New threads and other items online

Ground Effect are a New Zealand company that have only ever sold via mail order, so their process is super slick. Their website has information on sizing, materials and returns, even with videos showing how the gear fits! What's really cool is that all their clothing is made in New Zealand.

A couple of years back we visited the offices, had some scones that the company owners made fresh, went for a ride and then had some beers. Their Snipes shorts are possibly some of the best we have ever used.

If you're ofter something from an Australian brand, then you can log on to the DHaRCO website and order what you need. The Gravity Shorts and 3/4 Trail Jersey are an all-time combo - you can read our review here.

If you're chasing different parts and only want to shop online, it's hard to go past MTB Direct or Pushy's. Both are Australian companies and sales through them will help keep locals employed.

What about riding?

So, when can we go out en masse onto the trails again? We don't know. Some locations are closed, most notably Maydena Bike Park shut down completely until late September.

But, they have bookings opening up with a crazy discount for late September onwards. Given they have a generous policy for changing bookings if conditions prevent them opening up in September, it's an awesome way to invest in this world-class mountain bike park AND book your seat on a shuttle for when their gates open up again.

Subscribe to mountain bike magazines

Heading out to a newsagent might not be at the top of your list, but what about reading a mountain bike title with in-depth features and considered product reviews, advice and tips? Our subscriptions cost just $59 for 7 issues delivered direct to your door (and wrapped in plastic!). Plus right now you can enter to win a brand new Merida One Twenty 700 trail bike when you subscrbibe, or renew your subscription.



If our magazine doesn't float your boat, then you can check out Mountain Biking Australia, they charge just $51 for 4 issues (12 months), and Revolution is $40 for 4 issues over 12 months.

This is just a small sample of ways you can social distance, look after your bike, look after society in general, and keep the industry afloat in tough times. Do you know a local mountain bike business that's going above and beyond to act in a safe and civic way at the moment? Email the details and a photo over to and we'll give them a shout out!