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Honor Cycles; a conversation

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I’ve just been having a kind of conversation with Simon, of Honor Cycles.  It went like this….. So you’ve started a new bike servicing business.  Tell me the basics – what’s it called and where do you operate? Honor Cycles is … Continue reading

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Installing Shimano Ultegra shifters

At the kayaking club, I remember Beth saying before she was putting a bike together for a triathlon in the pipeline.  This is the kind of thing some kayakers do.  Excellent stuff and I have blogged before about kayakers having … Continue reading

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Coast to Coast checklist

Now I’m down to the last few days before the Coast to Coast its time to think about a checklist in getting all my bits and pieces together. Bike Needs a good clean, the Thorn Audax is normally a bit … Continue reading

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Beware of Bike Shaped Objects

Newcomers to cycling need to beware of Bike Shaped Objects, BSO for short.  I’m not saying not to buy one, but just take care to make sure it’s in good order before you start to use it.  Make sure you … Continue reading

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Installing Shimano Tiagra shifters

Many thanks to my friend Dee who has come to the rescue with some Shimano Tiagra STI shifters.  He had spotted me saying (in my recent 5,000 mile review) that I wish I had some.   This post is all … Continue reading

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Repairing bicycle punctures

Repairing bicycle punctures is a pain.  On average I get a puncture every 1000 miles, far too often.  Last week I think my 1000 miles were up as I managed to pick up a puncture as I was cycling to … Continue reading

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Quick review – Park Super Patch GP2

You might wonder whether these pre-glued puncture repair patches are any good.  I have tried quite a few different brands and these are the ones I like the best : Park Tools Super Patch.  In the grand scheme of things, … Continue reading

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Rim wear and stating the “bleedin’ obvious”

Some friends of ours asked if I could fix the hub on their daughter’s bike.  That was done without too much fuss by cleaning, greasing and replacing the correct number of 3/16th ball bearings along with adjusting the cones to … Continue reading

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4th Rule of Saturday Cycling: remember the multi-tool

The 4th Rule of Saturday Cycling is “Remember the multi-tool and share the Nakd truth” For today’s cycle ride I decided to go alone and have a gentle ride.  Quite a breezy day, mostly dry and neither too hot or … Continue reading

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Today, a cycling medley

Today has been a real cycling medley.  I’ve taken a days’ annual leave to catch up on a few things at home.  Naturally cycling features amongst my ‘pottering’ around and what a strange mixture of cycling related things today! After … Continue reading

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2nd Saturday cycle ride rule

2nd Saturday cycle ride rule: when dealing with a flat tyre, always have a supply of nakd wholefoods gluten free handy This is about the next nakd (handle) bar and another puncture.  It is just as well I am not … Continue reading

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Repairing punctures on the road

I have had two punctures in the last month while commuting.  Repairing punctures on the roadside is a necessary reality for every cyclist sooner or later and makes the difference between a 10 minute delay and being totally stranded.  I … Continue reading

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“Not the best start…..” update

Okay you will already know from the previous post that I have been in need of a new rim, following last weekend’s “mishap”.  So I collected my repaired bike from our LBS and was delighted with the price tag.  All … Continue reading

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Changing the battery in a Cateye Strada wireless

Changing the battery in a wireless Cateye Strada is a fiddly task which normally needs doing about once a year.   Having said that, this is now the second time this year – either crap batteries from Wiggle or the … Continue reading

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