Bicycling Australia

Bicycling Australia

July-August 2020

Bicycling Australia is packed with interesting and useful information that will enhance your cycling experience. Our expert writers specialise in providing detailed information on training, positioning, health and nutrition, designed to help you ride better. There’s also unbiased, critical analysis of new products—from parts, and accessories, to clothing and nutrition, to full bike reviews—all with detailed photography to help you buy better. You'll also find Where to Ride suggestions in every issue, for destinations both in Australia and overseas. Download your copy now!

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1 min.
welcome to the family

BACK TO NORMAL, OR ADAPTING TO ‘THE NEW NORMAL’ ... However you look at it cycling is alive, well and all the stronger for the past 4 months of global disruption. While we sympathise with all those touched or affected in any way by the COVID-19 crisis, the sport of cycling appears to be one of the few aspects of life and industries to have surged ahead through this otherwise troubling time. Retailers have used lines such as ‘it’s like Christmas without and end date’ and ‘our busiest period ever’ … feedback that is obviously very heartening considering the general slowdown in bricks and mortar retail over recent years. There are reports of a 200% increase in participation - huge numbers of new riders, and more fellow enthusiasts out on the paths, roads and…

3 min.
a new era for recreational cycling?

“...The trick will be for the major players of our industry TO HELP KEEP THESE NEW RECRUITS IN THE SPORT...” HOWEVER, LIKE ALL MAJOR events in our world, there can also be benefits. In this column I’m pleased to be in a position to focus on the positives and discuss the cycling industry - one of the few sectors that’s truly benefited from the past few months of world-wide upheaval. A surge in people riding bikes since the onset of COVID -19 is indeed a rare bonus for the Australian cycling industry, a most unexpected one when you think about the panic and uncertainty we faced in mid March. I don’t believe anyone quite predicted the rapid uptake in people riding bikes, both old and new. The surge in buyers flooding local bricks…

10 min.
top gear

TREK CHECKPOINT ALR5 The 2021 model Trek Checkpoint range has been launched with several standout models, but one in particular caught our attention. Gravel may be booming at present but it’s not new – in fact cyclists have been riding gravel for well over 100 years. The colour scheme on this latest offering from Trek offers hints to the past, but the spec level and build of the bike gives a glimpse into the future of gravel. Priced at $2,999, the Checkpoint ALR 5 is the best value gravel bike in the line-up. It’s a high-quality build featuring an alloy frame and bulletproof Shimano GRX groupset. The bike features stranglehold adjustable dropouts, tyre clearance for up to 47c, tubeless ready rims and mounts that make it easy to customise for adventure. RRP $2,999 More at…

17 min.
simon clarke

WAY BACK IN 2004 SIMON CLARKE HIT THE BOARDS TO WIN A RAINBOW jersey as part of the Australian Junior team pursuit team, and he’s been chasing paved dreams ever since then. The Victorian didn’t take long to make his mark on the twisty roads of Italy, as part of the AIS South Australia squad. This duly earned him his first pro contract with the Italian based Amica Chips team in 2009. His progression through the pro ranks has been as solid and steady as his team pursuit pulls were, and he’s taken stage wins in all 3 grand tours amongst other things. Coming into the disrupted 2020 season he was firmly tilted towards results in the spring classics on earning and a slot on the Australian Olympic road squad. With an impressive…

8 min.
classic countdown training for the bowral classic

IT’S NEVER EASY TRAINING THROUGH WINTER BUT IF you’re planning to ride the Bowral Classic which will be held this year on Sunday, 18 October in the picturesque NSW southern highlands, you need to start training at least three months ahead. 2020 has been dealt with the added complication of the COVID-19 pandemic which, for several months, put a lid on bunch riding and forced many riders indoors. While indoor training is a wonderful supplement for any training program, nothing can fully replace real roading experience. The 2020 Bowral Classic has been designed four riders of a wide range of abilities – with a boom in ‘new recruits’ to the sport over the past few months there are ride options from amateur through to full-blown pro. These range from the 35 km…

14 min.
get smart: indoor trainer guide

WHILE RECENTLY THUMBING THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA a fascinating post caught my eye and bought the screen to a sudden stop. It was an ‘Ergometer’, a rudimentary early 80’s stationary trainer. Yes trainers have been around a way lot longer than that – who could forget the image of Hubert Opperman training at sea – enroute to the Tour de France in the 1920s. Then there’s the Penny Farthing trainer – one of the earliest known devices (pictured here) and dating back to 1884. There’s nothing new about indoor training, or the tedium of it. While delving deeper into the subject we chanced upon an article written in 1897 that included the following - ‘One rider, in an endeavour to impart realism into his indoor journeys, contrived an ingenious affair by which he…