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 ...
In the cycling world, there is a lot of cross-over between imperial (miles) and metric (kilometres) measurements. In the UK we are used to ...08 Dec 2013
Promoted by XRT - Elmy Cycles, the champs take place at the Suffolk Showground in Ipswich. Entries must be in by December 1st. More information ...01 Dec 2013
It's important that you don't let your BC membership lapse (and race licence, if you have one). The beginning of December is the ideal time ...30 Nov 2013
A Saturday event at Grafham Water, Nr Huntingdon (PE28 0BH). It's a flattish, grassy course on the edge of the water, and includes a bit of ...23 Nov 2013
A Saturday event at Redgrave Activities Centre, Redgrave (IP22 1RL). It's a flat, grassy course, plus a road section. View the Eastern Cross ...17 Nov 2013
Conditions were perfect for the Hempton cyclocross event, despite a misty start to the day and rain earlier in the week. A light breeze made ...03 Nov 2013
Using the BHC/1 Semer Hill at Hadleigh, with a mid-morning start. Entry closes on 22 October. CTT details.
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First round of the 2013 Rapha Super Cross, at Alexandra Palace in North London. All ages and abilities catered for, although elite entries ...27 Oct 2013
A Sunday event at Furze Hill, Mistley (CO11 1HS). A very steep, wooded course with plenty of roots and leaves to contend with. View the Eastern ...20 Oct 2013
There's a blog entry on the rapha.cc website, UK Super Cross 2013 - Rounds One & Two, and they also have a page of 2013 Super Cross Series ...20 Oct 2013
A Sunday event at Davy Down Country Park, Back Lane, North Stifford (RM16 5UL). View the Eastern Cross page. View all Eastern Cross locations ...19 Oct 2013
There's a blog entry on the rapha.cc website, UK Super Cross 2013 - Rounds One & Two, and they also have a page of 2013 Super Cross Series ...13 Oct 2013
Scattered showers in the days leading up to the event made for some very muddy and tricky riding. The early racers (under 10s and under 12s ...06 Oct 2013
The event uses the B25/50 course on the A143 at Redenhall. There's a tandem category, and entry closes on September 24. CTT details. ...
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