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Airless tyres?

It has surprised me that I seemed to post only two bike posts last year! 4000 miles, an update – March 2019 Two years – Six and a half thousand miles – Sept 2019 It’s been more than eight years riding a bike to work daily (Velocipeding), more than 30,000 miles, and I’m now riding […]

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…and heaven and nature sing…

So Christmas time approaches. Yes, every year it starts earlier, and the bling dong merrily starts in November. We did put up and decorate our tree early in December, to coincide with the annual Dance Show which A&P partake in (We just watched the DVD, v. proud of them all! Well done Q**), but to […]

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Let music define the contours of your emotion… ?

I am not a ‘classical music’ fanatic. I know very little about the history of music, composers or the political or social relevance of ‘classical’ music creations. I can imagine for the creators, there is a lot of loaded significance behind, underneath and inside many compositions. Perhaps I might dig deeper at some point. But […]

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4000 miles, an update.

So… Gazelle Ultimate S8, ~4000 miles, an update. Back in Oct 2017, you may remember I made the gazelle-like leap (ho ho ho) to a Gates Carbon Belt Drive, Shimano Alfine 8 Hub Geared city bike. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝙹𝚞𝚕𝚎𝚜 (@julesprichards) Gates ‘Belt Drive’. Gates say “Free yourself from oily, […]

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Flowering… Giving up Lent?

Who can miss the blossom? I wonder do we all notice it? I think we do. Even the most hardened amongst us sense the growth outside at (almost) Springtime. You may have noticed that my bike commute pictures have recently taken second place, as my mind has been occupied with learning lines (more on that […]

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Bike Gadgets – Lights

Another Bike Gadgets post. A quick shout out to Serfas UK. I have used Serfas lights for 7 years now. I wrote in Nov 2011 abouth my Serfas ‘True 250’ . Alas, sadly the LBS is no longer there – It seems t’internet has taken over the world. In 2016 my True 250 it took a battering […]

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Biking Gadgets

Ok, I’m not a gadget type of person, and yes, my philosophy is ‘just get on and ride’, but we all enjoy toys. You don’t ‘need’ all that must-have cycle-stuff that’s papped out but the cycle sites, and you don’t need all that ‘get while you can’ stuff in the Aldi-etc catalogues.  Yes, I went […]

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Belts, not chains, a year on.

It’s been another year, and about ~3280 miles. Last September I switched from my old Specialized bike to a delightful Gazelle Ultimate S8. I’d consulted the guys at Future Cycles Leicester about a bike: with a quality belt drive, so in needn’t deal with chain wear and maintenance. with quality hub gears for the same reason as above. […]

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Sit up and breathe!

  My daughter says ‘there’s no such thing as perfection, only improvement’. I’m told, it’s what her teacher says.   You may remember my old ‘Specialized’ bike above gradually transformed from the standard off-the-self bike, to a more relaxed sit-up and breathe kind of thing.  My riding style gradually changed from: A. Trying to co-exist […]

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Just a person, on a bike…

This May it’s been 7 years, and roughly 25,000 miles, since I started using a bike to get to and from work daily. To the prospect of ‘cycling to work once a week?’, I recall adamantly thinking ‘never in a month of Sundays!‘ – it was seriously not an option. However, after a month or so […]