Archive for April 2010

Assos Arm Protectors

Arm warmers are handy things, ideal for those days that start off a bit cool but then warm up. Trouble is they tend to either fall down or dig into the top of your arm. Or at least the ones I've got for a fiver out of the bottom of a rummage bin do! This […]

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Skibbereen Duathlon

My daughters are very good runners, the younger, Lizzie, 29, being number 3 triathlete in Ireland and the best middle distance runner in Co.Cork. Rosaleen took up running this year and at 35 is one of the best around as well. I was persuaded to ride the cycle leg of this Duathlon yesterday with Rosaleen […]

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Minx-Girl and the Rickshaw messenger bag

As I recently put up a review of my favourite cycle luggage company, I thought it best that I should therefore review my cycle messenger bag. It was my birthday in March, and my eldest purchased for me, a Rickshaw Zero Messenger bag from Minx-Girl: http://www.minx-girl.com/

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Carradice of Nelson, a British Company, with true British Values

Carradice, the very word oozes 'canvas and leather strapping'. No where in my opinion can you buy better cycling luggage and saddlebags than from Carradice. I am rather new to cycling, so when recommended this firm by other members of the CTC forum back in 2008, I took a look.

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Chris Eatough from Bolton: six times a world champion

Champion mountain biker Chris Eatough, originally from Bolton in the UK As an 'old boy' of Bolton School (class of 1965) I receive the Old Boltonians' Association newsletters. In the Spring 2010 issue is a piece by Chris Eatough, who grew up in Bolton and was a pupil at the school until the age of […]

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Cycling Coverdale from Kettlewell to Wensley

After cycling through Coverdale last October, I enjoyed riding in the opposite direction recently starting from Askrigg. I didn't complete my planned route. Instead I missed out lunch at Grassington and was back in Askrigg by the early afternoon. This was a 46 mile loop with a fair bit of climbing including Fleet Moss and […]

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Cycling along the Canal du Midi

Last week, during a family holiday, I enjoyed a few days cycling along the Canal du Midi, or, more accurately, cycling along a stretch of the Canal du Midi near Carcassonne in the south of France. The canal's full length is 240km from Tolouse to Agde (or Sète – it depends which guidebook you believe). […]

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Cycling in Beddgelert Forest

Beddgelert forest is a great place for a spin on a mountain bike. The Welsh village of Beddgelert is located in North Wales in the heart of Snowdonia. Snowdon is a few miles to the North East and to the North West of the village is the forest. It's not a huge place. A decent […]

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The Best Bike Ride in Ireland

This is an account of a bike ride I made 10.04.10. Unfortunately I'd knocked my camera into White Balance for Bulb mode by accident so I couldn't quite correct the colour, but you'll get the idea anyway. The Beara Peninsula is the middle one of 5 on the Southwest Coast of Ireland. Three quarters of […]

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You never know what the day'll bring

This morning, April 6th 2010, the weather forecast was for a wet day, especially wet up to lunchtime, with westerly winds. I wasn't that keen on cycling, and I've had a nagging shoulder injury caused by trying to lift something which was much heavier than I thought it would be. Mick was up for it, […]

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CTC standard rides (and the Gus Campbell Memorial Ride)

I'm still aching from my ride on Tuesday when I cycled from north to east Yorkshire. This was the last day of my holiday in the Yorkshire Dales, but also preparation for a series of rides over the next few months. The next one is scheduled to be a 103 in 8.5 ride on April […]

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Cycling and walking around Askrigg

Askrigg is becoming my favourite base for cycling, and walking, in the Yorkshire Dales. On Tuesday this week I cycled home after completing two day-ride circular routes with a walk to Castle Bolton in between them. I think each loop, Tan Hill and Kettlewell, is worth a separate entry, so I’ll add posts later. For […]

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