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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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Ride On digest

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The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Wednesday. Local news Please, Tony! Bicycle Network are asking Prime Minister Tony Abbott to spend $7.5b to build 7,500km of new bike infrastructure in Australian towns and cities, and they need your support. Get the full scoop >>   Velo-city off and
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Ride On digest

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The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Wednesday. Local news Go Gerro! This week Simon Gerrans became the first Australian cyclist to win the Leige-Bastogne-Leige, one of the oldest and most prestigious races in Europe. It was a particularly sweet victory with this year also being the race’s 100th
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Locks test 2013

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The 2013 test’s expanded assessment includes a Ride On security rating. Which is the only lock to score a perfect 10? What level of security do you need? SimonVincett reveals all the test results. Do you think you can tell a tough bike lock at a glance? Well, nothing is certain until the tools come out,
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Ride On digest

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The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Friday. Local news World’s longest trail completed Western Australia’s Munda Biddi Trail which stretches 1,000km from Mundaring to Albany is now complete after more than 12 years of work and thanks the efforts of 600 Munda Biddi Trail Foundation members. To celebrate the
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Ride On digest

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The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Friday. Local news Buses return to Swanston Street Melbourne riders have been angered to find tourist buses illegally parking on Swanston Street. The buses were originally banned from the key bike route, which is used by almost 5,000 riders a day, after a rider
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Lady luck

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Thousands of Australian are victims of bike theft each year. Most never see their rides again, but very occasionally someone gets lucky, finds Margot McGovern.  Perhaps the worst thing about having your bike stolen, aside from the obvious downside of being sans bike, is the near certainty that you’ll never see your ride again. “Maybe you’ll get it back,” your friends say,
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Locks test 2012

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Fully updated and including 11 newcomers, Rowan Lamont, assisted by the officers of the Brisbane City bike police, tested a selection of 27 locks to see how well they protect your precious property.  For this year’s instalment of our popular bike lock test, Ride On collected a range of the most interesting new and current locks to determine the
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Going, going, gone

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An estimated 16,000 bikes are reported stolen in Australia each year, with only a tiny percentage returned to their owners. Margot McGovern investigates what happens to unclaimed bikes and how to prevent your bike going missing. On a freezing morning in a drafty warehouse, a group of bargain hunters eye off bulk boxes of Lego,
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Stop, thief!

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The boom in riding has created rich pickings for bike thieves. Emma Clark investigates It’s a horrible feeling, seeing that empty space where you know you left your bike. Sickening disbelief followed by outrage is the normal reaction. But what are the chances of getting your beloved machine back? According to the police, the trade
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