
I personally letterboxed and fb offered help to my neighbours, Ive joined the local COVID support social groups. And applied to join the emergency effort against COVID in the health system here. Its always cool to consume less and conserve more it makes $ense and is actually pretty easy. And crucially I look to build better relationships. With my family, my close friends, my close neighbours and my own principles.
We planted a vegie garden, we will go for walks every other day, we read to each other, we take time to be still, and be together.
I have yet to fully grapple with how to survive economically here, and we will be grateful for any advice as it is daunting. What are you going to do to get by?
What to stop
Stupidity - toiletpaper need I say more. Selfish stockpiling and germ spreading behaviours. Rampant fear, panic and hysteria. Like the famous quote from the hitchhikers guide we will all do well to remember 'Don't Panic'. We can all benefit from better hygeine of course. Otherwise of course avoid close quarter spread risks and crowding. Give each other room, go into the wider outdoors or even better out on the water... and...
COVID spread is vastly exacerbated by mouth breathers. Darwinism in action but at the same time devastating all the rest of us. Mouthbreathing is actually a lack of mindfulness. So simply starting with that is something. Shut our mouths, open our hearts and our minds. And if you see a mouthbreather PLEASE make them aware or if that wont work then steer clear of their cursed foulness.
Tongue firmly in its place at the palate instead of cheek!!, course its heartening to see that laughter is still the best medicine. Or in reality nose breathing is... Till next time, stay safe and take your pills blue, red, rainbow,, whatever!
About the author: Mat emerged into this weird wonderful world in one of the last little hippie havens of our time. He has mused and marvelled at the kaleidescope of crazy beautifulness we were gifted. He got to live his wild crazy 1st dreams. He has helped bring more beautiful beings forth into the fray. Hes hopeful for our future.
He'd really appreciate any likes to the fb page. An article is about to go onto Medium too, msg Mat to find out more.
This is an evolving story, stay tuned here and to followup posts. Are you considering getting solar or one of the millions who already have? Please share in the comments below after reading our experience about getting Solar PV power in 2020. And please take a look at clim8safe.
One of the first things to come out of our family clim8 action planning was to get a solar system to generate electricity at home. The primary goal is to save carbon but as it turns out we stand to save significantly financially too!. Australians are going solar in a big way. We actually did it on our last place a decade ago but ended up doing our dough as we sold long before recouping costs. That led us to sign up for greenpower instead in an effort to join the movement and incentivise the shift to renewables. Greenpower was meant to grow demand for Utility Large Scale renewables. But greenpower unfortunately did not work out as you can see below and here: Click on the picture for old report NOW CRASHED <200K!
That is in stark contrast to the phenomenal rise of Solar PV power worldwide and in Australia:
I was familiar with this through my volunteering at the local Zero Emissions Community group for many years. Where it became crystal clear that Solar empowers us to be the change as opposed to waiting on the powers that be. The benefits and economics of Solar are irrefutable, and theres great ways to write off new solar PV installations, for both owners and renters.
YES if you rent long term or are a business tenant I can help you get savings from Solar too!
Put simply Solar is still a no brainer if you dont plan to sell and/or move. So once we decided it was more likely we'd not be selling it was go time to get Solar... again.
Currently there is a deluge of solar systems being sold in Australia. And even more misinformation. That means a lot to wade through if you dont know whats what. Such as the mistaken fear that the rebates are disappearing fast! The great thing is that by re-doing it myself now Im in an even better position to help others professionally through my clim8safe FREE solar brokering.
In a nutshell in 2020 most new solar should be able to pay itself off within 3-6 years (sometimes less) even when financed for ZERO dollars upfront.
Thats true for both business and home installs. Also true is that this is as good a time to get solar as any. And crucially to protect your investment and protect against wastage you want a 20+ year panel warranty and 10+ year inverter and installer warranty all from reputable longstanding companies. Avoid a sobstory in a few years due to disappearing suppliers and stuff going to landfill, Ask me how.
Yes theres a lot of other details in between but thats where clim8safe comes in. Making it simpler and easier for you by cutting to the chase. We quickly zero in on the best solution and why it is so. For further explanation please check back here later when we have actual personal data on our new system as proof! In the meantime heres what we are aiming at:
Enviro outcomes could be saving over 3.5 Tonnes of Coal fired pollution p/a, and all associated transport and logistics!
Equivalent of planting over 200 trees. But please plant trees also anyway!
Comments very much appreciated, likewise liking both our xplor4 and clim8safe socials thankyou.
Mat Colefax in Noosa (our own 2020 solar system going on below)
About the author: Mat is super stoked to help businesses, homeowners AND tenants get the best solar system possible. Through volunteering for Zero Emissions, helping others and buying new solar himself he knows exactly how to help.
As the horrific reality of climate change charred Australia this summer. Its been foremost in my mind to do what we can now, and also to take steps towards longterm work that helps. In terms of what we can do now, apart from registering to help recovery efforts as we have, there is a bewildering amount of fire fundraising. Donating to bush regeneration and minimise wildlife extinctions as per this link being just one. Just click on the link to see the post. If you dont have fakebook try here.
Secondly I begin a climate action memo for our own family. So many resources out there such as this nice website which we might model our memo on. Have you got one to share please comment or email!
Thirdly In terms of work that helps I begin building my clim8safe business idea. I aim to transform my career to leverage more of my time and energy on this. Brokering better solutions to save cost and carbon.
In other news weve been blessed by perfect outdoors weather here during our break, but cannot let that lull us into inaction. We were thrilled to camp out in the beautiful hinterland and also stay at Stradbrokes old eco resort, both of which I intend to writeup later. I was personally thrilled to leave the laptop behind for the duration.
Back onboard and back into it. Yes we will continue to xplor4, and consult to outdoors and adventuring enterprise. As always with climate in mind and now my new clim8safe goals too.
About: Mat lives a low carbon life with his family of 5 on QLD's Sunshine Coast since 2 decades+. Often outdoors, he loves people power, pedal and paddle power, plus xploring of course.
Hello and Seasons Greetings from our little C'fax clan on the Sunshine Coast Australia. Its a season for celebrating and taking time with family and friends. Lots of sunny days and plenty of sweets and treats too. And it is also a season when many set their sights on the coming year/s ahead. For myself personally it will be big changes in my career and business direction. With my new re-focus being to help business, govt. and homeowners be clim8safe.
By bringing together carbon conscious cost saving solutions from solar and circular regen to transport and logistics we will save their money and in small steps save the environment at the same time!
Whats in it for you: A simple solution to set yourself ahead of the game.
Is solar working for you, recycling/regen too?, what about your modes of transport and operations? By brokering the best integrated innovations along with smart finance options clim8safe will benefit business, govt. and households. It will protect clients from rising energy, transport and operations costs, as well insurability issues and more. Improving real profitability now and exponentially for the future. It shall save $$ and add to your asset value/revalue, all the while working toward zero carbon so satisfying eco aspirations. Intended to eventually act also as a consolidating enterprise for products and resourcing, clim8safe is a big task I really look forward to. As a lifelong eco advocate this is the best way I can give back now.
Effectively clim8safe is the perfect culmination of my lifetime focus on ecological endeavours. Since my formative years in the world heritage listed tropics I've always taken great care to uphold environmental values in everything I do. Thats enriched my experience every step of the way so now I look forward to share and contribute to the sector professionally.
That said xplor4 definitely will still offer outdoors and trails expertise and I aim to expand that side of xplor4. I see clim8safe consulting as a natural extension to offer on top of other endeavours, and in its own right. Thankyou to my many mentorlike associates out there who have helped me zero in on this fresh purpose and passion. I am grateful for everyone and everything thats led me to the next evolution of lifes journey. Wish me well, and ask away about anything, I'd love to hear from you.
And of course in the mean time we wish the very best to you and yours for Christmas and New Years! May you be very very merry, maybe find a little xplor4 fun and froth. Or even enjoy emulating a sloth! Share it with those you love, like in our little vid below. Thanks to share it round. Seasons greetings.