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Posts Tagged ‘ bicycle maintenance ’

A Kind Word For Mudguards

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October 13, 2012
A Kind Word For Mudguards

Perhaps it’s just me but I’ve never had the least objection to having mudguards on my bicycle. In fact, I rather like the look of them. Having them there speaks of purpose and preparation and the fact that your bicycle represents to you a genuine vehicle, a means of transportation as opposed to a...
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The Hard Life of A Winter Bike

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September 21, 2012
The Hard Life of A Winter Bike

Winter bikes certainly don’t have it easy. As I sat on the train this morning, with my old Thorn eXp I found myself passing the time looking over its very hard-used, high-mileage components and wishing I had the means to give the bike the makeover it deserves after all these years (13) and miles...
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Koolstop Salmons

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September 6, 2012
Koolstop Salmons

Following on from yesterday’s thoughts about winterising bicycles and sealed cable systems for brakes and gears, and in keeping with the motif of the Alaskan fishing village where I happen to be at present, I thought I would make mention of some really good all-weather rim-brake pads: Koolstop Salmons. I tried them for the...
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Sealed Cable Systems

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September 5, 2012
Sealed Cable Systems

Having just this week spent some time in a very quaint and remote village of McCarthy, in the heart of the vast Wrangell-St Elias National Park, where the buildings are all original Klondike-era false front and streets are made of mud and quite a few of the local populace gets around on bicycles, I...
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Glimpses of Mortality

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July 20, 2012
Glimpses of Mortality

It had to happen sooner or later, I suppose – the doughty old Thorn expedition bike that over the past thirteen years has carried me to Zanzibar and Istanbul, and the length and breadth of Britain and over many, many thousands of miles along the leafy lanes of Sussex and Kent would finally come...
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Blips in the Jetstream

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July 16, 2012
Blips in the Jetstream

Another day another downpour as what it apparently the coldest wettest summer in living memory continues to slide by.  It seems we have an unusual and prolonged meander in the jetstream to thank for our weather woes. Normally it would be arching north of us this time of year, dragging up all sort of...
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Great Fettling Foul Ups

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June 30, 2012
Great Fettling Foul Ups

We’ve all been there – those times when you’ve been distracted while tinkering with your bike and then you step back – ta-da! – and discover that while you’ve been humming along to the radio or sorting out the world’s ills or rehashing the brilliantly clever bit of repartee you should have said the...
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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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A Handy Little Gadget

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April 23, 2012
A Handy Little Gadget

In my breezy eagerness yesterday to put winter behind me once and for all and get out on my springtime randonneur I not only forgot to take an air pump with me – an omission that fortunately had no consequences – I discovered later when I got home that I’d also forgotten to pack...
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