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Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Wight Stuff

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November 30, 2011
The Wight Stuff

"Isle of Fright!" screamed the page-three headlines in the newspaper that morning announcing the discovery of a new species of 'vicious' flesh-eating dinosaur that had been found embedded in the 120 million year-old cliffs of England's fair and gentle Isle of Wight. Believing this walking nightmare to be the long-elusive great-great-grand-daddy of Tyrannosaurus rex,...
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A Bike Fitting – The Tale of The Tape

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November 29, 2011
A Bike Fitting – The Tale of The Tape

By now I’ve had the opportunity to put a few hundred miles on my new randonneur and having become better acquainted with it, I have to say that the quality that amazes me the most about it and puts a big smile on my face every time I climb aboard, is just how beautifully...
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Scales Before Our Eyes

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November 25, 2011
Scales Before Our Eyes

Strolling accordion players and trained poodle acts are but two of the many things in this world that are beyond my peasant comprehension, and to that list I would add those weekend warriors who shell out anything up to a hundred and twenty quid (each!) to put carbon-fibre drink bottle cages on their bicycles.
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Colours, Colours Everywhere

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November 24, 2011
Colours, Colours Everywhere

When I think back on all the hours I spent in pleasurable anticipation of the hand-built touring bicycle I was having made-to-order, I find the most enjoyable - and the most exasperating - were the ones I spent perusing the big, tattered fold-out colour chart I'd borrowed from the frame-makers' shop, trying to pick...
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Living Off The Grid

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November 23, 2011
Living Off The Grid

One thing you'll never see cluttering up my handlebars is a cycling computer - let alone one of those exotic GPS devices that pinpoints your position on the globe, charts your course, monitors your speed, cadence, distance, elevation gains and counts your heart rate and, while it's about it, also measures your power output...
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Give Them The Old Razzle Dazzle

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November 21, 2011
Give Them The Old Razzle Dazzle

I see that the new season's bicycle headlamps are now hitting the pre-Christmas stands with manufacturers boasting more dazzling brightness and beam intensity than ever before. We're up to 3000 lumens now for Niterider's very brightest, top-of-the-range headlamp - surely overkill for all but the fastest, most dangerous late-night MBT descents and twenty-four-hour mountain...
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A Luddite’s Lament

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November 19, 2011
A Luddite’s Lament

This morning at long last I finally replaced the worn-out chain on my old Thorn tourer, which these days serves as my winter bike. It was high time. I'd been giving the incumbent chain the benefit of the doubt for quite a while now but even my most optimistic self could see it was...
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The Beauty of Cream Tyres

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November 18, 2011
The Beauty of Cream Tyres

I generally take my coffee black, no cream, no sugar, no nonsense, and until a few months ago I'd have said pretty much the same thing about the way I take my bicycle tyres too - straight black, double shot. After forty-seven years of riding the same-old, same-old, it wouldn't even have occurred to...
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Pole Position

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November 15, 2011
Pole Position

They call it the sleigh ride: the three-hour flight on a ski-equipped Hercules cargo plane from the U.S. base at McMurdo to that most exotic of Antarctic destinations: the South Pole. Schoolboy keen, I showed up early at the icy airstrip, bundled up, bags packed, eager to go. It was the summer of 2000...
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The Fine Art of Framebuilding

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November 14, 2011
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