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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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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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Ride with confidence

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Know the rules and best strategies to reduce your risks and ride with confidence. Simon Vincett explains. Communication Scan ahead and slow down if you’re not sure whether someone has seen you or if they will give way. Communicate using your bell, your voice, hand signals and eye contact. Put on your lights when it
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Night rider

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Swapping the sunshine for the cooler and calmer environment of the night offers relief, challenge and fun for all types of bike riders. Sarah Down catches some nocturnal action. Bike riding after sundown, on the whole, is more often viewed as an unfavourable by‐product of winter’s shorter days. For those in the southern states, it
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Overtaking on the left

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  This right for bike riders creates one of the most confusing situations for riders and drivers to negotiate. Simon Vincett explains the Australian road rules with practical examples. Bikes are the only vehicles on the road in Australia that can legally overtake other vehicles on the left [RR141]. This special entitlement follows logically from
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Mastering the links

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Iain Treloar runs you through the process of breaking, sizing and fitting a bicycle chain. Chains are beautiful in the simplicity of their function, but surprisingly complex in their construction. Each link consists of a matching pair of outer and inner plates, two rollers and two pins. A standard derailleur chain will have approximately 57
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Crash. Bang. What next?

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Harriet Edmund advises what you need to do—and what you need to know—if you are involved in a crash. You know the importance of staying vigilant while you ride into work but the road is greasy and nothing has prepared you for what’s about to happen. A motorist suddenly turns left, cutting in front of
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Time to train

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Too busy to get as much time on the bike as you’d like? Don’t worry—Lee Rodgers explains that the secret to improving your performance is to train smarter, not longer. “If only I had more time to train, I’d be so much quicker!” It’s a common refrain of the time-­constrained cyclist, bemoaning the lack of
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Cross training benefits

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When someone says “cross­training”, people usually reply “What for?” Danielle Halvorsen explains the benefits for bike riders. If bike riding is all you do for fitness, you need to start thinking of other ways to benefit your overall physical health. Cross training changes your regular patterns and movements and shows up underperforming and inflexible muscles.
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