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Cycle commuting #1 – Backpack

This is a sponsored article looking into the science behind commuting and the methods used by beginners, pros and everyone in between. Commuting by bicycle is fast becoming the best way for a lot of people to get to work. Taking control of when you leave instead of chasing a bus or train. Having personal space, time to think, and …

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The Super-bike parade, Dubai cycle life

This is an article from Cyclist Middle East written in October of 2015. “Wowzers” exclaims Sir Bradley Wiggins in awe, as the Dubai 6 am ride rolls out. At least that’s how I imagine events would play out since I have never had the pleasure to meet and ask the man. I make this assumption because this peloton is no …

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Newroad stylee

Road cycling apparel is always the last element of the sport to be accepted by the mountain bike convert or new rider alike. Week upon week, my beginner group of road cyclists would show up in jogging trousers or running t-shirts. These riders cling to their baggy shorts just as their baggy shorts cling to them in the rain or …

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The name IS the game

A name is an important part of life. A good name can be a road-map which guides its owner on their way. Names can be a reminder of who we are, who we wish to be or a reminder of those who love us. The best names give their owners a head start in life and by their use, can …

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Pain in the butt!

Pain in the butt, If you are new to cycling then you may be surprised to learn that one thing unites us all, it is the leveler, the uniting factor that mountain bikers, road cyclists, and everyone else who rides bikes will agree on. Cycling is a pain in the butt. When you cycle for the first time the discomfort …

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How to become a cyclist.

How do you become a cyclist?  Cyclists are not born with a tendency for dressing in spandex and balancing themselves on small patches of rubber whilst travelling at 50 kmph. They are slowly grown from an idea, like a seed grows to be a palm and eventually bears fruit. Each consecutive ride adds to the obsession as the tree grows …

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Why?

Am I a cyclist because I ride my bike ? or do I ride my bike because I am a cyclist? When was the last time you asked yourself why you do the things that you do? The answer to this profound cycle-ogical question could put the fun back in the bike Living in the city and working a high …

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The CIA, Cycling Issues – Acronym/Abbreviation

You may have noticed that acronyms and cycling go hand in hand. Barely a day passes without my noticing a new, mysterious combination of letters printed in bizarre places on a bicycle or bicycle paraphernalia. It seems that the whole industry is searching for a good acronym or abbreviation; Clothing companies, bicycle manufacturers, magazines, websites, are all willing to shorten …

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Neglectathon

There is a certain self-sufficient mentality that has grown in me, whether it comes from my upbringing or from a necessity of life, I do not know. I can’t feel secure unless I can get myself out of trouble should the need arise. This appears in all aspects of my life from riding a bicycle to carrying a pocket multi-tool …