Category Archives: Bike life

Foundling

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Bikes change hands, sometimes without the owners consent, and when I found an abandoned machine I wondered on it’s story. It had been left propped up against a tree with the brakes locked out: why? There is, along with the … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with this picture?

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The dismounted cyclist has to cross a 60mph rated roadway to continue. The crossing is at the end of a 40mph speed limit: a point at which vehicles speed up. There is no indication that the route continues on the … Continue reading

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A low traffic Cambridge is possible

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When road pricing in the city was proposed by the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) reaction to a fairly modest traffic management proposal was loud and clear: it is seen as ‘anti-democratic’, ‘discriminatory’ and a ‘threat to freedoms’. How did we … Continue reading

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Cambridge to Norwich safe cycle route

Bad bad cyclists! why can’t they get off the road? It is a fact of modern life that any local news thread about cycling will attract comment along the lines of that cyclists are always: riding through red lights, riding … Continue reading

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Croix de Fer: Tiagra/GRX swap

There is no getting away from it: the CDF is a heavy machine. In running order (less panniers but including D lock, lights, bidon and bar bag) it’s 17.5Kg. In a ride ready state (dressed, shod, fed & watered) I’m … Continue reading

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Cambridge to Huntingdon: update

This was the abrupt end to my ride to Huntingdon in January 2021. I ran out of road…. ..and this is what the same spot looked like in May 2021. The A14 enhancement NMU route from Girton to Fenstanton is … Continue reading

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Sir John de Creke 1325

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3 frame monatge Canon Ixus 70. Hand held monoplanar rectification.

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Route Werks bar bag: lid noise.

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Route werks handlebar bag a go go

So I took the plunge and shelled out the fairly steep price and around about a month later the box from China showed up. I’d read the reviews, swallowed the hype, had on-going leakage with the Karrimor and, in a … Continue reading

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The Rixen Kaul experiment

So much of life on a bike is about compromise: I ride a 12kg steel bike because I know the terrain I ride over and the loads I shift from time to time would destroy a featherweight machine so I … Continue reading

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