Burbing -- anyone do it?

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?

The route: https://www.strava.com/activities/3957144210

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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

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Wish there was a lol symbol in the app @janis.denning

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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 :slight_smile:

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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?

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I’ve never heard of this! I think my entire town would be considered my suburb but I think I’ll have to start working on this!

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Me neither. Looks like there’s only been one attempt in the UK to date so might have to get on to this… http://www.burbing.cc/map.html

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This sounds Uber complicated in a city with bazillions of streets, groves, terraces …
maybe I’ll do a super local one … or maybe map out something somehow

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On yer bike @Sir_Martin, booking an Uber to do it is cheating :wink:

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Good point that. Maybe tomorrorrorrow, maybe someday

And of course … then you’ll be the talk of the town

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I feel like a fat kid who was out having a :doughnut: when the rules about burbing was explained - huh? What’s this about? I’m keen to give it a go but have no clue :grin:.

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I’ve considered it…but even a partial Boulder route that a friend of mine did is pretty gnarly: https://www.strava.com/activities/1600605599

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!
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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.

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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.

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Friend of mine Cam cane up with the idea a few years ago. It has really taken off lately with Covid, especially here in Melbourne (Aus).

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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. :slight_smile:

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