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New wheels

Checking and replacing wheel rims Wheel rims can last for years and thousands of miles of cycling. If you ride in the winter and/or over hilly terrain your rims will not last as long as riding flat dry roads. This is because the rim is the braking surface (like a car brake disk) and will eventually wear so thin that the rim can brake. In the winter, when you brake you are adding extra grit and salt to your breaking…

Charles Cross

No surprises what you get with Evans Cycles. The shop is new to Plymouth but the brand has been around for years. Its a good high-street cycle shop aimed at entry and mid-level riders. The staff are very helpful with loads of (low to mid level) stock held. Lots of bikes under £1000 and Shimano parts, clothing and tools. There is a large workshop with several mechanic’s stations. The shop is also very conveniently located centrally (by Charles Cross (the…

What is this?

I love cycling mags and reading about new products and admittedly I rarely praise the good, but here is an example of some truly poor cycling component marketing (I am a Marketing Manager for my day job). The PowerTap is not a kitchen fitting (I think). Admittedly this is a high end product (retailing at over $1000) so it is aimed at people who know bikes, but for the stupid rich or those new to bikes and bike talk the…

Overtaking a horse on a bike

Cycling around the countryside, you will often come across horses being ridden. Passing them safely is very important so that no one gets hurt. These simple steps should make the process trouble free. Approaching from the rear Horses are very clever animals, but rely on their hearing significantly. Some horses are spooked by cyclists. Slow down when you come acrossa horse to the horses speed and stay 10 meters back. Announce yourself so that the ride and horse know you…

Chain Whip for less than a £10 Well, new chain whips are not very expensive, but it is possible to make one for virtually no cost what so ever. I brought mine before finding out how to make them. Mine also has a notch to remove my fixie lock-ring which most people won’t need. Chain whips can be made from surplus bar or heavy duty sheet and an old chain. Ideally a piece of flat bar with a rectangular profile…

Nearly free!

Headset press for less than £10 I cannot claim any credit for this tip, but have used it anc can voucu for it being 1. easy and 2. less than £10. In your local hardwars shop (I used Wickes) you need to buy: Threaded rod: pack of 2 m10 x 500m threaded rods for £3.99, Nuts: pack of 10x m10 nuts for £2.01 Washers: pack of 10x m10 x 50mm washers £1.43 Total £7.40 When inserting a new headset you…

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