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Life lessons

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Wheeling and walking to school brings more than physical health, it also builds resilience, providing kids with vital personal development that their studies in class can’t deliver. Simon Vincett investigates.   “Tomorrow we’ll all go to the island with you. See? The whole lot of us. Why shouldn’t we? Your mother said we could spend
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Goulburn gold

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The Dookie Rail Trail is a short trail that is perfect for families. Jason Watts is our guide. Way back in 1994, a little known punk band called Green Day released an album titled ‘Dookie’. One of the songs on the album was called ‘Welcome to paradise’. Now I’m not sure if Green Day have
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Water workout

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Use the wonderful properties of water to work hard while keeping cool. Danielle Halvorsen suggests a mix of resistance, core and cardio work. Illustrations by Karl Hilzinger.  Exercising in water has a number of special benefits: it’s low impact, the water provides resistance, and the buoyancy allows bigger movements through a greater range of motion.
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Birdy 2016

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Now with disc brakes across four configurations, and other key refinements, the Birdy range has a new lease of life. Simon Vincett test rode and reviews. Since it was launched in 1995, the Birdy by Riese & Muller was immediately recognised as a significant alternative in the category of folding bikes. If the Brompton is
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How to deal with road rage

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Aggressive driving behaviour puts all road users at risk. Anthea Hargreaves looks at the causes of road rage, and best approaches to deal with it. The toot of a horn, an aggressive swerve, a deliberate too-close pass or abusive obscenity yelled from a window – for too many riders, road rage is seen as an
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Hinterland bike heaven

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Aidan Kempster reveals a staggering swathe of riding in nature in the Great Forest on Melbourne’s doorstep. I’ve been staring at the stars so long I can feel the arms of the Milky Way rotating around me. A breeze is whispering through the trees and I wriggle further into my sleeping bag. I am floating
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Snack for wellbeing

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For holistic health, snacks can’t be overlooked as part of our overall nutrition. Amy Crawford tells us how to make the most of our in-between eating. Good diet and nutrition is vital to all kinds of sporting activity, whether it’s bike riding, running or swimming. But for the time-poor or simply lazy, we often catch
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Coros Frontier helmet review

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Paul Walker puts a more intelligent bike helmet to the test.  Bike gear is getting smarter, and perhaps the most obvious demonstration of this is ‘wearable tech’ – products which integrate tracking and analytics into everyday items. Smartwatches are so last year – now we’ve got smart helmets. This offering from Coros integrates all manner
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Good beer and mountain bikes

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Peter Foot finds flow in Victoria’s high country – on the single track and in the breweries. Question: how would you like to go on a free brewery tour and mountain biking road trip? This was really asked of me, in my real life, on a Tuesday in winter at the Bicycle Network office in
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Ebikes 2017

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A few shops around Australia claim to offer the biggest range of electric bikes, but there’s now much more of a range than any one shop can offer. Simon Vincett surveys the current market.   Though road cycling is the Formula One of the cycling world with its glamorous image, the fastest growing sector of
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