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Author: Jack Lynch

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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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 design skills and knowledge of bikes to good use with a selection of boutique products – including the Johnson frames and Featherlight wheels. The ‘Riddler’ was reviewed by new staff member, team pursuit world champion...

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