RIDE’s rolling snippets – news between issues
Oct21

RIDE’s rolling snippets – news between issues

Snippets has always been a popular part of RIDE Cycling Review: little bits of news, commentary, observations and sundry items that unfold throughout the production of the magazine. With the production of RIDE #73 now complete, we have decided to create a ‘Rolling Snippets‘ for our site.* We will update this page regularly in between issues with different snippets of information that pop up. (The most recent items will be...

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OORR – Cycling kit with a conscience
Oct19

OORR – Cycling kit with a conscience

  Australian brand, Out of the Rat Race, is making a concerted effort to change the way cycling apparel is manufactured. Its stylish ensembles are made from high-tech recycled fabrics and innovative materials. Over two years of research has gone into OORR’s latest range and it needs the support of the cycling public to get off the ground. Jack Lynch caught up with OORR’s founder Tim Christian to discuss his work....

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Bike test 04: RIDE 72 – Liv Envie Advanced Pro 1
Oct19

Bike test 04: RIDE 72 – Liv Envie Advanced Pro 1

A women’s specific version of the popular Propel. The Liv Envie breaks away from the pink or pastels approach to deliver a true women’s race bike. Liv boasts an entire product range to suit everyone from the casual Sunday rider to the committed elite racer. The Envie takes care of the latter. There’s a strong uptake of cycling by women and the race scene is prospering; perhaps it’s the fact that there are bikes which suit...

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Bike test 05: RIDE 73 – BMC teammachine ALR01
Oct14

Bike test 05: RIDE 73 – BMC teammachine ALR01

The least expensive of the five bikes on test in RIDE 73 is the aluminium-framed BMC. The TeamMachine ALR01 retails in Australia for $1,999. This is a perfectly capable bike that was reviewed by Jack Lynch. It is built with a mix of Shimano components and is an ideal beginner’s bike or an ideal commuting option… or even one that can, for example, be left on the Kickr. BMC is a brand with a strong heritage of quality bikes...

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Bike test 03: RIDE 73 – Gios Compact Pro
Oct13

Bike test 03: RIDE 73 – Gios Compact Pro

We take a not so reluctant step back and test a new meets old GIOS Compact Pro and realise technology may change, but a great riding bike is still a great riding bike. What did you notice first? Was it the blue frame? The shimmering aluminium components? The tan wall tyres? Or was it the white bar tape and saddle? There’s a lot to like about this bike. “It’s perfect!” That’s the consensus of most cyclists who can already see their...

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Bike test 02: RIDE 73 – Johnson Riddler AR
Oct12

Bike test 02: RIDE 73 – Johnson Riddler AR

The second of the five test bikes in RIDE 74 is the Johnson Riddler AR. This is a stylish, aerodynamic road bike that features a direct-mount front brake, hidden rear brake (ie. off the seat stays and the caliper nestled down on the chainstays, behind the bottom bracket). ‘Johnson’ is a bike brand created by Ben Johnson. The former professional rider lives on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and he’s putting his...

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Mechanic’s Rating explained
Sep22

Mechanic’s Rating explained

RIDE has a long history of product reviews and there have been some ratings of test bikes in recent years. But what’s it mean and how is the judgement made? Jack Lynch has been responsible for allocating stars for the past two years and he explains how he comes up with the ratings he has…   How do we come up with the stars? In the modern world of consumable media, making lists and formulating ratings is commonplace....

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RIDE 73 – BMC teammachine ALR01 workshop gallery
Sep21

RIDE 73 – BMC teammachine ALR01 workshop gallery

The rule of thumb is that, when it comes to road bike components, inexpensive means simple and simple means fast. Shimano 105 is an excellent ensemble that works the same as its more fancied brethren and is a little more robust when it comes to setting-up and adjusting. The fifth (and final) test bike in RIDE #73 is the BMC teamxmachine ALR01 and it comes with Shimano 105. External cables, a threaded bottom bracket and a threadless...

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