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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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Riese & Müller Load review

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More than a century after the box bike was first conceived, what improvements can still be made? Riese & Müller find innovations, discovers Simon Vincett. The car manufacturer Audi may have nabbed the term already but “Vorsprung durch Technik” could equally apply to German bicycle brand Riese & Müller, because “Progress through engineering” aptly describes
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Butchers and Bicycles review

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This “built-to-tilt” machine transforms how you ride a tricycle. Adding an automatic transmission and electric motor creates a new paradigm of cargo bike. Simon Vincett reports. In three key ways the Butchers and Bicycles Mk1-E with NuVinci HSync is a great leap forward in cargo bikes, providing the most viable car-alternative on the Australian market: it is
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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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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: 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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Bike test: Corratec 8-speed Coaster

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A bargain Bosch ebike has arrived in Australia courtesy of no-frills distributor Reid Cycles. Simon Vincett tests and reports. Bosch motors are the centre-piece of the premium ebikes of today, so it’s exciting to see the first bargain ebike in Australia using this pedal-assist system. A price close to three grand might not immediately seem
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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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