I cover many aspects of cycling as a means of travel, including towing children about. Various aspects of recreational, commuter and competitive cycling are covered. There are Tandem bike reviews, child trailer reviews, time trialling advice and results, and lots more!
I've been focussed on bikes ever since I started University and had to think about how to get about on a budget. Back in 1992 I used to cycle a few miles each way on a heavy but useful mountain bike (Carrera Kalarahi, a Halfords semi-cheapo brand).
A year later, and for the next few years, I rode the same bike 20 miles a day to Uni through some pretty attrocious Norfolk lanes. At the time I wasn't aware of optimisations to make a cyclist's life easier, such as lycra, but I persevered until 1995. The mountain bike went slowly downhill, changing colour a couple of times in the process and getting gradually more rusty. A brief foray into tri-bars did little to improve aerodynamics, but did add a few unsightly scars to my limbs.
1995: my awakening to 'real' cycling. I don't know what brought it about, but all of a sudden I was riding the same country lanes, in Lycra, on a new Dawes Horizon tourer. In October I had also joined the UEA Cycling Club and was persuaded to enter my first competition event, a 1400-yard hill climb in Yorkshire. I rode it on my tourer (stripped down, of course!) and finished some way down the table. But it was fun!
The tempo gradually increased from there, and by the next summer I was time-trialling on a Cannondale road bike. I was entering time trials left, right and centre with my UEA team-mates (mainly Andy Tyler, Jo Tuck and Dave Cooper - aka Cooperman). I gradually improved, but seemed to plateau at around 24 minutes for a 10 and just over the hour for a 25. At the same time Andy was putting in 21's and 55's, but gradually going downhill as he struggled to identify a problem in his diet.
We used to do training rides back then, up to Wells-next-the-Sea or down to Diss, or along to Yarmouth, and life was grand.
Enough rambling! What you really need is some useful information, either about places to cycle, performance cycling or how to look after yourself and your bike.
BC (British Cycling, formerly the British Cycling Federation) operates a points-based system in competitive events. Each type of event that ...22 May 2013
7:00PM Youth A, B and C race. £5 fee. 7:30PM Regional C+ (E/1/2/3/4) handicap race for full licence holders. £10 fee.15 May 2013
2013 Race Results round 2: Simon Millard (Iceni Velo) won the Regional C+ scratch race, with Liam Gentry (Strada Sport) in 2nd place. David ...14 May 2013
The Boudicca Sportive once again ticked all the boxes: fantastic organisation, friendly faces, excellent route marking (and GPS for download ...08 May 2013
The first evening's racing got off to a smooth start, and efficient organisation meant that everyone got signed in promptly and were racing ...05 May 2013
There were 50 starters in this Regional B race on 10 laps of the Skeets Hill circuit in South Norfolk. The pace was high in warm and sunny ...14 Apr 2013
The excellent folks at Iceni Velo put on a perfect, fun ride around the Wensum Valley in Norfolk. There were three distances on offer, all ...26 Jan 2013
Snow is no excuse to stop cycling, that's the bottom line. You might have the wrong tyres or clothing, but with a little bit of preparation ...20 Jan 2013
Wintry conditions greeted the organisers, marshalls, helpers and riders at the final round of the Eastern Cyclocross League. Round 14 took ...30 Dec 2012
The penultimate round (#13) of the Eastern Cross league was fabulously sunny - but very windy! The large amounts of tape used for the brand ...26 Dec 2012
All cyclocross course are the same, right? Wrong! They all have certain basic requirements - fast off-road riding, obstacles, technical sections ...16 Dec 2012
Youth Race Dougal Toms (Iceni Velo) got well into his stride on the south Norfolk Broome Heath Scramble cyclocross, putting a full 43 seconds ...15 Dec 2012
Strava's Christmas challenge for 2012 is the Festive 500, and you simply have to ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (inclusive ...25 Nov 2012
A rainy week guaranteed muddy conditions for the Eastern League Cyclocross Round 11 at Redgrave (near Diss) in Suffolk. Earlier riders had ...18 Nov 2012
A clear blue sky and gentle breeze greeted the riders this Sunday, and a chilly start soon gave way to almost pleasant conditions. There had ...
29 May 2013: Lotus League 2013: Round 4
05 June 2013: Lotus League 2013: Round 5
12 June 2013: Lotus League 2013: Round 6
19 June 2013: Lotus League 2013: Round 7
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