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hen annual bike sales start
outstripping car sales, as
headlines have declared
in recent years, you know
there’s something afoot.
But the new trend in cycling goes far
beyond a health kick. It’s the culture of cycling
that appeals to the new cyclist. While a large
percentag e of cyclists will pick up a bike in the
interests of getting fit or losing a few kilos, it’s
the allure of being part of the cycling scene
that’s often a stronger force.
What’s happening in the European pro season?
What’s the must-have gear? Best way to remove
hair from your legs? Cycling cap or bandana?
Which cafe is the best in Perth? These are the
kinds of questions that always warrant lengthy
post-ride debates. Having said that, discussions
around which is the best heart-rate monitor are
not uncommon either. It’s all about identifying
with the nuances of the cycling scene, rather
than cycling as a means to an end.
Cycling in Australia has experienced huge
growth over the past few years, especially among
more mature riders. PlayStations and Xboxes
still make tough competition for the would-be
teen cyclist, but the push for healthy living and
Australia’s growing presence in professional
cycling competitions is bringing people back to the
sport later in life. Many are well-off professional
workers attracted to the health and lifestyle
benefits as well as the social camaraderie.
Despite the often exclusive price tags, I have
always felt that the most fulfilling and addictive
aspect of cycling – and what separates cycling
from most sports – is its inclusiveness. Anyone can
ride a bike and, if they choose, ride up the same
mountain as their heroes in the Tour de France,
on the same bike, wearing the same clothes. That
profound sense of belonging to the same culture
is, as they say, priceless. S
Cycling guru and custom-bike
builder Chris Jones, of Cycles
Bespoke, ponders the upward
trend in cycling
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