Archive for November 2011

Season Finale

The weekend was the last ride of the season. By Saturday rain had washed away Wednesday’s snow and the pavement was dry. The ride wasn’t as long as planned. It so happened that our intended route over Bellamy Side Road is not surfaced, so we just did a short out-and-back. Nothing strenuous. On the way […]

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Moon X-Power 500 front light

Moon X-Power 500 mounted on my winter bike Other than the items on Santa’s list I foolishly thought I had everything I needed for my bikes. Since February I have spent close on £3000 on bikes, clothing and equipment (but clawed back £273.65 on selling bikes now not needed). A further cost will now be […]

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Bike upgrade: hydraulic disc brakes

... from cables (known as mechanical). My Giant Escape Disc is now equipped with Teppan Yaki SP5 floating stainless steel rotors and Shimano Deore M596 hydraulic brakes (opposed 2-piston design) with sintered pads. These brakes are 'bottom end' MTB (this bike is actually a hybrid) but according to Singletrack Magazine have "gained some of the […]

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If it's Sunday it must be Fridaythorpe

Following the Bracken trail (and the pattern of the day) the other chaps pull away in to the fog Today's ride was a struggle. It's been three weeks since my last ride and a week since the Bailey household succumbed to the nursery germs that James brought home with him. Still, I'm glad I got […]

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My log of cycle rides in 2011 (by Chris)

January 2nd Market Weighton solo 55 miles January 16th Bell Mills and Driffield Big Skies Bike Ride with CTC 76 miles January 30th Bell Mills with CTC 62 miles February 6th Humber Bridge with Danny 20 miles February 20th Brigg (?) with CTC 56 miles February 24th Market Weighton to Lund loop with Patrick 87 […]

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Pimp My Ride

The Satin Bowerbird is found in the forests of Australia. Like all bowerbirds it clears a small area and decorates it with carefully collected objects in order to attract a mate. These can be flowers, pebbles or even discarded sweet wrappers, bottle tops or old biros. The Satin Bowerbird has a particular fascination with shiny […]

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Ruby's drug run

Ruby Bike was feeling somewhat neglected. Possibly because I had been neglecting her. Autumn weather, and I really needed to kit her out properly, all the usual excuses. She overheard today's weather forecast: a bit of sun might break through the thick blanket of cloud. That's me, she said, I'm the summer bike, right? But […]

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Something's wrong: I'm satisfied with my bike

Cateye TL-LD1100 LED rear light The satisfaction is not the one I'm tempted by whenever I cycle over a busy motorway. After all, I'm sometimes down there on the road myself and besides, this is the movement of people and goods that keeps the wheels turning, so to speak. Most of the things society now […]

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'Into the Light' by Kuklos

Kuklos was the pen name of William Fitzwalter Wray who contributed a column 'Cycling Notes' to 'The Daily News' (London) from the beginning of the Twentieth Century until the paper closed in 1930. Some of these were reprinted in book form as 'The Kuklos Papers'. This piece was written, as he puts it, 'at the […]

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An Annual Cycle

A number of waterways flow through Ottawa and influence its shape; just so, a number of layers of government control its environs, for better or worse. The most unusual of these is the National Capital Commission (NCC), an appointed body that controls specific areas of green space and parkland in the capital region. It is […]

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Cycling Magazines

When the pile of cycling magazines by my chair got so big that it toppled over I thought perhaps it was time for a bit of a sort out. In these days of internet blogs and forums you could be forgiven for thinking that the humble magazine has had its day. Who submits technical queries […]

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Dan's Singaroundiceland cycle tour – finished but not over!

Hello all! Yes, I'm back.. and yes, I finished! 3000km, 3000 photos and £3000 raised (and counting..) but the story isn't over yet. Collecting money is the Devil's own job, hence my silence on this page since my return! To keep you amused, here's an article I wrote for the Reykjavik Grapevine (published online two […]

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Cycling blog birthday

CycleSeven's first Post was 1st November 2009. So we are two years old today. 434 Posts, 3,576 approved comments, and as intended, our team includes two women cyclists. Well done all!

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