Archive for July 2012

If it aint bust……….

The great thing about a custom bike is that you can get it built exactly as you want it. Or at least you can if the builder can get hold of all the bits that you want. My Roberts was always meant to be blue and silver but unfortunately T A cranks in the 165mm […]

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Coast and Castles South – Day 1

The Coast and Castles South cycle route runs from Edinburgh to Newcastle, via Melrose and Berwick – a total distance of just over 200 miles. It forms a small part of NCN1 – Dover to The Orkneys via London and the east coast (now there's an idea for a future trip!). My company has a […]

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My first sportive: the Big G 2012

Sunday 15th July 2012 Preparing for the Big G Cyclosportive Grimpeurs des Wolds Preparing isn't quite the right word, actually. Ideally I should have been doing regular shorter, faster rides than I have, and be tapering off by now. Instead I have done a long ride every week or so, ending with one of around […]

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Planning a 300km Audax Ride

The local television news last Friday night showed pictures of flash floods in the east of Yorkshire, Sky TV reported 42mm of rain had fallen on the ground where Leeds Rhinos were to play in West Yorkshire, and the Ouse had burst its banks again in North Yorkshire. Ever the optimist, I took this to […]

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The Isle of Man Lighthouse Challenge – 8 July 2012

A soggy ManxCat slips in another 200km Audax on this fabulous Sportive event. My goodness. I’ll try not to mention the weather more than just once. Not to be discussed again this year! You guessed it, it rained – and rained – and rained throughout the Isle of Man Lighthouse Challenge Sportive. Up and coming […]

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A Frame of Carbon and Fibre

It's worth taking a close look at this one ... fixed gear, no less

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Can you have too much of a good thing?

There is no doubt that the Isle of Wight is a great place to cycle. Lonely Planet recently described it as a cycling paradise and included it alonside Provence, Tasmania and New Zealand in its list of the 10 best places in the world to cycle. The 100k, signposted, Round the Island route, is an […]

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A cycle ride to Hunmanby

Rudston Monolith: entries for this month's caption competition can be made below It's July and only my second ride this year as leader of the 'B' group for the local CTC member group; the last was back in April. I missed the early ones through illness and, later, other commitments. It was particularly satisfying to […]

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Bike van

Vans to carry bikes and which you can sleep in Two or three bicycles can easily be transported on a car rack, roof bars, or in a trailer. However, there are advantages in using a van: the bikes are secure, dry, and can be loaded and unloaded quickly without removing a wheel, mounting a rack, […]

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