Archive for August 2011

F C Parkes goes for a picnic

The Sandown to Newport cycle track has a very pleasant picnic area at the old Merstone station. Every year members of the Wayfarer Cycle Touring Club and their families gather there for a picnic/BBQ and this year there was the added incentive of freshly cooked jacket potatoes on offer. This was the perfect opportunity to […]

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Shimano mech limit screws: adjustment

Further to bicycle gear ratio analysis... Aide memoire diagrams for which derailleur limit screw does what on which mech on which of our bikes. It's easy to forget as this is not done very often and there are so many different models of front and rear derailleurs. Even similar models; for instance on the FD-M590 […]

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Scott Sportster 10 Solution

Scott Sportster 10 Solution 2011 Mrs Taylor's new bike is a Scott Sportster 10 Solution hybrid bicycle, 2011 model.

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Cycling Diary Entries: new category

New blog category: Cycling Diary Entries... don't appear on home page and no commenting facility. To keep an online record of casual stuff, pic-only Posts, etc? Worth a try.

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Manxcat does Lands End to John O Groats!

Well, Lands End to John O Groats, that Iconic cycle route.

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Cameras and Cambridge

Brown Bike has returned from holiday and is back at work running errands. We had planned on a trip to Cambridge for yesterday, but the forcast was for rain, rain, possibly thunderstorms and more rain. We had enough of that on holiday, so we put it off for a day. (As it turned out, we […]

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Cycling and photography: photos from my bike

Upland road I like the upland road photo. Mostly because I rode there on my bike. A couple of hundred people per day (perhaps more) travel along this road by car and I imagine none of them stops to take a photo of it. Being there on a bicycle is different; a sort of personal […]

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A cycle ride to Pocklington

On the way home beside the road between Burnby and Londesborough Diary entry: Mrs Bailey was visiting a friend today so I stretched a pass out and sneaked in a 60-mile ride to Pocklington. The last time I rode there I got a lift back from Patrick after the loop we rode that day. I […]

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Sky Ride Hull 2011

Just got back from the first Sky Ride Hull (not to be confused with one of those Big Skies Bike Rides) so a quick post and a few photographs. I did enjoy cycling round Hull city centre, and got a bit of a childish thrill in not getting a £30 fine for the pleasure of […]

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Dan's Sing Around Iceland cycle tour – first leg!

Hello all! Here's the first proper account of my cycle trip round Iceland, after a little over one week's cycling round Snaefellsnes, some unseasonal and untypical good weather, and some hardcore offroading! Hæ to all Icelandic viewers, and Hello to all you good folks at home! The Finest Workhorse Rachel* – plus luggage and flag […]

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The Ghost of a Highland Road

This is an article taken from the first issue of 'The Bicycle' published on February 25th 1936. Before we go any further I'd like to make it very clear that this is not a suggestion for the next CycleSeven get together! Today the Corrieyairack Pass is rated as a serious MTB expedition due to the […]

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A word from the old dog!

Today it was a beautiful day and I went on a long complicated hilly cycle on a new complicated hilly route, most of which I'd cycled before, but some of the roads not for years, and most of them as parts of other rides. It consisted of 60 miles, 3100ft of climbing and was cycled […]

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A Bridge Too Far: the last hurrah for my Coventry Eagle Touristique?

Our local BBC 'Look North' presenter has this routine – it seems almost like a contractual obligation – to have a bit of banter with the weatherman instead of having that bit more time to talk about the actual weather. This is how it usually goes: presenter hands over to weatherman; weatherman has a go […]

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A short story of a bicycle chain…

I got my Ridley carbon fibre bike when I retired and have not used it a lot. I told, I think, in an earlier posting about how it had a 10speed chain with a 9-speed link, fitted by the factory which caused a lot of trouble until I diagnosed it and got a new chain […]

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Bicycle gear ratio analysis

27-speed drivetrain My touring bike was supplied with a Shimano Deore 48/36/26 chainset (with 175 mm cranks) and a Deore 11-32 9-speed cassette. I soon replaced the cassette with a Deore XT 11-34 and have just fitted a Deore XT M771 48/36/26 crankset: this 'trekking' crankset has wider ratios than M770 mountain bike cranksets with […]

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Tour to Skipton and Back

A year ago I got on Brown Bike, fell off the other side, and broke my hip. Since then BB has been doing sterling service ferrying me to the hospital, doctors, shopping, meetings and the usual mundane activities, plus a few fun rides. But he's a tourer at heart and we both needed a holiday […]

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Big Skies Bike Rides: Sledmere Country from Sledmere

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 17.5-mile route starts in Sledmere and passes through […]

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Dan's Sing around Iceland cycle tour – let's build a bike!

Singing around Iceland ... OK, the gloves are on (almost), the promises and bold pledges made, the flight tickets, travel money and insurance bought... now all I have to do is actually do it! Greetings from Iceland! – a three-hour flight and a world away from where I was a week ago. Currently 00:24 and […]

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Getting started on a tandem

Lady CoMo's rear wheel cleared customs last week. The plan, which had been to get to the cottage early on Friday to meet Mary, was adjusted. I went down to Bertrand's late in the day for a fitting, put her on the new roof rack and drove off into the sunset.

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A West Riding hiding, or a Yorkshire Dales century ride over two days

When Winifred Holtby wrote her novel “South Riding” – it was published a year after her death in the 1930s – she set it in a fictional part of Yorkshire, although there were thinly veiled references to real places and people in the East Riding of Yorkshire. (I wanted to believe the stories I thought […]

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A quick bike ride into Wyresdale and round Nicky Nook back to Lancaster

Cairns Fell from near Scotforth Heights Diary entry: my cousin Mike and I went for a spin yesterday from his house in Lancaster. Most enjoyable. We cycled east into Wyresdale then south along the road that skirts round the side of Harris End Fell, and came back north round Nicky Nook through some very pleasant […]

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Westport to Achill – an appraisal of the Great Western Greenway

This is, as we say in Cork (and I believe in Liverpool also) a span new cycleway. It's 44 km long or 26 miles in a Christian measure. It is off-road but on surfaced tracks apart from a 1 mile section near Achill Sound and a perhaps 2 mile section on the Westport side of […]

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A cycle ride on the Isle of Wight

The top of Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight A cycling trip we'd looked forward to since February came around last weekend, with my cousin Sally and her husband Jimmy who live in Hampshire. The plan was to cycle from their house and stay two nights in B&Bs but it was only a couple of weeks […]

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