Archive for June 2013

The Wind in my Wheels

The Wind in my Wheels is the first of seven books by my favourite cycling writer, Josie Dew. I've read all her books more than once but I've read this so often I almost know it off by heart! Whenever we go for a 'normal' holiday without my bike this is the book that always […]

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Fixed Gear Interim Report

Stopping is the issue. Stopping and standing still. I was standing on the pedals, horizontal position, balanced over the handle bars, shimmying the front wheel to stay upright, waiting for the light to change. I cranked the pedals backwards two full revolutions and for a moment I was actually riding in reverse. Then I woke […]

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Thought for the day: Roadside Detritus and the socially-responsible cyclist

There are many things one can do on a bike that one can't do in a car (though the converse is just as true). For many, the delights of cycling include being closer to the sights, sounds and smells of the world around. If the pace is also slower and the journey less urgent, other […]

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Altura Dryline bar bag 'review'

It has taken me almost 30 years to try a bar bag. Handlebar bags (I don't mean shopping baskets) are not a new idea; they were apparently listed in the 1890 Brooks catalogue, but I'd hesitated buying one in case it would interfere with the front cables, and also my GPS, front light and bell. […]

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Muddy Water Breached

Winnipeg is like a medieval town, except it isn’t. Being a prairie city there are no limits to its geographic expansion, except for a perimeter road that allows long distance traffic to bypass its innards. And, being on the flood plain of the Red River, it has been encircled on three sides by a floodway […]

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Lancashire's Unchanging Lanes

An ancient lane on Healey Nab near Chorley, Lancashire ('B' on the map) I am not particularly into local history (I could be persuaded) but when you cycle on country roads, especially the narrow lanes that meander amongst ancient oaks and crumbling stone barns from years beginning with 16–, it's hard not to imagine how […]

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Carelessness, the sheriff's sentencing guidelines, and road justice for cyclists

There was some indignation recently over an apparently lenient sentence handed down by Sheriff James Scott to the 'careless' driver who killed cyclist Audrey Fyfe. The guilty man was given a five year driving ban and 300 hours of community service, prompting a successful campaign for the sentence to be appealed. The Sheriff will now […]

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Brooks Cambium, I'm a saddle tester!

A few months ago I received a newsletter from Brooks announcing that they were to introduce a new range of non leather saddles. They also announced that they were looking for 100 cyclists to volunteer to test out the new saddles before they went on general sale. I've always been a bit of a sucker […]

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A cycling holiday in Austria (that wasn't)

It was in Austria. It just wasn't much of a cycling holiday. I'd asked the chap in my local bike shop if he'd cycled in Austria and what it was like. Superb, he'd said. Bike paths everywhere, as wide as roads. Then I'd asked our son, who works in Vienna, what the weather was like. […]

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