Blog: General news

Electric bikes

6 March 2019

Play the audio file to hear John extolling the virtues of electric bikes – not to mention the virtues of Oxford City Cycling 🙂

Cycle lights – James’ guide

9 December 2018

Winter time is upon us, so it is time to check your lights are working So, how should a cyclist be lit? A summary of the not straightforward “The Road Vehicles Lighting and Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) (Amendment) Regulations 2009” can be found here :-https://www.cyclinguk.org/cyclists-library/regulations/lighting-regulations. In summary, legally you need a BS 6102/3 front and BS 6102/3 rear lights and… Read More »

Sensible gears for recreational cyclists

1 August 2018

A 25 inch gear on a road bike? Unthinkable even a year ago How times have changed! And how quickly! If you’re familiar with chainsets, cassettes and other gear-related issues, please skip the rest of this paragraph…. If you don’t care about the technicalities, then actually it’s quite simple: just tell your bike shop that… Read More »

The Eddington Number

8 January 2018

By Jon Adsett, self-confessed “cycling n…” WARNING – Undertaking the Eddington number challenge can seriously affect how you go about your cycling and route planning! However if you spend lots of time like me pouring over ride stats and keep records of miles (or if you really have to – kilometres), this may be for… Read More »

Free maps for your holidays

23 September 2017

Create your route as normal Garmin devices (and probably other devices) now come with Open Street Maps of Europe pre-loaded. But if you plan to travel beyond Europe, you’ll need more maps. Whether you use Strava, MapMyride, Ride with GPS (my favourite) or, I imagine, any other route creation software, you will have no problem… Read More »

Don’t become unstuck

25 August 2014

You could end up miles from home with a puncture that is impossible to repair. My local bike shop, Reg Taylor on Iffley Road, had never seen this (they were, however, able to sort it out). Removing a tight road tyre (a 23mm Gatorskin in this case) often involves squeezing the bead into the central… Read More »

Worn wheel rims?

11 June 2014

(See postcript at the end of this article) One way of making a lighter wheel is to make the rims thinner, which has led to an increasing number of riders experiencing a disintegrating rim, often during a ride, as shown in this photo. One of our riders was left stranded last week when her rim… Read More »

To Garmin or not to Garmin?

20 December 2013

GPS taking over? As some of you know, I have joined the Strauss CTC summer tours in France since 2009 and have noticed an interesting trend. On my first tour in June 2009, I don’t recall anyone with a Garmin (or similar GPS device). By 2012, four of us volunteered to help Pat and Mike… Read More »

Riding for fitness

20 December 2013

Why do you ride? Those readers familiar with off-road riding will be aware of the range of activities which fall into the category of mountain biking: trail riding, trials (very different!) quad descending, downhilling, cross country, North shore, all mountain, freeride, dirt jumping and even quasi acrobatics (aka “urban assault”) as reported in our own… Read More »