New Product: SE Bikes 2018 STR-26 Quadangle 26″ “Stu Thomsen” Limited Edition

Once again, SE’s BMX history repeats itself.

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Before the Quadangle there was the STR-1.  Dating back to the late 1970’s at a time when Stu Thomsen was SE Racing’s National #1 Pro.  The Stu Thomsen Replica-1, the STR-1, was his signature frame at the time.

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Both of the double down tubes of the STR-1 wrap underneath the bottom bracket shell and continue around the Looptail rear end all the way to the seat tube.  This design makes the STR-1 frame unique to that of other Looptail designs.

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40 years later SE is proud to bring you the limited edition STR-26.  Incorporating all the unique features of the original STR-1, but built for the bigger rider with 26″ wheels.

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This limited edition model comes with an authentic SE Racing/Stu Thomsen trading card personally signed by Stu.

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Please find technical specifications listed below:

SE Quadangle Tech Specs

We have a very limited supply, so order now and don’t miss out on a truly unique BMX.

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New Product: Breezer 2017 Radar Expert

Let RADAR roll your bearings toward determined velocities of distant desire.

breezer-radar-expert-proThe new Breezer RADAR Expert is the perfect choice for urban adventures, full-blown bike-packing or anything in between.  Constructed using a double-butted chro-moly frame which has a clearance for 29” x 2.1” off road tires.  This is an affordable touring bicycle with bite.

Featuring rack mounts, five water bottle mounts and mechanical disc brakes, the RADAR Expert is ready for the short hop or the long slog, with or without cargo.  The RADAR Expert has a Sora 2×9 Drive chain with high range gearing that will get you up the steepest climbs and back down again even under full load.

Full Technical Specifications

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Available in Small, Medium, Large & X-Large sizes, and with a RRP of $1,299 the RADAR Expert is the ultimate Road and Dirt Adventure bike.

The Breezer 2017 Radar Expert is currently available in store at Cycleworld.  Come in for a test ride today!

New Product: Fuji 2017 Brevet 2.3

With the Brevet, Fuji have flipped old paradigms around: Don’t let the road rule you.  Rule your road.

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Designed specifically for female endurance road riders who want all the performance benefits of top-level carbon race bikes but prefer upright geometry for more relaxed and comfortable days in the saddle.  The Brevet takes comfort to another level with women’s-specific frame geometry and women’s-specific saddles.

The Fuji Brevet is a high-modulus carbon fiber women’s road bike.  Featuring VRTech, energy sapping road vibration is reduced by more than 24%.   Incorporating endurance geometry in it’s design, a taller head tube for a more upright power-producing position and longer chainstays for energy-saving stability, it further fights fatigue.

The Brevet is a traction monster ready to tear into any terrain with it’s flat-mount disc brakes offering confident stopping power and tire clearance up to 32mm.

Full Technical Specfications

Fuji 2017 Brevet specs

The Fuji 2017 Brevet 2.3 currently available in store at Cycleworld.  Come in for a test ride today!

Event Highlights: Canada Bay Bike Maintenance Workshop

Cycleworld recently conducted a Bike Maintenance workshop in collaboration with Canada Bay City Council.

We started with a brief introduction to the anatomy of a bicycle as well as covering the various types of bicycles and basic safety tips.

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Then we covered taking wheels on and off a bicycle.  Taking into consideration the different types of brakes.

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Replacing the Inner Tube and or Tyre

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Brake and basic gear adjustments as well as gear selection tips.

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Cleaning and lubrication of the bicycle and  we finished up with one-on-one Q&A’s at the end.

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As it was such a successful night, we will commence a program to similar nights in the future. Watch this space for future updates.

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18 Reasons Why you should Cycle more

1. It Uses A Lot of Muscles

Although the pumping of your legs is fairly evident, what most people don’t realize is just how many muscles cycling uses throughout the body. Legs, abdomen, back, arms and shoulders all get a workout and tighten up which means your musculature system will work more efficiently. Lovely.

2. Save The Planet

Everyone knows that biking is less polluting than taking the car, but it also takes up less road space, uses less fuel, saves a seat on public transport and is three times faster than walking. It is a great way of exercising and being an eco-conscious individual. Basically, you’ll be fitter and morally superior to everyone else. Great!

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3. Good For The Back

This may sound like it is going against conventional wisdom but it is true that cycling can actually be good for your back. The movement of leg muscles stimulates the lower back as well which can help prevent slipped discs as well as strengthening the spine. The smaller muscles in the vertebrate are worked out which reduces pain in the long run. Make sure your seat and leg position are adjusted properly to the right heights and if you’re not sure, head down to your local bike shop for some advice.

4. Increased Joint Protection

The circular motion of cycling is a great way of doing exercise without damaging them as the cartilage gets worked but the energy is transported around the joints rather than impacting them directly like how running might. This reduces the chances of getting arthritis and offers a bit more protection.

5. Better Balance

We’re not talking your literal balance that helps you stay upright (although, that certainly is very much a part of cycling) but the mental and physical well-being it brings. Cycling meets the need to both exert and relax by providing exercise and a release offering us a workout of the body but peace of mind. Seriously, give a relaxing bike ride on your own a go and you’ll be surprised at how good it makes you feel.

6. Mental Health Benefits

Cycling can help relieve stress and anxiety because it stabilizes emotional control and hormonal imbalances. Getting out into the open as well as exercising more really does benefit your mental health positively.

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7. Good For The Heart

Cycling can train the heart to be stronger without putting too much stress on it. By cycling for 20 miles a week you can effectively halve the likelihood of a heart attack and strengthen it from cardiovascular disease as it works out whilst you do.

8. Increase Circulation

By increasing your exercise you increase the amount of oxygen you take in when breathing which in turn boosts circulation. This can give more energy and make you feel healthier as more of the good stuff is pumping around your body.

9. Improve Blood Pressure

In the same manner that circulation is increased, blood pressure also improves as the body acclimatizes to regular cycling it will lower a person’s resting heart rate and so lower blood pressure.

10. Lose Fat and Lower Cholesterol

Like any exercise, cycling is great for losing flab as it uses up your fat reserves. By doing so, you lower your cholesterol as your body realizes you are losing fat and starts to favor good cholesterol over bad.

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11. Increase Stamina

Having increased stamina means you can last longer at a good many things and many good things. You will suffer less from fatigue and tiredness and just have a greater sense of well being.

12. You May Actually Get There Faster

Commuting in major cities can be a horrendous pain and in many parts of the world, it is actually faster to go by bike than it is car or bus. Take, for example, the Welsh capital of Cardiff where commuting for an hour in rush hour will see you spend over 30 minutes trundling along at an average of just 7mph, compared to averaging around 12-15mph while cycling.

13. Get Better Sleep

By exercising outside and exposing yourself to more sunlight, your circadian rhythm is more likely to be in sync as well as ridding your body of cortisol which is the stress hormone that can prevent deep and regenerative sleep. Just cycling for 20 to 30 minutes a day can halve the time it takes for insomniacs to fall asleep and research from both Stanford University School of Medicine and Loughborough University back this up.

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14. Great for The Skin

Increased exercise increases blood flow which therefore increases circulation which delivers oxygen and nutrients to skin cells more effectively whilst flushing harmful toxins out. As such, cycling can make you look healthier and younger.

15. Better Digestion

By accelerating your breathing and heart rate, you stimulate the contraction of the intestinal muscles meaning your food is better digested and as such you gain more nutrients as well as becoming less likely to feel bloated and also protect against bowel cancer.

16. Boost Your Brain Power

Yes, that’s right. Cycling can make you smarter (sort of). Researchers from Illinois University found that a five percent improvement in cardio-respiratory fitness from cycling led to an improvement of up to 15 percent in mental tests. By increasing blood flow to the brain, you get more oxygen to the thinking organ which helps build brain cells and protect receptors, which naturally deteriorate from 30 on wards anyway, so get on your bike before that big exam.

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17. Fight Off Illness

Moderate exercise boosts immunity and can help fight off infection as the immune cells are more active. In fact, the University of North Carolina found that people who cycle for around 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, take half as less sick days than those who do no exercise.

18. Become Immortal!

Okay, so that may be stretching it a bit but you are far more likely to live longer. The King’s College London did tests on over 2,400 identical twins and found those who did the equivalent of just three 45-minute rides a week were nine years ‘biologically younger’ even after discounting other influences, such as body mass index (BMI) and smoking. As such, getting on your bike and giving yourself a good workout could mean you live long enough to see robots take over the world!

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We found this article at http://www.lifehacklane.com

NSW Cycling Rules: What’s new and what has changed.

It’s been just over 5 months since Transport for NSW introduced some new road laws in regards to cyclists on the road and increased penalties for other pre-existing rules as part of their ‘Go Together’ campaign.

While a lot of us have heard the rules that you must wear a helmet and your bicycle must have a bell fitted, a lot of the other rules and changes are not known.  So here is a quick summary of those changes introduced on 1 March 2016.

First, there was the introduction of the two following new rules:

  • Drivers must give bicycle riders at least a metre of space: 1 metre when the speed limit is 60km/h or less and 1.5 metres when the speed limit is more than 60km/h.   There are some exceptions to the road rules to help drivers provide the minimum distance and you can read about them here.

There is a penalty of a $319 fine and the loss of 2 demerit points to drivers caught not allowing the minimum distance when passing a cyclist.

  • Bicycle riders over 18 must carry photo ID: All bicycle riders over the age of 18 must carry recognised photo identification.  The recognised photo ID is either a valid Driver’s License or a NSW Photo Card.  They have allowed a 12 month adjustment period so this law doesn’t come into full effect until 1 March 2017.

From 1 March 2017, any cyclist stopped by police for breaking the road rules and found without the required photo ID could face a $106 fine.

In addition to these new rules, there were also major increases to fines for five offenses in relation to high risk behaviour for cyclists.

  • Running a red light: $425
  • Not wearing a helmet: $319
  • Not stopping at a children’s or pedestrian crossing: $425
  • Holding onto a moving vehicle: $319
  • Riding dangerously: $425

Penalties for all other cyclist offenses also increased to $106.  This includes the requirement that all bicycles must be fitted with a bell.

Find information on the road rules as they apply to cyclists here.

And the full comprehensive NSW Road Rules here.

As a final part of the Go Together campaign, Cyclists were also encouraged to provide pedestrians with a metre of space on shared paths, where possible.  While there is no direct penalty for this, it is encouraged as good riding etiquette.

A lot of Drivers and some Cyclists develop the Us and Them attitude when it comes to using the road.  Please remember that it is OUR road.  It does not belong to US or THEM.

Giant 2017 TCR Advanced Pro Team Limited Edition

Conquer the toughest climbs. Descend with confidence. Training or Racing, this is pure performance.

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Giant’s 2017 TCR Advanced Pro Team Limited Edition Tour de France bike has arrived in store just in time for the 2017 Tour.

With a frame constructed from Advanced Grade Composite carbon and running an Ultegra groupset, weighing in just under 6.7kg (MD/LG size), the TCR Advanced Pro Team LE is a pure performance bicycle.

Featuring Giant Gavia SL Tubless tyres (700 x 25c) on the Giant SLR 1 Composite WheelSystem (WheelSystem setup tubeless from factory), it comes with RideSense making it Ant+ ready.

It also comes with OverDrive 2, Giant’s most advanced fork steerer-tube technology.  Compared to the original OverDrive system,  OverDrive 2 provides up to 30 percent more torsional steering stiffness providing unprecedented steering performance with no additional weight.

Full specs listed below:

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Come into Cycleworld today to take it for a test ride.  There are only a limited number available so don’t miss out!

Beginner’s Guide to a Bicycle Workshop

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The core component to any successful Bicycle Store is it’s Workshop. They not only properly assemble all the bicycles that are sold in store. They also regularly service customer bicycles, make repairs and in some cases, provide insurance valuations.

They can be a little intimidating for first-time customers. So here is a rough guideline to make every visit a good one.

1. Book Ahead

Workshops can be very busy at times. Especially leading up to big cycling events like Triathlons, Road Races and Social/Charity rides. If you require a service or a complicated repair, it is a good idea to allow at least a week, and in the case of leading up to an event, a couple of weeks. So call them up and book ahead. A good workshop will always be busy and will rarely be able to do a service on the spot.

Most Workshops do not require you to pre-book for a tyre or tube (non-tubular) change though.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask

The old saying “There is no such thing as a stupid question” rings true with any workshop. They understand that not everyone is an expert in everything bicycle. From the most complex rebuilds to how much PSI you should put into your tyre. Don’t be afraid to ask them what you want to know. They are here to help and educate.

3. Don’t haggle

We all like a discount and while it comes down to parts it is fair to ask for a discount now and then. In regards to labour, asking for a discount can be seen in poor taste. A lot of time and effort is put in by a Mechanic working on your bicycle. They don’t skimp on the service they provide and you shouldn’t on the cost.

4. Be hygienic

We get that a bicycle can get dirty. If it isn’t dirty, you’re probably not riding it right. But no Workshop enjoys working on a bicycle that is unsanitary and unhygienic (after all in a triathlon, when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go). We get that it happens, but as a courtesy at least give your bicycle a hose down before handing over to the workshop. They appreciate the forethought.

5. Never enter the Workshop unless invited.

Most Workshop Mechanics will agree that their biggest annoyance (besides a tricky service) is people entering the Workshop uninvited. Some of the tools being used in a Workshop are of an industrial grade and therefore require the proper safety measures being taken when in use. Unless invited by a mechanic to enter a Workshop, it’s considered in poor manners to enter. Not in the least it can be potentially hazardous in some situations as well as being an OH&S issue.

6. Don’t ask to borrow their tools.

Perhaps its only a simple tube/tyre change or fitting your own pedals. It might only be a tyre lever or pedal spanner, but most mechanics are uncomfortable with loaning tools. Asking for a pump is fine, asking for a spanner is not. It’s impolite to ask and you’ll avoid any awkwardness as well.

7. Collect your Bicycle in a timely manner.

So the work is completed on your bicycle and all that remains is to collect your bicycle and pay whatever cost has been charged. While most people collect their bicycle within a couple of days of the completion of the work, others will leave them longer. Most Workshops have limited storage space in regards to repairs both completed and still pending. You will also find that some Workshops will charge a storage fee if a bicycle is left uncollected after a set period of time. In extreme cases, for example a bicycle being left for a year or more, they may even sell the bicycle to recover the costs of the repair (after multiple attempts of contacting the customer first of course).

Finally…

If you are ever unhappy with the service or work, it is well within your right to complain and most Workshops will offer at least a 30 day guarantee on all work done. So if you ride away and still feel that it’s not quite right, call them and arrange for them to take another look. Getting it right is the first priority for any good Workshop.

Giant 2017 Early Release

The first selection of Bicycles from Giant’s Early Release of their 2017 range has landed in store and are now available for purchase.

The 2017 Bicycles currently available in store are:

Road

  • Liv Avail 1
  • Liv Avail 2
  • Giant Cross City 1
  • Giant Cross City 2
  • Liv Alight 1
  • Liv Alight 2

Mountain

  • Giant Boulder
  • Liv Enchant

Kids

  • Giant XtC Jr 2 24
  • Liv Enchant 2 24

Available in select sizes only. Please call us on (02) 9739 6530 for further information.

Posted by Jeff K.

Cycleworld: Shifting into High Gear.

For over 20 years Cycleworld was a highly recognised shop within Burwood. The iconic Orange facade with windows filled with bicycles on Burwood Road was difficult to miss. As written in the famous Bob Dylan song, times they are a-changing, and as the current retail domain has changed, so has Cycleworld, most notably of which, is it has moved.

Opening at a new location at 317 Concord Road, Concord West, Cycleworld offers a unique experience to all visitors. Polished hardwood floors, TV’s broadcasting Cycling highlights in amongst the huge variety of Bicycles and Accessories to browse and a dedicated lounge area with complimentary Coffee and Water on offer.

Cycleworld has been and still is a community based shop. They engage in activities at the ground level and participate with local schools, as well as those in the outer area. They are also involved in Nationwide events such as the Spring Cycle and Bicycling NSW In-Store Workshops.

Its staff include State and National Representatives, an Ex-Champion Triathlete, an Ex-Olympic Mechanic as well as Road, Mountain Bike and BMX riders as well. With such a diverse range of knowledge and experience, the staff at Cycleworld are truly passionate about everything they do.

Cycleworld caters for all level of Cyclist, from Track Champions to Fixie Enthusiasts, from Professional Road and Triathlete riders to casual Commuters, from MTB and BMX Riders to Sunday Park Riders. They pride themselves on being “Your Local Bicycle Shop” and having the biggest range of Bicycles in the Inner West.

Cycleworld also offers Bio-mechanical Bike Fitting for those who race and want to achieve their optimal comfort and power positions. They also offer fitting for those who just want to be comfortable when engaging in a social ride or the cyclist commuting from A to B.

Cycleworld is open 7 days a week and is only closed on Public Holidays. They are located at 317 Concord Road, Concord West 2138.

You can call them directly on (02) 9739 6530 or contact them via email at info@cycleworld.com.au.

They also have their own website at www.cycleworld.com.au.

Originally published in ‘The Weekly Times’ Vol.95, No.48  Dated: 09/12/2015

Posted by Jeff K.