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I’ve Been Quiet for a Bit

I’ve Been Quiet for a Bit

Recently I’ve been quiet, I’ve missed events, I’ve missed sessions, I’ve hated my bikes, and I’ve mostly been lying in bed pondering existence. I’ve concluded that free will most definitely doesn’t exist, but apart from that, my mental health has been getting a kicking, and as usual, when my mind declines, so does my body.

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Decathlon  Elops 500- A Super Cheap Tracklocross Bike?

Decathlon Elops 500- A Super Cheap Tracklocross Bike?

One of my most successful posts has been about discussing frames for tracklocross and I was raking about for other examples the other day. I came across the Elops 500 from Decathlon, a complete single speed for £250/€230. A bike that could get you started for less than half the price of any of the frames on my list.

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Track Frames With Clearance for Tracklocross – Part 2

Track Frames With Clearance for Tracklocross – Part 2

The first part of the guide to frames for tracklocross has proven to be a bit of a hit, and I’ve also had people send me other options and frames to look at and see what I think. Now, I’ve started to compile a second guide so that we don’t end up with a massive mess of a post.

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Can a Tracklocross Bike Be a Great Commuter?

Can a Tracklocross Bike Be a Great Commuter?

People often ask me if their bike can work as a commuter? Which got me thinking about using a tracklocross bike as a commuter. The simple answer is that a tracklocross bike will make an excellent commuter, especially when the weather is less than perfect.

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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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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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