Words and photos: Georgina von Marburg

Shingleback Off Road bike racks are a common sight at shuttle days and events across the nation. Having recently partnered with Rocky Trail Entertainment's Academy to support mountain biking in schools, the Aussie company has a passion for inclusivity and development within the sport. 

 

Their latest partnership further exemplifies this support, joining forces with Aus Cycling's Ride Nation initiative. Aus Cycling is the national governing body for cycling in Australia, and while much emphasis is placed on elite racing and development, their latest program targets beginner and recreational riders from all backgrounds. Ride Nation will encourage school aged kids in particular to participate and thrive within the mountain bike community, providing guides and educational programs to institutions around the country. To date, over 80 primary schools in the Illawarra region alone are expected to partake.

Shingleback Off Road will be generously donating a 16-bike Shingleback-Outrigger Bike Trailer for use at Ride Nation events. These commercial racks are already an iconic sight on shuttle buses everywhere, allowing fast and safe transportation of bikes. The latest design has improved cradles to avoid tire rub and spacing issues, all while making the loading process even easier. 

Shingleback Off Road remains a family business run by Andrew and Kimberly Taylor. With young groms of their own, they have a genuine affinity for introducing the joy of mountain biking to school aged kids and the community at large. Of their new partnership with Ride Nation, Kimberly states the following:

Cycling extends so much further than a hobby or passion; it creates communities – in your local street, park or bushland; it’s a mode of transport to get to school or to your friend’s place; it’s your personal freedom to explore. Shingleback is really excited to be supporting the ambitions AusCycling have for Ride Nation; we are all about community, helping to get everyone onto a bike no matter their background or ability”.