Archive for February 2012

Cycle for only 3 minutes a week

Anyone who cycles purely for fitness need travel no further than one mile. But you must ride flat out and do it once a week (a mile is how far you'd go on a bike in 3 minutes at 20 mph). This is because it can "deliver many of the health and fitness benefits of […]

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The Granite Way

The Granite Way is a cycle track built on the dismantled London and Southwestern Railway line – later used by the Great Western Railway, and still later by BR Southwestern Region – between Lydford and Okehampton, Devon. It is maintained by a partnership of Sustrans and Devon County Council. It forms part of Route 27. […]

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spring sprang sprung

Well, not quite. This is Hawthorn. Nice though.

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What to do when its icy outside

Albert, views it all in disgust. Its happened twice now. Twice I have entered a 200km GPS Audax, and on both occasions I have had to cancel when I got up in the morning. For a 200km on a Sunday, I have to set off at 4am, otherwise Im not back in time to make […]

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Cycling, signs and separatism

These are interesting times for cycling and cycling matters, at least in the national newspapers (for national read London-based). Several newspapers have recently added their weight to calls for something to be done about what is claimed to be the rising toll of cyclists killed on our roads, especially on the roads of the capital, […]

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Service: Chain Reaction Cycles

I received an email last Friday (thanks Chris) informing me that Chain Reaction Cycles is selling 9-speed Shimano Tiagra model 4503 triple front mechs for £10 (RRP £31.99). Free delivery. This is the same front mech as the one on our 2008 Ridgeback Panorama touring bikes. With the industry move to 10-speed (why?) they are […]

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A run around the Manx hills and fells

Its been AGES since my last blog. The winter doesn't entice me to drag out my camera, although I have still been plugging out my Audax rides. During the winter though, I tend to cycle my Perms rather than GPS because I am so rubbish on the computer, it takes me about 3 hours to […]

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Stop the bike, take the photo

It's cold, damp, grey, getting late. Then the sun appears from nowhere.

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A Sad Tail

Kate wandered a bit too close last Wednesday, just as I was really digging in to catch Titanium Man. All it took was one unfortunate wag of the tail – a hair got caught in the roller, and it dragged her in. I expect she will be alright. The vet says she may not need […]

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Winter Wobblies

I'd forgotten how hard it is to ride on snow. While it is still loose, it's like pedalling through sand but it rolls into snowballs under the mudguards and around the brakes. Compacted snow is worse, nearly as slippery as ice but twice as bumpy so Brown Bike and I do our famous imitation of […]

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