2024 Tour Down Under – Beyond the Race
Bicycles Network Australia
by Christopher Jones
1M ago
The festival of cycling, hosted each year in January by Tourism South Australia, is a multifaceted event however the men’s and women’s Tour Down Under races are just one part of it. The surrounding events and activities bring increasing relevance to an even broader audience while conveniently keeping everything centred around the city of Adelaide. Of course the men’s and women’s races are the main events and the glue that ties everything together. This is the first opportunity for international stars and teams to present themselves in the new season. The timing however overlaps with January t ..read more
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2024 Tour Down Under success for Sam Welsford
Bicycles Network Australia
by Christopher Jones
1M ago
The Tour Down Under kicks off the professional cycling season and hosts international and local stars including Filippo Ganna, Julian Julian Alaphilippe, Caleb Ewan and Lukas Plapp who just secured his third Australian title. It is also a testing ground for new riders and rising stars such as Sam Welsford who took the first stage and GC lead in Stage one. Following the success of fellow Australia Sarah Gigante of Team Movistar in the women’s Tour Down Under, the comparatively flat opening stage is a strong start for the West Australian who has represented Australia in track cycling and is a ne ..read more
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Review: Scicon Aeroshade and Aerowing Cycling Sunnies
Bicycles Network Australia
by Christopher Jones
8M ago
When you buy cycling sunnies, you need to ask these four questions; 1. Are the lenses good, 2. do they have the right lens type, 3. do they fit, and 4. do they look good? I can already tell you that in my experience, the Scicon the lenses are good, like Oakley and ALBA optics. High prices don’t automatically equal high quality and there are a few well known brands that I steer clear of because 1, 2 and 3 are also important. The problem with poor lenses is that your eyes and brain do a good job of correcting these flaws. Distortion in the lenses and inconsistent magnification can be virtually ..read more
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A Sunday in Heaven at the 2023 Paris Roubaix
Bicycles Network Australia
by Christopher Jones
11M ago
The forecast cloudy weather was replaced by sun and a dream-rider for Mathieu van der Poel who powered through and avoided the bad luck of crashes and punctures that destroyed the chances of the cobble contenders. This photo series is from the closing minutes of the 2023 Paris Roubaix. The post A Sunday in Heaven at the 2023 Paris Roubaix appeared first on Bicycles Network Australia ..read more
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2023 Paris Roubaix Femmes Photo Series
Bicycles Network Australia
by Christopher Jones
11M ago
Blistered hands and bloodied knees from the legendary bone shaking pavé of the 2023 Paris Roubaix Femme saw a surprise winner, Candian Alsion Jackson of Team EF Education First Tibico SVB take line honors in a sprint finish. xcvxcv The post 2023 Paris Roubaix Femmes Photo Series appeared first on Bicycles Network Australia ..read more
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Review: The Crankalicious A to Z of bike cleaning
Bicycles Network Australia
by Christopher Jones
1y ago
Crankalicious is all about keeping your bike clean and running smoothly. I have ample experience using various products, and the most striking drawcards of the young British brand are the brightly coloured liquids and cool names; Pineapple Express cleaning concentrate in yellow, Gumchained Remedy chain cleaner in red, Carboniferous matte finishing spray, and Science Friction ceramic chain lube in white. Crankalicious provides an all-round assortment of cleaning and lubrication products, and while a bike wash, chain cleaner, and chain lube are the basics, the matte finishing spray caught my int ..read more
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Under the covers of the 2023 Tour Down Under
Bicycles Network Australia
by Christopher Jones
1y ago
The best way to follow a bike race is on TV (provided there is good coverage) but the best way to experience it is by being there… Yes, even when the rider pass by in just 10 seconds. The Tour Down Under is back and features the new race director, two time race winner (in the first edition in 1999 and again 2001) Stuart O’Grady who has retained the proven formula success after a 2 year hiatus while also pushing the race to evolve. The highlight is the introduction of the women’s race as a formal UCI race and escalating it to be an important race on the women’s racing calendar. The mens and wo ..read more
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Gymrail – The Finnish Rocker platform for natural indoor cycling and eSports
Bicycles Network Australia
by Christopher Jones
1y ago
The Gymrail is an indoor rocker solution from Finland that comes close to ‘cracking the code’ and making indoor training feel more natural than ever before. For indoor trainers and accessories there have been a number of steps to introduce a ride feeling closer to outdoor cycling; the Wahoo kickr climb and kickr bikr can simulate climbing, but are still rigid systems, the Oreka O2 (from Spain) is a treadmill with a bungee cord and the Saris Motion Platform (and other rocker plate copies and variations) position a smart trainer and bike on an elevated board with various movement and suspension ..read more
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Aerosensor CdA meter with Aerobody position sensor and Aerodrome lap timing to optimise aerodynamics
Bicycles Network Australia
by Christopher Jones
1y ago
It is no secret that aerodynamics matter. Racing without drafting, skin-tight gear and aero optimisation is unthinkable. The measure of aerodynamic efficiency is CdA, a calculation of the coefficient of drag multiplied by frontal area. In a nutshell, you want the lowest CdA value. This is a reliable reference metric when optimising for aero and for drawing out more watts for every pedal stroke. Wind tunnels are the go-to option for athletes who need body and bike aero optimisation. In lieu of a wind tunnel testing you can rely on a skilled bike fitter. The result is that you are ‘dialled in’ a ..read more
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HELM Velo Caddy: A space saver with style
Bicycles Network Australia
by James Hutchison
1y ago
In an era where a quality road or MTB helmet will cost you upwards of $150, you might not want to be just throwing them in a drawer or risking them getting damaged by leaving them on a shelf or hanging on your handlebars. Those nice sunglasses you upgraded this summer? Probably another $100-$300 that you don’t want to have to replace in a hurry. Two bidons? Maybe $40 between them, I found out the hard way that you can step on them and destroy them. If you’re like me, you have bike gear in different rooms and sometimes the garage. Maybe you know all about fishing around in the dark for your bik ..read more
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