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1 October 2014 - 12:00am
Pump hose upgrade
I have an electrical compressor that I use for tyre inflation. It works fine for Schrader valves, but inflating Presta valves with a brass adaptor is always a problem. Is a specific Presta valve inflator for compressors available, or are there any other measures to make this easier?
1 October 2014 - 12:00am
Foldable tyres
Why are some tyres foldable and others rigid? What are the pros and cons? I have ridden the Schwalbe Supreme tyres on my bike for 2500 miles without puncture or mishap. However, they have slight cracking between sidewall and tread, and an occasional fibre pulls out, so I think it’s time to renew them.
1 October 2014 - 12:00am
BB: open or sealed?
I have an audax bike that Cobra Cycles (Preston) built for me in 1994. It was a custom job done in 531C and has seen better days. I have asked Graeme Scott from Happy Trails to renovate this old bike for me.
1 October 2014 - 12:00am
Overweight cyclist
Does being obese (e.g. a BMI of 34) make it harder to balance on a bicycle? And if one was unlucky enough to fall off, and land on an arm (as opposed to a leg that was used to bearing the weight) would one be more likely to break something? What advice would you give to such a rider who had suffered a fall, but was thinking of returning to cycling?
1 October 2014 - 12:00am
Animal dangers
On the Trans-Pennine Trial, I was faced with a bull and a group of heifers grazing on the narrow strip of land on a raised riverbank. Not wanting to risk their passivity or jump in river, I retreated and trespassed on an alternative route.
1 October 2014 - 12:00am
Taking London by storm
Expecting August sunshine, CTC’s Matt Mallinder joined 21,000 fellow cyclists to ride the Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 sportive.
1 October 2014 - 12:00am
Bed, bike & breakfast
The Savoy in London welcomes cyclists – not just those on folders
As CTC’s revamped Cyclists Welcome website shows, there are more bike-friendly ways than ever to overnight in Britain. Rob Ainsley, who’s spending 234 nights away during 2014, looks at some options.
30 September 2014 - 9:30am
Cycle Minister sends off Birmingham ride
Conservative and Labour politicans show support for cycling
Robert Goodwill MP rearranges diary to support the Space for Cycling mass ride at the Conservative Party Conference.
29 September 2014 - 11:30am
Government told: "stop treating cycling like a poor relation"
CTC President Jon Snow
At the start of the Conservative Party Conference, representatives from a coalition of cycling groups have called on the government to “stop treating cycling like a poor relation” and create a long-term, properly-resourced cycling strategy.
23 September 2014 - 4:06pm
CTC and GMCC ride at Labour Party Conference
Manchester cyclists of all ages take to the roads
Manchester saw 300 cyclists taking to the streets in a peaceful rally promoting the Space for Cycling campaign on Monday 22 September, as one part of CTC campaign activity at the party conference.
23 September 2014 - 3:10pm
Space for Cycling signs up 500th Councillor
Cyclists taking to the streets
Cllr Jerry Evans of Birmingham City Council has signed up as the 500th councillor to the national Space for Cycling campaign.
23 September 2014 - 1:05pm
New registration system for NSI Bikeability Instructors
Changes to the way National Standard Instructor (NSI) information is held are currently being implemented. The way that NSI records are generated, stored and accessed is changing. All instructors need to be aware of these changes so that their records can be updated and maintained.
22 September 2014 - 10:59am
Hundreds attend the Space for Cycling ride in Manchester
Cyclists at the Space for Cycling ride in Manchester
Three hundred join CTC and GMCC ride in support of Space for Cycling at the Manchester Labour Party Conference.
19 September 2014 - 4:55pm
Road danger reduction and enforcement conference announced
Road Danger Reduction and Enforcement: How policing can support walking and cycl
A one-day conference ‘Road Danger Reduction and Enforcement: How policing can support walking and cycling in London’ is announced today.
18 September 2014 - 7:52pm
Presentations from Newcastle Campaigns Training Day
Newcastle Road Justice and Space for Cycling training day
Carlton Reid from Bike Biz, John Thompson from Road Peace and Katja Leyendecker from Newcycling were all contributors at this Space for Cycling and Road Justice training day.
18 September 2014 - 2:53pm
Mass Bike Ride at Labour Party Conference
Space for Cycling cartoon
Will you join hundreds of cyclists at the Mass Bike Ride outside the Labour Party Conference in Manchester on Monday 22 September at 6pm?
18 September 2014 - 11:48am
Remove the centre line to increase safety
20 mph speed limit sign painted on a road
New study funded by CTC finds 20 mph speed limits and the removal of centre-lines may be the most effective ways to reduce the speed at which drivers overtake cyclists.
17 September 2014 - 5:08pm
Presentations from CTC Campaign Training Day - Sheffield
Sheffield Campaigns Training Day
All presentations on Space for Cycling, Local Authorities and Road Justice are now available for download.
12 September 2014 - 10:55am
Anaesthetists take to the road to raise money for CTC
Anaesthetists take to the road to raise money for CTC
Dozens of anaesthetists are swapping their theatre scrubs for cycling shorts to raise money to promote cycle safety, after their colleague Dr Guy Jordan, 41, died in a tragic cycling collision. They will be donating some of the funds raised to CTC.
9 September 2014 - 3:39pm
Watts, Lumens, Candles and Lux
Illustration of the total luminous flux (lumens) emitted by an incandescent bulb
The marketing of bike lights bamboozles us with watts, lumens, candela and lux, but doesn’t explain what they mean. Even when you do know, it doesn’t help much because they each measure different things. But it helps a bit, and with some simple maths, comparisons are possible.
 
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