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Can I have a rant yet?

Can I?..... please... this is my fourth bi-weekly column, so I think I'm entitled to one.... I can.... Thank you..... There's an old joke.... No matter how pointless your job seems.... Don't forget there is someone out there who's job it is to fit indicators on a certain prestige manufacturers vehicles.... When I drive I use my indicators on roundabouts, at junctions and strangely enough in car parks..... A ...

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I cycled to work, and in my bag I put…

My Wife shouted down from upstairs the other day....'Would you get X out of my handbag please....(No big secret what X was... I just can't remember....) 'No problem Darling,' So I went in her handbag... Something I would never do without her express permission…. Among the the sweet wrappers, tissues, receipts, purse, keys and nail varnish bottles, I found whatever it was she wanted and took it up to her.... ...

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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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Love on the commute

During my early days of cycle commuting, I always sent a text to my darling wife to reassure her I hadn't been squashed by a forty tonne truck... one morning I received a phone call.... The conversation went something like this 'Oh you're alive then' 'Of course I am, I texted you' 'No you didn't' 'Yes I did' 'Err... No you didn't 'Well I texted someone....' After I hung up the work phone I checked my mobile ...

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Commuting and weather predictions

Do you check the weather forecast ready for the next days commute? I do and I have 3 levels of weather warning for myself.... level 3: Raining badly.... Now I don't mind cycling home in the wet when a hot shower, dry clothes, tea and a radiator to dry my shoes on await me... but I passed my driving test for a reason and that reason is not getting pee wet through and then standing on my feet for nine hours a ...

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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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Cyclocross commuter bikes

What makes Cyclocross bikes great commuter bikes? Cyclocross commuter bikes might be a new concept to many of our readers, but they're a niche bicycle that is just as well suited to cycling to work as they are for their originally intended purpose.  Cyclocross as a sport sits somewhere between mountain-biking and road-racing, from afar the bikes might look like traditional road bikes (racers) but up close y ...

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Cheap bikes for cycling to work

Cheap bikes could be the way forward if you're considering cycling to work. When building the Bike to Work challenge website we made a conscious decision to provide information on Cycle to Work Schemes, but spending up to £1000 on a bike isn't the only option when it comes to choosing your commuting steed.  If you don't have somewhere secure to leave your bike it could well be worth considering buying a ver ...

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Lights, Camera and Action…….

Few subjects divide cyclists. Bike brands do, a lot people when asked what car they drive they will say something like 'oh it's just a little xxxx' or 'It's a xxxx and its shit.' But ask a cyclist what bike they ride and they will push out their chest with pride and announce the bike brand loudly... and then tell you why its better than your bike.... Few other things split us..... Whether you should wear a ...

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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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