I guess I’m one of the lucky ones, I mean, living in the sub-tropics I can ride all year round.
It can get cool in winter, with some mornings getting down to -5°C (23°F) out towards the west of Brisbane, but usually it only gets down to 1°C or 2°C (34°F to 36°F) and once the sun starts to climb, the days can top out at a balmy 23°C (73°F).
Winter is also dry, with the average rainfall being around 125mm (5″). So l really have no excuse when it comes to going out for a ride. We actually got a couple of millimeters less than the average this winter, and it all came in the last two weeks of August.
My favorite time of year has to be spring.
Spring is the time of year when the mornings are brisk and the days are warm, but not so warm that you need to carry endless amounts of water with you. There is a problem with spring though, it signals the first storms that in the lead up to the wet season.
The storms usually turn up in the first or second week of October, which is when the temperature starts to creep up.
They’re usually short-lived, lasting anything from 10 to 30 minutes. They can be destructive though, with high winds, heavy rain and hail – and they almost always hit at the same time as I start my commute home between 16:00 – 1700 AEST*.
The spring storms are just a taste of what is to follow.
December 1st marks the start of summer and the wet season. The wet season is usually in full swing by the beginning of January and runs through to early March. Average rainfall for Brisbane over summer is around 450mm (18″). Last summer we got 572mm (22-1/2″).
It’s not all rain though. Summer can get up to 45°C (114°F) if it tries hard enough. The average day time temperature is more like 30°C (86°F), with 70% humidity. Team that with a UV index in the extreme range and you can see that riding can become uncomfortable if you’re an ATGATT* rider.
Plenty of water and sunscreen are a must if you plan on doing any sort of riding during summer.
Most of the following photos were taken over the summer of 2013/ 2014 and were posted to my various social media pages during the course of this year. All of these locations are less than 3 hours easy ride from Brisbane, depending on which route you take
This is what I’m looking forward to over the next six months… but not the storms.
- AEST: Australian Eastern Standard Time.
- ATGATT: All The Gear All The Time.