Archive for September 2011

Mafting in Melton

The last day of the week; the last day of September. The last chance of a crafty ride after work before the weather turns? (Note to self: if I do get another chance remember to take lights next time.) I don't know how many times I have hoped to get away after work for a […]

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Cycling to Corfe Castle

I spend a lot of time cycling along the south coast of the Isle of Wight. On a really clear day you can make out the hotels along the seafront at Bournemouth and the distant outline of the Purbeck Hills beyond. I've often fancied cycling to this distant vista but I've always been put off […]

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Redruth 70 – an adventure!

I have this idea to ride on every road in Cornwall. Obviously, it's a stupid and pointless idea, but I can reasonably do it if I just take the all the main roads, all the B roads, and the main unclassified roads. I landed on this plan a few years ago whilst mowing the grass […]

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Balmy in Biggleswade

The sun fought to burn through the pinky-purple haze when Brown Bike and I set off at 7am this morning. We avoid travelling before 9am because we are not keen on commuters. They know these country lanes forwards and backwards (but mostly not sideways). They know the exact speed they can take each corner, and […]

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Do you do duathlon?

A while ago I thought about getting back in to running. I wanted to improve my general fitness, to supplement my time on the bike. But running hurts.

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A Count Enchancer

Despite its dangers, and they are real, there are several major pleasures you can get from cycling. There is the buzz you get from a good but not excessive workout, there is the sensual pleasure of a warming sun on your bones and the wind in your face, there is the thrill of going around […]

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Garmin 800 Review

One of the first trip reports we read said that you can always count on your bicycle computer malfunctioning on a tour. Certainly ours have. Lady CoMo has her needs, one is a computer. We decided on a Garmin 800, mounted on the stoker's handlebar. If I think Mary's bored I can call out, "What's […]

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Cycling to Exeter and back

The weather has been awful and unreliable for WEEKS. Although I've been able to get out cycling every now and again, I've been champing at the bit to get out for a real ride. Usually, I do a circuit of anywhere between 15 miles and 75 miles, but I'm running short of ideas. I fancied […]

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Buying a new bike: more knowledge, more expense

I think it was when I'd cycled 25 miles (in one go) that I went from being somebody who rode a bike to being a cyclist. There is a clear distinction between these two groups; the main one being that I would actually buy 'Cycling Active' and not just browse through it on WH Smith's […]

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A curious creaking

A few months ago I paid a rare visit to my local bike shop. I had fitted a new chainring and chain and thought I'd better fit a new cassette as well. I'd already bought the cassette but although I have a chainwhip and lockring remover I can never generate enough brute force to undo […]

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Hollowtech II: chain line and Q-factor

Hollowtech II is a type of bicycle bottom bracket (BB) manufactured by Shimano. They are very easy to remove and replace, which meant it was also very easy to alter the chain line on my Ridgeback touring bike. It was simply a matter of fitting some spacers in different positions to those indicated in Shimano's […]

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Choosing a new bike: "A little knowledge…"

Natural aging had brought me to forty three years old, but a lack of attention had taken me to over fifteen stone. One hour of five a side football a week was not enough to keep anywhere near an acceptable level of fitness. So one Sunday in February this year I dug out my rusting […]

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Coffee in Caistor and tea in Tealby: a cycle ride in the Lincolnshire Wolds

The regulars in our little B group have been absent lately for various reasons. But I have had a pass out on four consecutive weekends so I have made the most of each of them. Last Sunday two riders, who were new to our group the previous week, came back for a ride across the […]

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Home At Last – Kinmount to Ottawa

One more block The engine talks Whispers 'Home at last" Whispers "Home at last" Tom Waits – "Diamonds on My Windshield" Home at last. We have just finished a three day ride on Lady CoMo from the cottage to Ottawa and are shivering and exhausted. However, we are still talking to each other, and the […]

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Bike maintenance, by a total novice… Chain replacement…

When I arrived home from cycling Land's End to John O'Groats, I discovered that I had aged my poor ol Hettie by several decades. I only took up cycling in 2007, and it has been a real learning curve on how to maintain a bicycle. Up to now, I could repair a puncture, clean the […]

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Getting There: Yakima Sidewinder Cartop Carrier

We knew that as soon as we picked up Lady CoMo we would be faced with the challenge of transporting her. We had a bicycle car top carrier from Volkswagen, but there was no tandem carrier available for it. Also, although the Volkswagen carrier is made by Thule, it is a lower end product (more […]

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Carbon fibre fork failure

A couple of weeks ago an acquaintance's cycling companion snapped the carbon fibre fork on his Trek bike. He crashed badly and: Quote: is paralysed from the neck down with little prospect of recovery. This is of course a total horror for a cyclist. He's 61 years of age.

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Brief Encounter

This post is going to seem more than a little tame after Dan and Mary's exploits but it made my day so here we go.

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Dan's Sing Around Iceland cycle tour – Halfway through the Tour

Time for another rest stop and a sarnie break – here's my latest update on progress round Iceland, musings on life, geology and everything Icelandic – and maybe a paragraph or two about cycling, singing or both! Coming to you LIVE from Akureyri, cultural hotspot and capital of the north, and home to some truly […]

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Isle of Man Lighthouse Challenge 2011 and an Audax 200km

Its time I upgraded my Audax riding, and none better than including it with a local Sportive – The Isle of Man Lighthouse Challenge, organised by Isle of Man Cycling. Route of my 200km, together with the coastal route followed by the Isle of Man Lighthouse Challenge Sportive.

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Two rides, suspension forks

Saturday poured down. All day. Never left the house. Near Jepson's Gate (a poor photo with the gate bar obscuring the hill) Sunday, sunny and warm and I went for a ride with Sandra – the third time out on her Scott hybrid. As we came back along the track over Healey Nab we absolutely […]

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A wet cycle ride to Huggate

Millington Dale towards Huggate The regular 'B' group riders were absent today. So with the 'C' group to an early morning coffee stop at a pub in North Cave. After that we split up and six of us decide to go up to Huggate, maybe Thixendale if the weather stays fine. It didn't. Nice to […]

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A cycle loop of the West Pennine Moors

Earlier this week I made an overdue car journey across to the other side of the Pennines and met up with another CycleSeven blogger, Patrick, for a ride around the West Pennine Moors (map of the Moors) . It was a Lancashire ride that had everything I could offer in my part of Yorkshire – […]

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