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Author: Jack Lynch

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 at the top of the page.)   * * * * *   21 October 2016 Cheng Ji retires from racing It may not be a big name when...

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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.   Click here to see OORR’s crowd funding campaign and help change a wasteful industry.   Cycling fashion has exploded in the past five years. Budding designers have watched...

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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 the riders – and companies like Giant (and several others) who are helping people embrace the sport. (For the full review, see p.204...

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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 and, at this price and with this spec, the ALR01 is a little bit of an anomaly. But many of the ideas...

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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 Gios Compact Pro hanging in the shed. The wish list is cleared – forget the carbon wheels or...

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