Archive for March 2011

To the Test with the Tints

The Tints, or to give them their full title, The Autumn Tints Over 50s Cycling Comrades have 6 sections in the north of England and one on the Isle of Wight. Founded by 'Owd Tom' Hughes in 1924 membership is open to anyone over 50 and so, as I reached this sorry milestone last year, […]

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A tale of two tyres (or four or six)

Ignorance was bliss: I thought I was happy with Brown Bike's Schwalbe Marathon 28mm tyres.

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Broken cycling helmet

(Click photo to enlarge) Lucky he was wearing a helmet. Not broken completely, but fractured. It worked.

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DMR V8 pedals: replacement cones

The DMR V8 flat pedal, introduced some time before the Millenium, is apparently still a best-seller at MTB specialists Chain Reaction Cycles, along with the V12 and V12 Magnesium. I've used the V8 since 2008 and the lighter V12 Magnesium since 2009, but both on road bikes, not MTB. Next time I'm feeling extravagant I'll […]

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Which GPS Should I Get?

Mary is a gadget person. Her birthday is coming up, and I know she would really enjoy a GPS for her bike. But which one should I get?

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Big Skies Bike Rides: Burton Agnes and Kilham from Driffield

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 24-mile route starts in the centre of Driffield […]

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Skinned Knuckles and Sleepless Nights!

Roberta's middle chainring was worn and needed replacing. This seemed like the sort of basic job I should be able to do myself but when I phoned to order a new ring I was told that it wouldn't be possible without removing the crank as the middle ring bolts on from behind. I didn't want […]

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An Equinox Ride

I'm a day late celebrating the equinox but I've had toothache. It started when the dentist fixed a problem I didn't know I had, and this became infected. Up, down, left, right, you name it. Sorry, too much detail. Instead of an antibiotic, I'm on an antimicrobial. Is that a different name for the same […]

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Hetchins, Scones and Audaxing…

Finally spring is getting under way here on the Isle of Man. The sun had his hat on for the Saturday Scone run. So long as Jack Frost stayed in bed, I was bringing out the Hetchins for her first ride of 2011. She was purchased last April (Her birthday is 10th April 2010) and […]

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Big Sky Cycling – a loop from Stamford Bridge near York

The big sky – Yorkshire Wolds, March 2011 On Saturday I joined up with Chris at Stamford Bridge near York to cycle another Big Skies bike ride in the Yorkshire Wolds: my second in about a month. By 'join up with' I mean I met him 40 miles into a ride of almost 130 miles, […]

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

First ride of the season – bliss!!

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Why?Bikes

The way Roberta hogs the limelight you could be forgiven for thinking that she is my only bike. This is not so. For about a year now I've also had a heavy duty tourer made by Why?Bikes, a little known make who made women's bikes as part of Swallow Tandems. Roberta is my pride and […]

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A Lincolnshire Wolds cycle ride (South Kelsey, Walesby, Kirmington)

I'm still trying to get to grips with the many towns and villages in the Yorkshire Wolds in preparation for, amongst other rides, the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route. But every now and again it's nice to get over to Lincolnshire and the quiet country lanes that include route 1 of the NCN. Yesterday over 30 […]

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Virtual Cycle Tour

On a longish ride last week, it occurred to me that instead of taking photographs to describe where I've been, I could use the technology available on the 'net. I know this isn't ideal, but it goes some way towards it. I thought I'd use Google Streetview to give a "virtual bike ride" and point […]

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Bicycle Photos

There are some good photos on today's BBC web site.

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Cycling in Corkwall

My friend Mick has gone to London for a fortnight so today I decided to do some exploration on my own, rather than going out with another friend. What I love about being on my own is that I can stop when I want, as often as I want and feel no pressure. I love […]

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Cycling kit: how low can you go?

I have a weight problem. Yes, I'm carrying perhaps a stone of excess weight – mostly around my midsection – but my main problem concerns how much kit I carry on day rides. What to leave at home? This is what I routinely carry on my Kinesis bike, minus the grub (typically three bananas, cashews, […]

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Cycling Mobility magazine

A new Global Journal Championing Cycling Mobility was launched yesterday: cyclingmobility. One of its articles was written by me: Where Less Is More, analysing highway design from a cyclist's point of view. I haven't read the final article as cyclingmobility is subscription only, aimed at governments, cities and councils, transport companies, consultants and industry. I […]

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Exercising

The left leg is good. It works well, takes my weight, bends properly, walks and pedals, and generally gives me no grief. Fit and forget, you might say. I've nothing against my left leg. Remember classic Pete and Dud? "The problem is, neither have you."

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My first Century

I've been a bit worried about the prospect of an upcoming Century ride on a borrowed bike. There is no reason for me to worry, the first Century ride I ever did was on a bike like this. Mine was actually bright yellow but this is the same model, a Puch 'Touring' from the 1970s.

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Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route

The Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route is a loop of more than 140 miles using mostly NCN-marked roads. As far as I am aware there isn't an official starting place, but for no other reason than my own convenience I see Beverley – the most significant point closest to my home – as the beginning of […]

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Guy Martin's bike

Guy Martin's bike was apparently stolen a couple of weeks ago – not his racing motorcycle but an Orange Alpline 160 mountain bike, stolen from his van. This is not the first time someone has fancied owning Guy's bicycles. In 2009 his Scott Ransom 10 and an Orange 224 GBR were stolen from a farm […]

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1st March and Spring

Sandra at Frederick's Ice Cream Parlour

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