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Ben Scott – Big Street Unicyclist

Photo credit: Carrie Ann Dawkins Mention Unicycling and most people think of comedy unicycling, clowns or jugglers, in fact there is a discipline within unicycling called comedy, but its just one of many styles. Freestyle is another style; a cross between ballet and figure skating on a unicycle. Another discipline is Mountain, which is self explanatory and then there is Street unicycling, which is a bit lik ...

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Cycling through Holland to a punk rock festival in Belgium

I like to ride my bicycle. That much is clear. After all, that’s why I started VeloBalls. I like using my single speed for transport around town and I like bimbling around the Suffolk countryside on my geared bike. But what I really like is cycling adventures. Recently I’ve been getting a bit fed up with the whole going in a circle of local rides and I’ve been itching to cycle on roads I haven’t ridden a hu ...

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Motorists – please don’t close pass cyclists in tuck

I shot the video below this morning.  I record my rides, not so much to glorify my riding (slow & inelegant) but because I love to film the countryside around where I live in Suffolk.  This morning I was descending what passes for a hill around here and a motorist gave me a bit of a fright.  I'm not posting this video to moan about the driver in question, but because I think some motorists don't underst ...

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Call my bluff!

A while ago I wrote an article for VeloBalls about the new velodrome in Derby. In the aforementioned article I mentioned that I would love a go.... well, the In-laws for my last birthday called my bluff and bought me gift vouchers for stage 1 accreditation. So a few weeks ago I found myself hurtling round a 44 degree wooden banking, whilst on a bike with no brakes and a fixed wheel and I loved every second. ...

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How you doin’?

No I'm not trying a dodgy chat up line on you, I'm just wondering what your mileage is for the year. In the past I've hit 3300 for the year not bad as commute was only a 15 mile round trip but last year due to covering sites elsewhere for a few months and having to use a company vehicle to do so I only managed 1800 odd miles. This year in a new job with a 20 mile commute I set myself a target of 3000 miles, ...

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Use your loaf!

For this edition I thought I'd try to give some practical advice regarding breakfast and not my usual random mueslis.  Sorry I've still got breakfast on my mind.  I mean random musings.  So I've actually done some research. Honestly, I have promise. Normal pace cycling burns around three hundred to four hundred calories per hour, so a ten to fifteen mile commute each way, will burn approximately the above a ...

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Slippery when dry

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, it would NOT be ‘wear sun screen’. It would be ‘do not wear SPD-SL cleats on a polished floor.’ Why? Do I really need to tell you? Okay I will, the other day I was leaving work and the front door was being locked imminently, missing the window of opportunity leaving through it, would lead to a detour through the stockroom in semi darkness to the back door. S ...

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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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