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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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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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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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Best mountain bike for under £500

If you’re new to mountain biking, you might be looking for a model with all the bells and whistles. The truth is that starting on a cheaper model will help you to get up to speed (literally) without breaking the bank. Even better, with the popularity of the sport rising, companies are producing affordable mountain bikes with top-notch function, design and comfort. Here are the best mountain bikes for under ...

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Best Road Bike Under £1000 in 2015

Whether you intend to take relaxing rides from Hastings to Bexhill, or power up Great Dun Fell in Cumbria like Chris Froome dominating Mont Ventoux in the Tour de France, you need a bike which is going to meet your needs without costing you a fortune. Let's review a number of machines on the market to see if we can identify the best road bike under £1000.  But before we get to the reviews, here's a quick gu ...

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Northwave Fahrenheit GTX (Gore-Tex) Winter Road Shoes review

I bought my Northwave Fahrenheit February 2013  and have worn nothing else since.  I think the purchase of these boots still constitutes the largest amount of money I've ever spend on one 'thing' for cycling, and it was worth it more than anything else I've bought, possibly more than some bikes I've owned! Prior to buying these boots I spent at least a few seasons messing about with various socks and oversh ...

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My First Dun Run done

As I write this, two days after the fact, my legs remain weak and I've not caught up on enough sleep (I don't quite know what day it is). Yet I've already got the next DunRun in my diary (4-5 July 2015) and am trying to plan (read: force my friend to do the bulk of the work) my next 100 miler (hopefully next month). There are several things that make the Dun Run special. The route - 113 miles from London Fi ...

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