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The right bike for the job

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Almost anything can be done by bike – if you have the right bike. Simon Vincett meets three biking enthusiasts who have looked beyond conventional offerings to machines that met their needs. Folder for travelling Tina McCarthy is founder of Wheel Women Cycling, ambassadors to Bicycle Network’s The Ascent ride for women. She has a
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Riese & Müller Load review

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More than a century after the box bike was first conceived, what improvements can still be made? Riese & Müller find innovations, discovers Simon Vincett. The car manufacturer Audi may have nabbed the term already but “Vorsprung durch Technik” could equally apply to German bicycle brand Riese & Müller, because “Progress through engineering” aptly describes
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Butchers and Bicycles review

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This “built-to-tilt” machine transforms how you ride a tricycle. Adding an automatic transmission and electric motor creates a new paradigm of cargo bike. Simon Vincett reports. In three key ways the Butchers and Bicycles Mk1-E with NuVinci HSync is a great leap forward in cargo bikes, providing the most viable car-alternative on the Australian market: it is
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Bike review: Urban Arrow Family

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With Dutch smarts, this electric motor assisted cargo bike delivers the goods for a household. Simon Vincett test rides. The grocery shop seems an unlikely occasion for an enjoyable cycling experience but this is the bike to make this mundane chore a triumph. I could park just outside the door, unload straight from the trolley
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Smiles per hour

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Is there a better measure of something’s value than the smiles it brings? Cargo bikes carry cartloads of smiles for a wide variety of people, as well as smile-value for businesses. Simon Vincett investigates. Abby started using a wheelchair when she was about four years old. Before then she had specialised strollers. Abby doesn’t walk
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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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New and electric – ebikes explained

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Ebikes are growing more sophisticated by the season, in the subtlety of their technology and in the chic of their appeal. Simon Vincett catches us up on the latest developments. It’s another Euro trend that’s taking hold in Australia: pedal-assist ebikes. In Europe ebike sales are booming, while conventional bike sales hold steady. Similarly in
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Ditch the car

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A cargo bike can do most of the errands for which people use a car, but with greater health benefits, less cost and reduced environmental impact. Simon Vincett and Jon Miller tested 14 options available in Australia. The school run, grocery shopping, weekend sports, BBQ in the park: check, check, check, check – a cargo
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Electric bikes power up

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Electric bikes are continuing to evolve in impressive ways, finds Emma Clark. “It’s cheating!” “Don’t I need a licence?” “I may as well just drive!” Historically, bike riders have been quick to dismiss electric bikes as an annoying oddity ­– something big and ugly built in the back shed by bearded inventors dreaming of patents
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