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Back with a vengeance

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Don’t let a stiff back stop you from getting out for a ride. Simon Vincett has exercises backed up with on-the-road technique. Finding good posture in a stretching session is one thing, but for lasting comfort on the bike, you need to achieve poise under pressure. Use your training rides to build your foundation of
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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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Beat the heat

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Margot McGovern has tips for your summer cycling. The winter doldrums are a fading memory, as are apprehensions about freezing on frosty morning rides and navigating wet roads through frigid gusting winds. But the sultry days of summer bring a unique set of riding conditions for bike commuters that also require consideration. Here’s a few
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Out-riding bad habits

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A passion for cycling can lead to big changes both on and off the track. Richard England tells Melissa Heagney how riding a bike has changed his (and others) lives for the better. Name: Richard England Age: 33 Occupation: Day Program Team Leader with YSAS Bikes: Scott mountain bike, Bianchi FG Lite road bike There are many life-changing moments
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Ride On digest

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The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Wednesday. Local news Triple threat Tasmania’s Macey Stewart has won her third world championship title for 2014 after taking the win at the UCI World Road Championships U19 time trial in Spain on Monday. Congratulations Macey! Get the full scoop >> Bicycle Network and
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Untangle muscle tension

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Got knots and strains stretching can’t fix? Myotherapist Andrew Pell has self-massage techniques to target the common ones. Muscle tightness and discomfort is a regular problem for many people. This can result from long training rides, previous injuries, general fatigue, poor posture and, most commonly, being desk-bound during the week. Muscles often develop hypersensitive ‘knots’ called trigger points. Identifying
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Review: ActivLife SportsMed TENS Machine

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Iain Treloar tests out a sports-oriented solution to chronic pain.                     You’re probably aware of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) machines from one of two places: infomercials, where they promise six-pack abs from no more activity than sitting on the couch, and therapeutic applications, such as
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Pedalling past the pain

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When confronted with back pain, the only way forward is to go back to basics, finds Iain Treloar.  For the first hour or two of a ride, all seems well. Then, like a thread unraveling from a jumper, the first ache appears and soon enough I’m undone. The early twinge spreads from the mid-back and
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Fitting outside the norm

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Iain Treloar searches for the perfect fit for the perfectly imperfect. With a heavy heart and aching body, I rode toward the clinic. As my pedals turned over, I mulled over my physical flaws; pronounced scoliosis that developed in my childhood, poorly-knit broken ribs and a chest covered in a patchwork of scars, knee pain.
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Loosen up with lunges

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It’s hard to beat lunges for a lower-body warm up. Simon Vincett suggests this set you can do before any ride.   The basic lunge is a superb exercise for warming up the major cycling muscles of the thighs and buttocks. With a few lunge variations as well, you can wake up the supporting muscles too, priming
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