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A Tale of Two Rhinos

The inaugural edition of the Rhino run saw a packed field of lunatic bike riders covering 2 700km across South Africa and Namibia - Some faster than should be possible, others getting full value.

10 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

23 bike buyer's guide

The best bikes for every rider - Available right now.

10+ mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

PREVENT FLATS AND IMPROVE YOUR RIDE

Over the past decade, 29-inch wheels, bicycle-geometry evolution and improved suspension performance have increased the speed at which we ride our mountain bikes.

6 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

What If We're All Training Too Hard?

Most riders can get faster, ride further, and crush all-day events with this minimalist training programme.

9 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

HITTING THE PERFECT TYRE PRESSURE FOR EVERY RIDE

RIDE FASTER, FLAT LESS, CORNER HARDER, AND LOVE EACH RIDE JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE, PRO CYCLIST ALISON TETRICK HAS A MANTRA: LOWER TYRE PRESSURE, LOWER LIFE PRESSURE.

9 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

POP A WHEELIE

Wheelies aren’t just a super-cool trick. They actually offer some practical skills you can use every day on the bike.

1 min read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

TAKE THE GUESSWORK OUT OF CLEAT SET-UP

For many riders who use clipless pedals, cleat set-up can be a combination of guesswork, trial and-error, and riding experience.

2 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

SEE IF FODMAPS AFFECT YOU

If you’ve struggled with diarrhoea, gas or bloating during workouts, a low-FODMAP diet might help you suss out what’s causing it

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Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

TRAIN WITH VO2 MAX

VO2 max stands for a measurement of the maximum (max) volume (V) of oxygen (O2) your body can take in and use during intense aerobic exercise.

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Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

CONQUER TOUGH WORKOUTS

Training sessions that push you past your limits prepare your body to handle pain and discomfort when you need to drop the hammer and pull away from the peloton, bridge the gap to a lead group, or cement a podium spot.

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Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

HAVE AN ACTUAL ENDURANCE PLAN

For my first-ever monster ride, I decided to ride an A-to-B route with rolling hills and ocean-front views, ending at the beach with a toe-dip in the ocean. Sounds nice, right? It should have been; but I made a few rookie mistakes.

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Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

DON'T FORCE A RIDE - JUST STAY INSIDE

My relationship with riding is different now that I don’t race. When riding was a goal-oriented, athletic pursuit, I’d push myself to go out on rides even when I knew I shouldn’t have.

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Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

CHILLING FOR THE WIN

WORRIED ABOUT LOSING FITNESS OVER THE HOLIDAYS? RELAX - TAKING IT EASY DOESN'T MEAN TRASHING YOUR HARD-EARNED GAINS.

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Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

ULTRAADVENTURE VIRGIN

LIVING THE BRAND TO THE LIMIT, Ciovita marketing guru Charl-Neethling is no stranger to the Cape Town cycl ing mil ieu – popping up at everything from urban cruises to gravel grinders, on a selection of bikes that sometimes seems endless.

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Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

The Ultimate African Adventurer

OUR COFFEE DATE this issue is with a world-renowned explorer, whose list of adventures includes circumnavigating the entire continent of Africa by bicycle: in two years and two months, covering over 38 000km and passing through 34 countries, including some of the most dangerous on the planet. He was captured by rebel soldiers in Liberia, and held captive by Al Qaeda in Algeria.

2 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

GUILTY GEARS

A NEW BIKE OWNER SHARES HIS TALE OF SHAME.

2 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

RAD RIDES

THE RECYCLES KEEPING ACTIVE ON DURBAN'S BEACHFRONT.

2 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2023

THE PEDAL STRONGER PLAN

These two exercise modules train strength and mobility to produce more power and utilise your muscles' full range of motion. Incorporate the moves in each module a few times a week on alternating days (more often during the off-season when you're not riding as much, less frequently when you're riding a lot). If a weight is indicated, choose one that lets you complete 8 to 10 reps.

4 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2022

THIS SCIENTIST CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT CYCLING MANY OF US CYCLE

TO CLEAR OUR HEADS; STEVEN PINKER RIDES TO THINK.

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Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2022

FILLING THE TANK

WE KNOW: RECOVERY IS ALL-IMPORTANT. BUT YOUR ON-RIDE NUTRITION CAN DETERMINE HOW WELL IT WORKS...

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Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2022

STAFF MEETING

IN WHICH WE CONVENE BICYCLING'S FINEST TO SOLVE YOUR MOST PRESSING QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, AND EXISTENTIAL QUANDARIES

3 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2022

HOW TO DO IT TIPS AND TRICKS FOR EVERY PART OF YOUR RIDE LIFE

CHOOSE THE BEST GRAVEL ADVENTURE FOR YOU

2 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2022

USE YOUR BRAKES THE RIGHT WAY

► There's a massive difference between skidding down an alleyway at 15km/h on a cruiser with a coaster brake, and pumping your rim or disc brakes in the rain on a mountain descent at 35km/h. Unless you were part of a youth development programme or raced as a young adult, chances are nobody has ever formally shown you the most essential of skills: how to brake correctly on a bike.

5 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2022

YOU BOOZE, YOU LOSE

NOTHING WRONG WITH A DOP AFTER A RIDE. BUT WHEN IS IT TOO MUCH?

7 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2022

EAT TO RECOVER

FROM SANDWICHES TO FRUIT SMOOTHIES, GETTING THE PROPER NUTRIENTS WILL BENEFIT YOUR RECOVERY AND EVEN SUBSEQUENT RIDES.

4 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2022

STOP PICKING ON ALUMINIUM!

In frame material lore, steel is romantic, titanium is magic, and carbon fibre is a super-material. Aluminium, meanwhile, is... what? While aluminium is widely used - from sub-R1000 balance bikes to R10ok e-bikes - it's often cast in a negative light: it's cheap, it's harsh, it's brittle, or it's not durable. And that's not fair, because aluminium is a miracle material that deserves some respect.

5 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2022

MAKING SENSE OFTHE RESULTS

► REAL-WORLD TESTING can produce some messy data, but it beats making assumptions. Plus, we had Josh Portner at our disposal as an expert resource. Josh is a true tyre nerd and the former technical director at Zipp. He currently owns the premium accessory brand Silca and runs a company called Aeromind,

3 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2022

WHAT WE CARRY IS WHO WE ARE

A PHOTOGRAPHER DOCUMENTS LONG-DISTANCE BIKE RIDERS-AND ALL THE MEANING THINGS THEY TRAVEL

8 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
November/December 2020

One-Gear Wonder

David Knee’s stripped-down single speed Niner SIR9.

5 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
November/December 2020

The Year That Wasn't But We Made It Happen Anyway

How did that happen? Will our grandchildren believe us? Filter out the almost overwhelming doom and gloom from the most miserable year in recent memory, and there’s actually quite a lot to be cheerful about – if you ride a bike.

9 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
November/December 2020

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