Roads / Traffic
road surfaces (chipseal, patching, potholes). Lack of shoulder on roads, riding single file on busier stretches, avoiding highways. Examples of road surfaces. Best streets for moving around in town – map?
Common in forested areas. Kangaroos and the odd wombat. Be particularly careful descending down Mt Canobolas or through the pine forest descent on Back of Mine. As always on the bike keep an eye out for dogs, especially in the smaller villages and on quieter back roads.
Summer – Normally quite dry and hot, but cooler than surrounding Central Western towns. Maximum’s in the high 20’s / low 30’s. A drier heat than on the coast. Mild mornings. Every few years we’ll get a cool and/or wet summer. Easterlies bring cooler days.
Autumn – Perhaps the best time to ride. Mild to cool days. Less rain and wind.
Winter – Cold. Frosty mornings. Days often start in the -5°C to 0°C range. Maximum’s often stay below 10°C. Snow possible. Watch for black ice on the roads in the morning if there has been rain followed by a frost, especially on Northern shaded corners.
Spring – Winter weather often runs well in to Spring.
What to Wear
The eternal question. I spend far too much time making this decision for much of the year. Here’s a rough guide to my choices based on temperature. To help with the decision I use the app Epic Ride Weather for forecasting the weather on routes and rides. Highly recommended.
The following clothing recommendations are based on the temperature range in which most of the ride is spent.
Note: if you are heading west, the temperature once you are off the Orange plateau will be around 5°C warmer, possibly more in Summer.
Above 23°C – short sleeve jersey with no base layer and if it’s really hot some lightweight bibs.
18°C to 23°C – short sleeve jersey & summer base layer. Regular weight bibs.
14°C to 17°C – either short sleeve jersey + base layer + gilet or thermal short sleeve jersey (Black Sheep SS Elements) + base layer. Regular weight bibs. Light merino socks.
10°C to 13°C – thermal short sleeve jersey + base layer + arm warmers. Gilet. Lightweight full finger gloves. Thermal short bibs (Velocio Thermal Bib Short). Light merino socks. Possible toe covers.
5°C to 9°C –
Below 5°C –
The most important part of any ride. Fortunately Orange has some excellent options for coffee and food, including the following cyclist favourites:
- Byng Street Local Store (7 days) – a local institution. Plenty of seating including big tables inside and stools around the verandah if you want to keep an eye on your $15k Cervelo…
- Omar (closed Sun) – another popular haunt with local cyclists, located just up from Elephant Park. Small but does great coffee and food. Indoor and outdoor seating.
- Anything Grows (7 days) – indoor and outdoor seating in this garden café. Food made on premises, great for lunch.
- Bills, East Orange
- Mad Hatter (7 days) – great little café operating from a shipping container in Lords Place. Outdoor only. Good coffee, snacks, egg and bacon rolls and burgers. A Sunday coffee ride regular.
- Good Eddy (weekdays) – small but mighty. Fantastic coffee, limited food menu but excellent.
- Crema (7 days, mornings) – hole-in-the-wall style. On Lords Place.
- Café at Lake Canobolas – run by the crew from Anything Grows.
- Larder & Home, Lucknow (7 days) – part of the Byng Street Group. Perfect for large groups with large outdoor tables and lawn, woodfired pizzas for lunch on weekends and some beautiful homewares as well. Another Sunday regular.
- Providore, Millthorpe (7 days) – a Sunday coffee ride institution. Good coffee and food. Casual seating outside with a small courtyard. Good sized gutters across the road for soaking up winter sunshine.
- Racine Bakery – french style bakery serving coffee alongside sourdough, sandwiches, pies etc.
- Hotel Canobolas – an Orange institution. Beautiful Art Deco pub on the main street. Good range of beers and local wines. Bistro and wood-fired pizzas, plus the excellent Gong Thai.
- Gladstone Hotel – run by the same folk who run Hotel Canobolas. Located on the corner of Byng and Hill Streets. Great verandah to sit
- Carriers Arms – excellent wood-fired pizzas, burgers and counter meals. A great range of craft beers on tap. Modern meets old-school wood paneled pub charm.
Gear Recommendations – tyres, pressure etc, garmin radar, visibility etc. Carrrying pump / spares etc. Food & water, especially on longer rides.
Bike Shops / Mechanics
- Velo-city – Pete Willis is an absolute gentleman and the owner of this one man repair & servicing shop. He can also help you out with your bikepacking or hire needs.
- DGs –
- Ron Boulton – located on Lords Place. Shop, repairs and servicing. Brands include Scott
- Renshaw’s (Bathurst)
Orange Cycle Club, Orange Mountain Bike Club, Orange BUG, Treadlies
Saturday – fast group, medium group
Sunday – lattesippers.