Archive: August 2014

French bike grafitti

The French love cycling and support the activity very well as well as hosting the worlds largest annual sporting event (Le Tour de France). Jacques Anquetil was the first cyclist to win the Tour de France five times, in 1957 and from 1961 to 1964. I spotted this classic bike leaning against a wall in Le Croisic, Brittany. I love the signs you get for cycle lanes and routes. They are all so wired and different. You hardly ever see the same…

Family cycling along the River Loire in France. I have cycled along the Loire a few times, and it is really well set-up for families. You can book cycling packages that can provide everything from guides, bikes and accommodation, or you can organise your own trips. Last time, we camped in one place and went for several rides from our base. Bikes The route is suitable for any bike: kids bikes, roads bikes, mountain bikes (VTT in French), fixies… Cycle…

Needs repairing

I recently discovered that one of my chain links had partly broken. Fortunately I spotted this whilst cleaning the bike, rather than on the road. Replacing the broken chain link with a new one is quite straightforward. Break the chain with a Chain Tool at the damaged link and take the chain off the bike. Once off the bike, remove the broken link. Add a new link. if you fitted your original chain, you should have spare links as you nearly…

remove and add chain links at will

At some point, all cyclists will need to remove their chain to either get at other parts such as the rear mech or to clean, mend or replace the chain. Some cyclists like to take a chain tool and spare links on rides too in case emergency repairs are needed. Like most chain tools, the Toepeak Universal Chain Tool is small enough to take on the road. As a link breaking tool and for inserting chain link pins it works really well…