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Riders behaving badly

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Aggressive riders frighten others off the roads and paths, and some riders have had enough. Simon Vincett investigates. Helen Smart has just about had enough. Although she’s ridden for transport for decades, she finds herself gritting her teeth for the daily commute, which she finds regularly punctuated with conflict with other riders. After many incidents of
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The right bike for the job

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Almost anything can be done by bike – if you have the right bike. Simon Vincett meets three biking enthusiasts who have looked beyond conventional offerings to machines that met their needs. Folder for travelling Tina McCarthy is founder of Wheel Women Cycling, ambassadors to Bicycle Network’s The Ascent ride for women. She has a
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Locks test 2016

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Simon Vincett talks smart bike security and then takes the tools to the best bike locks to find just how much protection they really offer. Like a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, the security of your bike is only as good as the best opportunity it offers a would-be thief. Did
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When can my child ride?

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Bron Willis dives into the challenge and the triumph of learning to ride and how to plan bike trips the whole family will enjoy. You’re eager to launch into family riding, but when will your little one be ready for outings in the child seat or trailer? And when will junior have enough balance to
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Road positioning for bike riders

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Like your body language says as much as your words in a conversation, your riding language —where you ride on the road—tells others what you’re doing. Simon Vincett suggests strategies for communicating to the traffic. Whether you are blessed with bountiful bike lanes or you have to mix it with the traffic for all your
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A Weekend Away on Two Wheels

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Not just for A to B, Damian Antonio can show you how to use your bike to go from A to B to C, spend the night at D, have lunch at E and then cycle back to A. Tip, you’re going to need more than your bike pump and a banana. Cycling is a fantastic
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How to overtake obstacles

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Whether it’s road works, parked cars or a hazard, you will sometimes need to overtake something that’s in the way of where you would like to ride. Simon Vincett explains how it’s done, with illustrations by Karl Hilzinger. Life is often littered with obstacles and the riding life is no exception. No sweat. It’s just
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How to be a bike advocate

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Don’t let anything ruin your ride.  Try these positive actions to make the riding environment better. Simon Vincett shows you how. Don’t grind your teeth at the bike-unfriendly things you come across as you pedal along. Take some action to help make bike riding easier and get back to whistling your way to work. Get
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Enjoying the simple things

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  For health, happiness, the good of the environment and your finances, everything points to the bicycle, as David Van Bergen explains. A wise colleague once stated that life’s greatest moments were achieved by enjoying the little things. Enjoying the warmth of the sun as it radiates down on a clear crisp morning is one
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How to ride on the footpath

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The footpath has its own special set of hazards to be aware of and to anticipate. With a bit of practice, scanning and preparing for these become second nature. Simon Vincett explains. Riding on the footpath is an art in itself. It’s still not allowed for adults in three Australian states but for kids under
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