Orbea Rise H30 Electric Mountain Bike

RISE BEYOND

A machine designed to expand your trail experience and bring you closer to the moment. Rise brings you nearer the sensation that less “e” delivers more “bike”. Whether you crave riding greater distances, reaching more epic locations, improving efficiency or increasing the frequency of your adventures, Rise beyond expectations and discover the new standard in MTB.

INTENDED FOR BIG RIDES

The RS concept provides a great day on the trails because the lighter bike, lower power consumption and of course, the pedal-friendly weight and assistance extends battery life by a factor of over 1.5x.

 

SLEEK AND EXPANDABLE

In a traditional ebike, displays, sensors, extra wires and large glowing buttons are standard and unavoidable. For us, the option of a traditional, uncluttered machine is a critical aspect of the RS philosophy.

 

LIGHTEST IN CLASS

The RS Motor, Battery and Electronics are lighter than other eBike systems by over half.

 

May 04, 2022 — Thomas Mercier
Norco FLUID VLT A1

The Norco FLUID VLT A1

The Fluid VLT brings you more of the trails you love in the time you have.

With 140mm of suspension travel up front and 130mm out back, it’s the best way to fit in an extra trail lap before sundown or finally discovering what’s over the next hill.

 

Lightweight and durable hydroformed aluminum with style.

The Fluid VLT features a custom-formed aluminum frame with internal routing, generous standover clearance, and long-travel dropper posts.

 

 

Best-in-Class Shimano STEPS Drive System.

The Fluid VLT dials-up your ride with the lightweight, whisper-quiet Shimano EP8 drive system’s customizable torque and efficiency.

 

Align with your ride experience like never before.

The Fluid VLT is designed with Norco’s exclusive Ride Aligned™ Design System to create rider-first geometry and precision suspension kinematics. Custom fit and tuning with the Ride Aligned™ Setup Guide provides unparalleled, personalized performance from day one.

 

Removes and installs in seconds with one tool.

Batteries are encased inside the downtube for protection and are easily removed for charging on and off the bike or for easy swaps.

May 04, 2022 — Thomas Mercier

Best Way To Teach Your Kids How To Ride

Teaching your kids to ride a bike is giving them a skill they will carry with them throughout their lives – and they’ll thank you for it. To ensure a safe and exciting experience for your child, you will need the right age-appropriate size of bike (and don’t forget the safety helmet and knee guards should you require them), encouraging approach and armed with the relevant how-to knowledge.

 

Here’s some handy info to follow:

 

Start toddlers on a balance bike

 

Balance bikes are a great option to teach young children (aged 2 to 4) how to balance themselves properly. As these do not have pedals or training wheels, children learn essential bike riding skills like balance and control by zooming about on the ground.

 

The best technique is to let the child walk the bike, then progress to a kick-along technique before lifting both feet up to roll freely.

 

For older children

 

The key priority for older children is to ensure they fit on the bike properly. They should be able to sit on the bike with the balls of their feet comfortably on the ground. Find an ideal riding location with a slight downhill slope and where there are no obstacles to bump into. While grass surfaces provide a sort of cushion in case the child falls, flat surfaces make for easier rolling.

 

Here's a step-by-step guide of their first experience on a bike:

 

Step 1:

Remove both pedals.

 

Step 2:

Let the child get the feel of squeezing the brakes as they climb into the seat. The brakes should be released slowly and they should coast slowly down the slope. This step should be practised numerous times as necessary.

 

Step 3:

Put both pedals back on.

 

Step 4:

Motivate the child to mount the bike while squeezing the brakes. Placing one foot on a pedal, he should slowly release the brakes and find the other pedal with his other foot and cruise downhill. Step 4 should be repeated until he has perfected it.

 

Is your child at that age when they are ready for their first riding experience? Find the right kids bike for his or her age group at Bikes.com.au. We have the widest range of children’s bikes in Melbourne. Visit us today to find out for yourself!

March 15, 2022 — Thomas Mercier

8 Must-Have Mountain Bike Accessories

So you’ve decided to take up mountain biking. You’ve got the bike – tick. You’ve found the perfect trail – Tick. And you’re off. Wait, not so fast. There are a few more essential pieces of gear you need to tick off your checklist.

 

Mountain biking gets the adrenaline pumping and takes you off the beaten track. But there are precautions you need to take in order to make your ride as smooth as possible – unlike the bike tracks you’re on. You need to make sure you’re wearing a kit that will protect you and that you are carrying tools to keep your bike running. 

 

These are the 8 essential mountain bike accessories you should never leave home without:

 

1.    Helmet

Use your head and keep it safe by buying the best helmet you can afford. Look out for ones with MIPS. That’s Multi-directional Impact Protection System. Choose a helmet that fits snugly. If it’s too loose, it won’t protect your head correctly, and if it’s too tight, you’re going to get a headache. Ventilation is also essential to control sweating.

 

2.    Protective glasses

There is nothing worse than getting a face full of leaves, so get yourself a pair of protective glasses. These can double as sunglasses allowing you to ride in all kinds of lighting conditions.

 

3.    Gloves

Gloves not only protect your hands from the ground if you fall, but also prevent blisters and sores from handlebars.

 

4.    Riding shorts

It may be tempting to wear any old pair of shorts for a ride, but specifically-designed bike shorts go a long way in protecting your thighs from chaffing and keeping your backside comfortable.

 

5.    A hydration system

Water is essential when mountain biking to keep you refreshed and hydrated. Most bikes have a fitting to hold a bottle, but you’ll probably need more water than that if you’re pushing yourself hard or riding for a long time. A hydration pack will hold enough water to keep you going for longer and doubles as storage for other essential items.

 

6.    Tyre repair kit

You need a hand-held pump and ideally two spare tubes if you’re heading out on a long or particularly rough ride.

 

7.    A multi-tool

Get one with a range of Allen keys, star and flat screwdrivers. That will give you what you need to fix most mechanical problems. If you can afford it, splurge on a multi-tool with a chain-breaker to cover all the bases.

 

8.    First aid kit

You may have limited space, but a first aid kit can be a life-saver, literally!. Make sure your kit has the basics: gauze, wipes, bandages and plasters. Other items you could include are iodine, hand sanitiser and a phone charge pack for emergencies. 

 

If you’re planning a one off ride or mountain bike regularly, talk to the experts at Bikes.com.au, who will help you with all your bicycle needs. 

March 15, 2022 — Thomas Mercier

5 Of The Best Bike Trails In Melbourne

We all know that Melbourne is famous for being the home of some of the country’s best sporting venues, such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Rod Laver Arena and Flemington Racecourse, amongst others.

 

But you might not know that it also has more than its fair share of excellent bike trails.

 

We put our heads together and came up with a list of the top five bike trails in Melbourne that will definitely end up on your to-do list. 

 

Explore The City

1. Capital City Trail

See Melbourne’s sites and landmarks as you’ve never seen them before on this 30km trail. The loop, which uses peaceful car-free paths, is a circuit trail, so there’s no start or finish point. You begin where you want to, and you can do shorter sections if you’re low on time or energy. The Capital City Trail will take you past the trendy Docklands, the Royal Botanic Gardens – a lush urban sanctuary, the historical Como House and Dights Falls – an ideal spot for a pitstop. You’ll also pass the famous Melbourne Zoo. 

 

Tour The Coastline

2. St Kilda Beach to Half Moon Bay

If you’re looking for a beach ride, this is the perfect trail and won’t take too long to complete as it’s only 13km. You’ll follow the bike path that runs by the beach, making your way from St Kilda Beach down to Half Moon Bay, passing through Brighton and Sandringham. This is an ideal trail for a lazy Sunday afternoon because it’s flat from beginning to end and so easy to navigate. Expect panoramic views of the coast on one side and a glimpse into Bayside suburbia on the other.

 

Around the Bay

3. Port Phillip Bay Trail

This trail is not for a Sunday afternoon, and nor is it for the hobby cyclist. If you want a real workout, take the 210km trail route around Port Phillip Bay. It begins and ends at Alexandra Gardens, but you have a choice of two directions to choose from: you can head west towards Queenscliff or south-east towards Sorrento. To complete the trail, you’ll need to use the ferry to get from Queenscliff to Sorrento or vice versa, which will give you a welcome chance to rest. 

 

Head Inland

4. Lilydale to Warburton Trail

How about an inland trail following old railway tracks, from which you’ll see wineries, fields, forests and look across the Yarra Valley? This 38km trail can be done in a day, but you might want to spend a night in one of the small towns you pass through and make a weekend of it. It’s not too tough, so you can take it slow or turn it into a challenge.

 

Diverse Scenery

5. Bass Coast Rail Trail

Another trail that follows a disused railway line, the Bass Coast Rail trail will take you from Anderson to Wonthaggi. It starts at the coast and heads inland, so you’ll see a diverse range of landscapes, from coastal bush to farmland. This 16km trail is a pretty easy ride, so it’s suitable for all fitness levels.

 

These are just five of Melbourne’s best bike trails, but there are many others that are well worth exploring. Seeing the landscape – whether city, sea or bush (or a combination, of course) – is always better on a bike, so keep pedalling. Contact Bikes.com.au for all your bicycle needs.

March 15, 2022 — Thomas Mercier

5 Amazing Benefits of Group Mountain Bike Rides

Some hobbies are best when experienced alone. Creative hobbies often call for at least some measure of isolation to give your ideas time to grow and mature before being shown to the world. On the other hand, physical hobbies in the vein of biking or running are often just as enjoyable alone as they are in a group. In fact, MTB group rides offer quite a few perks that you won't be able to enjoy if you take off by yourself.
 
It's important to note that a group bike ride is no reason to skimp out on the basic essentials for a proper ride. Make sure to inspect your bike for damage or maintenance needs before setting out. However, if your ride is too old and in need for several repairs, it’s best to consider buying a new one in order to avoid having your bike breaking down in the middle of the road. According to mountainbikereviewed.com, Schwinn Protocol 1.0 is one of the best mountain bikes for downhill riding and trails. Its dual suspension provides smooth rides with great control, making it the perfect option for any outdoor challenge.
 
Moving on, you need to make sure to bring food and water if you plan to be on the trail for any lengthy period of time. Also, wear your helmet and any protective gear you have. If you plan to ride at night, make sure you have working mountain bike trail lights and reflectors to help keep the group aware of one another's location.
 
With that out of the way, here are a few upsides to taking your friends or family along on your next biking trip.
 
1. You Get to Meet Fellow Cyclists
Some hobbies make it easy to find other enthusiasts and biking can easily be one of them if you let it. Finding a group in the first place might take a bit of work on your end, but the benefits of having friends who are into the same things you are can be the difference between a beloved lifelong hobby and a passing fancy.
 
Joining a cycling club or signing up for cycling events are the quickest ways to meet other cyclists, but there's always the option of seeking others online or just showing up at your local trail.
 
2. Bike Breakdowns Are Less Dire
Even the tightest maintenance schedule can miss fine details here and there. Chances are you're going to experience a breakdown at some point in your riding life that isn't entirely your fault.
 
 
Punctures, flats, broken chains or dead trail lights can happen to anyone and dealing with any problem alone isn't the most fun way to spend an afternoon. Having a group with you means you won't have to worry about finding help should you be unable to get back on the trail, but that doesn't mean you should skimp on preparation.
 
Proper trail prep might mean learning additional skills once you're out and about in the wild. Pack appropriately and stick with your group and you might not need those survival skills after all!
 
3. Group Dynamics Make Biking into a Social Outing
Again, not every hobby gives you the chance to stop and chat with your friends. Harder trails certainly require a level of attention that isn't conducive to extended discussion, but the camaraderie of the trail while on MTB group rides with fellow enthusiasts might help slow your pace and get you to enjoy the trail in ways you hadn't before.
 
 
Larger groups tend to have a more relaxed pace and that means more time to ogle the scenery and chat with your friends. Not every ride has to be a fast-paced race to the finish line. Just make sure you understand the basics of riding with a group and when it's appropriate to go hard or ease off the pace, especially if you wind up riding with less experienced cyclists.
 
4. Group Cycling Is a Group Effort
If you find it hard to stick with a routine or just can't quite wrap your head around going it alone, group exercise offers accountability and a herd mentality that could help you stay in the game.
 
 
The number of stories you'll likely hear over the years that have to do with diets or exercise routines that were abandoned a short month or two after the new year begins will outnumber the grains of sand on the average beach. Don't be a statistic! Find friends to pedal with and you'll have an easier time staying on a schedule.
 
5. You Just Might Learn Something
We all like to work at our peak possible performance. There's nothing particularly fun about being unskilled at something and cycling is no exception, which makes a group ride the perfect time to pick up a few pointers.
 
 
Not only can you find cyclists with riding styles that may be worth studying, you get to spend time watching their form to figure out just how your body should move while pedaling. Getting involved in a mountain bike program is a great way of meeting more cyclists and making new friends to ride with. Experience may be the best teacher but watching someone else can come in a close second.
 
Conclusion
If you aren't sure how to start MTB group rides, you may just need to take a look around your neighborhood to see who else has an interest. Maybe there's an experienced club or maybe you'll have to found one of your own.
 
Whatever the case may be, riding mountain bikes with fellow cyclists paves the way to good health and long-lasting friendships forged over a common hobby.
 
By Amanda Wilks
March 15, 2022 — Thomas Mercier

What Makes A Quality Bike Shop

Bike riding is more than just a mode of transport or a form of exercise, it is a lifestyle that you embrace; and as such bike riders expect exceptional service from their local bike store. If you’re just starting out as a cyclist, consider these things to look out for when choosing your bike shop.

 

  • Friendly and helpful staff

 

The first expectation is to find helpful staff who have the knowledge of different bikes and brands, and offer you the best advice to ensure you make the right purchasing decisions for your needs. Staff should be able to advise you on the various features and benefits of the different products, and can provide easy-to-digest information to riders of all levels, whether you’re a novice or expert cyclist.

 

  • Wide selection of bike brands and accessories

 

Consider the impression a well-stocked bike shop conveys as opposed to one that looks as if it is about to go out of business at any moment. Riders are more likely to support a bike business that can supply all their bike-related needs. Plus, the bigger the range the more options you have to choose from – you might even leave with a couple of bikes!

 

  • Competitive prices

 

A bike shop that has the right connections, buys in large quantities and imports directly at the best prices will be able to pass the savings onto you. If you can get good quality bikes at an affordable price, you’ve found a winner.

 

  • Proficient and trustworthy mechanics

 

Highly skilled and knowledgeable mechanics are really worth their weight in gold. Finding a shop with expert mechanics is the sure fire way to make certain that your bike will be well-serviced for a safe riding experience and long service life.

 

  • Quick and efficient repair turnaround time

 

With qualified mechanics, riders expect a fast and accurate repair service. If it is not a same-day service, or at least within reason depending on the service, then you should question what those mechanics are actually doing with your bike. Yes, they may be busy, but it’s important that you get your bike back in good time – and in good condition.

 

These are just some of the priorities you should look for in a bike shop. You may have more personal things that will determine what a good bike store looks like.

 

At Bikes.com.au, not only do we have the widest range of leading bike brands at competitive prices, but we also have knowledgeable and friendly staff on hand to ensure we provide you with unparalleled customer service.

March 15, 2022 — Thomas Mercier

Your Guide To Buying The Most Effective Bike Lights

This year’s scorcher of a summer has come to a close, and with the descent into winter, you can expect shorter days, longer nights and less visibility on the road. There’s no better time to upgrade your bike lights.

 

Even if you rarely venture out with your bike at night, knowing you’re prepared for unexpected overcast and cloudy days will give you added peace of mind. Here’s what you should be considering.

 

What the law says

 

 

According to Australian Road Rules for bike riders, all bikes should have a front white light that’s visible for a minimum of 200 metres and a rear red light and reflector that’s visible for a minimum of 50 metres from the side and rear respectively.

 

Questions to ask when choosing lights

 

  • What do I use my bike for? – If your bike is for city riding or short commutes, you can opt for a rechargeable model that you can charge with any USB port. If you venture out of the city and for longer periods of time, a battery-operated model might be better. If you pick the latter, make sure it takes standard sized batteries that are found in most stores and not expensive, speciality ones.

 

  • Where will I be riding? – Having a light mounting bracket fixed to your bike or at handlebar height is your best choice. Having a helmet light is best avoided as it can blind other riders in the vicinity and cause an accident. A single LED will be sufficient for city biking, while remote biking would be better with highly visible multiple LED lights for maximum visibility.

 

  • Who needs to see me? – A single constant beam of light is good for remote rides, where the chance of collision is less likely, and you need to see the path in front of you. Riders in suburban areas should use a flashing and pulsating beam for added visibility by passing cars, buses and other cyclists.

 

When trying out various lights, make sure that they’re compatible with your bike by checking online store options. You can then shortlist them and test them in store, before committing to a purchase. Of course, when in doubt you can always contact our team for advice.

 

Check out our extensive range of front and rear bike lights to ensure your safety on the roads!

March 15, 2022 — Thomas Mercier
The Surprising Benefits Of Riding An E-Bike

The Surprising Benefits Of Riding An E-Bike

Biking is one of the most effective forms of exercise, taking you from point A to point B while giving you a cardiovascular workout and toning your muscles. Are these benefits reserved for those that ride a standard bike, or can you enjoy them on an electric bike as well? We believe that an e-bike is just as good for you as a standard bike. Keep reading to find out why.

 

  • It’s the best car replacement

 

Replacing your car with a bike is an option that’s good for the environment, will lower your fuel and insurance costs, as well as slash the amount of time you spend in traffic. However, many people end up abandoning their bikes because struggling up hills and riding in stop-start traffic takes it from a pleasant workout to a sweaty, frustrating one. With an electric bike, you get to experience the benefit of exercise with enough power to ensure your trip goes smoothly and you can arrive at work ready to start the day.

 

  • It gets better as you get older

 

Many people end up abandoning their bikes as they age, as their joints become more vulnerable and conditions such as arthritis make movement more challenging. An e-bike requires much less physical force and power, creating less joint and limb impact as it’s easier on the back and knees. With an e-bike, you can keep riding for longer.

 

  • You’ll exercise more

 

While logic tells us that a harder ride is a more beneficial one, research indicates that an e-bike might actually increase your fitness levels by causing you to exercise for longer as well as more often. Knowing that your bike can help power you through any steep hill or awkward stretch you might come across is a great motivator to remain on the road.

 

  • It’s never been safer

 

While there’s admittedly a long way to go in terms of making Australia’s infrastructure more bike friendly, significant strides are being made in terms of the law. Victoria recently put into place road rules mandating that cars remain at least one metre away from cyclists when passing them, more if they are travelling 60 km/h.

 

An electric bike is an investment that is as practical as it is fun, and few people who get one regret it. Why not join them today? Search for your perfect e-bike at bikes.com.au today!

March 15, 2022 — Thomas Mercier

What You Need To Know About Wearing Bike Clothing

When most people think of cycling clothing, they merely think of lycra shorts and jerseys in neon colours, created for maximum visibility and endurance. Hence why people often wear casual clothes instead because they think there is no genuine alternative to lycra. Well, as you’ll find amongst the huge range of bike clothing at Bikes.com.au, there are some great cycling items to enhance your riding experience. Whatever you go with, just keep these points below in mind:

 

Freedom of movement

 

The top requirement for any outfit worn while cycling is that it must not restrict your freedom of movement. This means you want to pick a fabric that fits well and that moves when you move without bunching and chafing. These can be slim fit shorts, tights or t-shirts. The best pants options are fitted at the waist to ensure that it doesn’t shift throughout the motions you’re making. These pants are usually lightly padded to provide extra comfort for hard seats and to prevent chafing over extended riding periods. Ideal tops will be slightly longer to cover you while you lean forward in your seat.

 

Dressing for comfort

 

If you’re planning a bike workout that will put you through your pace, you’ll need to ensure the fabric of the clothing you wear is able to breathe, and that encourages sweat to evaporate up and away from the skin. There are even ‘waterproof’ options that will keep you dry from both rain and sweat at the same time.

 

What to invest in

 

If there’s anything worth investing in for your biking experience, it would be the right cycling shoes. These are created to evenly distribute pedal pressure, and many have some kind of cleats to hold onto pedals, provide grip and ultimately help you ride faster.

 

Find all the best cycling clothing and accessories at Bikes.com.au.

March 15, 2022 — Thomas Mercier
The Health Benefits Of Regular Cycling

The Health Benefits Of Regular Cycling

We all know that we should exercise more, but with the average Australian living a lifestyle far busier than any previous generation, this is easier said than done. If you’re looking for an inexpensive form of exercise that is easy to slot into even the most tightly packed schedule, cycling is perfect. Here are just a few of the health benefits that regular cycling offers:

 

  • Less injury – when you haven’t exercised in the while or perhaps have gained weight since you last exercised, your chances of experiencing joint-impacting injuries are much higher if you undertake running or gym workouts again. Should such an injury occur, it’s likely to take a long time for you to recover. Being an extremely low impact form of exercise, cycling is unlikely to cause this. This means you’ll be able to form a habit without sprains and strains disrupting you.

 

  • Less stress – we all know about the infamous ‘runner’s high’. What you might not know is that most forms of cardiovascular exercise done with regularity can create this as well. In fact, it can have such an impact on your mood and wellbeing that stopping it could give you signs of withdrawal, even if you’ve only been doing it for a mere 30 minutes every day!

 

  • More time – If you’re struggling to justify taking time to exercise, you aren’t alone. For many people, even 30 minutes a day is time that they choose not give up. However, as traffic in most Australian capitals gets worse, you might find that swapping your daily commute for a bike ride gets you to work on time – without having to sit in traffic or compromise on family responsibilities. Plus, you’ll be able to get to work without having sat idle for an extended period of time, ensuring your back, neck and key body parts don’t seize up.

 

  • More overall fitness – Cycling is cardiovascular exercise, but it also helps to boost your strength and stamina, increasing your overall fitness. Unlike other forms of exercise, all the major muscle groups are targeted at once, giving you a full body workout. So whether you’re looking to lose weight, get generally fit or take your exercise to the next level, cycling is the perfect activity to achieve your goal.

All you need to get going on this form of fitness is to head out and buy a bike and helmet. Get started today! Get in touch now or visit us instore.

March 15, 2022 — Thomas Mercier

Top Safety Tips When Riding Your Bike

There’s nothing like riding in the freedom of the streets, the adrenaline kicking in and the mood lifting so high you feel like you’re flying, not riding. But regardless of how fun it is, safety must be paramount in your mentality. Bike riders are, especially compared to other forms of transport and recreation, at risk of serious bodily injury if we don’t stay safe. So, why not take some time to read up on our safety basics, and be sure to put safety first when you’re on your bike.

 

Let’s look at the top cycling safety tips everyone needs to know:

 

  • Helmet

Not wearing your helmet is not only unlawful, but it’s life-threatening. Wearing one can save your life. This is a no-excuse safety item, so be sure you wear one when out and about on your bike.

 

  • Stop & Look First

When you’re coming out of your driveway or laneway, don’t just ride out. There may be a car or pedestrians coming. Look both ways first – much like we do when we walk across the road.

 

  • Ride on the left side only

Keep on the left side of the road at all times. If there’s a bike lane, stick to it and don’t veer into the driving lanes unless there is a parked car or you absolutely have to.

 

  • Obey all traffic laws

If a traffic light is red, you stop. Simple. Even as a biker, you are expected to pay attention to traffic laws the same way drivers are.

 

  • Don’t make sudden movements

Be sure to use your hand signals when turning to give car drivers time to understand what you want to do. Don’t just turn randomly and suddenly.

 

  • Pedestrians are important

If people are walking or wanting to cross the street, make sure that you give way to them if they have the right of way, especially at a pedestrian crossing.

 

It’s important for all riders to understand these safety tips and rules to ensure everyone remains safe on the road – cyclists, drivers and pedestrians.

 

Don’t just keep this refresher to yourself. You’re more than welcome to share this post with your friends and family who like to ride.

 

For more safety info or if you’re looking for any accessories, get in touch with us today.

March 15, 2022 — Thomas Mercier