Whether you opt for something fancy like a pair of panniers or you just like to carry a backpack with you, most cyclists carry some sort of bike bag with them when they go out for a ride. While almost all the cyclists that I know carry some sort of toolkit as part of their bike bag, a surprising number of people only use it for carrying their wallet and laptop!
Like with any hobby or mode of transport, being a cyclist doesn’t come cheap. The initial cost of buying a decent bike can be pretty high, but when you take into consideration all the peripherals and extra bits of gear you’re talking about extravagant prices. When you strip things down to the bare essentials you can focus on acquiring the things that you need to enjoy your hobby, without seeing the prices skyrocket.
Sometimes on long distance cycling tours, or just for the novelty, you’ll be wanting to spend the night outdoors. There are some general rules that everyone should try and stick to when camping – but carrying your gear with you while cycling can make everything that little bit more complicated. To help you make head from tail of this whole camping lark, I’ve made a quick list of tips to get you sorted.
Off-road and rough terrain cycling can be one of the most rewarding forms of cycling, both as a form of exercise and as a way to see some great sights. While getting started on off-road cycling might seem like a bit of an intimidating prospect, there are a few tips and tricks that you can follow to make your new hobby easier. Luckily for you, I’ve put all of the most important tips together into a handy list for you.
Australia can be a great country for cyclists of all skill levels. People from other countries might assume that cycling here would involve massive tracks through huge red deserts, but that couldn’t be farther from the case – unless that is what you want to do anyway. Australia is a very big and very diverse country, which means that we have all sorts of tracks, climates and levels of difficulty for cyclists to enjoy.
Taking the time to perform self-maintenance on your bike is essential for the longevity of your equipment and the quality of your ride, but it can be a little intimidating to undertake maintenance yourself if you don’t have much experience in mechanical work. There are a few very simple bits of maintenance that all bicycle riders should try and stick to, and luckily for you, they’re not too hard to learn.