Archive for June 2011

Concrete Block time again!

The 16th of July is fast approaching, the day I leave to ride north. First stop is Bridgwater (88miles), then Yarkhill (near Ledbury) (92miles), then Wrexham – (82miles). (I'm exhausted just talking about it!) Then it's a short one to south Manchester (48miles) and a well earned day off! I will arrive at Skipton after […]

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Magic Liquids

For a while now, I've wanted to raise Brown Bike's handlebars. I bought him brand-new in (I think) 1992, but the frame is dated 1987. He isn't a standard Raleigh model, but has a "Special Products" transfer. I don't know when he was built up, or by whom. When I bought him, I couldn't shift […]

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Expectant Waiting

It was luck that did it. Mary, who is superstitious about such things, came across a charm of a tandem couple and bought it as a pendant. “What do you think?” she asked when she showed it to me that night. She had planned to buy us mountain bikes this year – now a tandem […]

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Bicycle road test report

I fitted new tyres, a new chain and a pair of new brakes, and this morning I rode out for a test ride. Everything was a total success and although my ride was only 18miles I came back with a broad smile on my face. The ride was a complete relief. I'll tell you a […]

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A Late Longest-Day Ride

It rained a little yesterday morning but the forecast was dodgy, so I waited until today which was sunny and warm when we set off at 10am. I decided to get to the supermarket the long way round, along country lanes. Then I decided it was so nice I would go a very long way […]

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Perfect cycling

What is the perfect environment for leisure cycling? If a cyclist was free to create a landscape purely for the pleasure of riding a bike, what would it be? My list:

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A leisurely cycle round the Loire

We've had several enjoyable short trips to France in the last few years with me cycling and Dennis accompanying me on a 49cc scooter. However whenever we've tried to go for a fortnight or more something has gone badly wrong. The year before last Dennis' ancient Honda 90 gave up the ghost and had to […]

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Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour 2011

When two Ottawa cyclists meet at a stop light, the Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour (RLCT) is probably the third most common topic of conversation (“great day”, “how far?”, “riding the Tour this year?”). It is the classic ride of the region, run by the Ottawa Bicycle Club on the first weekend in June. Because it […]

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Sorry for my absence

First of all, I have to apologize for being away from CycleSeven for so long. Things have been a bit busy and stuff recently and although I’ve been out cycling I haven’t done enough. In early May I was the victim of road rage – me as a pedestrian! and was attacked for having the […]

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DogCam Bullet HD WIDE review

Mini camcorder for cyclists DogCam's Bullet HD WIDE mini camcorder is a wide angled version of their original mini bullet cam reviewed here in January. The lens resolution is the same high definition 1280 x 720 pixels but the camera's field of view is increased from 60° to a much wider 135°. The new bullet […]

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The Commute Part Deux…

... or How to cross the River Hull on a bike in relative safety: The Commute Part Deux (with apologies to Kern). I haven’t been enjoying my ride to work just lately. I have to get from the east to the west of the River Hull. On the route I usually take there is a […]

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A two week tour of the Danube

A two-week tour. I've not done a tour of this length since I was a teenager. Cool morning A tour of the Danube with a couple of American strangers that I had met on the Crazyguyonabike website. The plan was to link up with them on day 2 of my ride as I would be […]

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Cycling Holland: light, wind, water

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Big Skies Bike Rides: Great Wold Valley from Hunmanby

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 21.1-mile route starts in Hunmanby and passes through […]

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