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Recent Posts by Steve Ardern

How Do I Train For The Port to Port?

How Do You Train For 4 Days Of MTB Racing? Action Plans & Analysis We've had a few people ask us, just this week alone, how they should get serious about training for the upcoming Port to Port, 4 day, 4 stage race in May 2019. Wow... how long is that piece of string? So…
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Setting MTB Goals

Setting MTB Goals It's all too hard How often do you find yourself saying things like “I wish I was lighter”, “I wish I was faster”, “I wish I could climb stronger”, “I wish I was fit enough to enjoy a big race” etc etc. Most of us find ourselves not saying these types of…
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MTB EBikes

MTB EBikes - Devil’s Spawn or a Gift from the Gods? The Only Constant is Change Every now and then, a significant change comes along to the MTB scene to rock our world one way or the other. And every time it happens, riders are divided, vocal and opinionated about it. No so long ago…
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Brake Check

Brake Check Checking your brakes is a good habit If you've been riding for years you probably do check your brakes regularly, or maybe you don't. You've probably been out on a ride at some stage when suddenly things got awfully noisy when you applied your brakes, only to find you'd worn them completely out.…
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LBS vs Online

LBS vs Online Shopping with a Local Bike Shop or on the Net There's no denying that money can be saved by purchasing many bike items on the internet. These days, there are very few riders who don't buy at least some items they need online rather than going down to a local bike shop.…
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Dropper Posts

Dropper Posts And What's So Good About Them. For around 18 years I rode my mountain bikes without dropper posts... because they didn't exist. At least not how we know them today anyhow. For the next couple of years, I resisted using dropper posts because I didn't want the weight disadvantage and besides, I'd gotten…
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Snakes On The Trail

Snakes On The Trail Dealing with interactions As Spring gets a serious hold around the country, and we see more and more warm days leading into Summer, the sightings of snakes become more common as mating season gets cracking. At the time of writing, in the past week (late September), we have seen and/or been…
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Riser vs Flat Bars

Riser Vs Flat Bars We've been asked by some riders with bikes with flat handlebars if they should change to riser bars. The large majority of handlebars on mountain bikes are either 'riser' or 'flat'. On downhill and most longer travel bikes (140 mm or more of rear travel) riser bars are prevalent. However, on…
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Saddle Soreness – Avoiding It Down Under

Saddle Soreness - Avoiding It Down Under The human anatomy is rather varied. It’s probably true that, to a kangaroo, we all look the same. However, where skin and bone meet the bike seat, that just isn’t true. Whether you possess “chick bits” or the old “sausage and eggs”… chances are, you differ even from…
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Choosing Your Next MTB Tyres

Choosing Your Next MTB Tyres What mtb tyres should I use? This is a question that is not only common for beginners, but many of us ask ourselves this question most of our riding lives. Often, we just guess and try lots of different tyres trying to find that perfect tyre or tyre combination. Does…
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