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Beating ITB Syndrome

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The Illiotibial Band is a vital part of the leg but troublesome—unless you take care of it. Simon Vincett and Andrew Pell show you how. Many bike riders will be familiar with pain in the outside of the knee. This is most likely ‘ITB syndrome’ or inflammation from friction of the tough fascia (connective tissue)
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Illustration by Karl Hillzinger

How to ride a roundabout

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Are you confident of when to give way and when to take your turn in a roundabout? Simon Vincett explains. To ride a roundabout confidently you need to be assertive about taking your turn and you need to indicate clearly. Traffic can flow quickly, so you must be clear about what you’re doing. The rules
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Ride ready: the ‘M’ Check

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It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the many parts of a bike—and easy to ignore the state of your bike altogether—but this simple and speedy bike check draws the eye through all the most important areas. While more useful as a diagnostic aid, the ‘M’ check helps you to become aware of many of the
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Reflecting rides

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Margot McGovern and Iain Treloar investigate the best options to help you be seen in reflective gear.   As summer days darken to invite in the winter weather, riders spend more time pedalling in the dark or low light conditions and need to light up to be seen. In low light conditions riders are legally
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My foam friend

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For fast recovery for stiff, sore muscles and a quick return to top riding condition, you need to get on a roll. Simon Vincett takes you through a full foam roller routine. Photography by Thomas Joynt.  Without the benefit of a masseur like the ones pro riders enjoy, the next best thing for bike riders
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What’s that sound?

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A brief guide to diagnosing of drivetrain noise. Words by Iain Treloar and illustrations by Karl Hilzinger.  Skipping Cable tension of rear derailleur Shift to smallest cog at rear (closest to frame), then shift up one gear. If it doesn’t shift, turn the barrel adjuster anti-clockwise until the shift happens fluently. Derailleur hanger bent If
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Dean Steinberg's Bullitt cargo bike. Photo by Simon Vincett

Beyond the backpack

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There are many alternatives to a backpack for carrying your gear on the bike. Simon Vincett lays out the options. Soon after Dean Steinberg took up cycling for transport in January 2014 he realised he needed more than the bag on his back to carry his gear. “I use my messenger bag as one would
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Roll model

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Taking a less experienced rider for a pedal is a great way to encourage their riding—providing you don’t overdo it—finds Margot McGovern. Do you remember your early days of bike riding—legs burning, bum aching and appetite insatiable as your body adjusted to life on two wheels—when a spin down the local bike path was an
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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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