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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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Cycling Isn’t a Race

Cycling Isn’t a Race

Cycling isn’t a race, and I’ve talked about that before. I still though find it hard to avoid thinking that cycling is a race. That may be because I used to race, or because all cycling marketing is designed to make cycling a race. Honestly, we’re riding a toy, and as a bike is a toy, it should be fun.

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One of the Joys of Tracklocross

One of the Joys of Tracklocross

The joy of tracklocross is riding trails I haven’t ridden before. They either looked “too boring” for my mountain bike or “too gnarly” for my road bike. Now I get to ride those in-between trails and feel like I’m having the most fun I’ve had in years.

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Tracklocross Conversion

Tracklocross Conversion

In 2018, Chain Reaction Cycles had a Black Friday sale. Now, I think having Black Friday sales in the UK are a bit crazy. Unless we’re thankful, we lost the US? Still, they had an offer on a bike, the Octane One Kode. The price was stupid low, so I bought one.

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What Is the Difference Between 3/32″ and 1/8″ Chains and Sprockets?

What Is the Difference Between 3/32″ and 1/8″ Chains and Sprockets?

One of the most common stumbling blocks for people coming into single speed cycling is the difference between 3/32″ and 1/8″sprockets and chains? A 1/8″ chain is the most common chain found on single speeds, and 3/32″ chain is the most common chain found on derailleur equipped bikes. A 1/8″ chain will fit on parts that are either width. 3/32″ chains will only fit on parts designed to work with 3/32″ chains.

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