Just over an hour south of Sydney, the city of Wollongong may be on the verge of a breakthrough. If hopes come to fruition, this coastal town could rival the likes of Queenstown or Whistler as a world class MTB destination, but the plan needs your help to get it off the ground.
The quest for the perfect all-purpose knee guard is a challenging one; they need to be light and airy enough to not weigh you down or turn every ride into a knee-sauna, offer enough protection to justify wearing them in the first place, and be comfortable enough to ride in for several hours at a time. That’s a pretty tough bill to fit, but about nine months ago I managed to get my mitts on a set of the drearily named KG5450 from Troy Lee, which promised all of those things for the very reasonable sum of $89.
Cycling is widely used as a cross-training exercise by sportsmen and women from various other disciplines as part of their regular training regimes. Even if only occasionally, swapping 200kw for 0.2kw may seem a retrograde step for real rev-heads, but Honda’s Johnny Rea has found the path to enlightenment on his pushbike. Eamon Fitzpatrick caught up with the World Superbike rider to find out more.
Our bodies need fuel to perform and optimising your food intake can make a big difference in how long you last on a big or strenuous ride. After all, there are few things worse than going ‘hunger flat’ mid-ride—those who’ve been there will understand.
For all its beauty and diversity, India is notoriously difficult to tour by bicycle. The combination of language barriers, cultural differences, health risks, climatic extremes, insane traffic and the ‘people factor’ has brought many bicycle tourists to the end of their tether. This is how I survived my six months there.
Now in its seventh year the Defy has been rebuilt from ground up with all new tube shapes, an integrated seatpost (ISP), new wheels and even new graphics. Arguably the biggest change for the Defy is the inclusion of Shimano’s hydraulic disc brakes. The endurance oriented geometry of the bike however remains unchanged, as Giant has determined this to be ideal for the endurance road category.
Each year a small but select group of elite track cyclists park their solo ambitions to achieve something very special alongside someone who, quite literally, couldn’t do it without them. Peter Maniaty recently spoke with South Australia’s Steph Morton to explore the inspirational role and motivations of a sighted pilot in a Paralympic track tandem.
There’s a saying sometimes used in elite sport ‘if you’re good enough you’re old enough’. But in road cycling where professional careers can routinely run well into a rider’s 30s or even 40s Peter Maniaty asks, what’s the big hurry?