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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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The enigmatic Dr Bike

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You might have heard of Dr Bike, or even have a Dr Bike leaflet thrust into your hand as I did a while back.  I think that must have been somewhere on the local Busway when Dr Bike’s assistants were … 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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Painting over blocked drains

In contrast to yesterday’s post where I praised some thoughtful behaviour on a canal towpath, I thought this was worth highlighting as an appalling example of road maintenance in Central Bedfordshire.  I have noticed before examples of painting over blocked … 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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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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The Hub – Redbourn, Hertfordshire

Please note – this is not the website for The Hub cycle cafe in Redbourn. If you’re trying to make contact with this wonderful place, please follow this link – click here Go into any “normal” bike shop and you … Continue reading

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Preventing punctures

If you ride a bike, you’ll almost certainly get a puncture at some point (no pun intended).  Just a reality of cycling I guess but there are things you can do to minimise this downer (is that another pun?). Preparation … Continue reading

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Buying second hand bikes

My good friend Phil asked me about buying a second hand bike: where, how much, what type and so on.  He’s keen to get going on a bike but plans to make a modest investment in the initial outlay.  Here’s … Continue reading

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