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Thursday thoughts – bike industry shake up

The bike industry’s bike shop business model is dog shit. Here are some ideas for anyone worried that they are going out of business. I hope it helps someone out of the drain. Please address all hate mail to the comments. Thanks.

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Gravel bike build – £100 Budget custom bike

Gravel bike you say? The idea of playing around with a fat-tire, go anywhere, drop handlebar Gravel bike has always appealed to me. The idea of a bike that can be equally at home on the daily commute and the rough bike trail is something of legendary status because the two disciplines are so drastically different. There must be a …

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Rise from the splashes – A Dawes Kingpin refurb

The Kingpin. Have you ever seen a shoe by the side of the road and wondered how it got there? Ever wondered how the person who lost that shoe, had fled the vicinity? Hopping, limping? I wonder about these things a lot, like how come a pair of shoes is worth £50 but just one shoe is worthless? But that …

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Thursday thoughts – Sharing the road – Halfords

Sharing the Road report 2017 by Halfords In a previous Thursday thoughts post, (found here)  I talked about the likelihood that high profile court cases, dockless bike share, and electric bikes would lead to legislation regarding the registration of bicycles. Well thanks to Halfords, this prediction is one step closer to a reality. Read the report. This week Halfords published their Sharing …

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The Bicycle shelf – How to

The bicycle shelf – how to. Storing a bike in the house is always a sore subject. Family members who have not yet accepted that the bike is as much a member of the family as they are, do not understand the need to provide room and board to an inanimate object. Naming your bike can help blur these lines …

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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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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 …