The traditional method of teaching children how to ride a bike is to wait until they’ve mastered the art of cruising with training wheels, and then suddenly strip that sense of security away while Mum grabs the camcorder and captures the big moment on video. It worked for most of us — our knees may have been skinned and our parental trust shaken, but we learned.
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I know I'm not the only one with this problem. The first time I tried a cycling class, the instructor helped me get my feet, clad in borrowed cycling shoes, attached to the pedals. The second time, I was on my own, and spent two full songs smushing my feet against the pedals in the dark and praying for some kind of miracle.
eBay is hands down one of the cheapest, easiest ways to shop for a used bicycle. However, dropping a bunch of cash on something you can't see is always worrisome, especially when it's something that needs to fit you properly. The folks at Global Cycling Network have a few tips to find something that will work for you.
With Australian roads originally built and designed with only motorists in mind, drivers and cyclists are still learning to share. I turn on the car radio and the radio station host asks listeners to call in to comment on the idea of introducing compulsory registration for cyclists. The conversations that follow illustrate once again that our roads are a highly contested urban space.
As I expected, those calling in argue emphatically in favour of the radio host’s proposal. They claim it’s unfair that motorists pay for the roads cyclists use, that motorists should be able to report cyclists running red lights, and that cyclists should have insurance to compensate the cost of injuries or damage to cars.
Walking is a great way to explore a new city because you can get up close and personal. On the other hand, driving lets you explore spots that are out of reach by foot. If you want a happy medium between those two options, look into bike tours.
If you're a cyclist, there's a good chance you've thought about getting a GPS cycling computer so you can see mountains of data at a glance and you don't destroy your phone's battery every time you track your rides. The Garmin Edge 520 and Wahoo Elemnt are two of the newest, most forward-thinking options available, so let's see how they compare.
Up until recently, I've been riding the same bike I got for my 10th birthday. It took me from point A to B, but it was definitely time for an upgrade. As a total beginner, I discovered picking the right bike isn't as simple as I thought. From frame size to extra features, here's how to find your perfect ride.
Depending on who you ask, bicycles are either bona fide vehicles that deserve equal road rights, or a colossal pain in the arse that should be relegated to the footpath. Here's some news that is sure to rile up people in the second camp: police in South Australia have started fining motorists who pass cyclists too closely. Under the new laws, a gap of one metre or less can result in a $347 fine and the loss of two demerit points. We're keen to read your thoughts.
There is no shortage of bicycle helmets with smart-branded extras. Usually it's a music speaker or "gamifiaction" app that actually makes riding less smart and more dangerous. But helmet manufacturer Babaali is offering something that could actually prove useful: a Google Glass-style eyepiece that gives you a live video stream of everything behind you.