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Winter cycling Part 4 – Keeping your bike working

The joys of bike cleaning… Winter biking can kill your pride and joy, or rather if you leave your bike mouldering in a damp shed under several inches grit and slime every time you get back from a ride, then you will kill your bike. Most bikes will shake off no end of truly atrocious …

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Winter cycling Part 3 – Riding through the winter

Note – I published the first two of these ‘Winter cycling’ articles at the start of November and since then the ‘real’ winter has failed to arrive. We’ve had two months of really quite warm, albeit very wet, weather. Because of that I’ve held off publishing this article about staying on your bike during the …

Bike News, Clothing

Winter cycling Part 2 – The clothes dilemma

In my experience what to wear during the Autumn and Winter is the biggest issue that stops people cycling as the weather deteriorates. It’s a can of worms that has too many permutations, so you need to try options and see what works best for you. Note!! You will get your clothing wrong at times …

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Winter cycling Part 1 – Dealing with the winter weather

Note – While I’ve written these articles with respect to mountain-biking, it’s aimed at the trail/XC end of MTB, so much of the information is directly relevant for other cyclists, including cyclocrossers, rural commuters, winter tourers. I’d hope that other less muddy cyclists will benefit from some of the tips and ideas. These articles are …

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Cycle Show 2016 – A brief round up and all things orange

Firstly… apologies for the tardiness in getting this update to press… it’s been a busy month or so… anyway back to ‘proper’ business… Our third visit to the cycle show in its ‘new’ location at Birmingham’s NEC and it continues to improve. Having Louis and one of his mates in tow meant that we were …

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Bianchi factory recall 2015 – Sempre Pro and Oltre models

On Friday (4th September 2015) I had a call from my local bike shop saying that my Bianchi Sempre Pro was subject to a factory safety recall, and asking if I could return the bike to them as soon as possible. There wasn’t any pressure that said “don’t ride the bike until we’ve checked it”, but …

Bike News, Rides

Cycling Hardknott and Wrynose Passes

Thank you Hardknott that was the toughest days riding ever, but I’m so glad that I did it. Over the past twelve months we’ve talked about a variety of cycle ‘challenges’, but being relatively time-poor, my preference is always to really up the anti… to get maximum bangs from my ‘time away’ bucks. So when …

Bike News, Cyclocross

Upgrading the CAADX – Tubeless disc brake road wheels?

My Cannondale CAADX is still running exactly as it came out of the shop, with it’s Sora groupset and bog-standard wheels… all unchanged apart from the rear derailleur jockey wheels. It’s a terrific set-up for a winter commuter, but it needs to lose some weight for the winter cyclocross racing. I know that changing the …

Bike News, Miscellaneous

Rapha Camelbak water bottle

I already have two Camelbak water bottles – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them, they work perfectly every time and still have plenty of life left in them (the blue one is well scratched from being on the Anthem coverd in mud, but the clear bottle is virtually pristine). In fact I don’t understand why …