Product of the Month

Each month we will recommend a product or brand to make your cycling experience better.

June 2017

This month we are saving a SALE , a massive 25% off the bikes on the floor (red dot excluded). After our renovations we are wanting to make room for the new models coming soon (some are already available). Come and see us quick to take advantage before the new models and of course the price rises.  We do all bikes : Road, Mountain, Full suspension, Hybrid, Cruiser, Kids and BMX

 

April 2017

LIGHTS

Lights

How important are having lights on your bike?

Do you use them during the day?

When cars did it, they reduced accidents by 25%. And motorcycles saw a 13% drop. Bicycle Daytime Running Lights just make sense, and all existing research indicates that the single best way for a cyclist to increase the likelihood of being seen by a driver is to use a flashing light that’s daylight visible.

What exactly makes a light visible in the day? Bontrager’s Daytime Running Lights (DRL) have unique properties that allow them to be seen during the day. Here’s what set ours apart from the others.

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Creating a light visible in the daylight requires intentional design. By directing or amplifying output, we intensify the beam or extend its range. Without this, a light may appear bright, but will not be noticed in the day. Most tail lights use a steady flashing pattern. This pulsing is less noticeable than one that continually varies its intensity and pattern. The Day Flash setting featured on Bontrager Daytime Running Lights was created to specifically increase noticeability with varying outputs and an interruptive flash pattern. Daytime Running Lights are brighter than what you would use at night in order to give drivers more reaction time. Bontrager Daytime Running Lights are detectable from a greater distance than other lights, from 400metres to over 2km away in daylight conditions given the specific model.

What lights do you need?

There is a selection of lights for all kinds of riding; if you are riding in town, where there is good street lighting your lights do not need to be as good (bright) but should have the option of a direct or flashing light. If you are riding some of the blue water trail where there is no lighting a better light that you can see the path is a far safer option and if you are a highway or off-road rider then something brighter still would be better. Remembering when you use a brighter light to tilt it in a manner that will not annoy oncoming drivers.

Lights now are either battery operated or USB rechargeable, – generally battery operated are not as bright as USB, USB also are available in a variety of brightness’ for  both front and rear lights.

March 2017

ROAD RULES and SAFETY – there is a lot of information here.

Although some of these are pretty straight forward, some may need a revisit and as a driver we should all know these rules too.

The Main one being – “Stay Wider of the Rider”

It’s simple—motorists must stay wider of the rider by at least:

  • 1 metre in a 60km/h or less speed zone
  • 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/h.

Motorists can cross centre lines (including double unbroken centre lines), straddle lane-lines or drive on painted islands to pass bicycle riders, provided it is safe to do so.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility so whether you travel on 2 wheels, 4 wheels or more, we all need to get along and share the road safely.

Riding a bicycle

When you ride a bicycle, you must:

  • have 1 leg on each side of the seat
  • face forwards
  • keep at least 1 hand on the handlebars.

Carrying people

You can carry another person if:

  • the bicycle is designed to carry more than 1 person and has a passenger seat
  • each person is wearing a helmet.

Signaling

You must use a hand signal when you turn right. To do this, extend your right arm out horizontally—at a right angle from the right side of the bicycle. Your hand should be open, with your palm facing forward.

Towing with a bicycle

You must not:

  • ride a bicycle that is being towed by another vehicle
  • hold on to a moving vehicle while riding a bicycle
  • lead an animal while riding a bicycle.

Riding with a person in a bicycle trailer

You can tow a child in or on a bicycle trailer if:

  • you are 16 years or older
  • the child is under 10 years old and is wearing an approved helmet that is securely fitted and fastened
  • the bicycle trailer can safely carry the child.

Riding too close to a vehicle

You must keep at least 2m between you and the back of a vehicle when you follow that vehicle for over 200m.

Being a traffic hazard

You must avoid being a traffic hazard—do not ride into the path of a driver or pedestrian.

Keeping left and overtaking

When you ride, you must:

  • ride as close as possible to the left side (or on the road shoulder) on a single lane road. Or, you may take up any position within the lane on a multi-lane road
  • ride to the left of any oncoming vehicle
  • not overtake another vehicle on the left if that vehicle is indicating and turning left
  • not overtake another vehicle on the left if it is not safe
  • not ride with more than 2 riders side by side unless you are overtaking another rider
  • ride no more than 1.5m apart, if travelling beside another rider.

Bicycle equipment

Every time you ride, your bicycle must have:

  • at least 1 working brake
  • a working bell, horn or a similar warning device.

Bicycle equipment for night time and unsafe weather

If you ride at night or in weather conditions that make it difficult to see, you must display (either on the bicycle or on you):

  • a white light (flashing or steady) that can be clearly seen at least 200m from the front of the bicycle
  • a red light (flashing or steady) that can be clearly seen at least 200m from the back of the bicycle
  • a red reflector that can be clearly seen at least 50m from behind the bicycle—when a vehicle’s headlights shine on it.

(Lights will be our product of the month for APRIL)

Carrying a load on a bicycle

You can carry a load on your bicycle. If you choose to carry a load, you must:

  • attach the load to your bicycle in a way that does not make the bicycle unstable
  • make sure the load is unlikely to fall from the bicycle.

Riding in a bicycle lane on a road

A bicycle lane is a marked lane with either a bicycle lane sign or a road marking of a bicycle symbol and the word ‘lane’ painted in white. The road may be painted green.

You can choose whether or not to ride in a bicycle lane where one is provided. You must not ride in a bicycle lane on the wrong side of the road (travelling towards oncoming traffic).

Riding on the road shoulder

You can ride on the road shoulder or either side of a continuous white edge line on a bicycle. However, you must give way to vehicles on the road when moving back into the lane from the road shoulder.

Special purpose lanes

You can ride your bicycle in a special purpose lane. A special purpose lane is a marked lane, or part of a marked lane, including:

  • bicycle lanes
  • bus lanes
  • tram lanes
  • transit lanes.

Most of the Gold Coast tram system operates on a ‘tramway’. A tramway is not a tram lane, or any kind of special purpose lane. Bicycle riders must not travel along the road in a tramway.

Riding across a road at a crossing

Crossings include:

  • pedestrian crossings (zebra crossings)
  • children’s crossings
  • signalised pedestrian crossing.

You can ride across pedestrian crossings at traffic lights, if you:

  • wait for the green ‘walk’ sign
  • proceed slowly and safely
  • give way to any pedestrian on the crossing
  • keep to the left of any oncoming bicycle rider.

You can ride across a zebra crossing or children’s crossing as long as you:

  • come to a complete stop first
  • proceed slowly and safely
  • give way to any pedestrian on the crossing
  • keep to the left of any oncoming bicycle riders.

You must give way to vehicles and other road users at uncontrolled intersections before you ride across.

Riding on a separated path

On a separated path, you can only ride on the side that is for bicycle riders. The other side is for pedestrians. The separated path sign will show you which side of the path you must ride on. You must always ride to the left of bicycle riders coming toward you.
Riding on a footpath or shared path

On footpaths and shared paths, you share the space with pedestrians. You must:

  • keep left and give way to all pedestrians
  • always ride to the left of bicycle riders coming toward you.

‘No bicycle’ signs and markings

You cannot ride on a road or path where signs or road markings prohibit bicycles.

 

 

Bicycle storage areas

A bicycle storage area is a section of the road, before an intersection with traffic lights, where you can wait (for the traffic lights to change) in front of the stopped vehicles.

A bicycle storage road area will have painted bicycle symbols, be between two parallel stop lines and may be painted green.

Bicycle and motorcycle riders are allowed to cross the first stop line to enter the bicycle storage area but must stop at the second stop line at a red traffic light. Motor vehicles, other than motorcycles, must stop at the first stop line.

 

A bicycle rider may choose to enter a bicycle storage area from a bicycle lane.

When you enter a bicycle storage area, you must:

  • give way to anyone that is already in the bicycle storage area
  • give way to any vehicle that is entering the area on a green or yellow traffic light.

Roundabouts 

Multi-lane roundabouts

At multi-lane roundabouts, motor vehicle drivers who want to turn right must enter the roundabout and turn from the right lane (unless signs or road markings indicate otherwise). However, when you are riding a bicycle, you may enter the roundabout and turn right from the left or right lane.

Bicycle rider must give way to the red car that is exiting the roundabout. The driver of the blue car must give way to the bicycle rider ahead of them before exiting the roundabout.

It is important that all road users maintain a safe distance behind the vehicle in front to be able to stop safely, if necessary, to avoid a collision. If you choose to turn right from the left lane, you must give way to any motor vehicle that wants to leave the roundabout. If you are already on the roundabout and a motor vehicle is entering they should give way to you.

Bicycle rider must give way to the red car that is exiting the roundabout. The driver of the blue car must give way to the bicycle rider ahead of them before exiting the roundabout.

Roundabouts with only 1 marked lane

In a single-lane roundabout you can choose to take up the whole lane like other road users.

 

Hook turns

Performing a hook turn

You can turn right at an intersection using a hook turn. The way you should do this depends on whether or not the intersection has traffic lights.

How to use a hook turn to turn right, If the intersection has no traffic lights, you should:

  1. keep to the far left side of the road and move forward through the intersection
  2. pause and give way to motorists moving through the intersection
  3. when the road is clear, move forward across the road.

If the intersection has traffic lights, you should:

  1. move forward through the intersection from the bicycle lane on a green light
  2. stop in the box or in a safe area in the opposite corner, and turn your bicycle to the right (in the direction of the marked arrow). If there is no line marking for hook turns, you should stop where you are clear of traffic. You will now be facing a red light
  3. when the light turns green, move forward through the intersection.

Some intersections will have line markings for you to use for hook turns.

Hook turn storage box

A hook turn storage box is an area marked on the road within an intersection. It shows you where to wait if you are performing a hook turn.

 Penalties for bicycle riders

There is no minimum age limit for the issuing of fines by the police.

Bicycle riders who break the road rules will be given the same fines as motorists, but will not accumulate demerit points. Offences common to both bicycle riders and motorists include:

  • failing to stop at a red traffic light
  • disobeying a ‘no U-turn’ sign at an intersection
  • failing to stop at a ‘stop’ sign at an intersection
  • exceeding the speed limit in a speed zone by less than 13km/h.

Common offences specific to bicycle riders include:

  • carrying more passengers than a bicycle is designed for
  • failing to give way to pedestrians on a footpath or shared path
  • failing to display a light at night or in hazardous weather conditions
  • failing to wear an approved helmet.

February 2017

Helmets

Queensland lawWhen you ride a bicycle, motorised foot scooter or a personal mobility device like a segway, you must wear an Australian Standard (AS) approved bicycle helmet. You must securely fit and fasten it. An approved bicycle helmet means a helmet that complies with AS 2063 or AS/NZS 2063.

A correctly fitted helmet will:

Size: the helmet should fit comfortably all the way around the head.

Straight: a helmet is designed to be worn low on the forehead, just above the eyebrows.

Strap: make sure the chinstrap fits properly, around your ears and under the chin. It should keep the helmet from slipping from your head.

We have a variety of helmets to suit the little child being carried in a child carrier or trailer right through to the adult rider. We encourage helmets to be tried on in store to ensure a proper fit.

Information obtained from : https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/safety/rules/wheeled-devices/bicycle/#helmets

Top Tip: never purchase a “used” helmet as you cannot see any damage that may have occurred. Slight, imperceptible damage to a helmet can render it useless.

All helmets gain double points during February with your LuckyBuys Rewards card.

January 2017

Water bottle cages and water bottles on bikes.

 If you are cycling for more than a short commute or shopping trip, take some water with you. Water is vital for numerous critical bodily functions, hence the reason that we cannot survive for very long without water. It is essential to the process of energy release; hence it is recommended that a person drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

 While riding, drink enough to match the intensity of the exercise, the heat of the day and your body’s needs.

Bottle cages are easy to mount onto all good bikes via the mounting holes in the frames and using an Allen key tool. Available in lots of colours.

 

All these products gain double points during January with your LuckyBuys Rewards card.

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December 2016 – Ride Mechanic , It has taken several years to perfect the RIDE mechanic formulations and the benefits of this rigorous testing and improvement process are best enjoyed by testing them yourself!

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Avaqua

Avaqua is a multi-purpose cleaning spray and polish which leaves no straking or residue upon evaporation

Bike Mix

BIKE MIX has been developed for the extreme demands of ENDURANCE MTB but it is also used by many other riders who want a lube which is proven to last for 12h in dry and dusty off-road conditions.

Bike Milk

Bike Milk is recommended by elite racers, weekend warriors, mechanics and the best bike shops as their preferred dry film chain lube.

Bike Juice

Bike Juice is a versatile concentrate which can be used undiluted as a degreaser or diluted for rapid removal of soil and other ride grime.

Zalish

ZALISH.  Highly effective ‘surface active’ product for cleaning and coating surfaces to leave a protective film.

All these products gain double points during december with your LuckyBuys Rewards card

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