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Australia’s top 25 scenic bike rides

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From the coast to the mountains, Margot McGovern seeks the nation’s top routes for picturesque pedalling.  Australia is home to some of the world’s most spectacular and diverse landscapes: sunbaked ochre desert, lush tropical rainforest, snowcapped alpine ranges and pristine coastline. Our diverse native flora and fauna makes Australia unlike any other place in the
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Illustration by Karl Hilzinger

Building biking

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With a splash of cash, the UK is showing the way to save on health costs by spending on bike riding. Simon Vincett investigates the situation in Australia. Europe, it seems, has always led the way when it comes to building infrastructure for bike riders. There’s no need to look any further than the Netherlands
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Going for a steal

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With bike theft on the rise, Margot McGovern looks at ways to protect your ride.  A few months ago, avid cyclist Grace returned home to an ominous sight: the front door of her home was ajar. She had left earlier in the evening to go to dinner—closing the door behind her and thinking it had locked. When
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The Hard Road

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It took just a moment for cyclist Kerryn Harvey’s life to change forever. She tells Melissa Heagney her amazing story of survival and about her passion for riding. It was a warm January afternoon in 2013 when keen cyclist Kerryn Harvey and her partner Renee decided to head back to their hotel after a day
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Love is now review

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Andrew Lovett has a look at a bicycle-based road trip movie set in rural New South Wales and a chat with the director. Love is now, a new film from first-time director Jim Lounsbury, takes a unique look at the tried-and-true road-trip. He swaps cars for bicycles (provided by Reid Cycles)  as his characters pedal
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Cycle of health

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Our adolescents need help to get active, for the sake of a healthy future. Simon Vincett and Phoebe Rountree investigate how adults and active transport can deliver. Adelaide teen Matthew Pomery was, until recently, like many others his age. The 16-year-old caught the train to his school in the northern suburbs, Elizabeth–Fremont High, and to
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Licence to ride

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Politicians, media pundits and commentators have all argued in favour of it—but should bicycles have number plates? Simon Vincett takes an in-depth look at bicycle registration. Maarten, Tracey and their two kids live within riding distance from work, school and childcare. Shared paths and separated bike lanes aren’t bad in their inner-Melbourne region and home
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Friendly streets

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Victoria Police’s Bicycle Patrol is focussed on keeping cyclists and all other road users safe, discovers Melissa Heagney. It’s a cold Monday morning in Melbourne and members of Victoria’s State Bicycle Operations team are out on patrol. State Bicycle Operations Co-ordinator Sergeant Arty Lavos, Melbourne Bicycle Patrol’s Acting Sergeant Justin Smith and First Constable Lauren
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Degrees of separation

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Cars, trucks, motorbikes, bicycles all share the road. Simon Vincett explores the benefits of separating motor vehicle and bicycle traffic. As cycling networks extend throughout Australian cities, a host of new riders are poised to take up active transport. Louise Treloar, 25, of Sydney, started riding to work this year. “It’s been a good option
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Teeth and chains

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Iain Treloar gets geared up to explain the secrets of chains, gears and ratios for road bikes.  Gearing has gone through a number of variations over the past 10 years. On mountain bikes: a wide spread remains king—generally a triple chainring on the front, multiplied by between 7 and 11 gears on the back. Recently, however, this has started
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