Archive for May 2010

A Spring tour of Denmark

Compared to France or Ireland, Denmark isn't so easily accessible if you want to take your bicycle. It's an eighteen hour overnight trip to Esbjerg by ferry, leaving your car at the port of Harwich, and costs about £450 including breakfast on the boat and long stay parking. It's worth every penny. Denmark offers what […]

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Second 100 miler of the year. The Ring of Kerry.

We hadn't cycled this for years, so the weather being stunning, we headed in the car for Killarney and parked near the Gleneagle Hotel on the West side of town. This is a famous drive in a car, of about 108 miles. It's also a famous cycle and we did it in a day, BUT […]

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We need a puncture Whisperer!!

Yesterday 5 of us did a 65mile spin in gorgeous weather. Cork Midleton Rathcormac Ballyhooley Cork. Mick got 3 punctures. None of us had had one for weeks. We could only explain one of them and then it was just a theory. He was back from touring in France but not on this bike. He […]

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Cycle Touring with a Non Cyclist

Its a problem faced by many couples. One partner loves cycling but the other just can't see the attraction, they abandoned the bike the moment they were old enough to have a driving license and they've never looked back. Sheds and garages throughout the land hold unused bicycles bought in an attempt to persuade a […]

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No-Stress Cycling

The finest cycling is the No-Stress variety. You can do this by yourself, or if you are lucky enough to be married to someone who likes it (I am), or if you're lucky enough to have a friend who likes it (I'm not!), you can do it with them. There is a maxim in training, […]

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Isle of Wight in May

This is one of my regular half day cycling routes and is a circular ride of roughly 41 miles. The Isle of Wight incorporates a wide variety of landscapes in a small area and they are at their best on a sunny day in May. May has always been my favourite month, good weather cannot […]

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Loading bicycles on a car rack

Loading a couple of touring bicycles on to a car rack isn't a matter of throwing them on and holding them down with a few bungee cords. We'll be driving to Harwich from Manchester in a few days with the bikes on the car – a five-hour drive with a lot of bouncing around – […]

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Nile Journey – by bicycle!

Thousands of people watched on TV as Joanna Lumley made her way to the source of the Nile accompanied by a camera crew and several guides. She travelled in a convoy of 4x4s, cruise ships, 1st class trains and the odd plane. But how many people know that in the mid 1980s a British woman […]

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Cycle Chic™

Amsterdamize: 100% Lycra™-Free, Guaranteed. "Imagine a world where cycling is not seen as just recreational, a sport or in which you have to showcase your 'tribe membership'. Oh, and where there's absolutely no need for a so-called 'bicycle helmet'." Copenhagenize: for the love of bicycle culture. "Copenhagenizing is possible anywhere." Cycle Chic™: "Meet Sacramento Cycle […]

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The Vee: first hundred-miler of the year

The Vee is a mountain pass on the Waterford Tipperary border, at 1100 ft., and a favourite route for the Cork City cyclist who wants to train for a hundred miles. I've done it maybe 20 times in the last 25 years, maybe less. Today we headed east and stayed on minor roads from the […]

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Isle of Wight Randonnee

The Isle of Wight is often described as southern England in miniature with a wide variety of landscapes in a small area – ideal for cyclists. The Randonnee was set up by the Wayfarer Cycle Touring Club in 1985 and is held on the first Sunday in May. It has dramatic coastal scenery, rolling downland, […]

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Isle of Man Youth Tour 2010

Today's ride was all centred around the Isle of Man Youth Tour. They were short of a few marshals, so I volunteered and I was placed with a more experienced marshal. Because of this, I had to get myself well organised, as it was my intention to use today as a training ride as well. […]

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Planned maintenance for bicycles

I can't seem to shake off the habits of my previous career as an architect and property manager, so I do planned maintenance on our bikes. Another term we used at work was preventive maintenance, or even preventative (as some would say). You inspect and replace components according to a planned cycle instead of waiting […]

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