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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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Think Horse Advert overcomes hurdles

Back in January an advert was launched by Cycling Scotland asking motorists to give cyclists more room. The slightly surreal advert shows cyclists as horses and tells motorists to treat cyclists as horses. It then explains that it doesn't mean feed them hay or make them jump fences like in the horse of the year show. What it did mean though was to give cyclists the room you would give a horse when passing t ...

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A (tongue-in-cheek) Presentation for Motorists

WARNING: If you are a motorists And Do Not ride a bike you may wish to navigate away from this page now, by continuing to read you accept all responsibility for any increase in blood pressure that may occur....     I do drive a car, but reluctantly. It's just really for family trips and (all too frequent) shopping trips. Sometimes I just point blank refuse to move from the sofa to drive to Tesco (other supe ...

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Buying bikes on ebay – the pain, pleasure and a secret weapon

There has never been a better time to be a potless cyclist. Time was, getting a decent second hand bike was a real challenge. First, you went to your local bike shop to check out the two or three Bob had in that were something like what you were looking for. But pretty soon it would become clear they weren’t what you were looking for after all. Then it was the classifieds: bad ads, with little information, ...

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My ‘Original’ Viking – A tale of wanton abandonment

I wish I could get closure, perhaps writing it all down can bring that about, this page can be the psychiatrist's couch and you can be Sigmund Freud. The key I believe is regression, so we will go back to nineteen eighty-two. The charts were full of 'New Romantics' Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, The Human League and similar. I'd love to say that I was listening to The Clash and The Jam instead, but unfortunat ...

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Pippa Middleton’s Bottom joins race

If you have read the 'Red-Tops' this week you will be aware that Pippa Middleton's bottom is taking part in a three thousand mile relay race across America. If you managed to get as far as the third paragraph in most of the papers you will have realised that it is not as miraculous as it sounds as the rest of Pippa is accompanying the said bottom. The papers seemed to be more interested in her Lycra clad bu ...

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Soon, We’ll All Be Sipping Peri-Air

During a tube strike earlier this year, a doctor told me that he and some of his colleagues had a glimpse of hope in the heart of London. For a day or two, the city was walking and riding bikes en-masse. It was fantastic, he said, if only the city kept it up, London might be a healthy place to live. But, the only time this happens is at the convenience of a tube strike. It is interesting the watch all the r ...

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Taking apart the hub had been the easy bit…

Back in the olden days, when I was somewhere in that strange hinterland between ten and teen, when glue was still something you used to stick Airfix Spitfires together and Gameboys had not yet been invented (and televisions were black and white – can you imagine?), Dave and I used to pass many a happy hour taking our bikes apart and putting them back together again. It was not an entirely pointless occupati ...

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