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Bradley Wiggins wins Tour de France

Sunday July 22, 2012

BBCGreat news for British cycling and Bradley Wiggins!
Full story:  BBC Sport

[Image from BBC Sport]

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Bicycle Storage Ideas

Sunday January 8, 2012

Image from 'Apartment Therapy'

Looking for some ideas about how and where to store your bike, but you’re in a smaller house or apartment?  Head over to Apartment Therapy and have a look at some of the methods they’ve found.  Turn your bike into a wall-mounted masterpiece!

Link: Apartment Therapy

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Happy New Year – 2012

Saturday December 31, 2011

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve, the 31st of December 2011.  It’s 1730 and the countdown to the new year is under way with countries in the eastern hemisphere having already marked the occasion.

Hopefully 2012 will be a great year for everyone reading this post and that it brings all you want/need/desire.  I’m going to get back out cycling and enjoy the open roads a bit more in the new year.  I hope you all have a great cycling year ahead.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Early New Year’s Resolution?

Saturday December 3, 2011

I’ve got a New Year’s resolution already: get out on the bikes more in 2012!  This year has been VERY quiet on the cycling front for me and I feel very guilty that the bikes haven’t really been out much at all.  This has to change next year.

Work and other things have limited my cycling this year, but I have to not let that happen in 2012.

I’m stating this resolution now so that I have a month to get it into my little head before January 1st and the resolution comes into force!

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Help!: Spot Satellite Messenger

Sunday November 27, 2011

This is Spot.  I found this little gadget online having received a (paper) catalogue from a shop I’ve recently bought from.

Spending a lot of my leisure time outside, either cycling, walking or taking photographs, this device appeals to me.  It’s an emergency location and SOS device.

If you’re in the middle of nowhere and you’re injured, simply press the SOS button and your location (GPS) and SOS are sent via satellite to the GEOS rescue centre who coordinate your rescue with local emergency services.  As it’s based on satellite communication, it will work even when you can’t get a mobile/cell signal on your phone!

It’s £144 on Amazon and there’s an annual fee, but can you really put a price on safety?  I wish I’d had this when I cycled across the UK – it can even report your location so your friends and family can track your progress.

If you’re always outdoors or planning an epic cycle ride, consider getting one of these.  It’s on my ‘wishlist’!

Spot: website

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Cyclists

Monday October 24, 2011

Okay, so I am a cyclist. I enjoy cycling. However, some cyclists just don’t help themselves nor the cycling community.

Lights: They’re not expensive. They benefit you (and only you!). Buy some! Buy some good ones!

The number of cyclists I pass (as a car driver) with inadequate, or no lighting at all(!), still continues to surprise me. As a vulnerable road user, why wouldn’t you do as much as possible to make yourself visible after dark?!

Many of these ‘unlit’ riders appear to have spent many hundreds of pounds on the lightest, fastest bikes and the most high-tech of lycra clothing but either fail to buy any lights or spend a token amount on pathetic small and dim lighting. Reflective and/or high-vis clothing also appears to be avoided by these people!

Fellow cyclists, buy yourself some quality lights. Buy quality front and rear lights. Make sure that you’re visible to other traffic!

Be safe on the roads. Keep cycling!

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Cycling’s Economy Boost

Monday August 22, 2011

The BBC is reporting that cycling generates £3bn a year for the UK economy.

It also points out that 3.7 million bikes were sold in the UK during 2010 – an increase of 28% over the previous year.

Full story over on the BBC:
BBC News story

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