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23 April, 2014

The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Wednesday.

 

Local news

Have you seen Hamish?

Melbournians, we spotted the pic below on Twitter yesterday afternoon. We don’t have any  information other than what’s included in the pic, but we know that having your bike stolen is downright awful. If you see Hamish around, please get in touch with Mari. She’s offering home-baked banana bread as reward for Hamish’s safe return.

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Artbikes roll into Launceston

Since their introduction in Hobart in 2011, Artbikes have been a novel way to discover the Tasmanian capital’s galleries and public artworks. In fact, they’ve proved so popular, the scheme has now spread north to Launceston, where you can now pick up an Artbike from the Design Tasmania gallery near City Park.

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Adelaide’s separated lanes stir up controversy

Adelaide City Council has begun construction on separated bike lanes on Frome Street in the heart of the CBD. The lanes will create a key north-south corridor through the city and are a smart solution to ease rising congestion. However, not everyone is pleased.

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glowroadInternational news

Road to the future

Rumours have long been circulating about glow-in-the-dark bike paths and road markings, but we’re yet to see them implicated. Until now. Glow-in-the-dark lane markings, which charge during daylight hours, are currently being trialled on a stretch of road in Norway. If the trial is successful, it may not be long before your evening commute looks like something from a  sci-fi film. *Cue Tron theme music.

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Women’s Tour named

The inaugural Friends Life Women’s Tour (of Britain) is less than three weeks away. The race, which has just announced Friends Life as its naming rights sponsor and released its 57-page race manual, will cover 498.9km over five stages and is an important pedal stroke in the right direction towards raising the profile of women’s pro cycling.

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More of the best from #replacebikewithcar

#replacebikewithcar is the trending hashtag that’s highlighting the absurdity of arguments against bike riding. If you missed the first lot of highlights, check them out here.

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fluHealth

Is it a cold? Is it the flu? Is it acute coryzal rhinopharyngitis?

The cold and flu season is already well under way. According to The Conversation, we often mistake a cold for the flu, but even still, we’re likely to suffer three colds (aka acute coryzal rhinopharyngitis) a year. Yuck. So how can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu, and what can you do to minimise your risk of infection?

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Video

Lance Armstrong changes a tyre

After being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is exploring his career options. Click the image to watch the video.

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Upcoming events

dotdotdot 26 April – 4 May QLD Queensland Bike Week

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8 jackets: tested and rated

22 April, 2014

From a light drizzle to a full-blown deluge, there’s a rain jacket perfect for any wet-weather riding, explains Iain Treloar

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Jackets are a tricky item of clothing to get right. Compared to the low expectations we have of jerseys, knicks or baselayers, jackets need to perform well when the weather is at its worst, but still need to be comfortable in better conditions. It can be a complicated balancing act for manufacturers to find the correct often-contradictory combination of water-resistance, wind-resistance, breathability and compact dimensions, and in the end, a jacket purchase almost always ends up being a compromise in one area or another.

There are a vast amount of different fabrics out there and it’s easy to get lost in the marketing technobabble when researching your next jacket purchase. So here’s my advice: when comparing jackets with waterproofing as a primary goal, check for things like sealed or taped seams—most rain jackets, even at the low-end, will technically be made from waterproof fabrics, but won’t have taped seams or a waterproof zip and will still allow water in during prolonged exposure to the elements.

Breathability of fabrics is much harder to judge without actually riding in a jacket, so if it’s a cheaper jacket check whether there is any built in ventilation, such as underarm zippers to help allow moisture out. As a general rule, take any claims of breathability with a grain of salt—despite the miraculous claims made about many fabrics there’s nothing I’ve yet encountered that is as breathable as I wish it was.

Don’t get too hung up on how warm a jacket will keep you—for riding in Australian conditions, you will rarely need anything particularly heavy weight. You are far more likely to get cold from wind-chill or from being wet, so a lightweight rain-jacket will usually be adequate for warmth as long as it’s suitably wind-proofed.

For this test, we asked eight different brands to provide us with jackets that had the greatest versatility. This was interpreted in a range of ways, highlighting just how much diversity there is in determining what the best jacket will be for a given situation. Readers will most likely know from their own experiences and riding style what attributes they desire in their jackets, so in addition to the usual Ride On ratings for Function, Quality, Price and Appearance, we have included a second rating scale encompassing:

  • Water-resistance
  • Wind-resistance
  • Breathability
  • Packability.

As such, an all-weather tourer carrying panniers might desire absolute protection from the elements, but be able to stash a bulky jacket away in panniers when it is no longer needed, where a fair-weather roadie might prioritise compactness and light shower resistance.

If you fit into a number of different categories, there’s no harm (other than financial!) in getting a range of different jackets and different needs. Riding every day, and mixing it up between the road bike and my mudguarded commuter, I have four or five jackets to choose from depending on weather conditions and what attributes are most desirable on any given day. Whilst this may be approaching overkill, a compact jacket for showers and a serious jacket for absolute waterproofness are both equally worthwhile items to have in the wardrobe.

Testing for this article was conducted over several weeks, with assistance for the women’s jackets. All these jackets have a direct equivalent in the opposite gender, so if you like the sound of one or other of the products on test here, it should be available in a cut for you.

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One of the more compact jackets in Rapha’s extensive range, the Rain Jacket is seam-sealed, water- and wind-proof and rich in the attention to detail Rapha is known for. At first glance it’s a fairly stripped-back garment, but there are a lot of nice touches that reveal the care that’s gone into the design. There are numerous reflective details, including the armband on the left sleeve, and there is a coating on the sleeves from the elbow down making it more comfortable and less clammy on the arms when riding with just a short sleeved jersey. If you’re after something for riding in the absolute worst of conditions, I’d suggest the Rapha Hardshell jacket over this—it’s the best waterproof I’ve ever used—but nonetheless, the Rapha Rain Jacket has a broad appeal for a range of conditions and is typically excellent quality.

• Folds to a size that fits into a jersey pocket
• Superb slim fit with perfect arm length; looks great
• Neoprene cuffs to stop chill and water sneaking up the arms
• Small zipped pocket on the side for smartphones, keys, money
• I would have preferred more storage
• Completely waterproof even after hours in torrential rain

Endura2

It’s difficult to imagine a more visible jacket than the Endura Luminite 2. Available in a couple of colours, including this super-lairy fluoro yellow, the Luminite is also covered with reflective panels and has an LED light built into the rear pocket to boot. It’s completely seam-sealed throughout, and comes with a pleasing amount of storage—two hand pockets, a large rear pocket and a chest pocket—note that the pockets on the front of the jacket are not seam-sealed. The sizing of this jacket runs very large—order one size down from your usual fit.

• Armpit zips
• More for extremely poor weather than everyday
• Lacking a little in breathability
• Rear LED light a little gimmicky
• Can tighten in the cuffs to stop chill getting up the arms
• Almost too much jacket for Australian conditions—Endura is
a Scottish brand and this was apparently designed with that
kind of weather in mind

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Castelli have a proud history of technical innovation, and the Confronto jacket is a superb example of this. At first glance, it doesn’t appear to be a waterproof jacket—the fabric is soft to the touch, and it looks like a heavy-weight long sleeved jersey rather than a plasticky rain jacket. When the heavens open, however, it’s fantastic—water beads up on the outside and doesn’t get through. Because it’s such a soft fabric , it’s very comfortable and conforms well to the body. It’s a bit warm for everyday use, but for a trusty companion for the winter commute, it’s a solid option.

• Lots of reflective material
• Cut won’t be for everyone—the medium sample we tested was a little short at the front, and a little short in the arms. Also a fairly loose fit for an Italian brand
• Can be a bit warm unless you’re careful with your layering—I was comfortable with a merino base-layer at 10 degrees
• Underarm zips are useful for moderating temperature
• Waterproof zips and externally sealed seams
• No pockets
• High visibility and fairly large folded size means it’s more suited for commuting than long road rides

Bellweather4

The Bellwether Convertible is really two garments in one—a vest and a jacket. Using press-studs and two zips running up from the armpits, the shoulders and arms detach quite quickly and easily, and can be stowed in the zipped rear pocket. I found the fit to be slightly awkward on the Convertible—the arms were a little short when reaching for the brake levers of a road bike, but would be OK for a flat handlebar. Nonetheless, it offers great versatility in one garment, especially for shorter distance commuting use.

• Soft fleecy lining on neck
• Reflective strips placed strategically
• Elasticated cord around waist band
• Two pockets on the front, one on the back
• Not seam-sealed—water resistant only
• Not particularly breathable, and the elasticated cuffs were very tight

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Available in indigo and military green, the Vulpine looks snazzy from a distance, but the genius of the design is in the details: magnetic buttons, roll-up, reflective cuffs, a wrist pocket with a small carabiner for your keys. A vented back mesh panel allows breathability, but by using Epic Cotton instead of synthetic fabrics—a process where each individual thread is coated in silicon—it’s already one of the most breathable jackets we’ve encountered. It’s not strictly water-proof as seams aren’t sealed, but this is a conscious decision from Vulpine who were looking to strike the optimum balance between breathability and water-resistance. This jacket scores extra points for versatility, looking as good off the bike as it does on, and despite its high asking price it really is a beautiful piece of gear.

• Fold-away, removable splash guard
• Elastic toggles can be pulled tight to prevent ingress at the neck and tail
• Handmade from Epic Cotton
• Wind and stain resistant
• Adjustable waist
• Rear light loop
• Fleece-lined collar and cuffs; cuffs can be turned up to show reflective panels, of particular use when signalling

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The She Shell is the pinnacle of practicality. Thoughtful touches demonstrate that GroundEffect have a solid understanding of what riders want: a spare tube patch sewn into the hem, elastic thumb loops to prevent the sleeves riding up over your wrists, zippered vents beneath the arms, a tail to protect your rear. All seams are tape-sealed, and the collar is nice and high for those cold mornings.

• Available in four colours
• Folds into a bum bag for easy transport
• Hood that zips into collar when not in use
• Sizing is generous
• Reflective piping
• Zipped underarm vents

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This semi-transparent jacket prioritises portability over absolute water-resistance, and is a great example of a style popular with road riders. It’s a shower rather than a rain jacket, with some sealed seams on the front of the jacket helping keep the damp (ergo, chill) off the chest. The mesh panels down the back and arms increase breathability, but aren’t waterproof, and one of our testers reported finding it a little too warm. However, the fit is excellent and it folds to fit snugly in a jersey pocket or corner of a handbag, making it ideal for drizzly in-between weather, particularly when riding at higher intensity.

• Hemline gripper prevents jacket riding up
• Rear pocket which the jacket can fold into
• Fleece collar lining
• Reflective piping
• Lightest and smallest jacket on test—it’s a great choice for those days when you’re not sure if you’ll need a serious rain jacket, but would love to have something on hand in case the weather changes. It’s also light enough that you can keep it in your handbag or backpack year-round

Netti8

In fire engine red, the Netti Elite Rain Jacket stands out on a drizzly day and a high collar and elasticised cuffs prevent ingress. However, while the fabric is thin, it’s not well-ventilated, quickly feeling clammy on the arms, and the sizing is a little off. One of our testers found the jacket very tight around the hips and baggy across the chest and arms, whilst the other found it a little short in the arms even on a flat-bar commuter. It is, however, quite compact, as well as being nice and visible—we particularly like the reflective strips running down the full length of the arms.

• Seam sealed, with waterproof zippers
• Reflective details
• Single small front zippered and seam-sealed pocket—no pockets at rear
• Scrunches down to fit in jersey pocket or bag
• Soft fleecy lining on collar
• Waistband not adjustable
• Two-way zip on the front, which is useful to increase mobility of the legs and breathability

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Ride On digest

16 April, 2014

The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Wednesday.

Local news

cafeheroAustralia’s biggest cafe crawl

If you’re keen to try some of the bean bars included in our ‘Australia’s top 50 bike-friendly cafes’ post, Steve Bennett has them all mapped out. Thanks Steve!

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Rule of the road

Confident you know the road rules? Put your knowledge to the test with this road rules for riders quiz from The Age. (Note: some rules covered in the quiz apply specifically to Victoria, so check what applies in your state.)

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Darebin Bridge

After 19 years, tenders have finally been called for the building of Melbourne’s Darebin Bridge, with ground expected to break mid-year. The project will form a vital link in Melbourne’s bike network.

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International news

61499909-2a24-4793-9593-a1b396b0d9bf-460x27610 reasons to love your bike

If the cooler weather is sapping your motivation, check out these top 10 reasons to get rolling from The Guardian UK.

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Paid to ride

Londoners may soon be able to get cash rebates when they walk or ride to work rather than catch the tube. The proposal, which explores a number of options for flexible public transport ticketing, is currently open to feedback, and, if successful, would be implemented from January 2015. Mayor Boris Johnson has welcomed the proposal, stating: “I will certainly ask TfL (Transport for London) to examine if we can encourage Londoners to walk and cycle to work as part of this offering from 2015.”

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Weighty issue

Since 2000 the UCI has required that bikes raced in its events be a minimum 6.8kg in order that they be safe to ride. However, this rule may soon be replaced with bikes instead required to meet a minimum safety standard.

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Health

n-BURN-CALORIES-FREE-large57010 ways to get active for free

Going to the gym can not only become monotonous, it’s expensive. Huffington Post has put together 10 suggestions for boosting your fitness for free, without feeling like you’re exercising. Needless to say, bike riding is on the list.

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Video

Book your leave now

If you haven’t booked your annual holiday yet, now’s the time to chat with the boss because this year the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride is heading to Bright and the High Country to take on some of Victoria’s most picturesque cycling routes. Entries open for Bicycle Network members on Monday, 12 May. Save the date!

Upcoming events

dotdotdot 18 April Kew. VIC Hawthorn Cycling Club Good Friday Criterium
dotdotdot 18-21 April Kapunda, SA Kapunda Easter Cycle
dotdotdot 26 April – 4 May QLD Queensland Bike Week
dotdotdot 27 April Shorncliffe, QLD Bicycle Queensland Pier to Point Women’s Ride

 

Ride On content is editorially independent, but is supported financially by members of Bicycle Network Victoria. If you enjoy our articles and want to support the future publication of high-quality content, please consider helping out by becoming a member.

Brake adjustment: the basics explained

15 April, 2014

Iain Treloar demonstrates some quick, easy brake adjustments.

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Brake adjustment can be a daunting prospect for the novice mechanic, but fear not—it’s significantly more straightforward than it may at first appear. The following tips for the three most common braking systems in Australia don’t require fancy tools—if you’ve got a set of Allen keys, two hands and ten minutes, you’ll be able to improve your braking performance.

The golden rule of brake adjustment, regardless of what braking system you have, is to check that the wheels are sitting correctly in the dropouts. Loosen the quick release on your wheels and wiggle the wheel from side to side until you’re confident that the wheel is sitting straight. Then, firmly retighten the quick release.

Identify which braking system you have. There might be some differences in appearance between models and brands, but the fundamentals will remain the same.

Caliper brakes

1. Firstly, it’s important to centre your brakes. Are the brake pads sitting an equal distance from the rim? If you can’t see this by eye, squeeze the brake and watch to see if the brake pads contact at the same time, or whether one pad pushes the rim across onto the other pad. To straighten the brake, loosen the bolt at the back, realign the brake and firmly retighten.

2. The next step is to check the distance of the pads from the rim. There’s no set rule on what this distance should be; some people prefer the brakes quite firm, others prefer a little more travel at the lever. Holding the brake caliper in one hand, loosen the bolt holding the cable and squeeze (or release) the brake calipers a little. Retighten this bolt and secure the cable, and then test how the brakes feel at the lever. Continue until the brake lever feels as you want it to.

3. The lever demonstrated in this position is not there to adjust brake feel, but to give space for tyre clearance when removing the wheel from the bike. When riding—and adjusting your brakes—make sure the point of this lever is facing downwards rather than out.

4. Now that you’ve adjusted for brake caliper position and cable tension, align the brake pads. These should be positioned so that they are centered on the braking surface. They should never make contact with the sidewall of the tyre, and should never be lower than the braking surface. Spin the wheel and check that the brake pads are aligned with the braking track all the way around.

5. Once cable tension and pad position has been set up, it’s easy to fine tune down the track with the barrel adjuster, as in the large image above. Turn this barrel clockwise to move the pads out from the rim, and counter-clockwise to move them closer. This is also the best way to adjust for cable stretch over time, without having to reset cable tension altogether, and allows micro-adjustment from in the saddle.

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Disc brakes

Disc brakes are more complex to adjust than cable or V-brakes, and we will be taking a closer look at them in a future issue. The following is just one very simple, home-mechanic friendly way to fix a common issue. If your disc brake is rubbing, it is most often caused by an incorrectly aligned brake caliper, or the wheel having been incorrectly repositioned after removal. Before adjusting the brake itself, undo the quick-release skewer, check the wheel is sitting straight in the drop outs, and then firmly retighten the quick release. If the brake is still rubbing, the disc brake itself is the likely culprit. Disc brake calipers are attached either directly to a fork or frame (post-mount) or, more commonly, mounted onto a disc brake adaptor. Make sure that you’re adjusting the right bolts, as demonstrated in Figure 1.

1. Loosen both bolts on the brake caliper. They don’t need to be undone completely—just enough for the caliper to move side to side if you jiggle the caliper with your hand.

2. While squeezing the corresponding brake lever firmly, retighten these bolts. The wheel should now spin freely. If the pads are still audibly rubbing on the brake rotor all the way around, try this process again; sometimes it takes a couple of attempts before the caliper settles in its correct position.

3. If step two is still unsuccessful, you can also try to adjust the caliper by eye. In this figure you can see that there is a gap either side of the rotor. With loosened bolts, realign the caliper by hand, and then whilst holding it firmly in position, tighten the bolts with your other hand.

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V-brakes

1. After checking that the wheel is centered and spinning true, it’s time to adjust cable tension. While holding both arms of the brake with one hand, release the brake cable.

2. Gently release your hand’s pressure on the brake arms until the brake pads are roughly the distance from the rim for optimum braking. You may need to help guide the cable through its clamping point with your free hand.

3. Reattach the brake cable and tighten the bolt. Confirm by squeezing the lever whether the brake lever travel is to your preference.

4. Now that cable tension has been set, adjust the placement of the pads. To assist with positioning on the rim, either squeeze the V-brake arms hard into the rim with one hand to simulate braking (as demonstrated in the image), or squeeze the brake lever. Whilst the brake pad is loose, you can use your free hand to align the pad so it is contacting the rim in centre of the braking track. Once you’re satisfied that the pad isn’t set too low or rubbing on the tyre, retighten the bolt. Repeat on the other side.

5. Clear on one side but rubbing on the other? This is where the little screws on each side of the brake come into play. Running up the back of each brake arm is a metal spring, the tension of which is controlled by this screw. If the right brake pad is rubbing, increase tension on the right spring by winding this screw in, which will force the brake arm out. Continue adjusting in this fashion until the pads are not rubbing on the rim, and contacting evenly. Once you’re happy with the position of the pads, check how the brake feels when you squeeze it, and repeat steps 1-3 to fine tune the feel of the brakes.

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Ride On digest

9 April, 2014

The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Wednesday.

quicklercommuteLocal news

A quicker commute

Bikes come out on top in a race from Melbourne’s outer suburbs to Federation Square during morning peak hour.

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Is cycling the new golf?

Tony Abbott and eight of Australia’s leading CEOs explain why bike riding is their exercise of choice.

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Operation Amulet wraps up

A seven week initiative by Victoria Police to improve safety of vulnerable road users in high incident areas has come to a close, with police detecting over 2,000 offences, among them motorists using mobile phones, motorbike riders travelling in the bike lance and cyclists running red lights. Police will continue to run similar future operations.

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guidinglightInternational news

Guiding light

This innovative new bike light design could help motorists recognise riders earlier in low light conditions.

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The best of #replacebikewithcar

A new hashtag, #replacebikewithcar has been trending on Twitter with riders taking complaints about cyclists and replacing the word ‘bike’ with ‘car’ to illustrate how unfounded and absurd these complaints actually are. Here’s a selection of the best.

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The cobbles are set

Race organisers have completed their final look-over of the notorious Paris-Roubaix course ahead of this weekend’s race. Ratings for each of the pavé (cobblestone) sectors are now available online and the race will be streamed from 9pm (AEST) on SBS Cycling Central.

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Health

19 reasons to get moving

Bike riding is a great form of regular exercise. If you need a little extra motivation, here’s 19 benefits to being physically active.

Get the full scoop >>

Video

Tricks of the trade

World-famous trials rider, Danny MacAskill, shares his tips and love for bikes.

Upcoming events

dotdotdot 13 April Surry Hills, NSW George Street Cycleway Easter Eggstravaganza
dotdotdot 13 April Woodend, VIC Wombat 100
dotdotdot 18-21 April Kapunda, SA Kapunda Easter Cycle

 

Ride On content is editorially independent, but is supported financially by members of Bicycle Network Victoria. If you enjoy our articles and want to support the future publication of high-quality content, please consider helping out by becoming a member.

Australia’s top 50 bike-friendly cafes

7 April, 2014

 Margot McGovern finds the nation’s best spots for a post-ride pick-me-up.

6. Rapha Cycle Club Sydney

6. Rapha Cycle Club Sydney

For two-wheeled coffee drinkers, there is little more rewarding or rejuvenating than that first sip of your latte or long mac after an even longer ride. However, great coffee alone usually isn’t enough for a café to draw a regular crowd of riders. So we put the question to Ride On readers: what makes a cafe bike-friendly?

Unsurprisingly, bike parking, and friendly service were near the top of the list, as were free water bottle refills and cleat-resistant floors. Road riders appreciated early opening times and room enough to accommodate the whole peloton—extra points if the café splits the bill. Commuters wanted chic, inner-city hubs, single roasts and speedy service, while recreational riders and tourers craved shady courtyards, access to trails and a decent selection of sweet treats to accompany their bean brew.

Australia has a rich café culture with thousands of bean bars dotted across the nation. We were determined to find those select few that meet your criteria of a great bike-friendly café. So here they are, as voted by you, in alphabetical order by state, Australia’s top 50 bike-friendly cafes.

 

Australian Capital Territory

1. Two Before Ten

1. Two Before Ten

1. Two before Ten

40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra
At Two Before Ten, coffee is not a beverage—it’s a way of life. Enjoy the chic urban décor inside, or relax outdoors where there’s plenty of room for you, your crew and your bikes.

 

New South Wales

2. The Hub

52 Keppel St, Bathurst
Take a seat beneath the shady vines or find a cosy indoor table. There’s plenty of room to park your bike and big tables set up for large groups. If you’re a local rider, chances are the friendly staff already know your name and caffeinated drink of choice.

3. Paddington Grind

339 Oxford Street, Paddington
Cyclists have the rule of the roost at ‘Paddo’ Grind. The staff are as bike-mad as the riders and there’s bike art on the walls to make you feel at home.

4. Peloton Espresso Bar

7. Cafe Central

7. Cafe Central

163 Gordon Street, Port Macquarie
As the name suggests, Peloton Espresso Bar is geared for riders, with staff that are as passionate about bikes as they are about coffee.

5. Pie in the Sky

1296 Pacific Highway, Cowan
Located on a popular regional bike route, Pie in the Sky has a covered outdoor area, great views, excellent coffee and, you guessed it, pies.

6. Rapha Cycle Club, Sydney

4/410 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Rapha has a reputation for never doing things by halves, and you can bet their coffee is as top notch as their cycling kit. One sip and the world takes on a grainy, sepia hue.

Northern Territory

7. Café Central

Shop 1/29 Rossiter Street, Rapid Creek
Café Central brews some of Darwin’s best coffee. There are also plenty of outdoor tables, room to lean your bike and cold hand towels to help you cool down after a ride.

 

Queensland

9. Cactus Espresso bar

9. Cactus Espresso bar

8. Blackbutt Bakery

34 Coulson Street, Blackbutt
After a big ride there’s only one thing better than coffee—and that’s coffee accompanied by baked goods. Blackbutt Bakery, located on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, has a selection of pies and cakes to satisfy the most famished rider.

9. Cactus Espresso Bar

173 Brisbane Street, Ipswich
At Cactus Espresso bar the staff are chipper, the coffee is excellent and riders are welcomed with open arms. There’s room outside for your bike and large outdoor tables. Regulars also tell us “coffees are half price before 9am on the weekend for cyclists.”

10. Cankstar Bespoke Cyclery

50 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba
Decked out with “bike bling” and attached to a bike shop, Crankstar is an ideal spot to enjoy a post-ride coffee while your ride gets a tune up.

11. Espresso Garage

176 Grey Street, South Bank
Conveniently located on Brisbane’s South Bank, Espresso Garage has plenty of space for bikes, great coffee and fast, friendly service.

12. Jetty Café

10. Crankstar Bespoke Cyclery

10. Crankstar Bespoke Cyclery

155 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
Jetty Café’s coffee has been described as “epic,” it’s open early and you get to look out over the water while you refuel. There’s also a team of friendly staff and bike racks to boot.

13. Juliette’s 

7/58 The Strand, Townsville
The owners of Juliette’s are as keen on bikes as their patrons and support local cycling groups and events. They have plenty of room for large groups, open at 6am, put out bike racks and offer water bottle refills with ice, raisin toast and great coffee.

14. My Sweetopia

Shop 8/180 Grey Street, South Bank
Indulge your sweet tooth! My Sweetopia has delicious cupcakes baked fresh on the premises each morning and if you’re lucky the barista will write your name in chocolate on your coffee.

 

South Australia

15. Argo

212 The Parade, Norwood
Argo is a little café with a big heart, and something of an institution in the Adelaide suburb of Norwood. It boasts outdoor seating, bike racks, great coffee and friendly staff.

16. Coffee Branch

12. Jetty Cafe

12. Jetty Cafe

32 Leigh Street, Adelaide
One of our readers makes the bold claim that Coffee Branch owner Josh “makes the best coffee in the country”. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, Coffee Branch is located right in the heart of the Adelaide CBD on trendy, car-free Leigh Street.

17. Cudlee Café

Gorge Road, Cudlee Creek
A popular haunt among Adelaide Hills riders, Cudlee Café has plenty of room for bikes, outdoor seating and a wood fire indoors when the weather turns chilly.

18. La Musette, Siphon Coffee Bar

3/15 Moseley Street, Glenelg
As the name suggests, this little nook off Glenelg’s main drag is a dedicated cyclist refueling station. It also houses a small bike museum and has a mechanic on hand Saturday afternoons.

19. Red Berry Espresso

1A L’Estrange Street, Glenside
Red Berry won a silver medal at the 2013 Australian Coffee Roasters Awards and boasts its own cycling kit. If that’s not enough to convince you to drop by, the variety of single origin roasts will.

20. Watermark Coffee Station

631 Anzac Highway, Glenelg

Part of the Watermark Hotel, the Coffee Station opens early to cater to Adelaide’s beachside roadie crowd. There’s plenty of bike parking, great coffee and fast, friendly service.

 

Tasmania

14. My Sweetopia

14. My Sweetopia

21. Aromas Café

272 Charles Street, Launceston
The team at Aromas know exactly what riders want: great coffee, freedom to rearrange the furniture, less than $10 minimum EFTPOS spending and cheap cake and coffee combo deals.

22. Crusty’s Bakery

Shop 1/37 Main Road, Wivenhoe
A favourite among local riders, Crusty’s Bakery is open early and offers a large selection of baked treats to accompany your coffee.

23. The Picnic Basket

176 Channel Highway, Taroona
Riders are always welcome at The Picnic Basket, which has a generous undercover outdoor area, room for your bike and a great section of coffees and cakes.

24. Renaissance Café

95 Main Road, Penguin
Head to Renaissance Café for service with a smile and ocean views.

 

Victoria

19. Red Berry Espresso

19. Red Berry Espresso

25. Allpress Espresso

80 Rupert Street, Collingwood
The epitome of Melbourne cool, Allpress serves fine coffee in urban chic surrounds, with bike parking available in the enclosed rear courtyard.

26. Boneshaker Espresso

90-92 Inkerman Street, St Kilda
Boneshaker Espresso lives up to its name, offering some of St Kilda’s best coffee from inside a bike shop.

27. Bright Velo

2 Ireland Street, Bright
The café at Bright Velo is part of Australia’s first dedicated bike hotel. It’s run by a cyclist, for cyclists, and is fitted out with a fascinating array of bike paraphernalia. The iced coffees are rumoured to be particularly good.

28. Brown Cow

382 Hampton Street, Hampton
Brown Cow is a strong supporter of the local cycling community and boasts bike racks, ample outdoor seating, friendly staff and great coffee.

29. Café Racer

20. Watermark Coffee Station

20. Watermark Coffee Station

15 Marine Parade, St Kilda
If you’re one of Melbourne’s regular Beach Road riders, chances are you’ve enjoyed a latte or two at Café Racer, which is now under new management. It’s right on the esplanade, has ample bike parking and is always flooded with a sea of lycra.

30. Cog Bike Café

42 Station Road, Warburton
Cog Bike Café is right on the ‘Warby’ Trail, is attached to a bike shop with a mechanic on hand and offers bikes for hire. In fact, everything about Cog is geared for riders—even the bathroom has bike-themed décor.

31. The Corner Store

Cnr. Blundy and Station Streets, Forrest
Located in the heart of Forrest mountain bike country, The Corner Store boasts the Otways’ best coffee, ample bike parking, a bike shop and bikes for hire.

32. Friars Café

127 Fryers Street, Shepparton
Housed in an old church, Friars Café combines old world charm with great food and coffee. There’s racks outside for bikes and the owners don’t mind you leaving your cycling shoes on indoors.

33. Gauge Espresso

23. The Picnic Basket

23. The Picnic Basket

3 Katandra Road, Ormond
Gauge Espresso is open from 6am, Monday to Friday, to cater for early riders, and inside its bikes, bikes, bikes, everywhere you look—there’s even one hanging from the ceiling.

34. The Great Provider

42A Marine Parade, St Kilda
Located right on Melbourne’s popular Beach Road strip, The Great Provider has hanging bike racks, a great breakfast menu, friendly service and marina views.

35. Kanteen

150 Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra
Located on the Capital City Trail and close by Yarra Boulevard, Kanteen caters to roadies and recreational riders alike. There’s plenty of space to park your bike while you kick back, drink up and enjoy the river views.

36. Mad Cowes Café and Food Store

Shop 3/17 Esplanade, Cowes
Mad Cowes offers preferential seating for local riders, the coffee tastes great and the breakfast menu is large.

37. Madeline’s at Jells

29. Cafe Racer

29. Cafe Racer

Jells Park, Waverly Road, Wheelers Hill
Madeline’s offers plenty of outdoor seating and great coffee in picturesque surrounds.

38. Market Lane Coffee

Shop 13 Prahran Market, South Yarra
“Awesome” coffee, places to lock up your bikes, trendy urban décor. Market Lane Coffee has everything you could want in a chic inner-burbs bean bar.

39. Olinda Café and Produce Store

17 Olinda–Monbulk Road, Olinda
Olinda Café is home to plenty of outdoor seating and some of the best hot chips and iced chocolates around.

40. The Pickled Sisters Café

Cofield Wines, Distillery Road, Wahgunyah
The Pickled Sisters Café is an accredited cycle friendly business. The staff is clued up on local riding and the café has a pump and repair kit on hand. There’s also ample bike parking and space to spread out.

41. The Pint of Milk

30. Cog Bike Cafe

30. Cog Bike Cafe

19 North Road, Newport
There’s always a bike or two at The Pint of Milk, where the friendly, relaxed atmosphere is a draw card for locals.The long list

42. St Ali North

815 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Not only does St Ali North brew some of the best coffee to be had in Melbourne, it’s right on the Capital City Trail, next to Velo Cycles bike shop, offers ‘ride through’ service, ample bike parking and a large grassy area where patrons can spread out and enjoy a post ride treat.

43. Seven seeds

114 Berkeley Street, Carlton
Seven Seeds has indoor wall-mounted bike racks and the floor is polished concrete, so you don’t need to worry about scuffing it with your cleats. The pastries are excellent and the staff are friendly.

44. Tour de Café

Pier Road, Mordialloc
Located at the famous Beach Road Mordialloc turn around point, Tour de Café has bike racks aplenty, taps to refill your water bottles and a range of energy bars to fuel your return trip to Melbourne.

45. Yarra Edge Nursery Café

31. The Corner Store

31. The Corner Store

NMIT Fairfield Campus, Yarra Bend Road
Yarra Edge Nursery Café is located just off Melbourne’s arterial Main Yarra Trail and offers plenty of bike parking and quiet, leafy surrounds. As the name suggests, there’s also a nursery for green thumbs.

 

Western Australia

46. Bada Bing

84 Rosewood Avenue, Woodlands
Overlooking Jackadder Reserve, Bada Bing has lakefront views, outdoor seating and friendly staff.

47. Cranked

Shop 5, 106 Oxford Street, Leederville
Not only is Cranked connected to a bike shop, it boasts some of Perth’s finest coffee, bike racks aplenty and shaded outdoor tables.

48. Dome, Busselton

30 Kent Street, Busselton
The coffee is consistently good and the friendly staff are happy to welcome your entire peloton.

49. La Tropicana Café

47. Cranked

47. Cranked

177 High Street, Fremantle
This Fremantle café has big tables to accommodate large groups of riders with speedy service and bike racks to boot.

50. Tasty Express

310 South Terrace, South Fremantle
The coffee is good, the staff have a sense of humour and the waterfront is close.

 

42. St Ali North

42. St Ali North

The long list

Australian Capital Territory

dotdotdot Two Before Ten
40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra

 

New South Wales

 dotdotdot 1con1c Coffee Van
Corner Dean and Creek Street, Albury
dotdotdot About Life Natural Marketplace
 605 Darling Street, Rozelle
 dotdotdot Adora
10 Homer Street, Earlwood
 dotdotdot Bar Coluzzi
322 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
dotdotdot Bellagio
285 Bronte Road, Waverley
 dotdotdot Bicycle Garage
215 Lilyfield Road, Lilyfield
 dotdotdot Café Buzz
18 Park Street, Port Macquarie
 dotdotdot Café de Beaumont
70 Beaumont Street, Hamilton
 dotdotdot Centennial Park Kiosk 
Centennial Park, Sydney
 dotdotdot The Coffee Club, Nepean River
78-88 Tench Avenue, Penrith
 dotdotdot The Hub
52 Keppel Street, Bathurst
dotdotdot Frenleigh Café
89 Fletcher Street, Adamstown
dotdotdot Greengrocer Café & Cyclery
37-41 Clifford Street, Goulburn
dotdotdot Grind Espresso
6 Surf Road, Cronulla
 dotdotdot The Mews
Shop 4/3-5 Myahgag Mews, Mosman
 dotdotdot Paddington Grind
191 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
 dotdotdot Peloton Espresso Bar
163 Gordon Street, Port Macquarie
 dotdotdot Pie in the Sky
1296 Pacific Highway, Cowan
 dotdotdot Poppy’s
Shop 15/1 Alice Street, Merimbula
 dotdotdot Rapha Cycle Club
4/410 Crown Street, Surry Hills

 

Northern Territory

dotdotdot Café Central
Shop1/29 Rossiter Street, Rapid Creek

 

Queensland

dotdotdot Alberto’s Shot Espresso Bar
462 Montague Road, West End
 dotdotdot The Bingil Bay Café
Bingil Bay Road, Bingil Bay
 dotdotdot Blackbutt Café
34 Coulson Street, Blackbutt
 dotdotdot The Blue Olive
1/38 The Esplanade, Paradise Point
 dotdotdot BSKT Café
4 Lavarack Road, Mermaid Beach
 dotdotdot Cactus Espresso Bar
173 Brisbane Street, Ipswich
 dotdotdot  Café Boombana
1863 Mt Nebo Road, Mt Nebo
 dotdotdot Chase the Rider
Cnr Arrabria and Currangindi Street, Jindalee
 dotdotdot The Chelsea Bistro
The Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane
 dotdotdot Coffee Sisters
110 Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters
 dotdotdot Crankstar Bespoke Cyclery
50 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba
dotdotdot Designer Desserts
Shop 3/30 Chancellor Village Boulevard, Sippy Downs
dotdotdot Espresso Garage
176 Grey Street, South Bank
 dotdotdot Feel Goodz Gourmet
Shop7/14 Oxley Avenue, Woody Point
 dotdotdot First Pour Brisbane
369 Montague Road, West End
 dotdotdot Honour Espresso
1/327 Honour Avenue, Graceville
 dotdotdot The Jetty Café
155 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
 dotdotdot Juliette’s
7/58 The Strand, Townsville
 dotdotdot KGB Express
87 Roma Street, Brisbane
 dotdotdot La Promenade
4 Tay Avenue, Caloundra
 dotdotdot Little Blue Tandem Café and Cycles
Shop 3/577 The Esplanade, Urangan
 
 dotdotdot   Mackay Metro Market
24-26 River Street, Mackay
 dotdotdot Millie J and Co
334b Flinders StreetTownsville
dotdotdot Mocha Mecca
Shop 2/237 Riverside Boulevard, Douglas
 dotdotdot My Sweetopia
Shop 8/180 Grey Street, South bank
 dotdotdot Origin Espresso
Shop 3/21-23 Warner Street, Port Douglas
 dotdotdot Pam’s Café 88
88 O’Quinn Street, Nudgee Beach
 dotdotdot Piccolo Espresso
2 Hythe Street, Miami
 dotdotdot Slinky Espresso
Shop 3/190 Fairfield Road, Fairfield
 dotdotdot Two Wheels and a Handlebar  
33 Railway Terrace, Milton
 dotdotdot Zarraffa’s Coffee, Chatswood Road
Shop 1, Chatswood Central Shopping Centre Corner Chatswood Rd and Magellan Road, Springwood

 

South Australia

dotdotdot Altar Bistro
27 High Street, Willunga
 dotdotdot Anderson Hill Winery/Café
407 Croft Road, Lenswood
 dotdotdot Argo
212 The parade, Norwood
 dotdotdot Bakers Edge 
1/9 West beach Road, West Beach
 dotdotdot Blefari
182 Victoria Square, Adealide
 dotdotdot Bond and Lane Canteen
1 Salisbury Crescent, Colonel Light Gardens
 dotdotdot The Broadway Kiosk
Corner Broadway and South Esplanade
 dotdotdot Carnevale Coffee
114-118 East Avenue, Clarence Park
 dotdotdot Coffee Branch
32 Leigh Street
 dotdotdot Cudlee Café
George Road, Cudlee Creek
 dotdotdot Europa
12-14 Jetty Road, Glenelg
 dotdotdot The Grain and Bean
Shop 2B Bartley Terrace Shopping Centre, West Lakes Shore
 dotdotdot Harvest Café
240 Strathalbyn Road, Mylor
 dotdotdot Hello, Yes
12 Eliza Street
dotdotdot Jetty Street Café
1 Jetty Street, Grange
 dotdotdot La Musette, Siphon Coffee Bar
3/15 Moseley Street, Glenelg
 dotdotdot MediterraneanCafé Ristorante 
Shop 2/72 Broadway, Glenelg South
 dotdotdot The Organic Market and Café
5 Druid Avenue, Stirling
 dotdotdot The Pantry on Egmont
2 Egmont Terrace. Hawthorn
 dotdotdot Pavé Café
138 The Parade, Norwood
 dotdotdot Red Berry Espresso
1A L’Estrange Street, Glenside
 dotdotdot Red Poles
McLaren Vale Road, McLaren Vale
 dotdotdot Scuzzi
99 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide
 dotdotdot Watermark Coffee Station
631 Anzac Highway, Glenelg

 

Tasmania 

dotdotdot Aromas Café
272 Charles Street, Launceston
 dotdotdot Brew
172 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay
 dotdotdot Chikko Café
267 Main Road, Derwent Park
 dotdotdot Churros Café
54-56 Gormanston Road, Moonah
 dotdotdot Crusty’s Bakery
Shop 1/37 Main Road, Wivenhoe
 dotdotdot Ecru Coffee
18 Criterion Street, Hobart
 dotdotdot Ginger Brown
464 Macquarie Street, South Hobart
 dotdotdot The Lotus Eaters Café
10 Mary Street, Cygnet
 dotdotdot Machine Laundry Café
12 Salamanca Square, Hobart
 dotdotdot The Picnic Basket
176 Channel Highway, Taroona
dotdotdot Renaissance Café
52 Main Road, Penguin
 dotdotdot Richmond Bakery
50 Bridge Street, Richmond

 

Victoria

dotdotdot 15 Pounds
21-23 Railway Place, Fairfield
 dotdotdot 56 Threads
56 Derby Street, Kensignton
 dotdotdot À Bloc Bicycle Shop
116 Commercial Road, Prahran
 dotdotdot Alfio’s Café
86 Station Street, Fairfield
 dotdotdot Allpress Espresso
80 Rupert Street, Collingwood
 dotdotdot Alpine Gate
Great Alpine Road, Myrtleford
dotdotdot Anchorage Coffee Shed
34 The strand, Williamstown
 dotdotdot Art of Cycling
177 Stephen Street, Yarraville
 dotdotdot Black Panther Café
Shop 6, Stoney Creek Stores, Halls Gap
 dotdotdot Blue Chair
611 Nepean highway, Carrum
 dotdotdot The Boathouse
7 The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds
 dotdotdot Boneshaker Espresso
90-92 Inkerman Street
 dotdotdot Bright Velo
2 Irland Street, Bright
 dotdotdot Brother Fox
648 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
 dotdotdot Brown Cow
382 Hampton Street, Hampton
 dotdotdot Brunetti
214 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
dotdotdot Café Matto
136 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg
 dotdotdot Café Racer
 15 marine Drive, St Kilda
 dotdotdot Cellar Door
62 Ford Street, Beechworth
 dotdotdot CERES Organic Café
Ccorner Roberts and Stewart Street, Brunswick
 dotdotdot Chiltern Bakery
27 Conness Street, Chiltern
 dotdotdot Coffee Peddlers Café
22 Charles Street, Brunswick
 dotdotdot Cog Bike Café
42 Station Road, Warburton
 dotdotdot Commonfolk Coffee
16 Progress Street, Mornington
 dotdotdot Convent Bakery
Abbotsford Convent, 1 Saint Heliers St, Abbotsford
 dotdotdot The Corner Store
Corner Blundy and Station Street, Forrest
 dotdotdot Deadman Espresso
35 Market Street, South Melbourne
 dotdotdot The Deli Platter
1/1514 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda
 dotdotdot Elwood Food and Wine Bar
201 Ormond Road, Elwood
 dotdotdot Emerald Village Bakery and Café
Shop 8/10 Kilvington Drive, Emerald
dotdotdot The Farm Café
18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne
 dotdotdot Figs Café
787 Nicholson Street, Carlton North
 dotdotdot Fine Grind Café
34 Union Street, Brunswick
 dotdotdot Foxy Brown
31 South Cresent, Northcote
 dotdotdot Friars Café
127 Fryers Street, Shepparton
 dotdotdot Friends of Ours
1018 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon
 dotdotdot  Fuel
2 Gore Place, Geelong
 dotdotdot Grand Boulevarde General Store Café Deli
27 Princess Court, Craigieburn
 dotdotdot The Great Provider
42A Marine Parade, St Kilda
 dotdotdot The Green Olive Café
11 Bath Lane, Bendigo
 dotdotdot Guage Espresso
3 Katandra Road, Ormond
 dotdotdot Hahndorf’s Fine Chocolates
107 Bulleen Road, North Balwyn
 dotdotdot Hey Jude
4/100 Keilor Road ,Essendon
 dotdotdot Howler
7 – 11 Dawson Street, Brunswick
 dotdotdot The Joy Bus
23 High Street Barnawartha
 dotdotdot Kanteen
150 Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra
 dotdotdot Larder Fromagerie and Provisions
14a Camp Street, Beechworth
 dotdotdot Little Chloe Café
Ground Floor, 1810 Malvern Road, Malvern East
 dotdotdot The Little Mule
19 Somerset Place, Melbourne
 dotdotdot The Loaf and Lounge
223 Manifold Street, Camprdown
 dotdotdot Lux Foundry
21 Hope Street, Brunswick
 dotdotdot Mad Cowes Café and food Store
Shop 3/17 Esplanade, Cowes
 dotdotdot Madeline’s at Jells
Jells Park, Waverly Road, Wheelers Hill
 dotdotdot Maling Room
206 Canterbury Road, canterbury
 dotdotdot Market Lane Coffee
Shop 13, Prahran Market, South Yarra
 dotdotdot Mart 130
107A canterbury Road, Middle Park
 dotdotdot Melissa Cakes
34 Pier Street, Altona
 dotdotdot Middle Brighton Baths
251 Esplanade, Brighton
 dotdotdot Mocha Mecca
133 Eighth Street, Mildura
 dotdotdot Monkey Can Fly
519 Highett Road, Highett
 dotdotdot Odo
1a Bluff Road, Black Rock
 dotdotdot O’Hea’s Bakery and Deli
203 O’Hea Street, Coburg
 dotdotdot The Old Bakery and Wild Plum Café
97 Martin Street, Dunkeld
 dotdotdot Olinda Café and Produce Store
17 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda
 dotdotdot The Olive Pit Delicatessen
73 The Terrace, Ocean Grove
 dotdotdot Omara Cycles Café
304 Beach Road, Black Rock
 dotdotdot Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird
124 Gardenvale Road, Gardenvale
 dotdotdot Oz Bikes
The Esplanade, Cowes
 dotdotdot Parker Pies
Main Street, Rutherglen
 dotdotdot Piccolo Meccanico
57 Chute Street, Diamond Creek
 dotdotdot The Pickled Sisters Café
Cofield Wines, Distillery Road, Wahgunyah
 dotdotdot The Pint of Milk
19 North Road, Newport
 dotdotdot Poppyseeds
59 Wells Street, Frankston
 dotdotdot Port Melbourne Bakehouse
210 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
 dotdotdot The Produce Store
86 High Street, Mansfield
 dotdotdot Rail Trail Café
2 Service Street, Porepunkah
 dotdotdot Red Bean Coffee
121 Plenty Road, Preston
 dotdotdot Richmond Rush Café
4 Stewart Street, Richmond
dotdotdot Ricketts Point Beachside Café
Ricketts Point, Beach Road, Beaumaris
 dotdotdot Rubber Duck Café
139 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill
 dotdotdot Seven Seeds
114 Berkely Street, Carlton
 dotdotdot Smiths Gully General Store and Café
914 Main Road, Smiths Gully
 dotdotdot Sofia’s
Pier Promenade, Frankston Waterfront, Frankston
 dotdotdot Soul Kitchen Café
The Arts centre, St Kilda Road, Southbank
 dotdotdot Spilt Milk
288 Neerim Road, Carnegie
 dotdotdot St Ali North
815 Nicholson Street, Carlton
 dotdotdot St Ali South
12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne
 dotdotdot State Coal Mine Café
Garden street, Wonthaggi
 dotdotdot Svaks
1325 Mountain Highway, The Basin
 dotdotdot Switchboard
11 and 12 Manchester Unity Arcade, 220 Collins Street, Melbourne
 dotdotdot Tour de Café
Pier Road, Mordialloc
 dotdotdot Trailmix
Lysterfield Park, Horswood Road Entrance, Narre Warren North
 dotdotdot Vada
465 Nepean Highway, Frankston
 dotdotdot Vanilla Pod
170 Canterbury Road, Heathmont
 dotdotdot Wa-De-Loch Cellar Door
76 Tyres Street, Stratford
dotdotdot Whyte Café
1122 Glen Huntley Road, Glen Huntley
 dotdotdot Xpose Café
769 Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield South
 dotdotdot Yarra Edge Nursery Café
NMIT Fairfield Campus, Yarra Bend Road

 

Western Australia

dotdotdot Bada Bing
84 Rosewood Avenue, Woodlands
 dotdotdot Canning River Café
Corner Of Kent Sreet and Queens Park Road
 dotdotdot Cranked
Shop 5/106 Oxford Street, Leederville
 dotdotdot Crossing Bakery
17 brockman Street, Pemberton
 dotdotdot Dome, Bussleton
30 Kent Street, Bussleton
 dotdotdot Dome, Westralia Plaza
167 St Georges Terrace, Perth
 dotdotdot La Tropicana Café
177 High Street, Freemantle
 dotdotdot Tasty Express
310 South terrace, South Freemantle

 

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Ride On digest

2 April, 2014

The week’s top bike news from around the world, brought to you every Wednesday.

Local news

bikeparkingEmployees demand more secure bike parking

Given the steady rise in bike commuter numbers in recent years, the Victorian State Government is considering increasing the minimum bike parking requirements for commercial buildings. Currently retail and office buildings must provide one employee bike parking space for every 300 square metres. These guidelines date back to 2006 and don’t adequately cater for the growing number of riders.

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Queensland trials new road law

Following recommendations made in the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into cycling, the state will be trialling  a minimum passing distance law. From Monday, 7 April, motorists will be required to give riders a  1m berth when passing in 60km/h or less zones and 1.5m if travelling at speeds greater than 60km/h.

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Teens in traffic

Teens aged 12 and over can legally ride on footpaths in some states but not others. Bicycle Network is asking for the age to be raised to 16 Australia-wide.

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International news

medicalofficerChief Medical Officer prescribes bikes

UK’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies has released a report encouraging Brits to get on their bikes and get moving towards better health. The recommendation has been met with great support from the bike community with British Cycling campaigns manager Martin Key stating: “Today’s report by the chief medical officer highlights the vital need for cycling to be prioritised as a form of transport. From our research we know that almost two thirds of people would travel more by bike if cycling was accommodated in road design.”

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Canadian bike share revamped

Six month’s ago Toronto City Council took over the city’s failing bike share scheme and entrusted it to Alta Bicycle Share, which also runs the New York scheme. Now its ready to roll out a new approach to get more people riding.

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Women’s cycling shifts up gear

Whether you’re a roadie, commuter or doing the school run, this feature from The Independent says that it’s an exciting time to be a female rider in the UK, though the battle isn’t over yet.

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Health

eyeExercise may save your sight

A recent study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has found a potential link between regular exercise and retaining good eyesight. More research is needed, but initial findings indicate that those who exercise at least three times a week are 58% less likely to become vision impaired as they age compared to those who exercise less than three times a week.

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Video

Wheels of change

Watch this fun, 60-history lesson on the evolution of the bicycle.

 

Upcoming events

dotdotdot 5 April Melbourne, VIC The World Famous Melburn Swap Meet
dotdotdot 6 April Dubbo, NSW Tour of the West 
dotdotdot 6 April Woodside, SA BikeSA Grand Slam Challenge Series #2
dotdotdot 6 April Melbourne, VIC Melbourne Autumn Day (MAD) Ride
dotdotdot 6 April Perth, WA Dams Challenge

 

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