Blog: General news

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 »

Hills and gears

27 May 2013

The 18-20% hills encountered on a holiday weekend in Somerset reminded me of the need for appropriate gears. This is not so much of an issue for touring bikes, which tend to come with low gears in the first place. It is an issue, however, for many of our City riders who have no intention… Read More »

Cycling Chat

10 March 2013

A few days ago was the warmest day of the year, when the temperature reached 17ºC – in Aberystwyth of all places! So, as we begin to forget the rides cancelled due to icy roads, we can look forward to the cycling pleasures coming up soon. Some of you will not have come across the… Read More »

Cyclists press for safer roundabout

20 October 2012

CTC Oxford City Secretary, James Dawton, has been in the news. The Oxford Mail reports that, according to campaigners, plans for a £2m revamp at an Oxford traffic blackspot provide an ideal opportunity to improve the site for cyclists. The Oxford Mail revealed in October that council bosses were considering big changes to the Kennington roundabout where… Read More »