Archive for June 2010

Regional Cycle Network Route 91: the Lancashire Cycleway southern loop

Amongst the signs and notices spoiling the green in the pretty Lancashire village of Rivington is one that points to the Lancashire Cycleway. I cycle past the route sign almost every day, and some similar ones further along the road to Adlington, another village close to where I live. I would be surprised if many […]

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The flapjacks and the barbags…

There are several clear divisions in the world of cycling: steel frame v carbon; road bike v mountain bike; “corn cob” cassette (close ratio) v “dinner plate” cassette (wide ratio). But perhaps the greatest division can be seen in – or, more often, outside – the café stops. (I’m reminded of the following as I […]

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Santander to Medoc

I suffer badly from seasickness and couldn't face the thought of the extra night on board the Bilbao ferry so I chose to start from Santander rather than take the shorter route from Bilbao. As it turned out the Bay of Biscay was like a millpond and it was a very pleasant crossing. However a […]

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Spicy Burger and Chips

Yesterday, I took on the task of another Century Ride, this time going up to North Devon. By the time I made it to the Rising Sun for a couple of beers, it was shortly after 6pm and I'd covered a personal best of 113.55 miles. I left home at 8.15 and headed out through […]

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The sublime joy of working on a bike

I'm going touring on my Thorn Raven (A Rohoff-equipped steel framed tourer) in two weeks so I started off my preparation today by washing it, for the first time, I might add! I've had it 10 months, but it has superb mudguards and doesn't get very dirty. That's my excuse anyway. I've never been a […]

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Not so much a missing link, as a fat link

I retired from work last year and got a new touring bike, a Thorn Raven, with which I am very pleased. At the same time, I got a carbon fibre Ridley Orion racing bike. My daughter Lizzie, who's the family tyrant and a triathlete, insisted on this so she had to be obeyed. This was […]

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Cycle Touring with a Non Cyclist Part 2

In my last post I extolled the merits of getting your nearest and dearest onto 2 wheels, albeit with an engine, to enjoy cycle touring together. This post unfortunately describes a major pitfall – in both the literal and metaphorical sense!

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Sausage and Mash

I'm back! Not just from my Raleigh Chopper JOGLE, but back blogging on here rather than blogging on my JOGLE blog. I was riding that Raleigh Chopper almost constantly from January until only last week, and finally I got to ride my precious Mercian. Getting back onto a "real" bike was weird, to say the […]

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Caton Audax 2010

My favourite Audax run is the one done yearly from Caton near Lancaster and is organised by the Lancaster and South Lakes CTC group. This is the second time I have completed this particular Audax ride and I had a ball! Maybe because I rode my road bike and left the tourer at home, maybe […]

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A snakebite and a sting in the tale

I managed to get out on my bike on Sunday for a few hours. The last ride before was two weeks ago, and the previous one six weeks before that. A combination of factors, too tedious to detail, has kept me from cycling much since Easter, and I did a few miles at the weekend […]

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All wired up for cycle touring

Wired up as in: cycle touring with bicycle computer, laptop computer, satellite communicator, GPS receiver, iPhone, satellite phone, mobile broadband USB stick, digital camera, video camera, blogging website, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Skype, cycling forum membership, etc, which altogether defeat the object of going away for a while on a bicycle, unless the object is an […]

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Marine Drive, a step back in time on the Isle of Man

Marine Drive is located south of Douglas and I think it is a rather stunning aspect of the Isle of Man, in part this is due to its very close proximity to the island's capital town, and you cycle through 'busy' into a time warp of tranquility. I only discovered the Drive as I was […]

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Customising a Shimano HG50 Tiagra/Deore cassette

I've never been able to push a really big gear; anything much over 100" is not much use to me. There must be plenty of people who can as, for instance, most off-the-peg 'sportive' bikes – a growing market these days – come with 12T or even 11T as the smallest rear sprocket. But paired […]

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Fine cycle touring: cycling round Denmark

We've now toured Denmark twice on our bicycles: an Esbjerg-Copenhagen loop of 450 miles, and recently an islands loop, again from Esbjerg, of 520 miles. Our next loop up to the North of the Jutland Peninsula will probably be in the late Spring of 2011. Jutland is 70% of Denmark's land mass and is reputedly […]

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Bottom bracket creak hell

This is one of the great undiluted joys of being a bike mechanic, which I'm not by trade but am by about 28 years practice. My Thorn Raven developed clunkiness in Bottom Bracket so I deduced that it needed to be replaced. It is in an eccentric bottom bracket shell as it has Rohloff gears. […]

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