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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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How to – Pack your backpack for cycle commuting

Pack your bags! Today I have another how-to, ever wondered how best to pack your backpack for cycle commuting? Have you ever wanted to know what a cycle commuter carries on his back? Why his bag is so big? or how he fits it all in?  Newby. Are you a beginner cycle commuter struggling to nail the daily pack? maybe you have …

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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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Product demo – KOM cycling – Garmin edge bike mount

Today’s post is a sponsored video demo of a Garmin bike mount. Videos like this are a lot of work and I can’t stand watching myself once they are completed, but they are a lot of fun to make.  The product is available in the US only, Via Amazon or via the CyclingKOM website. Use this link to buy and Amazon …

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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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Cycle commuting #3 – pannier

Cycle commuting #3 – Pannier Bags Unbelievable Baggage After looking into the use of backpacks and frame mounted bags in previous episodes of this series,( which can be found here, and here) it’s time to get serious. Panniers are widely understood to be the best way to carry items on a bicycle, used by world tourers and occasional commuters alike …

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Video review – Wera tools – Kraftform and Zyklop ratchet

First Timer A Video review, my first in fact. A difficult thing for an introvert to make but I managed to get through it and am pleased (enough) with the results.  This is not a sponsored post, Wera has no idea about it and both of the tools are my own, purchased with my own money to make my life …

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Review – Skotti USA – Filter scarf / pollution mask

Skotti USA – Filter scarf/ pollution mask Cycling to work is one of my great pleasures, I find myself seeing the natural beauty of even the dampest, coldest, days as I pass lines of exasperated, stationary drivers. Arriving at work early, feeling attentive and enthused; having caused no ill effect to the planet in my daily journey I revel at …

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(Pannier) Bags to riches – expat bloke

Being a bicycle mechanic has allowed me to experience the joy that riding a bicycle can bring to a wide range of people. The bicycle has been my entire adult life and a large portion of my childhood as well. It has allowed me to travel to distant shores, meet interesting people and change lives for the better. I have …