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I just bought a new bike. And I didn’t even want one. Well that’s not strictly true, every cyclist is supposed to be permanently dreaming of their next purchase and mine was supposed to be a carbon road bike. But I have just bought what the makers call a “gravel bike”.
My husband recently bought a cyclo cross bike as he decided he wanted to go cycling off road again. When he first started cycling with his local club 30 years ago they used to cycle over the Cotswolds on their road bikes. (The mind boggles.) And that meant I had to buy one too otherwise he would be going off road on his own. I wasn’t averse to this but I was persuaded that it would be good for my bike handling skills to join him. Plus I thought if had an extra training session per week he would get fitter than me and I would then never be able to keep up with him. Read more →
I picked up my first club jersey recently – I have now joined a tribe!
Up until now I have been wearing a discreet black Gore short sleeved cycling top which I have to say has been a fantastic buy – I must have washed it over a hundred times and it is as good as new. In fact most of my tops and jackets are Gore bike wear. You do pay more but it is really good quality kit and it lasts. I also have a pair of their full length winter leggings with fleecy lining which are very cosy in the winter months. Read more →
Yes another item of cycling clothing I didn’t know I needed!
So you would think a winter waterproof, a winter jacket , a cape and a long sleeved jersey would be all the jackets I could need. But no! As I have discovered over the last couple of months I have been missing another layer all these years – which is the gilet. Read more →
We all know that participation and interest in cycling is going through a boom period in the UK. We see more and more cyclists on the road every day, for pleasure, for commuting or as their means of transport.
For example years ago I ago there was a young guy at work who used to arrive on a skateboard (he was a graphic designer which we all felt explained this behaviour). We both left this employment and next time I saw him to say hello he was on his daily commute on his road bike to catch the train. The time after that he was cycling through town towing his toddler behind him and on Saturday I saw him on his bike with his food shopping poking out of a rucksack! That is dedication to the cause.