Archive for July 2010

Ultra lightweight camping in the New Forest

The CTC New Forest family camping week takes place in the last week of July. I've often meant to pay it a visit but had never previously got round to it. This year, I got organised for once, and booked myself in for the Wednesday night. As I was only going for one night it […]

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Giant Escape Disc

It's a bit of a weird name for a bike. I've just bought (ordered) one from a local bike shop. The Giant Escape Disc is a 'tackle anything' hybrid bicycle built on a lightweight AluxX SL Aluminium frame, with Shimano transmission and disc brakes, and mine will be fitted with a short-travel suspension fork for […]

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A cycle ride to Hovingham and the Howardian Hills

After a soaking on Thursday I made it out yesterday with four other members of the local CTC group. I felt I needed a long ride – with some hills – as I continue to train for our Morecambe to Mappleton coast to coast. The runs list had Hovingham as the destination, but on Thursday […]

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A cycleless cyclist in London

We spent last weekend in London for Dennis' birthday. Cycling has increased massively in London in recent years but its never struck me as a cyclist friendly place. Last time we visited we witnessed a bicycle being stolen. We were walking along Euston Road when a CTC sticker on the rear mudguard of a bike […]

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Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas

Yesterday, I finally made it out for another Century Ride. The weather had been unsettled for the past couple of weeks, and when it'd been ok, I'd had other things to do. So yesterday came, I was ready, and the window in the weather was almost perfect. I planned to ride out to the south […]

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An urban cyclist takes to the hills

In my part of East Yorkshire there are things we have taken for granted in the past, such as bouncers in city centre pubs and Lada taxis. The dodgy taxis are gone, although the bouncers probably remain – for all I know. But this is a sad sight, I think. Why on earth should it […]

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Mudguards, rain and getting wet

I re-fitted my mudguards last week because the rain hasn't stopped for any more than 24 hours. In the past, I'd take off my 'guards in March and only replace them in October. Barring a long tour, they would gather dust in the workshop. The past couple of years have seen them being used for […]

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Louise Sutherland – around the world before I was born

Louise Sutherland was a nurse from New Zealand who was working in London when she set off cycling around the world. She bought a bike in a church jumble sale in Soho for £2.10s and a 'grateful patient' in the hospital where she was nursing made her a small trailer 'to trundle merrily behind it.' […]

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Vehicular Cycling (Bicycle Driving)

Until recently I'd never heard of vehicular cycling or bicycle driving. It seems these concepts are at the heart of a worldwide debate between cyclists who believe bicycles should have equal status to other vehicles on the highway and those who prefer them to be segregated with their own infrastructure. In the UK the CTC […]

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ManxCat goes Forth… C2C from Liverpool to Lowestoft anyway…

Well, this I suppose is my very first BIG tour totally alone. I thought of this ride earlier in the year, when I was planning my summer Audax rides, I am on a mission you see, to improve on what I cycled last year (4x 100km Audax rides included in 5,000 miles of cycling over […]

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Ann Wilson: solo world cyclist

A year ago, July 11th 2009, cyclist Ann Wilson rode just 11 miles on the day she arrived in Calais from England to begin "an open-ended world tour in an easterly direction." 8,042 miles later, still cycling east, she's in North Dakota in the USA having ridden through Europe, Turkey, Iran, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, […]

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Cycling and Stoving

The cafe stop has long been an essential feature of cycling life but there is also a long tradition of carrying a stove to brew your own. In Scotland it is known as 'drumming up' and some die hards even forego the stove and 'drum up' on an open fire. Frank Patterson depicts the fun […]

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The unwritten cycling rule

I'm not sure why road cyclists on leisure rides feel a need to race each other but they do. Walkers don't seem to. There's no obvious reason why one cyclist should be influenced by the behaviour of another on the same piece of road. It's not a male thing either. Yesterday I was overtaken by […]

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Cycling improves your life – hens do too

Cycling through the tiny Lancashire village of White Coppice you need to take care not to run over free range hens pecking at the side of the road. So anyway, we got some hens a month ago. And plenty of eggs. Everyone knows that cycling is a life-improver (blah), but less people know the pleasure […]

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Markhill / Edelrid Gas Adaptor

I never venture out for more than half a day without taking a stove with me – I like to be very sure of my tea supply! On a short tour its no problem to take sufficient gas to last the trip but my recent longer visit to France and Spain created something of a […]

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Line-caught Mackerel and Emmets

I'm tired. I left yesterday morning for another Century Ride, and I wasn't feeling really eager for it. Dunno why, I just wasn't. I thought that after I got going, I would feel better and get into the swing of it. I did my century alright, 105 miles, but somehow I didn't enjoy it. I […]

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