Archive for August 2010

CTC Lejog 2010

Day Minus One I repeated Lejog with the CTC this year, having done it last year, also in July. British cyclists are obsessed with this tour and indeed there are finer tours you can do in Britain, but this one has the feather-in-the-cap element and I think that that's the attraction. I decided around Christmas […]

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What do you do with a jealous bicycle?

I once had a girlfriend who referred to her moped as "Horse". Strangely, I never met Horse, but I imagined something old and large, with plenty of character. Bicycles are the same. Perhaps more so, because a bike is an extension of a person, a remarkably simple machine that converts leg movement into speed and […]

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Dry legs, is it possible?

The Isle of Wight has suffered from drought this summer but this week the rain has returned with a vengeance. We had two inches on Sunday and its continued in a similar vein all week which has come as rather a shock to we soft southerners! When I was a big tough northerner (or was […]

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Holland cycle tour plan

Holland cycle tour route plan Mrs Taylor has organised this one single-handedly. She's been on some Dutch bike route planning website or another and planned the following for us in September:

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Cycle to Work schemes: are they dead in the water?

Our new coalition government, playfully nicknamed the ConDems by some wag, has been at it again: the military can expect to have to pay for their own pea-shooters; a new generation of infants are to have their milked snatched; and more recently drug addicts and alcoholics have felt threatened by a consultation paper that asks […]

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Just a Five Minute Job…

I've had a couple of visits from the p*nct*re fairy recently. Looking back over my records I was surprised to discover I've actually done over 5000 miles on these same tyres – no wonder I've started to get punctures! I've been trying to make them last as long as possible as they've been discontinued (Michelin […]

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Video of tyre folding

Right over left, loop up, right under left, loop down. That's how to remember it. I filmed this, this morning. See here

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Pavement cycling: is it such a problem?

We returned this morning after a brief tour of northern Belgium (more later). What a revelation. I've read about cycling in bike-friendly countries, but I think you have to experience it yourself before you can truly believe it. Virtually every road puts you somewhere safer than being with the cars and lorries – or amongst […]

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Cycling to Southport

Mrs Taylor and me cycled to Southport yesterday, on one of the few sunny days we've had in Lancashire this wet August. It's about 26 miles due west from where we live and is the place to go for the shortest distance to the coast. But you'll be lucky if you see the sea at […]

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Winged Wheels of Wight

This is a particularly fine example of the CTC 'Winged Wheels' that can still be found on buildings around the country. They are a rare legacy from the days when the bicycle was the fastest form of road transport and cyclists an affluent and influential group whose custom was much sought after. The first network […]

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100 Greatest Cycling Climbs (# 51 Tan Hill)

This excellent little book, 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs: A Road Cyclist's Guide to Britain's Hills, has prompted me to put some words to a few photographs I took one day last Easter. The book lists two of the roads we cycled that day (although we managed to ride down both hills: # 49 Buttertubs Pass […]

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A prototype bicycle by Geoff Apps

Gorgeous bike design A prototype bicycle built by Geoff Apps in 2006, prompted by the availability of the Shimano Nexus Inter-8 hub gear. An article about Geoff appeared in the CTC 'Cycle' magazine Aug-Sept 2010 edition. There's something strangely Valkyriesque about this image, and it's a beautiful machine. I asked on his blog if he'd […]

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Rivington 100 (mile bike ride)

Yesterday my son Nick and I cycled the Rivington 100. The ride is a tough one and includes climbs from the 2002 Commonwealth Games road race and the Tour of Britain. The Rivington 100 is officially an annual event held each June to raise funds for Bolton Lads & Girls Club but we rode it […]

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Cycling and walking around Osmotherley

I returned home yesterday after a week in the lovely village of Osmotherley. We rented a perfect cottage and were sad to leave. The plan to ride there and meet Mrs Bailey and Blaze went a bit wrong. I had also intended to do a 40-mile loop during the week, then get dropped off in […]

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A Soggy Sausage Sizzle

I've been quietly gloating, hearing about all these rides in the pouring rain. Until this week we've had no significant rain since May. The lawn gave up growing a while ago, so thats one less job to do, although the weeds in it need hacking down occasionally. When the morning of the Wayfarers' Breakfast Sizzle […]

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Why I took up cycling in 2007 – from Fat to Fabulous

Well, its been 3 years since I first took up my cycling habit, and this habit has become a complete lifestyle alteration during this time. Why did I start riding a bicycle? Well, after raising a family, working part-time for a number of years, during which time I had become fat, and unfit. In fact […]

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Cycling posties campaign

The CTC has been in touch with CycleSeven to ask whether we'd like to support the campaign to Keep Posties Cycling by publicizing it on our blog. We're cyclists, so yes, from me at least – I can't speak directly for my blogging colleagues, some of whom don't actually live in the UK. Royal Mail's […]

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IronMan & Woman in Rivington

This was yesterday: IRONMAN UK 2010, passing through Rivington Village along Sheephouse Lane. I cycle up this lane several times each week. It's part of the Ironman 112 mile bike route, and also the Lancashire Cycleway. The competitors swim 2.4 miles before the cycle ride, then run a marathon to the finish. Sheephouse Lane, Rivington, […]

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Appleby Sportive – Isle of Man, 1st August 2010

My first Sportive. I am now at the stage of my cycling that I fancy having a go at a 200km Audax. None exist on the Isle of Man, and my two 100km rides share similar hills. For a 200km I could go round them twice I suppose. In the meantime I received an email […]

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