Monthly Archives: January 2006

Triple chainrings, a basic guide

The big one: for going down hills. The middle one: for going along the flat. The small one: for going up hills. That’s how I explained it to the lady who I stopped to help at the bottom of the … Continue reading

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An evening with Rapha

Spent a very pleasant few hours this evening at the HQ of Rapha (www.rapha.cc), manufacturer of some of the best designed kit around, in my opinion. I already own a few bits by them, a particular favourite of mine being … Continue reading

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Fear of failure

I’m having a bit of crisis today after my episode with what should count as a minor hill in the grand scheme of things. I’m worrying about not getting the miles in now and finding myself in the broom wagon … Continue reading

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Cracked on the big hill

Went up the biggest hill I could find in London, all one kilometre of it at about 10% gradient. Well I work on the principle that it is the biggest as it’s the biggest one I’ve ridden up. Some may … Continue reading

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Cheap sunglasses

It would be rather premature to say the worst of the winter has passed, given that the siberian blast from Russia is due here next week, but the clear sunny weather today gave cyclists of every persuasion in the park … Continue reading

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Once around the park

Went out for a night-ride round Richmond Park last night. It was a new experience and not an entirely unpleasant one. I managed a lap and a half before I found the cold was getting to me and I ran … Continue reading

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A trip to town and back

Monday night trip to the theatre demanded that I cycle in early evening dampness from White City to Seven Dials in Covent Garden. Took the route through Notting Hill and then up the inside of Hyde Park, along Park Lane … Continue reading

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Going out the back

I was out on the bike at 8:40am today and went to join a cycling club training run with the London Dynamo club in Richmond Park. I got shelled out the back of the intermediate group after a lap and … Continue reading

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Using the big ring

Last night cycled up various hills, if they can be described as such, around London on a trip across town. Not pushing too hard but just getting there as smoothly as possible. I was feeling rather tired so it was … Continue reading

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Made up for lost time

By putting in almost 3 hours on the bike yesterday, riding hard as much as possible to make up for the lack of distance I’ve been getting in the last week. From home to East Dulwich in South East London, … Continue reading

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