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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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How to: clean your cassette and chain

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Iain Treloar demonstrates how to keep your drivetrain clean and crud free.  Prevention is better than a cure, and the best way to reduce the amount of wear on your drivetrain is by keeping it clean. There are a couple of tools required for this, so we’d suggest adding those pictured above to your arsenal if you haven’t already.
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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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First Peaks

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Team Bicycle Network’s Stefan Magat explores his firsts as he heads into this year’s Peaks Challenge. 2015 is a year filled with a number of firsts for me as an official “ elite roadie” – though I must admit, my career has been a very average one up until now. This weekend, I’ll be taking
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Riding the night – yoga, movies and riding a bike

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Is riding a bike at night as dangerous as the media would have you think? Bicycle Network’s General Manager of Communications (and Ride On Editor) Melissa Heagney takes a look at Melbourne’s newest night ride. Carnage! Danger! Oh the horror of riding a bike at night! If you read the papers in Melbourne over the
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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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Packing for the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride

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Wheel Women‘s Tina McCarthy looks at the essentials you need for your week in another world.  I was taking a shower on the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride when I realised that I’d got myself into a slippery situation. I just wanted to sink into the silvery, stainless steel channel and get washed away with the
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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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Endure

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The demands of endurance riding are immense, but with the right preparation you’ll be up for the task, explains Iain Treloar.   Your legs are weary. You feel every bump through the saddle as your sit-bones protest. Your shoulders burn. The tarmac stretches ahead of you to the horizon, and with each pedal stroke you are more acutely aware that
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