Author Archive (Mick F)

Going Shopping

In my continuing effort to ride every road in Cornwall, the other day, I decided to ride to the Shops. “Shops as well as roads?” I hear you all ask, “How many shops are there? There must be millions!” “No, not shops, silly – Shops!” In Cornwall we have Shops. These are places/hamlets/villages almost invariably […]

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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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Where am I?

Hello everyone in Cycle Seven Land! Sorry I've not visited for ages. Where have I been? What have I been doing? Cycling has been intermittent to say the least. The last long/decent/interesting ride I had was on 1st March when I took a lift to near Truro, spending the day cycling home via the south […]

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The Granite Way

The Granite Way is a cycle track built on the dismantled London and Southwestern Railway line – later used by the Great Western Railway, and still later by BR Southwestern Region – between Lydford and Okehampton, Devon. It is maintained by a partnership of Sustrans and Devon County Council. It forms part of Route 27. […]

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Redruth 70 – an adventure!

I have this idea to ride on every road in Cornwall. Obviously, it's a stupid and pointless idea, but I can reasonably do it if I just take the all the main roads, all the B roads, and the main unclassified roads. I landed on this plan a few years ago whilst mowing the grass […]

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Cycling to Exeter and back

The weather has been awful and unreliable for WEEKS. Although I've been able to get out cycling every now and again, I've been champing at the bit to get out for a real ride. Usually, I do a circuit of anywhere between 15 miles and 75 miles, but I'm running short of ideas. I fancied […]

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Cycling from Cornwall to the Yorkshire Dales – and back

I'm off on Sunday the 17th of July on a 1,000mile jaunt "oop north and back". This wonderful CycleSeven team have organised a long ride into the Yorkshire Dales National Park and not only have I agreed to ride with them, I've decided to ride there and back too. I needed a good excuse for […]

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Concrete Block time again!

The 16th of July is fast approaching, the day I leave to ride north. First stop is Bridgwater (88miles), then Yarkhill (near Ledbury) (92miles), then Wrexham – (82miles). (I'm exhausted just talking about it!) Then it's a short one to south Manchester (48miles) and a well earned day off! I will arrive at Skipton after […]

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Bicycle road test report

I fitted new tyres, a new chain and a pair of new brakes, and this morning I rode out for a test ride. Everything was a total success and although my ride was only 18miles I came back with a broad smile on my face. The ride was a complete relief. I'll tell you a […]

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Sorry for my absence

First of all, I have to apologize for being away from CycleSeven for so long. Things have been a bit busy and stuff recently and although I’ve been out cycling I haven’t done enough. In early May I was the victim of road rage – me as a pedestrian! and was attacked for having the […]

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Dancing with the Traffic

Dancing with the Traffic. Great expression for describing riding in the city! I can’t claim the rights on the saying as it was told to me by a biker-lady we know. She rides a Suzuki Bandit with a huge 1200cc engine. There’s nothing of her, so how she handles all that power is beyond me! […]

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Virtual Cycle Tour

On a longish ride last week, it occurred to me that instead of taking photographs to describe where I've been, I could use the technology available on the 'net. I know this isn't ideal, but it goes some way towards it. I thought I'd use Google Streetview to give a "virtual bike ride" and point […]

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Where to tomorrow?

The weather is supposed to be fine and clear tomorrow, and I need to get out and ride. The winter seems interminable and it's grey and damp here now. I've been busy indoors these past few days, and my conscience is clear – chores complete, jobs done – even the ironing! So I can ride […]

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Cycling weather frustrations

The weather, we all agree has been terrible. Last January, we had 'New Ice Age 1', and then we went into 'New Ice Age 2' in December. The north of the country copped it more than the south, and although our weather here is now mild – thank goodness – it's wetter, and every so […]

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Non Cycling Weather

How many times have I been out on my bike since this weather started? Three times. The frost came, and I stayed in. I had a cold, I stayed in. I got better, more frost and ice, I stayed in. The sun shone, melted the ice, so I ventured out. That happened only three times, […]

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Back on the Road

Today, I rode my bike for the first time since the 10th of November. This was a proper ride, not just riding our utility bike into the village and back. I managed all of 12.3 miles! I've not been well. Also, the Poppy Appeal has taken up a great deal of my time, and now […]

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Where am I?

Where am I? Where have I been? What have I been doing? My apologies for not coming on Cycle Seven very much recently, but I have been, and am, quite busy. As well as being quite busy, I’m down with the Winter Blues again. It doesn’t seem like five minutes since I was discussing S.A.D. […]

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Padstow Century

I'd been busy the past few weeks and although I was able to get out cycling, I couldn't spend many hours at a time doing so. I feel guilty when there's stuff to do, and can't really get my head relaxed and concentrate on a good ride. Yesterday, I was ready! I'd had a few […]

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Century Ride – failed!

I eventually rode out for another of my Century Rides. I've been busy over the last couple of months or so, and couldn't take a whole day out for "just riding my bike". However, the opportunity arose and the weather was going to be good, so off I went. I was tired for some reason […]

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At last! A long ride!

Hi everybody, I've been neglecting my duties on here for a while, sorry. We've been busy here over the last couple of months. Our younger daughter got herself married in July, we went on holiday to Brittany in August, and now we're in the throws of major kitchen decorating! I've been able to get out […]

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Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas

Yesterday, I finally made it out for another Century Ride. The weather had been unsettled for the past couple of weeks, and when it'd been ok, I'd had other things to do. So yesterday came, I was ready, and the window in the weather was almost perfect. I planned to ride out to the south […]

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Mudguards, rain and getting wet

I re-fitted my mudguards last week because the rain hasn't stopped for any more than 24 hours. In the past, I'd take off my 'guards in March and only replace them in October. Barring a long tour, they would gather dust in the workshop. The past couple of years have seen them being used for […]

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Line-caught Mackerel and Emmets

I'm tired. I left yesterday morning for another Century Ride, and I wasn't feeling really eager for it. Dunno why, I just wasn't. I thought that after I got going, I would feel better and get into the swing of it. I did my century alright, 105 miles, but somehow I didn't enjoy it. I […]

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Spicy Burger and Chips

Yesterday, I took on the task of another Century Ride, this time going up to North Devon. By the time I made it to the Rising Sun for a couple of beers, it was shortly after 6pm and I'd covered a personal best of 113.55 miles. I left home at 8.15 and headed out through […]

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Sausage and Mash

I'm back! Not just from my Raleigh Chopper JOGLE, but back blogging on here rather than blogging on my JOGLE blog. I was riding that Raleigh Chopper almost constantly from January until only last week, and finally I got to ride my precious Mercian. Getting back onto a "real" bike was weird, to say the […]

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Not much to say

It's not that I've not been riding my bikes, I have, but to be honest, I've no news to report! I thought I'd share this fact with you all. I've not been idle. My plans are still on track for my mammoth JOG to LE in May on my Raleigh Chopper, and anything I've had […]

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A quick ride to 1000ft

The sun was shining, my Mercian was clean and polished, and I fancied a quick ride. I debated whether I should at last wear shorts! In the sunshine, it was really lovely, but I was aware that the March breezes were quite chilly, so chickened out and climbed into my nice fleecy tights instead! I […]

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New cycling shoes

For the first time in about six years, I've bought some new cycling shoes. My old Sidi shoes were starting to look decidedly tatty, so I shopped around for replacements. I found these: Dromarti Race expensive, but beautiful. So expensive, that they would be the most expensive footware I'd ever own.

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Life with a Garmin Edge 705

My first “Computer” on a bicycle was one of those little metal odometers that were actuated by a peg fitted on a spoke. The unit was mounted on the front RH dropout and the peg clicked away every wheel revolution. Cyclists of a certain age will remember them well. Mine eventually bit the dust by […]

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Rollers, and a Real Ride!

I've been laid very low these past few weeks with a heavy cold. My voice disappeared and only came back properly today. Silence for nearly two weeks! My rollers came into use, and to be honest, I've owned them nearly two years but although I've used them from time-to-time, I've only been playing on them. […]

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Eddington Number (Cycling)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Stanley_Eddington The Eddington Number is defined as E, the number of days a cyclist has cycled more than E miles For example an Eddington Number of 70 would imply that a cyclist has cycled more than 70 miles in a day on 70 occasions. Achieving a high Eddington number is difficult since moving from, say, […]

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Raleigh Chopper in the sunshine

I'm feeling SO much better today, maybe because the sun is still shining. Although the morning started a little frosty, I knew it would develop into a nice cycling day. I decided to get out my Raleigh Chopper and go out for a spin. I checked the brakes and tyres, clipped in my Garmin 705, […]

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Still we have sunshine!

The weather is still sunny and bright, though still cold too. It’s winter! You can’t have clear skies without it being cold! I made it out for a ride yesterday – 30 miles this time! My Malaise seems to be coming and going, and yesterday it came again, but not to be beaten I went […]

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Sunshine at last!

Hello everyone, this is my first blog on here! I managed to get out for a short 17 mile ride this morning, it was my first ride in over three weeks. I’ve been ill – or should I say ‘not well’. The doctor described it as a ‘malaise’. The dark and damp winter weather really […]

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