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Cyclist Australia

Issue 37

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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Citrus Media
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IN THIS ISSUE

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ed’s letter

It’s taken far longer than it should have, but we've finally managed to piece it all together: a Big Ride in the picture-perfect holiday destination of Byron Bay. Don't get us wrong, we've travelled to this summer hot spot before. However, it’s taken until this issue for us to finally bring the bike and camera man along for the trip. Of course, it helps to have a fresh-faced company like Lifecycles Travel now servicing the area from their HQ in nearby Lennox Head, and with their help – and a few gravel-ready bikes on hand – we’ve really been able to showcase the stunning Byron hinterland in all its glory. A word of advice if you plan to follow our lead: bring your biggest stomach along for the ride, because…

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all show, all go

Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc, $13,499, trekbikes.com/auOne of the biggest bike brands in the world has just released a new superbike, and its paint options have generated just as much of a buzz as the frame design itself.According to Trek, half of all the previous-generation Madones it sold were through its Project One custom program, where customers could spec the components and paint scheme they wanted. This time around, the route to purchase has been expanded with the Project One Icon option – a more premium level that includes six pre-configured colour schemes that are even flashier, such as the ‘Prismatic Pearl’ paintjob seen here.Yet Trek’s road product manager, Jordan Roessingh, assures us the Madone’s new exterior is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what has…

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q&a eddy merckx

Eddy Merckx Age: 73Nationality: BelgianHonours Tour de France 1st, 1969-1972, 1974, 34 stage winsGiro d’Italia 1st, 1968, 1970-1972, 1974, 24 stage winsVuelta a España 1st, 1973, 6 stage winsParis-Roubaix 1st, 1968, 1970, 1973Tour of Flanders 1st, 1969, 1975World Championships Road Race 1st, 1967, 1971, 1974 Merckx claimed many more major wins but we’ve run out of roo…Cyclist: What did you make of the 2018 season? Which moments stood out?Eddy Merckx: Nibali winning Milan-San Remo was a big moment [Vincenzo Nibali produced an impressive winning solo attack over the Poggio], and Peter Sagan at Paris-Roubaix was also very good. It was also nice to see Chris Froome attack like he did on the Finestre in the Giro d’Italia. In 2017 he won the Tour de France without winning a stage, but…

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no4: gear ratios

The first bicycles had only one gear. By the mid-19th century this had increased to two, and the number of gears has risen consistently ever since such that today it is possible for a bike to have 81 gears (oh yes it is: a Sturmey Archer CS-RK3 internally geared three-speed hub with a nine-speed cassette and a triple chainset, since you ask).Of course, more isn’t necessarily better. It’s the range – the ratios – that matter most in gearing, and in that regard we have never been more spoilt. The trick is to know which combination of gears will work best for you.Choices, choicesNot so long ago, most road bikes came with a ‘standard double’ chainset. That is, a big ring with 53 teeth and a smaller 39-tooth ring. Then…

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turkish delight

As the saying goes, you can tell a lot about a man by his hands.‘Normally I can finish a basic bike in seven days, but this one took more than triple that time, I think 30 days,’ says Turkish framebuilder Burçak Erbil, whose scarred and calloused hands serve as living testaments to a life spent in the workshop.‘I like to think I am good with my hands, even since I was young. I’m a mechanical engineer and have spent most of my professional life working on engine design with companies such as Ford, Nissan and Range Rover – although combustion engines are dying, so it is now electric vehicles. But I have always ridden and loved bicycles.’Like many cyclists of his generation, Erbil started out on a BMX in the…

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over the hills in byron bay

Byron’s surrounding areas are littered with old plank bridges, but with 30mm of rubber under our caboose, those gaps prove little concernMy bag is filled with all manner of clothing and footwear. There’s enough here to combat everything the Aussie summer can muster, from an absolute scorcher to an absolute downpour. Yes, there’s lycra stashed away in there, although that skin-tight number forms part of my fancy-dress outfit for a multi-day music festival; there’s no cycling on my itinerary, unless it’s on the back of someone’s cruiser traversing to the next stage.That’s how cycling fit into the itineraries of my previous visits to Byron, anyway. That is to say, there was little to none of it. But I had spied the luscious landscape on those occasions and vowed to one…

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