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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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Bike helmets maybe the worst thing to happen to society

If you want to raise apoplexy in a serious cyclist, mention helmets. No other subject is so guaranteed to drive them into a frenzy of indignation. (Something for which, it has to be said, serious cyclists do tend to have something of a talent.) What do they get so worked up about? Why don’t they just chill? And why do so many of them refuse to wear helmets, when they’re so obviously a good idea? Well, the t ...

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Diabetes and Cycling

Why talk about diabetes on a cycling website? Two main reasons, firstly doctors suggest that cycling (along with swimming but we aren't a swimming site hence 'diabetes and cycling' rather than 'diabetes and swimming') is a low impact (on joints) form of exercise that helps limit and treat the effects of diabetes. Secondly if just one newly diagnosed person searches the internet and ends up here and takes up ...

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A Flowchart to aid bike selection

We like any form of cycling on Veloballs be it Racing, Bimbling, Mountain biking, BMX.... In fact anything that takes place on a human propelled bike whether it has two wheels, or is a recumbent trike.... we will even extend the hand of friendship to unicyclists...... So it follows that any bike is welcome be it Hybrid, Road, Mountain bike..... Etc. However my passion is for road bikes and I would like to h ...

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