I was reading about the idea of ‘Burbing’ on Strava. It’s the idea – borne of Covid-19 restrictions - of riding all of the streets in a particular suburb. Sounded like my kind of fun and, since I don’t know my suburb as well as I’d like, I looked up the boundaries of my suburb, powered up my ROAM and headed off. Two hours, 31k and just shy of 1100m of climbing later I finished. Must say it was an absolute blast and I’m already plotting another one to tackle. Anyone else Burbing?
Not exactly “burbing” but I mapped out a ride that includes every major hill (400-600 ft average) in the city where I live and looped them into one ride. I’ve never actually finished it because it would be well over 10000 feet in elevation. And I live at the top so all my rides start with going down and finish with going up. Sometimes when I don’t know what else to do I pick a section of the route and go. Needless to say I can’t get anyone to go with me
I’ll have to give that a try on my next ride! Our subdivision is super small but I could do this in the big on across the street, there are a million side streets to go down. I’ll probably only get a total of 10m of “climbing” though
Got me wondering what my equivalent of a suburb would be. Best I can find that is a defined area is the “civil parish”. Parishing doesn’t quite have the same ring to it though (unless it’s really cold and you say it in a posh voice). Sounds like a decent distraction next time the plan asks for a few hours of zone 2. Do you have to wear a costume or something?
I tried to link most of the major local climbs together a few years ago with over 4,000m of climbing and I was definitely on the struggle bus for the last few hours: https://www.strava.com/activities/1811903
I believe when Lachlan Morton rides over 8,000m on a big loop or point to point ride he calls that K2’ing…which sounds better than Everesting…but it still doesn’t sound all that appealing having ridden over 4,000m of climbing a few times in just one day, and never did I think - wow, I’d love to do twice as much climbing next time!
There aren’t really any ‘rules’ like there are with, say, Everesting. Rather, it’s just an idea: ride all of the roads in your neighborhood/suburb/city. Do it in one ride or string several together. No badges, certificates or recognition. Just fun.
I like the puzzle-like nature of the challenge: how can I design the most efficient route through a designated neighborhood? And then I really enjoy the adventure itself.
When we went into the 5km radius limit from home I mapped out a ride in Komoot - 48 fiddly way points later I finished the route ready to go ‘burbing’ only to realise I created a two hour ride with a one hour outside exercise limit! LOL. But I’m keen to try it once restrictions lift.
I live in a rather small, rather flat suburb here in Radelaide so it wasn’t much of a Sufferfest, the real challenge was trying to cover all the roads in the smallest distance… (hmm that sounds very Couchlandrian) https://www.strava.com/activities/3851364161
Still managed to make a couple wrong turns and found a few gravel lanes I didn’t know exist.
That would get complicated around me. I’ve ridden through my whole subdivision (all 6 tiny streets) many times, so that isn’t hard. I think the hardest part is defining your “burb”. I could choose any number of definitions and each would cover a different size area. And even more difficult would be all the gated subdivisons. I think the logistics (at least for me) would easily be more difficult than the actual riding. It sounds like an interesting challenge, but at this point I’m still isolating and only riding indoors, so this would be a challenge for another time.
This type of thing is great. Over a period I cycled every classified road on my local map (Landranger 102). Motorways excepted. Took me to some amazing places, plus some that were a bit less so. It got me hooked, but there’s a downside - now I’m finished I’ve lost my reason to get out and pedal