As Bradley Wiggins was interviewed by the Champs Elysees after finally wining the great race, Ned Boulting commentated that Wiggins and his Team have set so many historical precedents in the past few week, he must be running out of suitable quotes. But, though Wiggins may be sometimes short with journalists, he never seems short […]
Some training tips from Team Sky / British Cycling I’ve picked up from reading Cycling Weekly articles / interviews over past months and years. Some Training Principles Blocks of Three Days Often training is concentrated into blocks of three hard days, followed by one day of recovery, then another three days hard training. The recovery […]
Have you noticed that as soon as you buy the best possible bicycle, quite shortly something even better comes along? This is not just true for bicycles, but any cycling related paraphernalia – except perhaps Brooks saddles, which were just as good in 1893, as they are now. With this in mind, I don’t know […]
Vehicular cycling is the idea that a cyclist should take up the position on the road, as if he / she was another vehicle on the road. It is related to the idea that: Cyclists have a right to be on the road, and it is necessary to defend this right. “Every person riding a […]
Recently, I have been enjoying writing this cycling blog. Fortunately or unfortunately I’ve found it quite easy to write on every topic from speed humps to Eddy Merckx. It seems cycling provides an inexhaustible supply of topics to discuss and write about. But, it’s not always like this. At other times, you think – what […]
One of the most popular cycle campaigns is the simple message – Give Cyclists Room. The basic principle of ‘give cyclists more room‘ is: Cycling becomes safer. Less likely to be knocked off by passing motor vehicle misjudging how close you are. Cycling becomes more enjoyable (less stressful). When cars pass at 50mph with […]
Yesterday was the end of the academic year, so without any teaching commitments I was able to go for a long ride towards Princes Risborough. I wanted to do the several climbs around the Chiltern ridge such as Whiteleaf ridge, Kop Hill and others. I’ve rarely ridden this roads before, so they were all new […]
An interesting report on UK cycling culture from an ESRC funded cycling cultures project, based at the University of East London (UEL) (pdf format) The study investigated cycle use and cycling culture in four UK cities with higher than average cycle use. – Hull, Cambridge, Bristol and Hackney (London) Some of the key findings of […]
I was writing a piece on cycling – ‘obsession, passion and enjoyment’. (This will be published soon), when I came across ‘Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder‘ by Dave Barter. I initially bought the book for 99p in e-book form, but could never be bothered to download it to iPhone so I ended up buying hardcopy for […]
You wish there was some kind of natural law which meant that when you increase your cycle fitness, automatically your mechanical competence increased in equal measure. You feel that if you can cycle 50 miles in under two hours, the gods of cycling should, at least, give you the capacity to change a tubular or […]
I have often felt it is a shame that there is a lack of community spirit in our neighbourhood. In the modern age, we don’t tend to know our neighbours, apart from the odd hello as we dash into our cars to drive over to the part of the city. In the ‘good old days’ […]
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