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The Schadenfreude of an Urban Cyclist

Perhaps something has made me petty and a bit nasty since strapping on two wheels and feeling threatened throughout my existence of city cycling. The first time I did Critical Mass, I loved every moment - I describe it as allow one to feel like a cyclist rather a rat - it's empowering, and may lead towards an anarchist ontology where power is relational, not given. But, that feeling of being a rat, perhaps, ...

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Wiggins Wigged Out

The proverbial hammer has been dropped. Sir Bradley Wiggins has officially been omitted from Team Sky’s lineup for the cycling world’s biggest prize, the Tour de France. And it was not a mutual break-up: “I am gutted. I feel I am in the form I was in two years ago. Now if I want to the Tour again, the reality is that I might have to go elsewhere.” Wiggins sounded more like a jilted ex-lover who was not invi ...

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Five tips that could improve the cycling experience of 25% of cyclists by 25%

Looking around me on the roads of London, I see an awful lot of cyclists who are doing themselves no favours at all. So here, in no particular order of priority, are five tips that could improve the cycling experience of 25% of cyclists by 25%. Get your saddle and handlebars set to the correct height – which is probably higher than they are now. Sit on the saddle and put your heel on a pedal. Is your leg st ...

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John doesn’t want to die

I know quite a lot of people that I think should be on a bike. John, for example. John’s at the age – mid-40s – where things start to spread and immortality is no longer guaranteed. Plus I know he loathes travelling on the tube, which also costs him getting on for a hundred quid a month. So there’s no doubt in my mind that John should get a bike. But he won’t. Why not? One reason, I suspect, is the capital ...

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“The Professor” Recieves a Hefty Halfords Payday

When a rider falls in love with the sport of cycling, he/she becomes consumed by it. They get natural highs when they experience the speed and stamina of the game. They train endlessly to gain milliseconds off of a stopwatch. And when they realise how good they are, they compete against other lovers of the game all over the world. A select few achieve success. They are showered with medals, praise from thei ...

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Tejay’s stock set to rise, while Evans starts to fade

Last year’s Tour de France was a nightmare for Tejay van Garderen. And I imagine he still wakes up in the middle of the night with visions of Team BMC’s collapse on the cycling world’s biggest stage. Just ask sporting manager Allan Peiper: “We went to the Tour de France and it was a fiasco - Cadel wasn’t where he should have been, Tejay lost time for whatever reason and the team trial was a disaster. We los ...

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A “Nutt” From Rotherham is Looking to Ride into History

….Ricky Nutt, that is. The cyclist from Britain is smashing asphalt whenever he can. June is the perfect month to do so, and Nutt is using the month’s extra sun time to bike himself into a world record. In essence, he is Rotherham’s version of Forrest Gump. The only difference is he chooses not to sport the heavy set beard and is fully clothed in body-tight lycra. He rides for the love of the sport. But, th ...

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Thank you, BMX stunt Boris!

When the scheme for the Barclays Cycle Hire was announced, critics all over London hi-fived each other. It was seen as game-changing and people pointed and laughed at those silly 4-wheeled vehicles that took up most of the road. “Cars? Those things are soooo 2009.” This bright idea was going to change the way Londoners commuted to work. The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, licked his chops at the thought of ...

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Marcel Kittel says ‘Don’t be a dick’

This post falls very much into the category of 'it sucks that it has to be said' but Marcel Kittel and Shimano have bumped skulls and punted out a video encouraging fans to look after themselves when out watching cycling.  Now, you'd think this would go without saying, especially following the horrible collision between Vansummeren and a spectator at the Tour of Flanders, but I guess there are folk out ther ...

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Bike vs Bus = Dickend

Watch this video... Fucking ow, right? My initial reaction was 'that's fucking nasty!', my second was 'what a fucking idiot'. Then, 'thank god he's alive' and finally 'I hope he never teaches anybody to cycle in his life, ever.' He is a grade-A dickend and a prime example of exactly how not to cycle in anywhere, especially one where cycling infrastructure is bollocks - such as London. There is a point to no ...

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