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Monthly Archives: May 2012

What are Bicycle Bells Good For?

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May 31, 2012
What are Bicycle Bells Good For?

P.G. Wodehouse makes delightful use of bicycle bells in the opening chapters of Joy in the Morning, using their musical ting-a-lings to herald a raft of new and hilariously improbable complications into the life of Bertie Wooster as he strolls down the lanes of the pretty, rural village of Steeple Bumpleigh, only to discover,...
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Seeing Red

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May 30, 2012
Seeing Red

There are probably few things more irritating to motorists than having to stop for red lights. Most of the time these red lights serve no useful purpose, but merely disrupt the flow of traffic, waste time and energy, and add to the overall frustration of driving anywhere these days. And so it naturally follows...
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Carradice Barley Bag

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May 29, 2012
Carradice Barley Bag

One of the many things I like about Brooks saddles is the fact that most of their models still come with the old-style saddlebag loops, like those on my B-17. Most saddles these days don’t. Loops are seen as old-fashioned and too cyclo-touristy, not at all in keeping with the mean, keen racing look...
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Sounds of Silence

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May 26, 2012
Sounds of Silence

You can't hear the twittering of birds in the hedgerows by looking at this photo, or listen to the soft insistent whirring of insects in the tall grass and amongst the cow parsley that's flourishing along the side of the road - and that's the point of this post, a sort of wondering aloud...
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Faithful Landmarks

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May 25, 2012
Faithful Landmarks

Nearly every morning, and for quite some time now, I ride past this old coronation clock on the Bexhill seafront. It was put up in honour of King Edward VII back in the days when Bexhill was an elegant seaside resort where luminaries such as Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India came to take...
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Don’t Force It, Get A Bigger Hammer

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May 24, 2012
Don’t Force It, Get A Bigger Hammer

I've always been a reasonably dab hand when it came to looking after my bikes and making them go again when bits stopped working, but a few years ago I decided I needed to learn a whole more. With that in mind I signed up for a two-week residential course in bicycle maintenance at...
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Two Englands

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May 23, 2012
Two Englands

There are days when I wonder why I ever moved to England, when I decide this is a crazy place to live: stressful, crowded, expensive, and mindlessly, exuberantly bureaucratic. But then I slip away down the lanes on my bicycle on fine warm spring mornings such as this, with the last of the season's...
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Lugged Stems

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May 22, 2012
Lugged Stems

Whenever I take my Pegoretti out for a spin two thoughts always go through my head: a.) how incredibly lucky I am to possess such a bicycle and b.) the notion that I am pedalling down the street on a work of Italian fine art; a kinetic sculpture in Columbus Spirit tubing, a lovely...
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The Magic Step

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May 21, 2012
The Magic Step

One of the pleasantest things in the world is to set off on a bicycle ride. It doesn’t have to be anywhere special. An early morning turn along the seafront will do, or even just dropping down to the shops to pick up a carton of milk or a newspaper or to run an...
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Being Broad Minded on Tyres

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May 20, 2012
Being Broad Minded on Tyres

As we all tend to do about ourselves, I like to think that I am a broad-minded chap. That may or may not be the case with the general run of things but when it comes to road bike tyres that’s God’s own truth; I am broad-minded. Not for me the super skinny racing...
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