Archive for January 2011

Cycling tweets & cyclists on Twitter

I'm still not sure what to make of Twitter. Ken Roberts, cycling 45,000 miles round the world, has only just begun tweeting after 10,000 miles. I hope this doesn't mean he stops blogging as did, for example, www.goingslowly.com whose previously interesting cycling blog more or less dried up last December when they went over to […]

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A cycle ride to Bell Mills

I seem to have got in to a pattern of getting out on my bike on alternate weekends. Today's ride had the same cafe stop as the last one: Bell Mills Garden Centre near Driffield. The route today was almost the same as the one I took a fortnight ago, with different riders, except in […]

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DogCam Bullet HD review

DogCam Bullet HD 720p Camera At 78mm long x 22mm in diameter and weighing 32 grams the DogCam Bullet HD 720p video camera is a convenient size to mount discreetly on bicycle handlebars or a cycling helmet. With a charge of its built-in battery and an 8GB MicroSD card this tiny cordless cam records up […]

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SpinScan

One of the interesting aspects of the CompuTrainer is the SpinScan. I’m not sure quite how it’s done, but the system measures the torque applied to the pedals at each point in the compass. The visual display gives you an idea of the efficiency of your pedal stroke – an ideal pedal stroke would show […]

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Choosing the next small-wheel vehicle

Just before Christmas I was given a folding bike. One of my reasons for getting the Dahon Piccolo was so that I could take it on a train to somewhere on the Yorkshire Coast Line and do one or two short cycle rides. The idea was that I could get to places a bit too […]

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Jetboil Flash

The Jetboil Flash is one of the most striking looking stoves. Its undoubtedly the prettiest stove in my collection, but does it offer any significant increase in performance compared to other gas stoves?

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Bullet cam cycling helmet test

I'd been testing my DogCam Bullet HD on the handlebars of my bike. Yesterday I fixed the camera to my cycling helmet and rode to the Bolton Arena. My speed awareness course was held there today, starting at 8.00 am. By coincidence the Bolton Arena was designed by me in 1996. This is only the […]

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Cantabrian Footsteps

I want to live in a huge but single-storey house that I can cycle round. Forget this walking lark. Walking is difficult and "uncomfortable", as the medics call it. It's been this way since before Christmas. The problems are either soft tissue (in which case I should exercise more) or dying bone (in which case […]

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Bracken, on the NCN route 1

Not a day for many photo opportunities, although I hope to write something about the ride I did today which included the Driffield Big Skies Bike Ride – or at least the majority of that route. Before the rain came down I took the photograph below of half of today's 'B' group riders, cycling along […]

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DogCam Bullet HD video camera

A video camera the size of your thumb...

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101 Years Ago – CTC Gazette Jan 1910

You have probably gathered by now that I'm quite keen on cycling history. I can't resist old cycling magazines and the window they open onto a byegone world. At first glance, cycling in 1910 appears so very different from cycling in 2011, but a closer look reveals that some things have not really changed.

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Cycling weather frustrations

The weather, we all agree has been terrible. Last January, we had 'New Ice Age 1', and then we went into 'New Ice Age 2' in December. The north of the country copped it more than the south, and although our weather here is now mild – thank goodness – it's wetter, and every so […]

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Weight on my Giant bike

My Giant winter bike weighed about 25 lbs new, but the suspension fork and a Brooks saddle probably bring it nearer to 28 lbs (I must weigh it). That isn't a fire extinguisher in the bottle cage. For this afternoon's ride I decided to try the red Lifeventure thermal mug I was given at Christmas, […]

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How It Was We Took Up Cycling

I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable – Dwight Eisenhower The weather outside is somewhere between bitter and miserable – hardly the sort of day to hop in the saddle and set out for a century or two. So pull up a chair, thrust the tin heater well into the […]

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Yorkshire Wolds cycling: the first ride of 2011

All these potholes. Someone should look in to them. After making it out on New Year's Eve I wanted to ride on roads I hoped would be clear of ice, but avoid retracing too much of the same route. It was very misty that day and, although there had been a thaw since, the temperature […]

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A quick spin

On New Year's Eve I hurtled around the village preceding a local loop. This was about 12 km (7.5 miles) which I did in 3 min 22 sec. That's 214 kph (134 mph). A personal best. And, if I'm not mistaken, a world record for human powered vehicles. Click on the piccy for the viddy.

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