Archive for June 2012

Herne Hill, Going for Gold

Medals won by Tommy Godwin at the 1948 Olympics Herne Hill velodrome in south London is the only surviving venue from the last London Olympics in 1948. I don't take a great interest in track cycling. Going round in circles, especially indoors, is the very antithesis of what I enjoy about cycling. However as I […]

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Being overtaken by another cyclist (and doing your own thing)

I like to think I am reasonably fit, able to cycle 80 miles or so without too much trouble (although my usual spin is nearer to 25 miles). I am not 'super fit' nor do I particularly want to be. I don't cycle fast but generally ride at a pace I can keep up all […]

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We didn't mean to go to Stevenage

An unexpected family issue needed my urgent attention in Stevenage. I could have gone by taxi, train, car or any number of modes. As Brown Bike had never been to my home town, but had heard about the marvellous cycle tracks, he was eager to go. So off we went.

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Manxcat in Wellies in the Dales

Well, I wish I had brought them along with me at any rate! One thing at least that Audax cycling does is to re alight the ‘Be Prepared’ motto from many of our outdoor pursuit activities. Was I glad I was prepared! The island was hosting its TT Motorbike Festival, and the TT Practice week […]

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Rideau Lakes 2012

Last weekend was the annual Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour ride from Ottawa to Kingston. We were almost at the registration area and had not seen a single cyclist. “Are you sure we have the right date?” It was the right day, alright – we were just a bit early getting started. What a gorgeous morning. […]

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Le Terrier Sportive 2012 in Terrible Weather

Le Terrier is a sportive event held in Lancaster. They have 3 routes to choose from of different distances. I had entered the 72 mile event as I was ‘borrowing’ someone elses’ hilly route so I could claim a DIY GPS Audax AAA ride. Hettie on the top at Cross O'Greet, it was just too […]

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The Finishing Touch

When I recently described various upgrades that I had made to Why?Bike there seemed to be general agreement that my tatty, creaky, adjustable handlebar stem had to go next. I did think long and hard about going all modern and getting an Ahead converter but I like the looks of quill stems and had secretly […]

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Long Day's Journey into Night (a cycle ride from Loftus)

One of the pleasures of planning a cycle ride is working out the best way to link various points. I have a vague plan of cycling from the church in Hull where I was married, up to Middlesbrough Cathedral (Hull is in the Diocese of Middlesbrough) and back one day this year. Or maybe next. […]

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I-Spy Jubilee Britain

A couple of roads (and any number of bridleways) across Salisbury Plain are often closed by Army training exercises. Perhaps the most (in)famous of these is the road through Imber village – whose entire civilian population was evacuated in 1943 to provide a training area for troops preparing for the invasion of Europe. Since then, […]

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Breaking Up Isn’t That Hard To Do

We were supposed to ride on Saturday. The previous weekend was brilliant for weather and we spent all of it in the garden or around the house. We didn’t get on the bike once. This weekend we were going to ride, ride, ride to make up for lost time. What did we wake up to? […]

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Bicycle Mirrors

For most of my cycling life, I never bothered with mirrors. I had a go with one when I was a thirteen year old – bought from Halfords maybe – using my pocket money. It was clamped onto the handlebars of my Hurcules but was really a waste of time. A novelty at best, but […]

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Cycling along the Mosel

The rivers that flow northwards from Germany and Eastern France are interesting. The Rhine, really a German river (Rhein), flows from Switzerland through Germany as far as Holland where about two thirds of its water volume becomes the Waal, going west where the river splits just before Nijmegen. The other third goes north to Arnhem […]

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I was a cyclocross virgin….

Given the lousy weather recently, I haven't cycled much so I thought I would post an adventure from February.....when the weather was, well, lousy..... As part of it's marketing activities, my company's Belgian subsidiary part-sponsor a professional cyclocross team and in a moment of madness, I rashly suggested that I'd love to try it. So […]

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Cycling the flat lands of France

Mid May saw us off on our annual French trip with me cycling and Dennis travelling by car. I'd really like to go to the more mountainous parts of France but I can't face the long drive required to get there so this year we decided to cycle the lower reaches of the Loire and […]

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A bag, my kingdom for a bag, forsooth

That omniscient non-taxpaying songwriting crow, Bono, may not have found what he's looking for, but I think that I may have. I've been flying with my bike since 1990 and in that time due to having to fly quite often, two, three, or more legs in a flight (like Cork-London-Barcelona-La Coruna) I've had oodles of […]

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