Category: cycling

Surly Lowside

Surly Lowside

Sometimes, I like to coast on a bike. I’m not sure why, but sometimes it can also be fun. Sliding around, foot down style, it can almost be as great as riding fixed gear. So, I sometimes pull a bike that isn’t one of my tracklocross bikes out for a ride in the woods. Today I fancied a new bike, so I built up a Surly Lowside, okay I started doing this last week, but today I finished.

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What Is the Difference Between a Single Speed and a Fixed Gear (Fixie) Bike?

What Is the Difference Between a Single Speed and a Fixed Gear (Fixie) Bike?

A single speed and a fixed gear bike will look very similar to most people when you put them side by side, but what is the difference between them? The main difference between a single speed bike and a fixed gear bike is that you can coast on a single speed. On a fixed gear, you are pedalling, or you are stopped. If you want to know more then, please read on.

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Underbiking for Fun

The wast majority of people overbike. They do this because the media and marketing have made them feel it is the only way to achieve their goals. They’ll be faster if they buy this. Marketing, as I always say, is geared at racing. That is a massive issue for creating an inclusive cycling culture. Do you think everyone in the Netherlands feels that they are in a race? That is one of the reasons we should underbike.

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NHS Social Prescribing

In my day to day, we’ve just been booked to try an NHS social prescribing pilot. We’ll be running various BMX and gravel rides for them. Today I was off laying down routes for people to follow on the loops. As the loops are short and we don’t want to put people off, we thought it would be a better idea to run these guides on YouTube as a visual cue.

Type 2 Fun

Type 2 Fun

Cycling is fun. That is the main reason we do it, right? Sometimes though the fun is more retrospectively than in the moment. The rain/snow may be getting hammered into your face by a headwind. The mud may be trying to suck you underground. When you get home, though, you just want to do it all again.

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Snowy Saturday

Yesterday I posted a video from an unsnowy Russia. Today I thought we could look at a snowy video from Leipzig, a place slightly unaccustomed to snow. Riding a fixed gear with too big a gear for the conditions is what a few people believe tracklocross is all about, to be honest, they are probably not wrong.

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YouTube Is the New Strava

YouTube Is the New Strava

I’ve often said that you don’t need to use a Garmin or to Strava your rides. Cycling doesn’t always have to be a race. I was once a racer, and it has left me with a hangup. I can’t ride with a computer or upload data on rides without checking all my numbers.

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The Fear of Tracklocross

The Fear of Tracklocross

Many people talk of mainstream media making people live in fear, and the bike trade does the same. If you want to be fast or cool, then you need the latest doodah. If you’re going to be taken seriously, you need to buy all the gear. You’ll never get up hills without a 50 tooth cog on your cassette. You’ll never get up a mountain unless you’re riding an e-bike.

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63xc.com. The Mid-noughties Site

In my blog on the history of tracklocross, I managed to forget something. Something that I really shouldn’t have as I used to spend hours perusing their blog. I forgot about 63xc. 63xc was named after their preferred gear inches option for riding offroad. That should give you enough of an idea about the site.

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