Steve Thomas Fri 21 November 2014, 02:00PM

Bamboozled by the bamboo bike

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A few years ago I was out for a ride in a remote region of Northern Thailand when I had a flat tyre. As I fumbled with the mini pump an American guy, Phil Webb, rode up on, to my surprise, a bamboo bike.

As it turned out he was then living nearby and had set up a co-operative style business to help local hill tribe people make a living by producing bamboo bikes.

A couple of days later I found myself in their workshop, finding out exactly how bamboo bikes were made, which was surprisingly ingenious yet simple. Given the profusion of “free” raw materials (bamboo) and their location in impoverished regions I couldn’t help but wonder just why they had not become mainstream yet.

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Steve Thomas Wed 19 November 2014, 02:00PM

Fall of the Wall brings Eastern promise

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Twenty-five years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, is the sun rising again in the east?

After three brutally close weeks of racing, a visibly shocked but overjoyed Greg Lemond clinched victory in the 1989 Tour de France at the 11th hour.

To be more precise, it was in the final minute of the race that it became apparent the American had whooped race leader Laurent Fignon in the final time trial to take victory by a scant eight seconds, the closest margin of victory in the greatest race on Earth's history.

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Al Hinds Fri 14 November 2014, 12:30PM

The answer to all our problems

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You know all those issues we cyclists had with safety. Like being run off roads. Like being treated like second-class citizens. Well, I can say now that fear no more comrades, divine intervention has given us deliverance.

I present to you, the Smart Hat.

From Sydney designer, Toby King, this aesthetically pleasing wonder helmet, provides a full suite of safety features including:

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Philip Gomes Fri 14 November 2014, 11:00AM

The science is in on baggies vs Lycra

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When I decided to get back into riding off-road late last year I was presented with a choice, baggies or Lycra?

I already had several drawers full of roadie Lycra so I thought: "What the heck, gimmie the baggies, all the cool kids are wearing them." I can be just like them.

I'd also seen Cannondale professional cross-country world cup riders Manny Fumic and Marco Fontana wearing them in races and thought that if they wear them then it had to be OK.

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Anthony Tan Tue 11 November 2014, 04:00PM

Velo Files: What Women Want

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That one of the most read articles concerning minimum wages in cycling failed to canvass the direst situation of all only augments the parlous reality that is women's pro cycling, writes Anthony Tan.

One of the most tweeted-about cycling yarns last week came from CyclingTips, 'How UCI minimum wage regulations are being broken'.

The story, researched and written by Irish-based journalist Shane Stokes, cited two methods by which wage regulations were being undermined: the first by riders being paid a salary, but having to pay for a portion of their travel and accommodation expenses; the second, by riders bringing one of their personal sponsors to the team, then subsequently being paid in part or whole from the money brought by that sponsor.

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