Posts Tagged ‘CTC’

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CTC Gift Membership (Free Buff!)

Friday November 27, 2009

Free Buff headwear when you give a gift CTC membership!

Quote from the CTC weekly email newsletter:

“CTC Festive Gift Membership is the perfect present that lasts all year and it comes with a free Buff® worth £18. It is the ideal present for a cyclist as it includes all the benefits of being a CTC member. Prices for CTC membership start at just £12. To order CTC Festive Gift Membership, simply call 0844 736 8451, quote ‘Buff’, give us the details of the lucky person and we’ll do the rest! For delivery in time for Christmas please call before 15 December.”

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When To Dahon? When To Trek?

Sunday May 31, 2009

Somebody recently asked me how I choose which bike to ride: do I take the Dahon or the Trek?  It wasn’t really an easy question to answer but I said something along the lines that the Dahon slowed me down and made me enjoy things more, made me look around and see what the world was up to.  The Trek, on the other hand, makes me travel fast, head down, legs pumping.

This weekend I’ve been reading the latest CTC magazine, ‘Cycle‘ (June-July 2009) and one of the stories nailed it.

The Dahon, to me, represents “Travel and transport, not sport“.  On page 50, in an article on ‘slow cycling’ it states the following:  “Walking is obviously transport, whereas running is a sport.”  And that’s how I see the difference between my two bikes: the Dahon is transport and the Trek is sport.  I expect to break sweat on the Trek, I expect to ache after it.  Whilst on the Dahon, my world (and my mind) slow down and I learn again to look, listen and enjoy what’s going on around me.

The article in Cycle goes on to say:

You don’t have to practice slow cycling all of the time, but every keen cyclist ought to have one bike they can jump onto and pop down the shops, wearing whatever they have on at the time…

Slow cycling is practical cycling.  Do you need a shower after walking to work?…  Slow cycling is also safer and less stressful.
[CTC magazine, Cycle, June-July 2009]

So, that’s how I see my two bikes!

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Cyclists’ Touring Club

Sunday March 22, 2009

I rejoined the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) last week.  I haven’t been a member for a good number of years but I thought that I’d rejoin as I’m spending more time on the saddle.

If you’re a keen cyclist then you should definately consider joining the CTC.  You get a range of benefits including:

* FREE £10m third party insurance
* a bi-monthly cycling magazine and weekly email newsletter
* an invitation to over 1000 cycling events each year
* route and touring information
* technical and product advice
* cycle-related legal advice
* discounts on many cycling products
* access to CTC holidays and tours

As the UK’s National Cyclists’ Organisation, CTC has been protecting and promoting the rights of cyclists since 1878. CTC is a not-for-profit organisation that is funded through its membership and donations in return for support. By joining CTC you are supporting UK cycling and giving us a louder voice when campaigning locally and nationally on the issues that are important to you.

One of their campaigns caught my eye today: http://www.fillthathole.org.uk which enables you to report poorly maintained roads with the aim of getting them fixed.

Take a look at CTC, their campaigns and the benefits available to members – then join today!

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