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Australian Freewheeling Magazine

Mike Ayling

http://www.sustainabletransport.com.au/Freewheeling-MAIN.html

This was published from 1977 to 1989 and contained a lot of touring content as well as the promotion of cycling a a means of transport.

So far I have only glanced at the first edition with the forest scene at the top of the page and it includes desirable features of touring bikes and an account of a tour in the Atherton Tablelands.

Good Winter reading for you blokes in the Northern Hemisphere!

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5 months ago
Jeff ArnimTo Mike Ayling

What an interesting look into the past. Thanks for finding and sharing this.

As far as the content, layout, etc. are concerned, it doesn't seem all that different from, say, the Adventure Cycling Association's current magazine - even down to the overly detailed advertisements. One notable exception: in the old publications there isn't a single helmet to be found, while in the modern-day version just about everyone is wearing one.

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5 months ago
Karen CookTo Mike Ayling

Hi Mike,

That is really cool.  Thanks!

Karen

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5 months ago
John SaxbyTo Mike Ayling

Good Winter reading for you blokes in the Northern Hemisphere!

Aye:  -13° as I write on its way to -21 later tonite, stiff northwesterly, windchill of -30 forecast.  Sunny days, tho' :)  --  Saskatchewan weather, I call it.  Bikes all warm 'n' snug 'n' dry in the basement workshop.

Looking forward to meandering through the pages -- thanks, Mike.

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5 months ago
Mike AylingTo John Saxby

Too cold for me John!

The best that Australia has managed is -23C at Charlotte Pass.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_Pass,_New_South_Wales

OTOH at Marble Bar in  Western Australia they recorded 160 consecutive days of greater than 100F  37.8C  in 1923-1924.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marble_Bar,_Western_Australia

Cheers

Mike

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5 months ago
Syd WinerTo Mike Ayling

Thanks so much for this link Mike. Freewheeling, with it's emphasis on advocacy and touring was my favourite bike mag way back then. It's great to see Warren Salomon taking the time to place his archive online.

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4 months ago