Archive for December 2010

How far can you ride in a year?

This is the time of year when cyclists start looking through their diaries or studying their computers to see how many miles they covered this year. I'd like one day to hit 10,000 but I never have and I suspect that I never will. This year's total will be almost 8,000. Its a respectable distance […]

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Why soaps won't wash with me: a cyclist comes clean

Q. What do Coronation Street, Eastenders and Emmerdale have in common? A. They’re all soaps? Q. Yes, yes. What else? A. They all have a pub in which characters consume alcohol well above the safe drinking levels advised by all the health agencies? Q. Can you give me more? A. Er, they’ve all featured storylines […]

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Christmas, gettin' out and about again, and a Paramo review

December has been a horrible month as far as cycling has been concerned. My last Audax ride was on the 12th of December and that was the very last day I rode my bicycle... not like me at all.

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Après snow

It is two degrees Centigrade, there was rain overnight and now it is foggy. The roads have salt, slush and that slippery black stuff I dare not name. My larder is still well-stocked, and my hip has been in "discomfort" (as the medics euphemistically call it) since I went by bus to the supermarket before […]

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Bike shop survey: UK retail trends

As two of my sons work part-time in bike shops – one in a large chain and one in a small independent – I hear the view from the retailer's side: issues like margins, stock levels, cash flow, what is profitable and what is not, etc. During November, BikeBiz gathered the thoughts of 95 independent […]

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Kinesis Racelight T2 review

It's almost a year since I was allowed to put a pair of pedals and Brooks B17 Standard saddle on to the Christmas present that was to become my winter trainer/commuter/club run/Audax bike. So, belatedly perhaps, here is a Kinesis Racelight T2 2010 review. Kinesis Racelight T2 2010: a winter training bike, amongst other things.

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Season's Greetings

Best Wishes To All For Some Splendid Safe Cycling In The Coming Year. As James Arnold wrote in 'The Joyous Wheel' (1940) 'Happy is the cyclist who rides throughout the year, taking what comes his way in weather, choosing only his itinerary. At the end of the year he will scoff at the poor soul […]

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Non Cycling Weather

How many times have I been out on my bike since this weather started? Three times. The frost came, and I stayed in. I had a cold, I stayed in. I got better, more frost and ice, I stayed in. The sun shone, melted the ice, so I ventured out. That happened only three times, […]

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CompuTrainer

Yesterday was rematch day. Same route, same opponent. Before going further I will warn you that this post has an Irish angle. I have never ridden a bicycle race and I don't think I ever will. I'm a bit past the time of life to take up competitive sports, if you know what I mean.

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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

I'm not too keen on this latest weather. Previously the roads were cold and dry but now they're cold and wet. When the temperature crawls above zero all my favourite routes are covered in thick sticky mud. When the mercury falls below zero, glaciers lurk in my path. I can either stay at home and […]

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Tory Hill to Paudash Lake

Tory Hill to Paudash Lake is a lovely run of 24 kilometers that goes over the rolling hills of the Canadian Shield on a twisting road. Last Sunday I rode this route for my first training run of the season. It was one of those monochrome days when the gray is punctuated only by the […]

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Dem Bones Dem Bones

My recent cycling ambition was to travel to my eighteen-week fracture clinic on my bike. Not, you understand, to actually cycle around the clinic and X-ray department on the bike, though it is tempting: Addenbrooke's is a big place. Recent icy weather put the kibosh on any cycling, so I couldn't build up to the […]

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Black ice and dodgy cycling

This afternoon I was cycling up Sheep House Lane from Rivington Village in Lancashire. The temperature, I reckoned, about 4°C. After a rise from Rivington the lane turns left towards Dean Head Lane and Yarrow Reservoir. There's a short steep descent just after the turn and I could see black ice on the road, so […]

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A Pound of Perseverance is worth a Ton of Talent

This is only peripherally about cycling, but what the heck? I've the flu, I'm stuck indoors and I've got to do something!

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Borrowing Boris's Bike

We spent this weekend in London so I thought I'd give the London Cycle Hire Scheme a try.

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Big Skies Bike Rides: South Dalton, Lockington and Lund from Market Weighton

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 20.5-mile route starts at the William Bradley statue […]

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Servicing my Shimano Deore hub

Dismantling the hub for regreasing For the record: Shimano FH-M530 rear freehub. I'd been meaning to do this job for a while so this uncyclable weekend I bought a cone spanner and some ball bearings. I already had a chain whip, the special nut for removing a cassette, and some lithium grease. For me this […]

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Bicycle stability and centre of gravity (or mass)

In the current issue of CTC's 'Cycle' magazine there's an article by Chris Juden, the Technical Editor. Chris normally knows what he's talking about. The article compares two electrically assisted bikes. One has the battery higher than the other and he wrote: "The Trek has the battery high up, which makes the bike a little […]

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Danny MacAskill: Way Back Home

This is worth a look.

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