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When is a bike like a broom?

I've just upgraded the wheels on my bike. Is it the same bike? Of course it is.... If I upgrade the the groupset to Shimano 105 or perhaps even DI-2 (I'm not going to by the way.... I'm happy with the standard Tiagra and I can't afford it....) would it still be the same bike? I'd say yes. I might want to change the bars and seat post for carbon fibre ones, still the same bike? What happens though if I fail ...

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Sausages and Cycling

You normally associate barbecues with charcoal encrusted food, luke warm beer pulled from a bucket of tepid water because the fridge is too full and if you are really unlucky a case of jelly belly due to under-cooked chicken. You don't normally associate barbecues with cycling. This year I've been to three barbecues already and I must say the food was fantastic and the alcohol properly chilled on all three ...

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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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Dunwich Dynamo, portrait of a serial nutter

Tonight at around 8pm I will leave Hackney on my bicycle, joining me will be an estimated 3000 other cyclists. We're heading for Dunwich in Suffolk, we'll probably get there between 5am and 11am. But why? Dunwich Dynamo - phwaaaat? The Dunwich Dynamo (a.k.a the 'Dun Run') is an entirely unplanned, unofficial, unsupported and marvelous ride from Hackney in London to Dunwich.  As to why it happens each year, ...

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Selfie stupidity

The downside to the huge crowd gathering for Tour De France is the craze for selfies among the spectators. People taking selfies, with their backs to the speeding peloton, creates safety problems for both the riders and the spectators. The problem is compounded by the spectator’s desire to stand on the roads. Owing to this, a lot of accidents have occurred. Tejay van Garderen from BMC Racing team could not ...

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Froome crunches horribly out of Le Tour

That's it, it's all over, time to go home boyo.  Nobody likes to see anyone leave Le Tour this way, especially not when it's our very own Chris Froome. After suffering a suspected fracture earned by going down mid-peleton Froome visited the race doctor for some x-rays, and despite leaving the medical van with a cautious smile (and an even more cautious thumbs up) things were not looking good.  The doctor ca ...

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Strava….. Friend or Foe?

The tabloids often go Strava bashing, i.e. writing negative articles about how us cyclists are putting ourselves and others in danger by K.O.M (king of the mountain) chasing.... and we get all indignant about it...... Should we? They use Strava as the big bad wolf even though there are many similar websites... Ridewithgps, Endomondo, even Garmin now have their own version. It's just Strava is by far the mos ...

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The internet has been the biggest boon to cyclists since the tarmac road. It’s transformed the purchase of everything from bikes to bits to clothing; enabled access to vast amounts of information; and, best of all, opened up lines of communication between riders from all over the world. Take a real life example. I’ve just discovered that I’ve worn out my freewheel – the bunch of cogs that sits on the back w ...

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Derby’s New Venue… I’m getting excited now

A new purpose built sporting venue is opening in six months, not fifteen miles away from where I am right now. If it had been built five years ago I would have been vaguely interested, but as I am now a cycle mad (or should that be a mad cyclist) Mamil, I am really excited about it.......... What is it? A Velodrome and its opening in Derby..... it gets even more interesting though. The current 'hour' record ...

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SkyCycle? AirCycle? SkyBalls!

One of the issues that first strikes about the uber-architect's Sir Norman Foster's current London infrastructure baby, SkyCycle, is that it sounds like it has something to do with Sky's proprietor Rupert Murdoch. They should at least consider changing the name, considering the implications and, well ... the person. Another question is simply … isn't this a bit, well stupid? The proposal is to spend thousan ...

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