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Gear

Fri
20
Mar
Guest Writer's picture

How to super clean your bike's rear cassette

How to super clean your bike gears. Cycle Traveller

Having dirty mechanical components on your bike can reduce performance capacity and lead to early wear and tear on your bike. For those not confident in tinkering with their pride and joy, or those who just don’t have the time, it is a good idea to take your bike in to be serviced regularly by a bike mechanic.

Mon
16
Feb
Alia Parker's picture

Trek 520, new touring bikes, now available in Australia

A cyclists riding a Trek 520 touring bicycle. Source: Trek. Cycle Traveller

It has been many years since the Trek 520 touring bike has been available in Australia, but the US-based company has this year responded to demand and resumed shipments to Australian retail stores, while also expanding its touring bike line-up. The Trek 520 – a classic touring bike which emerged back in 1983 – has somewhat changed since it was last available for purchase on Australian shores. While the geometry and gear ratios stay true to classic design, the company is moving toward disc brakes, reflecting new technologies and the trend in consumer demand.

Tue
03
Feb
Alia Parker's picture

Review: a mini floor pump perfect for bike travellers

Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HVG bicycle tyre pump. Cycle Traveller Review

I'm a stickler for tyre pressure, so I like to carry a bicycle tyre pump with a pressure gauge when I'm touring. I also hate having to pump a teeny tiny hand pump 200 times to get to my desired PSI only to struggle with aching arms at the end as each pump becomes harder. So I was pretty pleased to come across Lezyne's Micro Floor Drive high-volume pump with gauge (HVG) as it has been designed to kill both those bird's with one stone. I've been using it when out on the road for the past nine months. Here's what I've found.

Mon
12
Jan
Alia Parker's picture

Review: the BBB Multibar handlebar for bicycle touring

The BBB Multibar handlebar. Product review. Cycle Traveller

I'll come straight out with it – they look like Micky Mouse ears. I don't think I'll ever get used to the awkward aesthetics, especially paired with the elegance of a hand-made Geoff Scott Clamont touring frame. But once the panniers are loaded, they start to look more at home. The BBB Multibar handlebar is specifically designed for bicycle trekking, and at the end of the day, I need a handlebar that is going to do the job. I used the BBB Multibar on my recent ride – 11,300km up through the centre of Australia and then down the entire Great Dividing Range – on which I needed good control and comfort on all types of road surfaces, predominantly sealed, a good deal of gravel and in some sections, rough rocky surfaces and sand.

Wed
17
Dec
Alia Parker's picture

Five easy steps to adjust your saddle height and position

A Brooks leather saddle, womens B17. Cycle Traveller

A proper saddle adjustment can solve so many of the comfort issues cyclists suffer as the position not only affects your butt, but your knees, feet, neck and shoulders as well. Assuming you're riding a bike with the right size frame for your body, here are five tips to correctly adjust your saddle, with additional insight from US-based leather saddle maker Selle Anatomica.

Tue
25
Nov
Alia Parker's picture

We test the light and compact monkeysee harness

Detail of the monkeysee harness at dusk. Cycle Traveller

The monkeysee harness is a small and lightweight reflective high visibility harness for the upper body. It is adjustable to fit and a neat little metal ring that connects each strap allows the harness to conform to any body shape. They can be seen from all angles – front, side and back – and do not restrict the rider's movement. It is available in small, medium and large and comes in a number of different colours with either reflective stripes or polka dots. monkeysee's chief chimp, Denise Straty says the product is predominantly designed for visibility at night, but the optional fluro colours can also help improve a cyclist's visibility during the day.

Sat
11
Oct
Troy Szczurkowski's picture

A neat setup for ultralight bikepacking

Ultralight setup for bikepacking. Cycle Traveller

Like all of my builds, I plan out the components and cherry pick the best that suit the application, taking into account weight, durability, reliability and to a lesser extent, price. You've gotta start with a good chassis though – that is key. I thought I'd share the build specs of my titanium Fargo, which I used in this year's Kiwi Brevet, a 1,200km audax around the South Island of New Zealand with as much dirt as possible.

Sun
07
Sep
Alia Parker's picture

Review: a flat free ride with Rubena Stop Thorn tyres

Rubena Flash Stop Thorns top and Stop Thorn Ultimates below. Cycle Traveller

We're always ecstatic when we find bicycle tyres that are up the the challenge of a fully-loaded self-supported bike adventure, so we're pleased to announce that in our recent test of two models from Rubena – Europe's largest tyre manufacturer – both passed the test with flying colours, including zero flat tyres! Heading out on a fully-loaded bicycle tour with the wrong tyre can be a disaster. Frequent flats, vanishing tread, blowouts and tearing along the bead are just a few of the common problems you may run into, none of which add any fun to a cycling holiday. So we were pleased to not only have avoided all of these potential problems but also enjoyed the feel of the ride.

Thu
24
Jul
Alia Parker's picture

Review: touring with Tubus front and rear bike racks

Clamont touring bicycle with Tubus rear and front racks. Cycle Traveller

Great quality parts and gear can make a world of difference to the enjoyment of a long-distance bicycle trip and the racks on your bike are no exception. Racks need to carry the brunt of the heavy kilos of essential junk we load them with; they need to stay stiff, strong and secure over thousands of killometres of whatever bumps, jolts and shakes we submit them to. This is where German company Tubus excels.

Sun
15
Jun
Simon Parker's picture

Review: the ChargeUp Pro portable battery unit

ChargeUp Pro Powerbank Cygnett 11000mAH portable battery

A key concern for us before setting out on our latest long-distance cycling adventure was how best to power the plethora of electronic devices we'd need to take with us to map the routes. We've been using the ChargeUp Pro for just over two weeks now, and while it takes a long time to fully charge – up to 16 hours overnight – the result has been worth it for us. On the one charge we've managed to fully power up a smartphone or GPS unit five times, or an iPad once coupled with a smartphone or GPS unit twice.

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