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Winter cycling gear 101

Hi, my name is Jon Martin of Rebel Waltz Cycle Solutions. I have been cycling for around 20 years, commuting, sportives and for leisure. I started my own mobile bicycle repair business about 18 months ago based in Surbiton Surrey. Andrew has asked me to write a small article about riding during the winter months. Most of it is common sense but I hope there are one or two things here which will help you. Fir ...

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A message to London road users: don’t be bags of dicks. Please.

On my commute into town today, I witnessed a few pieces of appalling driving and cycling. It strikes me, however, that the problem is not that drivers treat cyclists like lesser beings as often thought, but that most of them treat us like road users. Driver’s aren’t just arsehole’s to cyclists, they’re arseholes to each other, too. The first incident of terrible driving featured a white van (quelle surprise ...

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Fun, Stay Fit, Save Money, Eat More!

I started cycling to work about five years ago. At first it was a five mile journey each way and I was pretty unfit but as time progressed I improved and thoroughly enjoyed it. Just over a month ago I moved to the outskirts of London (Essex) which meant my cycle route would increase from five miles to 15 miles each way making it a total of 30 miles per day! I didn't want to give up cycling to work every day ...

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Cheaper, less stressful and more fun!

I decided to start cycle commuting in London after the worry about how to get in during the Olympics. I bought a hybrid and very quickly found it a great way to commute. I started off once a week, then twice and since then I commute by bike, on average 2-3 times a week. More in the summer and less in the winter. I don't beat myself up if I don't for a week or two as the weather is bad or I'm not feeling gre ...

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Freedom, exercise, fresh air, speed

Since taking up cycle commuting over eight years ago I have increased my riding to 4-5 days per week and from 8 miles a day to more than 16. It helps to be on mainly rural roads, but they can still suffer from a lot of traffic at busy times. My car use has dropped to less than 3,000 miles a year and as a father of 3 this is the only time I can find to get some decent exercise in. It's great fun, refreshing, ...

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Brompton bikes on the cycle to work scheme

In most big cities in the UK the Brompton is a very common sight indeed.  For many people these plucky little bikes perfectly personify the ultimate achievement in cycle to work technology.  We've never owned a Brompton, or perhaps 'not yet' have we owned a Brompton, so we've drafted in someone who really knows what they're talking about.  The photos and words on this bike to work recommendation were kindly ...

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Let the ship take the strain – cycle touring the (very) easy way.

Cycle-cruising the Danube. Words and photos by Chris Bish. When I first set off for the 'continent' on two self-propelled wheels, it was on a single-speed bike laden with camping gear and with a minimal amount of money. Nearly 50 years on, I, like many have discovered the joys of load-free cycling as companies take your gear from place to place ahead of you and leave the rider unencumbered. The ultimate has ...

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