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F*cking London traffic lights

Whereas activists who work on the topic of urban London cycling are currently (rightly) concerned with the implementation of the Cycle Superhighways (much needed segregated lanes) and Quiet Ways, I want to think about the use of these spaces. In particular, I want to talk about traffic lights. That the Cycle Superhighways (CS for short) are well meaning if occasionally badly constructed is no secret. We sho ...

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Pssst… Want some free stuff?

I'm a regular contributor to Veloballs but don't want my cover blown, as it may affect future letter writing success so I'm posting under a nom de plume.  A bit like P.J Proby appearing on Opportunity knocks as 'The Masked Singer' but hopefully more successful as my mum named him in four seconds. So here goes. You can get free stuff from writing to magazines. Honest it's easy money (or easy clobber/gadgets/ ...

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Cycling Shoes – Buying the Right Pair

Cycling shoes - why? Remember when you were young and wanted to go for a ride on your two wheeler? You simply went outside, hopped on, and pedalled off. You didn’t worry about putting on the proper shoes or having any cycling-specific gear. As long as you had shoes on your feet and were wearing clothes that could get dirty in case you took a tumble or got splashed, you were in good shape. Now, however, if y ...

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Winter cycling – how to stay safe, warm and badass

People might think you're crazy if you want hit the roads during winter. But who wouldn’t go looney once they've experience the thrill of winter cycling? You will probably wimp out during the coldest hours of your first winter cycling days. But that's fine, we understand. It takes time to figure out what makes winter cycling not only bearable, but fun. If you are tough enough to enjoy winter cycling you can ...

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Fixies – bikes or hipster jewellery?

I have to admit that I’m not a keen cyclist. Don’t get me wrong, I think bikes are great; wonderful objects that serve a noble purpose. A to B using your legs - practical, economical, ecological and fun. I’m no enthusiast but what is there to really dislike? To me bikes are a timeless contraption and a rather warmly remembered childhood friend. I have the clichéd memory of my stabilisers coming off: Dad run ...

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Northwave Fahrenheit 2 GTX Winter Road Shoes review

This might not be the biggest saving we've ever found, but these boots are SO good it's worth a mention.  I struggled horribly with numb feet until I bought a pair of these boots, they really are that good!  I wear mine pretty much all year round, I've even worn them for track cycling! To keep riding the road bike through the winter, you need the warmth and comfort of these boots! Top Features of the Northw ...

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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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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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Critical Mass – what the hell?

Critical Mass is a spontaneous bike ride that happens in cities around the world on the last Friday of every month. Spontaneously. This report on Critical Mass is not representative of all Critical Mass Rides. I do not represent Critical Mass, nor am I responsible for it happening. The truth is nobody is, and nobody could be. Is that enough of a caveat? Good, grab a drink, get comfy (or uncomfortable, whate ...

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