World of wheels

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Simon Vincett opens a window on the wonders of wheels. Of all the parts of your bike, wheels and tyres make the most difference to performance. How fast you accelerate, how aerodynamic you are and how much you can carry are just some of the aspects of riding that are heavily influenced by your choice
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True that

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On-the-run wheel repairs can be surprisingly effective, writes Stephen Huntley.   Discovering a wobbly wheel while out on a ride is annoying. Depending on how great the wobble is, it can lead to your tyre rubbing on the frame (possibly causing a hard-to-fix sidewall puncture), your tyre may rub on your brakes (very annoying when
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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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Reuse and recycle your bike

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There’s more than one way to bring new life to old bikes, Damian Antonio and Bart Sbeghen look at two innovative projects bringing joy to riders old and new. In a gritty corner of a government-housing car park in Waterloo, in Sydney’s inner west, from behind a well-tagged roller door, a bike workshop comes to
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Back to basics: how to change a bike tube

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Punctures are enough to leave anybody feeling flat, but as Iain Treloar demonstrates, it’s easy to get rolling again.  There are three certainties in any bike rider’s life: death, taxes and punctures. Regrettably, Ride On can’t help much with the first two. Happily, we can help with the last one. From changing tubes to preventative measures to reduce the risk of punctures
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There’s more to the humble inner tube than meets the eye, writes Stephen Huntley.  An inner tube seems like such a simple and straightforward bike part that very little is ever written or said about it. But it is an important component; there is more to the tube than meets the eye, and getting the right one for your bike
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Brake adjustment: the basics explained

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Iain Treloar demonstrates some quick, easy brake adjustments. Brake adjustment can be a daunting prospect for the novice mechanic, but fear not—it’s significantly more straightforward than it may at first appear. The following tips for the three most common braking systems in Australia don’t require fancy tools—if you’ve got a set of Allen keys, two
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20-minute bike clean

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Iain Treloar runs you through some quick steps to keep your bike sparkling. When bad weather creates mucky riding conditions, your chain and cassette are more susceptible to rust and wear, the underside of your frame can become caked with horrible gunk and your brakes are likely to leave ghostly grey residue all over your
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Weatherproof your ride

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Don’t let the winter blahs keep you from getting out there on your bike. Vince Attree is here to tell you that a little preparation and a little TLC can make a world of difference. Often neglected parts of your bike can suffer in the harsh weather. This time of year can really rip a bike
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Customise your bike

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It only takes a few small adjustments  to increase your comfort and improve your bike’s performance, explains Rowan Lamont.  You and your whizz-bang off-the-shelf bicycle have already shared a few adventures: bonding as you rode into that killer head wind, agonising over the first scratch from leaning your bike against a wall, and sharing a spill negotiating wet tram tracks. It
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