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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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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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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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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Mind your manners

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Showing a little consideration for your fellow riders makes bike lanes and paths more welcoming to all, finds Margot McGovern. There’s nothing like the early signs of spring. The first buds appear on bare branches and hibernating bike riders awaken, taking to the roads once more. Popular routes are suddenly crowded, there are longer queues at traffic lights and some
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Commit to commuting

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Riding to work is a great way to get active, save money and put some extra time up your sleeve, finds Margot McGovern. Many thousands of Australians ride to work every day. I’m one of them. Even when it’s cold I’m brave enough to weather the storms for my rush of endorphins in the morning,
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Winter fit: your training guide

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Cycle coach David Heatley explains how to use your winter riding to gear up for spring events.  My most successful clients are the ones with goals to achieve on their bikes. They maintain and build fitness over winter by working towards their goal. So if you want to stay active over the colder months, I recommend setting yourself a solid riding goal
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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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5 tips for a better bunch ride

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There’s no question that cycling provides a great social experience, whether it be a small ride with a few friends or with a larger group that’s more organised. So what is the best way to approach the bunch ride? Bicycle Network ambassadors, Drapac Professional Cycling’s Jordan Kerby and Darren Lapthorne are here to help. 1.
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learning-to-ride

Learning to ride

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The journey to independent riding isn’t necessarily as smooth and direct as the textbooks suggest. Simon Vincett charts the meandering course of reality. Recently I had the pleasure of riding with my boy through the park on his first outing without training wheels. I couldn’t get the smile off my face to watch him feeling
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