Archive for April 2011

Happy Campers!

I love camping, I always have. As a very small child I used to make tents from old sheets and broom handles and when an older cousin gave me his old 'pup' tent I was in seventh heaven. Camping with the Guides soon followed, my parents were slightly hurt that I never wanted to come […]

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Wold Top Brewery: bikes, beer and betrothal

For some, bikes and beer don't mix. On occasion I have a drop, but not on a serious bike ride. A couple of weeks ago I stopped off at the Ship Inn at Sewerby during our Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route ride. Before we got there, between Fordon and Burton Fleming, we passed the entrance to […]

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Stephen Roche knew a thing or two

Stephen Roche from Dublin was outrageously talented as a cyclist. As a young 18yr old in the Irish Milk Race, he was so much better than anyone else that they used to let him off in the morning and have their own race behind him. He won easily. When he was looking for a pro […]

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Easter: walking and cycling from Beddgelert, Snowdonia

We had the teaching profession to thank for a week of the finest Easter holiday weather on record. Teachers didn't actually create this weather but they were responsible for the perfect timing of this year's family gathering at Beddgelert in Snowdonia. One of my brothers (who is a teacher) couldn't make our normal slot because […]

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Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route: a one-day ride

The (proposed*) Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route is a loop of more than 140 miles including two off-road sections that can be avoided fairly easily if required. There seems to be no specific start to the well-planned route developed by ‘Visit Hull & East Yorkshire’, but we completed this course as a one-day ride in a […]

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Cycling in the forest

Cycling with my brother in Beddgelert Forest last Thursday. He is quicker than me uphill but I reach the bottom first. My tyres were Schwalbe Smart Sam 700 x 40c (28" x 1.6"). They are excellent tyres. The main hazard is sheep running out from the trees. Part-way through the video my brother stops to […]

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Boldly to go, where no sane cyclist has gone before

The Tints mainland ride this month was to the New Forest. Great! Straight off the ferry and into beautiful countryside. No city centres to work your way out of, just miles of quiet lanes, bliss! I happily cycled the familiar 20 miles to the ferry at Yarmouth on a beautiful sunny morning that promised to […]

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The Beara Pilgrimage

I've cycled the fabled Ring of Beara maybe ten times in all. This was described in an old CTC book about bike touring as "probably the best one day tour in the British Isles". That it surely is. The full ring varies from 90 to about 105 miles depending on how much you take in. […]

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A heavyweight hangs up his… wheels?

Boxers hang up their gloves, footballers their boots and tennis players their racquets. What do cyclists hang up? Their bikes? Their wheels? My wheels are coming off the bike to be taken back to their builder to be trued. I've done a few hundred miles on them so they are ready for a bit of […]

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Manxcat and Tina, cycle East… and then West!

The Way of the Roses, then back via Leyburn in Herriot Country. Tina and I set off in the still of morning, and as luck would have it, a runner was panting towards us and so took our first photograph of the trip. Tina and I at Groudle Glen enroute to the ferry

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Pumping tyres with valve extensions on the tubes

Lizzie borrowed a pair of carbon wheels for a duathlon she's doing on Saturday and asked me to pump them. They are V-sections carbon rims with long funny-looking valve extensions. I couldn't get a decent connection, or so it seemed, to inflate the tyres hard enough. Tried various pumps. I could get them hard but […]

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The Joy of Slow

I have no experience of group riding and how this works alongside motorists. I work out theories of how to do this but wanted to see how it actually works. So I went out with a CTC Senior Cyclists' Group. At 53 I may not be particularly "senior" but nor am I massively fit. Starting […]

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Bicycle cable rub

Peugeot Scorpion ATB circa 1987 When I loaded my Giant Escape Disc onto the car rack the evening before a Big Sky Bike Ride with Chris in March I noticed how the brake cable outers had rubbed together and worn through to the wire spirals. I went on my touring bike instead. I've also had […]

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South to Meet the Spring

'South to meet the Spring' is the title of an article on the Isle of Wight that appeared in the CTC Gazette in February 1958. The article was illustrated with sketches by Frank Patterson from an earlier era. On a day more like summer than spring, I cycled to the places mentioned to see what, […]

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Personal Best

I don't really do numbers. I'm not competitive even against myself, preferring to enjoy the scenery and weather. I even enjoy cold windy rain, so long as I'm in suitable clothes. The numbers are less important than the ride. Perhaps this is an excuse as my numbers are pretty horrendous. But I usually zero the […]

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Honks, bonks and oopsy daisy

Sorry, I couldn't think of a more sensible title for a post to sum up my last two rides. One was across the Humber to Kirton in Lindsey, the other to Malton in North Yorkshire. For a Sunday morning the roads seemed rather busy over in Barton, on the south bank of the Humber. Having […]

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Pinhead Skewer Review

On our last tour, locks and cables were the heaviest items we carried. Securing our bike frames is one thing; keeping our wheels from walking off is another matter. Pinhead skewers are a good, simple solution for keeping your wheels attached to your frame.

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The Santa Ponza or Torremolinos Bag

I'm not hugely into style. I'll rephrase that. I don't care about style. I prefer function. I've owned many bicycles in my time, certainly more than 30, but I've never bought hugely expensive stylish bikes for the sake of style. On the other hand, I'm keen on function. I've bought all sorts of cycling clothes, […]

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Two girls plan an Adventure…

The Way of the Roses. I like to plan my own rides and where I cycle having already ridden several Sustrans routes since I began cycling in 2007. Tina knew someone on the island who had ridden the new Sustrans route – Way of the Roses and she wanted to do this ride. Well, why […]

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Dancing with the Traffic

Dancing with the Traffic. Great expression for describing riding in the city! I can’t claim the rights on the saying as it was told to me by a biker-lady we know. She rides a Suzuki Bandit with a huge 1200cc engine. There’s nothing of her, so how she handles all that power is beyond me! […]

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