Archive for January 2012

Handpump Comparison: Topeak vs. Lezyne

Is there anything more frustrating than a lousy handpump? In our short cycling career I must have gone through a dozen pumps, most of which are now landfill. There are two main requirements for a good handpump in my humble opinion: it must fasten securely to the valve stem, and you must be able to […]

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The London Bike Show

Last Sunday I visited the London Bike Show at the Excel Centre. It was held in conjunction with the Outdoors Show, the Adventure Travel Show and the Boat Show. Boats make me seasick but the rest sounded right up my street.

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Caistor Sunday 15th January 2012

Nearly 50 miles plus cycling to the Humber Bridge and back, so just over 60 miles today. A good, cold ride, and good, hot coffee in Caistor. Coasting in Caistor: Francis and Scott take the plunge

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The first ride of 2012 in "Hockney Country" (aka the Yorkshire Wolds)

Approaching Middleton on the Wolds along an unfamiliar road Ooh, dear. I see this morning's online Independent report about the Yorkshire Wolds (and David Hockney's A Bigger Picture exhibition that opens at the Royal Academy on Saturday) is in the Travel section.

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Dan's Singaround Iceland tour – a few myths about Iceland

Hello all! Happy New Year, and thanks for coming back – after three months I've just finished collecting my sponsorship in for my Singaroundiceland cycle tour (£3933, plus another few hundred in Gift Aid!), but now it's about time I told you a bit more about the place, and set a few myths to rest. […]

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The Sentence

This is not a pretty story. I will be spare in the details.

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Annie Londonderry: A Remarkable Woman

Annie Londonderry was the first woman cyclist to circle the globe. Although she was a celebrity in her day she would now be completely forgotten if it was not for the extensive research of her descendant Peter Zheutlin and his book 'Around the World on Two Wheels'. Santa kindly brought me a copy and, although […]

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Building bicycle wheels: the best builder is you

Fifty miles in, the bicycle wheels I built for myself a few days ago are as true as an arrow from Robin Hood's bow. They did not fly into pieces at the first bump in the road and there is no reason why they should. Bicycle wheel building is much easier than, say, knitting or […]

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