A Cambium in the Cambrians

Jack Thurston goes bike packing in a Wet, Windy Wales

29 Jan 2015  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Events, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories

When a track becomes a stream

With arrival of an email of a list of a couple of dozen grid references, each giving the location a ford across a stream or river somewhere in the hills of Mid-Wales, I knew I was in for a cold, wet January weekend. In a moment of ‘let’s blow away the cobwebs and do something different for a change’ I’d entered myself into the Bear Bones Ford Fiesta, an overnight bikepacking event. The challenge was simple: to ride through many fords as possible and to spend a night under the stars.

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My Top Rides Of 2014

Juliet Elliott's top rides of 2014

12 Jan 2015  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Correspondence, Events, Friends, Heritage, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

I must be getting old. Just like that, 2014 is over. I remember when I was a kid, the summer holidays lasted forever and Christmas always seemed an eternity away. I always hoped that those who told me ‘school days are the best of your life’ were far off the mark. Endless hours of maths, PE in sub zero temperatures wearing gym knickers and an airtex shirt; how could that be the best life had to offer? PE even made me think I wasn’t ‘sporty,’ but that’s another story for another time. Now I’m free from the horrors of netball, drinking at bus stops and GCSEs, I’m having more fun that ever and life seems to fly by.  So they were wrong. I bloody knew it. School sucks and being a grown up rules.

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Like Water For Metaphor

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC's Day-After-New-Year's-Day Ride

5 Jan 2015  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Stories

It is traditional for cyclists to partake in a New Year’s Day ride, which is precisely why I leave the roads to the wobbly legions making good on their resolutions and sweating out their hangovers.

Instead, I skip the ride and take a walk on the beach, where I ask mighty Neptune to provide me with a sign of what to expect in the coming year.  Last year his portent came in the form of hot dogs, while this year he presented me with this disembodied fish head.

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Vickers Bicycle Company – The Sundown Bike

A unique bicycle visits the B1866 London Store.

16 Dec 2014  |  Posted by Tim Gunn  |  Categories: Art & Design, Bicycles, Curiosities, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Stories, Style & Fashion, Urban Cycling

 

Savile Row meets Coventry

Across England, are towns and regions which are well known for manufacturing certain types of products and only a short cycle ride from the Brooks Smethwick works for instance, is the famous Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. If you need a sharp fitting suit, then London’s Savile Row is the place to go and for those who attended L’Eroica Britannia last June; will know that Bakewell is remembered for its tarts. Stopping right there, before I get into trouble. I’ll take you back to Savile Row, and while trying not to get confused with tarts and tailor’s, I shall tell you more.

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Into The Mild

Guest Blogger Bike Snob NYC Confronts His Demons

3 Dec 2014  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Curiosities, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Uncategorized

In the world of cycling, conventional wisdom states:

1) There’s no mountain biking in New York City;

2) Brooks saddles have no place on mountain bikes and only belong on twee touring cycles ridden by people who dress like they’re heading out to hunt pheasant;

3) If velocity is defined as the rate of change of position with respect to time, i.e. v = dx/dt, where v is velocity and x is the displacement vector, then there is a 100% chance that the triathlete will crash.

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Looking for the Perfect Ride

From deep in the gloom of November, Jack Thurston looks back over the year's most memorable rides

26 Nov 2014  |  Posted by Jack Thurston  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Friends, Monthly highlights, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

November murk in the Black Mountains

If there’s a month for armchair cycling it’s November. Emily Dickinson described it as ‘the Norway of the year’, which is a bit hard on Norway. November really is the gloomiest month. Dreary skies above, mud below – and not much in between. As an embalmer removes the blood from a corpse, the landscape is drained of its autumn colour. Spring seems inconceivable and we’ve not yet reached the frost-spangled glamour of midwinter. November promises little and delivers less. Even professional bike racers – men and women whose job it is to ride their bikes – take the month off.

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Cyclists Are Weird

This month Juliet questions her own sanity

20 Nov 2014  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Bicycles, Monthly highlights, Sports Cycling, Stories

Sometimes I wonder what on earth I’m doing. It’s cold, I’m tired and I need some time to relax and simply do nothing. But totally exhausted from a full week of work, I find myself pulling on lycra rather lounging in bed with a cup of tea.

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Sometimes the best rides are the most delicious ones

Guest blogger Bike Snob NYC rides L'Eroica

13 Oct 2014  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Heritage, Monthly highlights, Saddles, Bags, Etc., Sports Cycling, Stories

“So what’s the best ride you’ve ever done?”

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Games For Cyclists – The Lucky Cap

Juliet Elliott recounts her most recent Lucky Cap Ride

26 Sep 2014  |  Posted by Juliet Elliott  |  Categories: Bicycles, Stories, Travel & Adventure Cycling

Do you always stick to the same few routes on your ride, never turning down that road you always pass? Are you stuck in a routine of same old, same old, all out of love for your own backyard?

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Countdown to L’Eroica!

Guest blogger Bike Snob NYC joins us to document his preparations for Italy

17 Sep 2014  |  Posted by Bike Snob NYC  |  Categories: Bicycles, Correspondence, Events, Friends, Stories, Uncategorized, Urban Cycling

On October 5th I will undertake the greatest challenge of my cycling career, when I travel to Italy for the 18th edition of L’Eroica.

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