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Ticked off by Evans

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Yes, I have been seriously ticked off by Evans.  I imagine this is for not promoting their products.  Actually I do feel guilty about this as I’m meant to be one of their affiliate ‘partners’. So if you wouldn’t mind, … Continue reading

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Another Bike Shaped Object?

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When a friend of mine popped around with his girlfriend’s bike which needed some TLC, I ought to have been wary when I saw the labels ‘Professional’ and ‘Cycle King’ on the same machine.  Is this someone’s pride and joy? … Continue reading

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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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The survival of Brooks

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The survival of Brooks is something I’m pleased to see and yet shouldn’t take for granted.  When I say Brooks, I refer to the makers of traditional leather saddles as the mainstay of the business. Starting in Victorian times, Brooks … Continue reading

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Vertix Velo review

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From time to time I get to review something really new and I get pretty excited about these things!  So therefore I have been looking forward to publishing my Vertix Velo review for a little while now and I am … 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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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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Review – Olixar universal bike phone mount

I toyed with getting one of these a while back but I wasn’t convinced it would hold my iPhone securely enough.  So getting the chance to test out and review a sample seemed a good (but cautious) step to take. … Continue reading

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Brainy bike lights

Another interesting product I liked at the London Bike Show were the Brainy Bike Lights and I think they’re an interesting and novel approach to cycle lights. The idea is pretty simple as a way of solving the problem of … Continue reading

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Review – Continental Grand Prix 4 Season

This is a pretty good tyre from our experience and worth the little extra these cost over lesser tyres.  I got these initially for my daughter’s bike as we needed a reliable, puncture-free tyre that would be a good all-rounder. … Continue reading

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A unique Specialized Allez

One of my blog readers, David Stevens, has kindly sent me this photo of his Specialized Allez 2014 model which he has adapted into a single speed version.  David has added a few details of this unique bicycle within a … Continue reading

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Upgrading to Sram Apex brakes

This is my eldest daughter’s bike and we have finally got around to upgrading to Sram Apex brakes and here’s the account.  You see she has never really got on with the original Shimano 600 brakes, dating back to the … Continue reading

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Retrospective Coast to Coast thoughts

Here’s a few things running through my mind right now: My friend Paul gave me a little reward for completing the C2C, as you can see above.  He was planning to enter the event but alas there was the need … Continue reading

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Brooks Limited Edition Swallow

I came across the interesting, timeless and curious Brooks Swallow saddle, produced as a limited edition.  In the case of the photograph below, this is one of the 2007 models where just 999 were made. Alternative colours have also been … Continue reading

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