Archive for October 2010

Altura Orkney handlebar bag review

The Altura Orkney handlebar bag – minus its detachable front pocket and map case. The Altura Orkney handlebar bag is Altura's top of the range bar bag, but seems to have in-built faults, and these faults are frequently reported on cycling blogs and customer review web sites. Despite this, I rather like it. So here […]

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Cycle tour in Sardinia, 2003

An Account of a Tour of Sardinia March 4th-12th inclusive, 2003. I decided to refurbish this account as it was originally published without photos. At the time, you couldn't put photos in an article on Usenet. Introduction. I and my wife Mary are experienced cycletourists. We do little else for holidays and this tour was […]

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1930s Cyclists

This is a postcard I found on Sunday in a local antiques fair. It depicts Ventnor Cycle Racing Club and is believed to have been taken in 1936. The cyclists have been carefully arranged to be in a formation that depicts the shape of the Isle of Wight!

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Let me eat cake

I'm running out of fruitcake. True, I should cook it myself. Or I could wait until Monday and take the bus to the supermarket. But it is a sunny and reasonably warm Sunday, and I did eight miles yesterday, so I reckon I can cycle it.

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Big Skies Bike Rides: North Newbald and back from Beverley

Big Skies Bike Rides is the name given to eight cycle loop rides 'launched' in 2010. They take their name from the phrase used by David Hockney when he compared the sky over the Yorkshire Wolds to 'the big sky' he experienced in the American West. This 19.5-mile route starts at Beverley Minster and has […]

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Politics of cycling policy

Out of curiosity I looked up "conservative cycling policy" on the web and read where the Conservatives stand on transport in general and cycling in particular. Under the heading 'Transport' they announce: "We will support sustainable travel initiatives, including the promotion of cycling and walking." Just like the previous Government did and not much happened. […]

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A Gridiron and a Century

The Gridiron is a 100k audax style ride organised by Wessex CTC and takes place almost entirely on minor roads in the New Forest. The name 'Gridiron' comes from the fact that it takes in as many cattle grids as possible. If anything is loose on your bike before you start, it will have fallen […]

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The Guadiana Loop

I've been in Ayamonte, on the Atlantic Coast of Andalusia, or Andalucia, for the past three weeks. We bought an apartment here 4 years ago and come out here for breaks. It's too hot in high summer, but for the rest of the year, the weather is, on average, much better than at home. It's […]

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Brown Bike comes home

My friend Fran drives me home from the committee meeting. Brown Bike has been in Fran's garage since 3rd August, and now he is in the back of Fran's car. He is returning home at last. Fran parks Brown Bike near my back door, assures me he has behaved himself in the garage, and drives […]

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Dangerous cycling statistics

Apart from Mrs Taylor's crash in Holland in September and a few spills of my own when mountain biking I don't remember ever witnessing a cyling accident. Hilary's recent Post was a reminder that cyclists do get killed on British roads, as was the Department for Transport's publication last month of reported road casualties for […]

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Earls Court Cycle Show

Every year I toy with the idea of visiting the Cycle Show but it never seems to happen. This year I was promised a free ticket so I was definitely going. In the end the free ticket never materialised but I was committed to the idea by then, so on Friday I took the train […]

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A short cycling tour of Belgium (Ghent, Ypres, Bruges)

1 – Zeebrugge to Ghent After a few days of cycling along a short stretch of the Canal du Midi last Easter, Mrs Bailey was surprisingly keen to take a short bicycle tour of Belgium or Holland this summer. I have to confess to being out of my comfort zone when I looked at the […]

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Padstow Century

I'd been busy the past few weeks and although I was able to get out cycling, I couldn't spend many hours at a time doing so. I feel guilty when there's stuff to do, and can't really get my head relaxed and concentrate on a good ride. Yesterday, I was ready! I'd had a few […]

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Too much detail

Did anyone see 'Single Father' shown on BBC1 last night? We recorded it and I've just watched it. It showed in very graphic detail the death of a woman cyclist who is hit by a police car that went through a red light. This scene is shown at least twice (I gave up watching so […]

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The Yorkshire Wolds: a cycle ride to Thixendale

Yesterday's ride was filled with unexpected moments. The planned destination was Murton, but only four of us 'B' ride cyclists turned up at Cottingham Green to make the journey (although there were plenty of 'C' riders, and a gaggle of mountain bikers who set off before us). Someone suggested meeting up with the Last of […]

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Cycling the Isle of Man in a weekend

Or so it feels like... Met yesterday with Tina and Caroline as we were joining the Scone Run ride up north. They don't half cycle fast do these Scone run cyclists, and when I got home my legs are pretty well jelliefied and I was pretty well finished off, but I keep telling myself its […]

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The Commute

The daily commute accounts for most of my miles. It's not much of a story, but Monday morning was gorgeous so I took a camera with me.

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1-2-3

One rim. Two tyres. Three flats, this morning's being the most recent. Time for a new rim, I think.

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Cycling into a bollard, Garmin, and Google Earth

Dennis broke his arm, then Alan broke his hip, then one month ago today, Mrs Taylor broke two ribs and dislocated her shoulder. All through not paying enough attention when on two wheels. Dennis wasn't quite 'cycling' but near enough, I think Alan was in the process of trying to cycle, and Sandra was actually […]

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Confession time – I've got a sock fetish!

As the rain beat on the windows this morning I decided it was the perfect time to sort out the large box under the bed that contains my smaller bits of cycle clothing – hats, gloves, leg/arm warmers and socks. Socks, piles and piles of socks. White ones, black ones, blue ones, plain, fancy, wool, […]

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Using the WWW to plan a cycle ride (on a rainy day…)

Another day of 'filthy' weather, to borrow the phrase used by a BBC Breakfast presenter during the week. Today the Hull & East Riding CTC were supposed to have a cycle ride around the Humber. I have a few too many jobs to do – and, of course, the weather is awful. I'm hoping to […]

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