Initially from reading the above Adelaide sounds like it fits the bill. I don't like big cities and don't want to be in the centre of one. Decent road surface would feel like heaven too! I'm not bothered about any race scene because I don't race anymore.
I'm in Melbourne.
Yes, the consensus is that Adelaide is the best city for riding, for the reasons mentioned (good roads, hills very close to town, the city isn't too big or busy, not too much traffic, lots of pros and wannabes get there in Jan
I always understood that Sydney was the worst, due to tonnes of traffic, but I haven't been there for a long time with a bike, so I could be wrong. My guess is that Perth is similar to Adelaide (in size and lack of traffic), but with a slightly smaller scene and less (no?) hills -- again, i could be wrong. I dunno much about Brisbane, except that it's subtropical, so they have crap like more snakes, mites, killer jellyfish and exotic diseases, etc, etc, hee hee! Cop that, Joh Bjelke
Going by your comments above, it's sounds like Adelaide would suit you fine, however.......
Adelaide can get VERY hot. I mean, REALLY hot. I dunno if you like the heat, but check out some of these maximum temperatures from Feb just gone (rounded off):
34, 38.........31, 34, 34, 36, 37, 39, 40, (all consecutive!
)....... 32, 34, 35, 38..... 33http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/20130 ... 1302.shtml
Then there's March, which is cooler, right?
31, 33, 35, 35, 34, 36, 36, 34, 38, 38....(all consecutive! Ok, I think that was a record, but still, it happened)....33. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/20130 ... 1303.shtml
And let's not forget good-old January:
31, 32, 40, 45, 32, 35, 41 (all consecutive!!)....34, 34.........30, 37, 43........38http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/20130 ... 1301.shtml
I guess I should chuck in Dec, to round the warm weather off, which ain't quite as 'bad':
36......34, 39, 37......33, 30.........34, 42........31, 31, 31 http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/20121 ... 1212.shtml
You might like that weather, but no thanks. It sounds like Melbourne isn't what you're after, but I just wanna defend our 'cold' weather.
The average maximum temperatures for June, July and Aug are 14.1, 13.5 and 15. A typical really
cold day will be about 10 to 12 degrees, but we do get the odd hailing day that'll be 8 to 10 for most of the day. However, we also get plenty of Winter days around 14 to 16. Last July was warmer than average, but check out some of the 'mild' weather we had. Hahttp://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/20120 ... 1207.shtml
Sure, early mornings is a different thing.
Back to my 'balanced' view of Melbourne: riding in the 'burbs is generally pretty good. I ride along the eastern beaches pretty much every night, and I reckon the roads are great: they're not too congested, I rarely get punctures, and there are lots of wannabe pros to chase. I get to watch the Sun setting over the water most nights, and get to perv on tons of hot girls, ALL THE TIME!!
Yes, road rage from drivers is a HUGE problem here.
Yes, the inner city areas are very congested during busy times.
The racing scene is massive and FAST (probably the best club scene in the country, if not the World
, but you said that's what you're after, so.......
eh....I'm out of info ('opinions') for the moment