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Making Your Tracklocross Ride More Mindful

Making Your Tracklocross Ride More Mindful

Today I took myself out on a tracklocross ride in conditions everyone else was complaining about. I though had the time of my life. As a result, I found I just had a new lust for life. Don’t fear the conditions; embrace them; even though they weren’t perfect, I didn’t let that ruin my day. Today, I was just in the moment. I was mindful.

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Tracklocross Tyres: What You Need to Know

Tracklocross Tyres: What You Need to Know

I will not recommend brands or sizing for tracklocross tyres; I will tell you about different tyre patterns and their uses. The reason for not recommending brands is that they may be almost impossible to buy, thanks to the pandemic. Sizing will also come down to your frame. A true track frame will have way less tyre clearance than a Squid SO-EZ or Surly Steamroller.

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2021

2021

2021 on a personal level for me, has been shite. Just not that great at all. There have been struggles at every corner. Personal struggles with my ex. Healthcare issues, physical and mental. Relationship issues. Now, the charity, well, a CIC, but no one really seems to understand the difference, that I get in the way of running has had a loss of £30k of bikes. Given that bikes cost that now, this may not seem like a lot. In the grand scheme of things, it isn’t, but beyond the monetary value, these bikes inspired hope in many young people, which has now been whipped away.

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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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Scottish Tracklocross Adventures

Scottish Tracklocross Adventures

I went off on a bit of an adventure around the Three Lochs Way on the Squid/BLB SO-EZ at the weekend. Being an idiot, I managed to forget my camera and Go-Pro and also to charge my phone. Documentation was therefore a bit of an issue. I guess it is true what they say about preparation.

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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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