Posts tagged with “cycling”

November 20
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Sunday ride last week...

So, I had a great ride out to the "Woldingham Viewpoint" and although it was not Caterham on the Hill as I had planned I was pleased enough and making my way home on a sort of 55 minute time trial...

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October 14
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Hitting the wall?

Recently I've found myself first approaching a fifteen or sixteen percent climb I knew was a mild challenge to see how it felt on my Dawes, then when that went well I came across a sixteen or eighteen percent, and managed that which felt really good - but on my last ride I found one like the picture, a twenty percent (one in five for the old school) drop, and have to admit I baulked at first

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October 09
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Chains and teething pains

Had a rather wonderful weekend, and much of it relates to cycling, but not in an exclusive way (I hope!). Finally got around to washing both Derek and Voyager, which was well overdue. Derek had also worn his chain through, and a replacement KMC 99, per the picture, had been bought and was fitted on the Sunday.

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September 26
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Last night I took advantage of the last night of the year when I could take my road bike to Herne Hill Velodrome for a spell on the track. I arrived early in the foolish hope that I'd be able to get more time on the track, only to find a school session with track bikes was beginning, so since road and track bikes simply do not mix I had to wait my turn. Read More »

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September 10
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will you look at the back tyre on that!

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June 16

A salutary tale

I have developed a coping strategy for my cycling... well for the times when I feel danger has been inflicted upon me, for want of a better expression.

My normal experiences of this are depressingly abusive towards myself - for example recently I was cut up by a driver, quite badly as she turned left despite my loud proclamation, "Please do not cut me up!" an don drawing level with her at the traffic lights she discarded a fag butt in my general direction and told me to "F**K Off" before I could even ask if she knew she had cut me up (obviously it was intentional). I was left feeling shitty despite my best efforts to drop her aura of shittiness all over me.....

But then a couple of days ago things turned out with a most expected outcome... Read More »

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May 26

Bamboo Bike ahoy!

Tomorrow - eleven AM - I am booked in for a ride on the FIRST BAMBOO BIKE in London! More to follow soon , but I am extremely and unreasonably excited....

See here for pics etc!

WOW! More details to come soon - but it was something else - a real blast! If I had unlimited money and enough space in my house/life for another bike this could very well be one I would choose!

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May 15

Beaks, tails, and tubes

It has been a very Spring-like time of late.... rejuvenation of bicycles under varying conditions and the thrill of a third (drum brake on Derek). Also out diary has been very full, happily with some entertaining into the mix. Pictures are to follow above this post which will shed some light on the subject line!

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May 14
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Voyager can has tail light!

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December 24

My daughter can't wait until Christmas!

If there is one phrase that has become the signature or catch phrase for this year it is "I can't wait until Christmas!". Fortunately it is spoken with such charm and variation in inflection and with a certain sense of timing that it has not become TOO wearing (yet!).

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December 13

Porno torture with techno overtures

OMG baby,,,,

I seem to have been able to spend so much more on a digital device that I shall be waiting many moons and more to ever see such a device from Comm-Tech

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December 10

Christmas

How to offset the cycling obsession?

Icy weather is likely to make a natural intervention sooner or later at this time of year. It is a time to look towards making things special for the ones I love.

For the first time I can remember I seem to have actually bought all the presents for Christmas before my birthday! Read More »

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November 27
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Just read the shiny specs next to the picture here and you get some idea why it may be a dark and murky pre-dawn morning, but I have no time to write here, I need to go ride again!

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November 26
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MY new bike! His name is "Voyager", one week old - no time to write, got to ride now!!

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October 28

New York, Miller, and bicycles

Basically I need to find a book by Henry Miller or Arthur Miller which was mainly biographical but heavily about his years in New York and his relationship with bicycles as much as women.... I am going to use these wikilinks and then (eventually) update the post with the didactic, if you chance upon it before then and what I have said so far interests you then you may want to

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October 27

"Two Tumbles" and "Home Within an Hour of Sunset - NOT!"

We still managed to take a break with our trusty tandem and the fabulous Aero has hit upon the idea we should give our rides "titles" to make them personally memorable after all if riders "en masse" can enjoy the "Dunwich Dynamo", say, then why not have "The Sydenham Slam" or something for a great ride we enjoy? I think you get the idea.... so coming to the title of tis post... Read More »

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September 30

Derek's plans thwarted!

Well... not content with cycling the byways of Northern Normandy, Derek returns and has ambitions to cycle as far back as he can without recourse to a passport. In fact within sight of the very cliff tops visited by Rory, to the island of Guernsey. Read More »

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September 06
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Derek en vacance en France!

Not only that but pictured at the crossroads of a "voie verte" with identifying signing and the typical architecture replete with mandatory geraniums. Read More »

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April 21

A little help from our friends?

By an odd coincidence the title of the last book group read was "The Help".  Although I have barely begun the book I am firmly committed to finishing it eventually because it was unanimously approved by the reading group members and I have a hunch it would do me good to get out of a slight rut I have been in with reading.

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January 24

Hurrah! We made it!

Not so long ago I posted a link post contemplating an organised cycle run with the tandem club (South East London Region).

I thought I should post an update to say we managed the ride, and to quote from the email I sent the organiser:

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