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Repairing my Karrimor pannier bags

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There’s a certain satisfaction in repairing something old and rekindling the usefulness of something old, almost alike an old relationship.  No, I’m not talking about old flames or anything like that!  Instead reparing my Karrimor pannier bags. These Karrimor pannier … Continue reading

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Row bike

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On Sunday I went to a kayaking competition and amongst the various kayaks lying around and up for sale, this caught my eye last weekend at the National Watersport Centre at Nottingham.  This was while my youngest daughter was competing … Continue reading

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Halfbike review

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  Recently I came across the Halfbike and thought it was worth doing a desktop review.  As you know, I quite like opportunities to try out different bicycles and especially “alternative” bikes such as the Elliptigo, recumbents and the like. … Continue reading

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The Cactus Tongue bike storage

I came across the rather nice Cactus Tongue bike storage solution at Spin London and had the privilege of chatting to the developers Jon Taylor and David Morgan.  What you see here is the stainless steel version with protective leather … Continue reading

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Bamboo bicycle frame – tempting!

I could be so tempted with one of these bamboo bicycle frames. First off, this strikes me as being a realistic and viable material for a bike frame and one that challenges convention. Straight away I like the idea of challenging … Continue reading

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Tale of the stolen bamboo bike

I have blogged before about alternative bicycle frame materials, including bamboo.  No surprise then this recent story caught my eye.  Here’s Hugh Allman, a cyclist in East London who had made his unique frame himself and was understandably distressed when … Continue reading

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DIY Cardboard bike frame

A while ago we thought we might have some fun and try to build our own cardboard bike frame.  Here’s how it went: Stage 1 Becky goes into our LBS and asks if they have a cardboard box she could … Continue reading

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Cardboard bike

A bicycle made from cardboard?  How green, how cool, wacky and well, cardboard – is it possible?  Read on….. Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni rides his cardboard bicycle in Moshav Ahituv in central Israel. The bicycle, made almost entirely of cardboard, … Continue reading

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Which bicycle frame material?

Right now, there are loads of people buying new bikes.  Here in the UK summer has finally arrived just as it is normally finishing.  The fantastic Tour de France has been won by Bradley Wiggins and we’ve seen some inspiration … Continue reading

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Brooks B17 saddle – a 27 year love affair

My 27 year old Dawes Galaxy (with Argos respray), complete with the much loved Brooks B17 saddle We’ve ridden thousands of miles together and its been such a great saddle, Brooks was simply the most obvious choice for the new … Continue reading

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