Bike Grooming

3 min read

Maintaining your bike to ensure it runs sweetly.

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First Aid for Your Bike

3 min read

The back of beyond is a long way from workshop tools and spare parts. So when big crap happens, you'll need to make like de Bono and dredge up some lateral thinking to limp home.

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Maintenance

4 min read

It's a bummer but your mountain bike needs care, love and attention (just like the family cat).

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Emergency Repairs

4 min read

Tricks to avoid walking home when crap happens.

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Tools of the Trade

1 min read

You need to carry enough tools and bits so you can hobble home on your wounded bike but not be laden down like a US Marine.

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NZ New, One Careful Owner

3 min read

Buying a second-hand mountain bike should save you a wad of cash over a new one- but just like when scouting for a used car you'll want to keep your wits about you so you don't end up with an expensive lemon.

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Flying High

3 min read

Holidaying with your bike can present challenges to even the seasoned traveller, but as always there are tricks to avoid too much grief when heading to places far-away.

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Knight Rider

3 min read

'Root infested hell track' or 'technical bliss'... individual perceptions affect the way we each view different terrain. When you discover a new track that looks way scary but obviously has been ridden by others, then one day you too should be able to ride it with confidence.

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Single Speed all the way

3 min read

Over the past few years the American magazines have been peppered with articles by knarly old buggers romancing the single-speed mountain bike. I was finally seduced last winter and opted to join the fray. My favourite tracks had lost a little of their thrill of late and I was keen to spice them up.

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A Women's World

4 min read

Mountain biking is a blast - enjoyable at a whole range of different levels of intensity and difficulty. Regretfully, bicycles are mostly designed and spec'd for testosterone-laden lads - generally bigger, heavier and more gung-ho than those on the other side of the gender divide. However, most brands sport models with women's specific geometry and components... and a paint job to make you feel special! It's also possible to tweak a standard bike to suit women equally well.

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