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Cyclist Australia

Issue 51

Dedicated solely to the exhilaration of road cycling, Cyclist is the very first magazine of its kind. A celebration of the rides, the travel and the latest gear – we'll show you how to get the best from your ride every time.

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in this issue

1 min
pearl izumi pro kit

Pearl Izumi says the Air jersey is the ‘lightest, most breathable’ jersey it has ever produced. The key feature underpinning that claim is the jersey’s thermo-welded seams. Pearl says that conventional seams can chafe in hot conditions as well as hold moisture so, to address that, the only stitching on the entire jersey is to separate the three rear pockets. The front of the jersey is made from a stretch weave fabric to let air in while the back uses a knit mesh to let heat out, and both areas use a Coldblack treatment to maximise heat reflectivity. The theme of minimal seams is carried through into the bibshorts, which are constructed from only seven cleverly shaped panels in an attempt to create a second skin-like fit. The bibs are laser-cut and…

2 min
gear+tech clutched derailleurs

‘Many riders are choosing to ride more challenging terrain on their road bikes, and managing the chain’s motion improves ride quality for nearly all road riders’ ‘The rougher the surface, the more difference it makes. More than two-thirds of US roads are unpaved, and our paved infrastructure is deteriorating, which I’m sure you have to deal with [in Australia] too,’ says Medaglia. ‘Many riders are choosing to ride more challenging terrain on their road bikes too, and managing the chain’s motion improves ride quality for nearly all road riders.’ Shimano and Campagnolo are more reserved in their opinions, suggesting clutches aren’t all that necessary for the comparative smoothness of road riding and may actually come with performance drawbacks. ‘Road riding is still predominantly 2x, and in that case a front derailleur helps protect…

5 min
wheel test bontrager: aeolus rsl 62 tlr disc

If there’s one thing Bontrager does well it’s… well, everything. Your knicks and jerseys, your handlebars, your stem, your lights, your helmet and shoes, your pump, your tools, your saddle, your tyres, your tubes and your wheels can all carry the Bontrager label (along with 1,000 other products). There is almost nothing Trek’s parts and apparel brand won’t do. Popular consensus is that whether it’s a 20” Schrader valve tube or a top-tier carbon wheelset, Bontrager delivers value for money, durability and best-in-class quality. One look at the Aeolus RSL 62 wheels and it’s clear why Bontrager has such a reputation. RSL in Trek-speak is ‘Race Shop Limited’, which in cycling terms means ‘WorldTour tested’, which to a layperson means ‘what the pros use’. Sixty-two means the rim is 62mm deep, and that…

2 min
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1 min
the rider’s gear

Baggies are the name of the game in this terrain, and it came as a pleasant surprise that Endura has options – good options – in the gravel apparel space. I’ve admired their cutting-edge skinsuits for years; basically the polar opposite of this type of riding, so hats off to the brand for pivoting to off-road with gear that’s not only functional, but actually looks like normal casualwear. I wore the SingleTrack shorts again (sans chamois, that press studs out to be easily washed - genius) later that weekend. Looked completely fine. Big tick also to the BaaBaa Merino socks. I have poor circulation; my feet hate cold mornings. These socks were warm without feeling like you had three pairs on. More than a few brands make their socks ‘winter’…

1 min
network news

REDUCING LIVES LOST ON OUR ROADS Urgent improvements to our roads, safer speed limits and more in-depth data are all needed to help reduce the number of bike rider lives lost in Australia, a new Bicycle Network report has found. Bicycle Network analysed 20 years of information to better understand what can be done to reduce the number of people who lose their life while riding a bike. 42 people lost their life while riding a bike in 2020 and the average number of people who lose their life while riding each year has not changed since 2001. MINIMUM PASSING DISTANCE LAWS LOCKED IN Minimum passing distance laws are now active nationwide after Victoria adopted the laws in April. Drivers must pass people riding bikes at a distance of at least one metre. Representative…