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WHAT WE CARRY IS WHO WE ARE

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

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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

One-Gear Wonder

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

5 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
November/December 2020

Build A Better Home Workshop

With bike ridership soaring, and shops backed up with repairs, now’s a great time to set up or improve your home workshop. Here’s some practical advice from Shannon Leigh, who teaches bike maintenance through her company, Radiant Wrench, and also breaks down common repairs regularly on Bicycling US’s YouTube channel.

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Bicycling South Africa
November/December 2020

I'm A Fat Cyclist – And I Don't Need To ‘Fix' My Body

My weight doesn’t need to change. But the bike world’s attitude towards me does.

3 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2020

What Happens When Two Strangers Trust The Rides Of Their Lives To The Magic Of The Universe?

Once upon a road in Kazakhstan, two men converge in the desert. Strangers born an ocean apart, riding bicycles burdened like camels, they emerge from either horizon, slowly approaching a common point. Day by day, hour after hour, they make their way through the land as flat and featureless as a page without words. Thousands of kilometers spool out behind them. Thousands more lie ahead.

10+ mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2020

14 Fun Tour De France Facts You Can Use To Impress Your Friends

How do riders pee on the bike? Why is there no women's tour? Why is the leader’s jersey yellow? We’ve got the answers.

6 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2020

Red Devil

Alan Hatherly’s 2021 Specialized S-Works Epic

3 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2020

The Way Home

Home was not a place I wanted to be. My dad had an unpredictable rage that often exploded at my older brother. Anytime he got hit, I felt it too. I was terrified, never knowing when the grenade might blow. I escaped by exploring the woods and creating imaginary worlds down by a slow-flowing stream. Inside, I felt treated differently as the only girl, made to clear supper dishes while my brothers played video games. Outside, I could be anything. Nature is a level playing field.

3 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2020

The Selection

The last time I got better on a bike was when I decided I would never get any better at riding anymore, that my best days as a cyclist were behind me.

3 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2020

Aerodynamics Benefits Are Real– They're Just Not Always Realistic

Before you whip out your credit card to buy the latest aero wheels in an attempt to take the lead on a local Strava segment, consider this: those aero-savings numbers that accompany the bikes and equipment you buy are determined for elite racers, not for you and me.

4 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
September/October 2020

How Far Can An E-Bike Go?

You’ve bought your shiny new bike, and now you want to plan some big rides. But how far can you go, really? Is the manufacturer ’s range estimate accurate? Jon Minster borrowed a Cannondale Synapse NEO and did a totally unscientific test to see how far he would get on a single charge. Who would give up first – man or bike?

8 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
May/June 2020

The Ultimate Hour

Did you know that a humble south african is one of the world’s best hour record riders? Meet gert fouche...

5 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
May/June 2020

The Best Place To Ride In Winter

Make sure you get to one of the hottest riding destinations this winter – a place where you never have to gear up for bad weather, the scenery is beautiful, the group rides are friendly, the racing is crash-free; and maybe best of all, there’s no traffic. Or stoplights.

5 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
May/June 2020

Winning Isn't Everything – Progress Is

Even before I signed up, I knew I wouldn’t win this year’s Zwift Academy competition.

4 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
May/June 2020

YOUR BIKE RACK MIGHT BE DAMAGING YOUR CARBON WHEELS

YOUR BIKE RACK MIGHT BE DAMAGING YOUR CARBON WHEELS

2 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2020

THE FIRST BIKE I REALLY LOVED

WE DRIFTED EFFORTLESSLY, LEAVING JUST CARBON-COMPOUND FOOTPRINTS. THIS WOULD ALWAYS BE THE PLACE WE FIRST BROKE UP, THE PLACE WE FIRST MADE UP. OUR PLACE. THEY SAY LOVE HURTS; BUT THIS WAS NEXT-LEVEL.

4 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2020

THE DAY YOU SELL YOUR BIKE IS THE DAY YOU SEE ITS SOUL

The boy’s name was Cole. He was 14 and trying to play it cool in front of his dad, but I could tell he’d already decided he was buying my bike.

2 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2020

R13 790: TITAN DRONE COMP

FINALLY, A LOW-COST MOUNTAIN BIKE THAT FLIES

2 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2020

INDOOR TRAINING OPTIONS TO HELP YOU CRUSH EVERY CYCLING GOAL

DAVE AMBROSE, A 34-YEAR-OLD venture capitalist, had a problem most of us can relate to: work got busy, and his time to ride outside evaporated, resulting in low-energy and weight gain.

4 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2020

FIRST BIKE: R2 799

GET THEM STARTED PROPERLY

2 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2020

FESTIVE, NOT FAT!

You know the deal: when it comes to the holiday season, it’s cheat day… every day!

3 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
January/February 2020

The Undeniable, Amazing, Performance Boosting Benefits Of HIIT

Interval training, especially high- intensity interval training (HIIT), has been an annual ‘hot training trend’ for 15 years now, and shows no sign of falling out of favour.

4 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
November/December 2019

Ash: Eager, Determined, Fierce, Open, Talented

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, South Africa’s most successful woman cyclist, has had an up-and-down year in 2019; but she’s learning to conquer her own demons against the best in the world ahead of an Olympic year.

10+ mins read
Bicycling South Africa
November/December 2019

Desirable Difficulties + Simple Pleasures

The Freedom Challenge Race to Rhodes, or RTR, is the pared-down version of the epic 2300km Race Across South Africa. But with 475km to cover in six days, it’s an event that will change the way you see your world.

9 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
November/December 2019

The Badass Lost History Of Bike Packing

The Rough-Stuff Fellowship was the world’s first cycling club to revel in the unpaved and push the limits of where bikes could venture.

3 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
November/December 2019

Gravel Racing Had Other Ideas

PRO ROADIES WERE SUPPOSED TO RUIN GRAVEL RACING.

8 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
November/December 2019

How To Prevent And Recover From Knee Pain

We’ve all been there: you head out for a long ride stacked with elevation.

3 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
November/December 2019

The Science Doesn't Lie

What is middle age without a traditional midlife crisis? Thankfully, a professional sports coach is just waiting to batter you into shape. If nothing else, the training will leave you in better physical and emotional shape to deal with your grey hairs.

6 mins read
Bicycling South Africa
March 2018

Tokai

Two years ago the Tokai MTB trail network was gutted by a devastating fire. After a refurbishing process by a committed team of builders and volunteers, it’s finally been reopened to the public.

1 min read
Bicycling South Africa
March 2018

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