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Bicycle key in education

Bicycle key in education

I have always believed the bicycle to be the saviour of the human race and here is yet another example of the good it does (with a bit of help from an amazing young man). Child labour is a serious problem in many places, including Jharkhand in the east of India where children as young as 6 are working in dangerous conditions to mine mica, a pigment greatly valued by the cosmetics and electronics industries. A local … Read entire article »

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Extreme unicyclist and philosopher Kris Holm

Extreme unicyclist and philosopher Kris Holm

Bicycling can be challenging, but why not up the ante by taking away one of the wheels and careening headlong down a steep, unstable mountainside? This seems to be the theory behind Mountainbike Unicycling, or Muni as it’s sometimes known. And why do they make it so hard? Yesterday Kris Holm, a pioneer of mountain and trials unicycling and is the founder of competitive unicycle trials, explained his fascination with the sport at FEAT (Fascinating Expedition and … Read entire article »

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Helmet report is a headache

Helmet report is a headache

If all the research dollars that had been spent proving and disproving the effect of helmet laws on cycling rates and/ or injuries were spent of safer cycling infrastructure, we might have more kids on bikes. But that’s not the world we live in. A recent report into children’s injuries has found that although the mandatory helmet law is associated with a 13% reduction in head injuries for five- to 19-year-olds, it’s also associated with a … Read entire article »

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Volvo announces cyclist detector

Volvo announces cyclist detector

Although we don’t usually take a lot of interest in autoshows, who could resist the blurb from Volvo about their new cyclist detector? Doug Speck, Senior VP of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo, literally rolled out another Volvo world first in car safety yesterday when he arrived on stage at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show press conference riding a bicycle. He announced that Volvo will incorporate a scanner technology that detects and automatically brakes … Read entire article »

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Pilates for cyclists

Pilates for cyclists

RideOn Magazine, which is included in membership of Bicycling WA and the Bicycle Network Victoria has an article about the benefits of pilates for cyclists and offers instructions for a couple of exercises you can try at home.   … Read entire article »

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Giro de Perth – the back lane odyssey

Giro de Perth – the back lane odyssey

March is always a month of velo-celebration in WA and we have just heard about one of the fab events planned. The Giro de Perth is a fun event for all abilities and ages whcih will take you on a journey, perhaps even an odyssey, through the back lanes of the inner city on Sunday 17th March 2013. Visit the event website  for full details and registration.   … Read entire article »

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Timing of caffeine intake the key for athletes

Timing of caffeine intake the key for athletes

Whether you are an elite athlete trying to gain a competitive edge, or a regular bike commuter, consuming caffeine one hour prior to exercise has the potential to improve your performance. Lecturer and exercise physiologist with The University of Queensland’s School of Human Movement Studies, Dr Tina Skinner, has recently published the results of her work on the links between caffeine consumption and athletic performance. “Caffeine’s performance-enhancing effect was thought to be related to the levels of … Read entire article »

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Hill Climbing for Busy People

Hill Climbing for Busy People

by Ian Wee * Introduction Let’s face it, the majority of us are not blessed with infinite time to ride and train yet our mortal bodies try and achieve endurances that elite or professional cyclists do! I have been treating the Genesys Pro Team during their stay in Perth for the Perth Criterium (and what a great job they accomplished to) and with other elite and professional cyclists that we see, I often gain further insight to their … Read entire article »

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Call for Lycra ban – legal action may follow

Call for Lycra ban – legal action may follow

Ok, so perhaps I am stretching the fabric of the truth a little, but there are moves afoot to control the uses of Lycra in reporting. Years ago when I first started writing about cycling I was very put out when a subeditor with The Age destroyed the rhythm of a carefully crafted sentence by red-penning my use of the word. Somehow “stretch-fabric clad cyclists” didn’t have the same ring to it. The argument was … Read entire article »

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Safe paths: Sharing and caring is the key

Safe paths: Sharing and caring is the key

I was accosted recently by a furious man in a café who claimed to have been almost run down by cyclists on a shared path. Since my only crime that day was one of fashion, because I was indeed wearing lycra, I tried to reason with him that not all cyclists are wankers, but he fumed off saying that the next cyclist he saw on the path he’d bring down with a stick through the … Read entire article »

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