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Down the adventure road

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  Gravel grinders, all-road or adventure bikes—whatever you call them, we put five of the best to test. Iain Treloar reports. Picture this: you’re on your road bike, powering along the tarmac, when out of the corner of your eye, you spot an unpaved road that you’ve never really noticed before. It’s sun dappled and
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A different level of normal

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The Dutch spend five to six times as much on a new bike compared to Australians reported Bicycling Trade magazine in November. Ride On spoke to shops selling Dutch-style bikes in Australia for comparison. The average Dutch outlay for a new bike is now €1,200 (AU$1,846) the Australian industry publication Bicycling Trade reported in November.
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Ride On’s best of 2015 – part 2

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In this second part, Simon Vincett revisits his highlights of 2015 in the commuting–touring spectrum of bikes and riding.  Thanks for reading over the past year. What were your highlights? Following on from my colleague Iain Treloar’s list, this is my collection of the highlights of 2015, ranging from products to experiences and from articles to developments in the
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Ride On’s best of 2015 – part I

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In this first part, Iain Treloar provides his highlights of 2015 in the world of bikes.  Just as we did in 2013, we’re taking a moment to cast our minds back and assess the best products and experiences Ride On came across in 2015. We’ve covered some ground in this time, with extended tests of over 25
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Vivente World Randonneur ‘The Gibb’

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Rohloff hub gears, hydraulic disc brakes, a dynamo-powered USB outlet and refinement in every feature make this Australia’s premium touring and transportation bike. Simon Vincett reviews.   I want to tell you that I won’t rave excessively about this bike but that would be a shakey promise. I have admired the Vivente World Randonneur (VWR)
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Breezer Beltway 11+

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Is this the ultimate urban transport bike? Simon Vincett puts it through its paces. Joe Breeze was one the inventors of the original mountain bike, along with Gary Fisher and friends, and he has never stopped innovating bike design to achieve ultimate performance. His Breezer brand has offered impressive urban transport bikes for many years
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Bianchi Specialissima

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Just how good is the best? Iain Treloar puts a jaw-­dropping superbike to the test. Lighter, faster, smoother—it’s long been the mantra of road bike marketing, the core to the justification for extravagant and expensive machines. It’s easy to be skeptical about whether anything can justify the bombast of these claims, and it’s extremely easy
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Bosch ebikes now fully supported in Australia

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A new service centre provides domestic servicing of Bosch ebike systems. Simon Vincett reports. International electrical equipment manufacturer Bosch, has established a centre in Sydney to service their ebike motors and electrical systems in Australia. It is a move that promises increased confidence in Bosch ebikes for customers and the bike industry. Bosch-equipped ebikes have been
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Bike review: Focus Mares AX 1.0

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Iain Treloar grapples with the weight of expectation with this German cyclocross weapon. There are some bikes that leave an impression, and perhaps the most indelible for me was the mark left by an orange and red cyclocross bike from Focus a couple of years back. That bike, the Mares CX 4.0, offered a rare
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Bike review: Urban Arrow Family

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With Dutch smarts, this electric motor assisted cargo bike delivers the goods for a household. Simon Vincett test rides. The grocery shop seems an unlikely occasion for an enjoyable cycling experience but this is the bike to make this mundane chore a triumph. I could park just outside the door, unload straight from the trolley
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