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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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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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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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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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In any weather: 30 tips for first-time winter commuters

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Poor weather is no excuse to stop pedalling. Margot McGovern shares tips to keep you riding this winter.  I suffer from what my husband has diagnosed as Seasonally Often Feeling Tired (SOFT) disorder. When the temperature drops, I’m inclined to don my warmest flannel pajamas, curl up on the couch in front of the heater and remain there until spring. So
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Brake adjustment: the basics explained

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Iain Treloar demonstrates some quick, easy brake adjustments. Brake adjustment can be a daunting prospect for the novice mechanic, but fear not—it’s significantly more straightforward than it may at first appear. The following tips for the three most common braking systems in Australia don’t require fancy tools—if you’ve got a set of Allen keys, two
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