Archive for November 2012

The Last Tints of Autumn

I haven't managed to go on many Autumn Tints' mainland rides this year. On several occasions the weather has been so foul that the ride has been cancelled and on a couple of rare occasions when the sun did shine, I had things that I needed to do. November's ride would be the last mainland […]

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Book Review, 'Barring Mechanicals…' by Andy Allsopp

I stumbled across 'Barring Mechanicals, From London to Edinburgh and back, on a recumbent bicycle' while searching Amazon for a book about 2 guys riding recumbents across Russia. Just before that I'd been idly browsing the LondonEdinburghLondon audax website. At first glance the idea of riding from London to Edinburgh and back seemed quite appealing. […]

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Uniglide and Hyperglide compatibility

I've been reading about how Shimano's 10-speed MTB rear derailleurs are not compatible with their 10-speed (STI) road shifters. This affects those of us who prefer to use lower gears on our road bikes rather than grind our way up hills. It reminded me of when I had a pair of wheels built in the […]

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WP-Routes plugin

A WordPress plugin is available for cyclists. Just installed it here, and it seems* to work. The following example (for testing) is the ride we did on July 24th, 2011. Instructions for use are on bikes.org.uk. Thanks for the suggestion Chris! From ClubShorts e-newsletter for CTC Member Groups.

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Autumn cycling and Higher Ground

What kind of cycling do you do in autumn? Do the type of ride, the routes you follow, your objectives change with the seasons? Do your target distances drop off, and the motivations which get you out the door vary according to the length of the shadows and the height of the mercury? Here's a […]

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Drift HD Helmet Camera Review

The night before we left on our Pyrenees tour our son dropped off a helmet camera. He bought it earlier this summer for the tour he and his finacee did of the Sunshine Coast in B.C. After giving me a fast tutorial on its setup (which I pretended to understand), he helped stuff our bags […]

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The Zen of Cycletouring, or Cycling for that matter

It was September 21st last and I had breakfast in Le Croix d'Or, as I remember the name of the hotel in Chateauneuf du Faou in Brittany. This was the last day of a six-day solo tour I made, my first solo one for about 10 years. The previous night I had eaten in the […]

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I've caught the audax bug!

I recently joined Audax UK and now a whole world of obsession awaits me! I'll never make a serious audaxer – I'm too fond of my sleep, but I'm hoping it will provide the motivation to try a few events further afield that I always mean to do but somehow never get round to. The […]

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