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New and electric – ebikes explained

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Ebikes are growing more sophisticated by the season, in the subtlety of their technology and in the chic of their appeal. Simon Vincett catches us up on the latest developments. It’s another Euro trend that’s taking hold in Australia: pedal-assist ebikes. In Europe ebike sales are booming, while conventional bike sales hold steady. Similarly in
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10 years, and still riding on

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With 10 years of Ride On realised, Simon Vincett—who’s been part of every Ride On since the first issue—looks back over the decade of publication and the genesis of the magazine from its plucky predecessors, Pedal Power and BV News. The history of Ride On is inextricably linked with the history of its publisher, Bicycle
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See.Sense. light set

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The intelligence to vary flash and brightness offers a new paradigm in visibility. Simon Vincett reports on testing. Rating              73% Function         34/40 Quality             26/40 Price                 6/10 Appearance   7/10 $178 ($98 each) + $27 postage to Australia Bike lights are getting brighter and brighter, but how about smarter? Well, See.Sense.
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Urbane urban

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Iain Treloar hits the city streets on four classically-styled urban bikes. Carbon fibre, disc brakes, and suspension all have their place, but that’s not necessarily the city. An affordable dedicated urban bike has much to recommend it— lower maintenance, decreased servicing costs, and in many cases a riding position best suited to the job. A big branch on the commuting bike tree is the
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Vintage velos

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Margot McGovern road-tests four retro-styled steeds for women.   If you think, as I do, that your journey should be every bit as glamorous as your destination, then you can’t be cruising around on just any bike, and you certainly can’t arrive at your destination with sweat smeared make-up and chain grease on your leg.
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My Bike: Retro-direct

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Scott Mayson has revived an ingenious, lost gearing system, with the aid of a 3D printer. Retro-direct gearing provides two forward gears by pedalling either forward or backwards. It was invented in the 19th century and developed by various people before being patented in a single-chain version by Hirondelle in 1903. Once derailleurs and internal hub
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Everything old is new again

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Iain Treloar finds that there are people bringing bikes of the past back to their former glory—regardless of the vintage. For all the thirst for new and high-tech advancements in bike riding, there’s an equal thirst for the nostalgic.  When it comes to bikes, many admire the exploits (and rides) of the greats from the
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Seven endurance road bikes: ridden and rated

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Iain Treloar puts seven endurance road bikes through their paces, discovering that there’s a whole lot more to this exciting category than meets the eye. The temperature is a scorching 42 degrees, and you’re already 80km away from home on a ride out to the middle of nowhere. Your legs are starting to feel heavy,
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Ride On’s Best of 2013

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Iain Treloar takes a look back at the best products Ride On has come across this year. In the bi-monthly rush to deadlines, we rarely get a chance to step back and assess a year as a whole. Taken in its entirety, 2013 has seen Ride On test and rate 68 bikes, conduct our annual
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Breathe easy

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Warmer weather can be a trying time for asthma sufferers. Melissa Heagney finds out how to survive when the pollen count is high.  Associate Professor Ian Charlton is a keen rider. The General Practitioner, and National Asthma Council of Australia spokesman, will often do house calls near his home in the NSW Central Coast on two wheels. However,
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