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1 April 2015 - 12:00am
The Way of the Roses
Signage is good on the Way of the Roses
Robin Russell organised a memorable coast-to-coast trip from Morecambe to Bridlington for 10 pairs of sighted and blind tandemists.
1 April 2015 - 12:00am
The family trike
CTC member and new mum Vicky Myers missed her cycling so invested in an electrically-assisted Christiania trike from Denmark.
1 April 2015 - 12:00am
£2500 adventure road bike - Kinesis Tripster ATR
This titanium adventure road bike won’t do everything but it’s a versatile lightweight. Review by Dan Joyce.
1 April 2015 - 12:00am
Drops or flats?
Dawes Galaxy AL
Touring bikes vs Trekking bikes. Flat-bar trekking bikes are a tempting alternative to drop-bar tourers, especially at lower price points. Jack Thurston reviews one of each.
1 April 2015 - 12:00am
Gevenalle GX levers
Dual-control drop handlebar brake levers, or ‘brifters’, have made derailleur gear shifting – and therefore road bikes – accessible to every cyclist. However, they are vulnerable to dirt and damage, expensive to replace, and only properly compatible with specific gearing systems, all of which Gevenalle offer as potential reasons to fit their shifter system instead.
1 April 2015 - 12:00am
Free Parable: Gorilla Cage
The Gorilla Cage is a super-sized version of the Monkii, the detachable Velcro-and-Nylon bottle cage that’s a more secure and adaptable alternative to a standard bottle cage.
1 April 2015 - 12:00am
Café du Cycliste Lucienne Jersey
Café du Cycliste Lucienne Jersey
Café du Cycliste in Nice design and sell niche cycling wear, a bit like a French Rapha.
1 April 2015 - 12:00am
Altura Vortex Backpack
Altura Vortex Backpack
This backpack has a good capacity-to-weight ratio, holding 25 litres and weighing only 750g.
1 April 2015 - 12:00am
Prostrate cancer
Doctor with stethoscope on the table
I have prostate cancer and am monitored every six months by taking a PSA reading. It has varied from 6.2 to 8.1, except the last one when it shot up to 14.5. I am a cyclist, riding for three hours twice a week. Can this affect the PSA reading?
1 April 2015 - 12:00am
Which panniers?
I’m going on my first tour abroad in summer and would like advice on panniers. Do you think 40 litres (i.e. 2x20) will be enough space? I will not be camping. I am considering Ortlieb roll-top rear panniers, which nearly all reviewers say are good. Do you have any views?
1 April 2015 - 12:00am
Too many speeds
I have a bike with Campagnolo 10-speed transmission on Khamsin wheels, but am experiencing very short chain life. Is there any way of changing to 7-speed without a new back wheel or freehub body? Campagnolo don’t make components less than 10-speed!
1 April 2015 - 12:00am
Alcohol and cycling
The legal limit of alcohol in the blood whilst driving was reduced in Scotland from the beginning of December, prompting me to seek clarification regarding cycling and alcohol. What does the law say?
1 April 2015 - 12:00am
Handlebar fatigue
The handlebar of my husband's bike recently broke, causing him to fall. The bike was little used and well cared for. We had it from new and the manufacturer agreed to pay compensation, but we were concerned that it could have been a serious accident. We have since been told that metal fatigue is a common problem with handlebars and they should be changed every three years. Is that right?
31 March 2015 - 11:19am
L'Eroica & CTC Heritage Jersey Rider Package
L'Eroica Britannia rider places CTC
Don't miss your opportunity to cycle back in time at this year's L'Eroica Britannia in Derbyshire's magnificent peaks with Team CTC. There are 25 places available and each rider will receive a CTC heritage jersey.
31 March 2015 - 11:00am
“VOTE BIKE!” says national cycling charity
Vote Bike logo
Today (Tuesday 31 March 2015), CTC, the national cycling charity, wrote to all prospective parliamentary candidates asking them publicly to register their personal views on cycling.
31 March 2015 - 10:48am
Take a minute to Vote Bike!
Bicycle outside of a polling station
Today (Tuesday 31 March 2015), CTC wrote to over 2,500 prospective parliamentary candidates asking them publicly to register their personal views on cycling.
27 March 2015 - 5:35pm
An incomprehensible travesty of justice
Daniel Squire was killed whilst training for an Ironman Triathlon
Last week, an incomprehensible travesty of justice occurred in Kent. A driver who had sent and received 40 text messages whilst at the wheel and who then hit an 18-year-old cyclist on a straight stretch of road in broad daylight was cleared by a jury of causing the cyclist's death.
27 March 2015 - 1:26pm
Cycling routes in Berwick
Berwick Cyclist's
Exploring England and Scotland by bicycle in a day couldn't be easier, as Tony Houghton CTC member and founder of CTC group Berwick Cyclists explains in his new booklet 'Five Cycle Rides from Berwick upon Tweed'.
27 March 2015 - 8:40am
Be part of The Countrywide Great Tour!
A cyclist in CTC kit riding by the beach in Thanet
A new cycle tour is happening this summer and CTC is looking for riders and volunteers to join us on an awe-inspiring cycle journey around Great Britain’s dramatic and beautiful coastline.
24 March 2015 - 11:16am
Electric bikes set to put spring in your step in the Chilterns
Health Rides - great for all ages and abilities
CTC is giving cycling in the Chilterns a boost this spring with electric bikes, a new cycle hire fleet and rides galore packed into a new cycling guide. Sara Randle shines a light on the Cycle Chilterns Bike Hub in Great Missenden.
 
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