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Mon
08
Aug
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Eight tips for protecting your bicycle while transporting it

Thule bicycle carrier. Cycle Traveller

It's ironic we can often cycle for thousands of miles and not get a scratch on our bikes, but the moment we pop it on a car or in a bike box for transport it gets trashed. Sometimes, taking just that little bit more care can make a big difference. Here are eight tips for protecting your bike when your transporting it as suggested by bicycle cargo specialists Thule.

Mon
20
Jun
Alia Parker's picture

Cleats, clips or flats: which bicycle touring pedal is best?

What sort of pedal should I use for bicycle touring?

Deciding what pedals to use for bicycle touring can do your head in, especially if you've never used cleats before and you're trying to decide on whether to make the switch. Staunch opinions abound on all sides from 'you absolutely must clip in, because, well, you're wasting energy otherwise' to 'you're absolutely mad if you clip in – I mean, that's a whole extra pair of shoes you'll need to carry!'.

Tue
24
Nov
Alia Parker's picture

Six fun Christmas gifts for cyclists

Perfect for those who like to slice it up, fixie pizza cutters. Cycle Traveller

Choosing gifts for cyclists can be tricky – many of us are painstakingly picky and seem to have everything anyway. Even so, we're obsessed with bikes and bike-related gifts are an obvious choice. So how can you win at cyclist gift giving? These six ideas will help.

Tue
27
Oct
Alia Parker's picture

Garmin releases rear radar to alert cyclists of danger

Garmin's new Varia display unit and rearview radar. Cycle Traveller

NEWS: It was just a matter of time before object sensor technology was adapted for cyclists with GPS device company Garmin becoming the first major manufacturer to foray into the sphere with an innovative new safety product.

Tue
22
Sep
Alia Parker's picture

Review: this is best bike phone mount I've seen

The Quad Lock with the protective poncho, mounted vertically on the stem.

Looking around for a phone mount for my bike recently, I have been surprised to find just how few good quality products are out there. I figured because cycling apps have become so popular that there would be a stack of nice phone mounts out there, but it turns out most of them are rather bulky, unsightly and questionably secure.

Wed
12
Aug
Terry Coumbe's picture

Bike trailer vs rack and panniers: which is best?

Bike trailer vs rack and panniers. Which is best?

It's a question that many bicycle tourers face at one point or another, so here's a comparison. Terry and his mate Murray set off to ride the Munda Biddi Trail from Mundaring to Albany – a 1,000km off-road odyssey from Albany to Mundaring in Western Australia. Terry's weapon of choice was a dual suspension mountain bike with BOB trailer, while Murray rode a hard-tail mountain bike with rack and panniers. So how did the two set-ups differ? Terry compares the performance on Australia's longest off-road cycling trail.

Tue
28
Jul
Alia Parker's picture

AQUAhydrate: it has all the key ingredients except this

AQUAhydrate 1L bottle fits into a standard drink bottle cage.

I have a guilty relationship with sports drinks: I don't like them, but I drink them, then I feel bad about the excess sugar and artificial gunk I just put into my body while acknowledging that I needed to rehydrate, and quickly. Having done as much long distance touring as I have, I know exactly how my body reacts under certain conditions. For instance, if the temperature gets up above 26°C, and especially once into the 30s, I'll have a headache by mid afternoon if I don't dose up on electrolytes.

Mon
06
Jul
Alia Parker's picture

Sleeping bags and mats. How we sleep on a bicycle tour

Sleeping bags and mats for bicycle touring. 1. Hard Ware Lamina. 2. Mont Hotwire. 3. Thermarest Prolite. 4. Mac Pac silk liner. Cycle Traveller

Good sleep is pretty important when bicycle touring as we need to be able to front up from an epic day's ride with another one, day after day. But creating a comfy nest for yourself can take up quite a lot of space in your bags, so there's always a bit of a trade off between comfort, warmth and the big one, affordability. What we carry in our panniers or hiking packs has changed quite a bit over our years of bike touring and back country trekking. Overtime, we've gradually upgraded our gear from budget options to smaller and lighter gear, and as with most things when it comes to outdoor gear, the rule of thumb is generally the lighter and smaller it is, the more expensive. But there's no need to start at the top, especially for short or one-off trips.

Wed
03
Jun
Alia Parker's picture

Seven weird and wonderful tech inventions for the bike

The Monkey Light Pro bicycle light. Cycle Traveller

Bicycles have come a long way since the penny farthing hit the market back in 1869. However, these days it's not just mechanical design that's changing the way we ride.

As with most inventions, few catch on in the mainstream market, but that doesn't mean they're without their merits. 

From around the world, here are seven technological inventions all aiming to shake up the humble bicycle.

 

Mon
13
Apr
Alia Parker's picture

Review: Clamont custom built touring bicycles

Clamont touring bicycle with Ortlieb panniers. Cycle Traveller

There's nothing a cyclist appreciates more than a bicycle built especially for them, measured and delicately forged by a master frame builder. The perfect bike. And with a resurging respect in Australia for the art of a beautifully crafted chromoly steel frame, one of the country's best – Geoff Scott – has returned to the scene.

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