Archive for January 2010

A mountain, a bike and sunshine with friends…

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Raleigh Road Ace (and Shimano 600 groupset)

Maybe I’m a bit too obsessed with order, but I can’t help being a little shaken by the variety of names on the parts of my latest machine (Sora, Tiagra, Tektro, ITM, 2200 etc). Another trip down memory lane, then: a racing bike that I bought in the 1980s. It hasn’t had a lot of […]

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Life with a Garmin Edge 705

My first “Computer” on a bicycle was one of those little metal odometers that were actuated by a peg fitted on a spoke. The unit was mounted on the front RH dropout and the peg clicked away every wheel revolution. Cyclists of a certain age will remember them well. Mine eventually bit the dust by […]

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Cycle ride to South Kelsey on the T2

Returned earlier today from my first proper ride on the Kinesis Racelight T2 (now probably just "T2"). Across the Humber Bridge and no coffee stop, so three hours of cycling (aside from roadside comfort breaks) and then a gratefully received lunch at a farm house tea shop in South Kelsey. I was, and still am, […]

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AAA Audax Challenge

Eileithyia, on the CTC forum is a great inspiration to me. She highlighted, the AAA Audax Challenge, as she tries to ride an Audax each month of the year, although most of her rides are the 200km ones.... Far too adventurous for myself.

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It's an ill wind…

My lady wife Mary, and I came out to our Spanish apartment in Ayamonte, Andalucia, on the Atlantic just next to Portugal two weeks ago. Initially the weather was cold and on the second day we had a day of Monsoon-like rain. This area which gets little rain by and large had been deluged for […]

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Winter Hill plane crash

On the subject of things ta de, when ya nae cyclin', other things soon fill the gaps. The New Year snowfall in Lancashire made it unsafe to cycle for almost two weeks, but you could still just about walk, and the private road that runs to the top of Winter Hill from near where I […]

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Rollers, and a Real Ride!

I've been laid very low these past few weeks with a heavy cold. My voice disappeared and only came back properly today. Silence for nearly two weeks! My rollers came into use, and to be honest, I've owned them nearly two years but although I've used them from time-to-time, I've only been playing on them. […]

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Kinesis Racelight T2 2010: the first ride (of sorts)

I need a snappier name for my new Kinesis Racelight T2 (review here) bike. My Raleigh is a Road Ace and my Ridgeback an MX5. My Coventry Eagle Touristique is another bike with a long-winded name. I don't think I will give it a 'real' name like the two chaps who are cycling as close […]

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Things ta de, when ya nae cyclin'

Bored, bored, bored, bored.... Did I say JUST how bored Im getting of the white stuff?

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Winter fun: planning cycle tours for summer

There's not much chance of cycling in the lanes of Lancashire over the next few days. Nine inches of snow fell overnight and the temperature is below freezing. It's difficult enough to walk, let alone ride a bicycle. Cycle tourists can at least get their maps out and plan for better weather. Cyclists' maps and […]

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Askrigg cycle ride (via Tan Hill Inn)

Happy New Year! Just a quick post after returning from Askrigg yesterday. In the end I decided not to take a bike with me. It was after all our first anniversary, we had the dog and two other couples joining us in the last few days and on reflection I didn't think I would have […]

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New Year's Day in Peel

The morning of the 1st January 2010 appeared bright and very very crisp. There had been a hard frost with temperatures dropping to minus 3 over night. But, there was a cycle ride to do on New Year's Day. The day was too sunny to miss a cycle run and the wind had dropped. The […]

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