Archive for August 2012

Nasty noises from a forgotten component

Roberta returned from her emergency visit to Roberts with gleaming silver cranks and running oh so sweetly. Unfortunately this happy state of affairs only lasted a few days. Her cranks still gleamed but suddenly, without warning, she started to sound like a sack of spanners! One minute I was riding happily along, the next she […]

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USADA and Lance Armstrong

USADA announced: ... Lance Armstrong ... has received a lifetime period of ineligibility and disqualification of all competitive results from August 1, 1998 Read the whole USADA news release August 2012. Not that I know very much about the rules or protocol of international cycle racing but it seems strange how a non-governmental agency in […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder (review)

No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money (Samuel Johnson) 'Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder' is the self-published anthology of 30 articles written by blogger Dave Barter. It covers a ten year period and a range of cycling activities during that time. I hope Barter can make some money out of this amusing and […]

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Cottingham Road Club ride to Hutton Cranswick

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Cycling and Yoga

I should probably stretch more. I recently asked my chiropractor if there was a common problem with the cyclists she sees. "Tight glutes" was the reply. My hamstrings, glutes, lower back and neck have all been aching just recently. On a short ride the other day it felt at times as though someone was performing […]

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My old bike project (not restoration)

French onion: Peugeot Black Mamba ATB frame I've no idea what I'm going to do with this bike. Actually, now, it's just a frame and fork as I've removed everything else and not much is fit to be re-used. The bike, a Peugeot Black Mamba ATB, is all I rode from the mid-1980s until 2008 […]

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Time to Panic

In four days we leave on our first serious tour in over two years. We were lying in bed a couple of weekends past when the panic set in. It happens before every trip. For months you anticipate and day dream about the ride and think of all the great setup work you'll do to […]

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Coventry Eagle Touristique: a restoration project

With the cycling in the Olympic velodrome over I have finally got round to (almost) completing a little summer project I had postponed from last year. The frame had been very rusty when I took it for renovation at a West Yorkshire cycle shop several months ago. As with my Raleigh Road Ace, another bike […]

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Cycling technique: pedaling in circles

"So can I ask how many of you actually use the push and pull method of pedaling and if you do does it make climbing hills that much easier?" "Will push pull make hill climbing easier? Yes it will, but you have to learn how to do it and repeat it often to develop underused […]

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B17S Saddle and the ThudBuster

Surprisingly, our bodies do not stay the same as we age. For almost four years Mary has been living with a discomfort that is specifically feminine and greatly aggravated by riding. Short rides have been a chore and long ones have been excruciating, sometimes resulting in painful, broken blisters. I mention these details only in […]

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Sizzling Olympics

Last Sunday, as the world's best women cyclists prepared for the Olympic Road Race, six somewhat slower cyclists set off for the lesser known, and much less arduous, Olympic sport of sausage sizzling. When I joined the Guides at the age of ten one of the first things we did was a 'cookout', cooking sausages […]

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Fast food but no parking

It's Wednesday so I'm at home. I'm not usually here on Wednesdays, but I have a mission. My poor Ruby Bike is hemmed in by cardboard boxes full of papers and stuff I have retrieved from my late brother's house. The weather looks dodgy, and his car is on my drive. Or I could take […]

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