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20 January 2017 - 11:33am
Better canti braking
Mechanic adjusting the gears
My 1999 Dawes Galaxy has Shimano Deore M65T cantilever brakes. Originally the brake blocks were the replaceable insert type but these are no longer available, so I have been using either Shimano M65T brake shoes (rubber and holder all in one) or similar from Clarks. Touring heavily laden, I find these cantilever brakes really short on stopping power, particularly in the wet. Any advice on how I can improve the braking? I’m touring Norway soon and am a bit worried about those big descents!
20 January 2017 - 11:24am
Shimmy shock
Mechanic adjusting the gears
I have twice experienced a very scary wheel wobble on my new carbon Cube Agree. It seems to occur on a fast descent (probaby over 30mph) when I am braking and steering through a relatively minor bend. I am 178cm tall and weigh about 73kg. I am a fairly experienced rider. Why does this happen, how common is it and what can I do to avoid it happening again? At the moment I do not feel confident on any major descent.
20 January 2017 - 11:20am
Freewheeling independantly
Mechanic adjusting the gears
My daughter Nicole (aged 12) has Down’s Syndrome and loves to go out cycling with us as a family. For the last few years we have used a Piggy Back 24in-wheel trailer trike by Mission cycles. Now Nicole is getting older, we are thinking of investing in a tandem. We don’t wish to buy a special disability tandem. It must be capable of going on a roof rack (for a tandem), and the front top tube should be low enough to allow my wife to ride out with Nicole, not just me.
20 January 2017 - 10:51am
Tramline dangers
judge's gavel and documents
I was cycling in Edinburgh recently and came across a lot of new tram tracks in the city center. In places, the road design obliged me to cross them at a shallow angle. Knowing the risks, I crossed them as perpendicularly as I could and avoided any mishap. But I understand that there have been many incidents of cyclists falling on these tram tracks, breaking both bones and bikes. Had I fallen too, what recourse would I have? Is the council liable?
20 January 2017 - 10:44am
DIY Touring gearing
Mechanic adjusting the gears
I would like to build a ‘tracks and paths’ tourer with a double chainset (possibly 24-38) and bar-end shifters on drop bars, with a gear range of under 20in to over 90in. What’s the most effective way of achieving this? I don’t mind if it’s eight, nine or ten speed.
20 January 2017 - 10:38am
Rack and Ruin
mechanic adjusting the gears
The three-year-old frame of my electrically-assisted mountain bike cracked where the top tube meets the seat tube. The dealer and manufacturer replaced the frame. However, the dealer noticed I use a seatpost rack and suggested it could have been responsible. I use the bike for commuting, dropping off the odd kerb. I carry 6-10kg on the rack. Should I switch to a permanently mounted rack with stays attached to the frame?
20 January 2017 - 10:06am
A Tick-ing bomb?
Doctor's stetheoscope
I have been unable to cycle for 18 months now and may never cycle again because of Lyme disease. This is a tick-borne disease and I most likely caught the tick while mountain biking across moorland or in woods. It might be worth warning members to take precautions. (I’ll never wear shorts again.) This disease seems to be on the increase and can have serious consequences.
19 January 2017 - 5:20pm
Outlook is Foggy and Grey for David’s charity ride!
World Superbike legend Carl Fogarty and Cycling UK member David Davenport
Cycling UK member David Davenport will have the backing of two sporting legends with very different backgrounds when he embarks on a 1,100-mile charity bike ride in May.
19 January 2017 - 12:05pm
The Cycling Action Plan for Scotland – three wins out of four isn’t bad
Cyclists with child on a bike
As the Scottish Government publishes the third version of the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland this week, Cycling UK sifts through the detail to see what the plans to reach 10% of everyday journeys by cycle within the next four years entails.
17 January 2017 - 12:34pm
Travellers' Tales: My African adventure
Ewan Wilkinson and his friends Bosco and Isaac
Cycling UK member Ewan Wilkinson cycled 400 miles across Uganda and into Rwanda
12 January 2017 - 11:29am
A guide to child trailers
Thule trailer (photo with permission from Thule)
Bike trailers for cycling with children can be one of the most useful cycling accessories available. Cycle trailers offer a huge amount of extra carrying capacity, both as a comfortable place to put children while you pedal them around and as a way to transport impressive amounts of less precious cargo, too. Cycling journalist Matt Lamy explains all.
11 January 2017 - 4:22pm
Pull the udder one … police find our stolen Cycling Moo Kay!
Surrey police after recovering the stolen Cycling Moo Kay
Here’s the moos-flash we never thought we’d hear. Cycling Moo Kay has been found alive and well, five months after being stolen from the top of Box Hill!
11 January 2017 - 11:27am
6,000 say don't make innocent victims pay
Road victims are real victims
Ask yourself, "Who is cheating who?" Is it the pedestrian or cyclist who just wants fair compensation when they're hit by a careless driver, or is someone trying to cheat them out of what's right, and fair? 6,000 of you agreed with us, and have told the government that road victims are real victims who shouldn't have their pockets picked to profit insurers.
11 January 2017 - 11:14am
Welsh local authorities start consulting on future cycle routes
Family walking and cycling in Wales
As part of the next phase of the Active Travel (Wales) Act, local authorities across Wales are beginning to map the routes where future cycling and walking routes should be created. Cycling UK reports where it’s happening and how to get involved.
10 January 2017 - 9:57am
Choose the best baggy shorts - group test
Don’t fancy lycra for mountain biking, touring or commuting? Journalist Guy Kesteven and daughter Honor review four baggy alternatives.
6 January 2017 - 5:46pm
Continental Top Contact Winter Tyre review
Continental Top Contact Winter tyre
The Continental Top Contact Winter tyre is a foldable tyre with a micro-grip for when it gets cold and slippy. Cycling UK's Ian Taylor has been testing it for a few months to see how it performs as an alternative to studded tyres on a touring bike.
6 January 2017 - 11:47am
The history of Cycle magazine: 1878-1900
Images of the Gazette from 1878 - 1900
Did you know we've been publishing a version of our popular 'Cycle' magazine since 1878! Cycling UK's Historian Dr Sheila Hanlon takes a look back at the earliest editions of the magazine that was sent to members in the 19th century.
5 January 2017 - 4:31pm
Women's Festival of Cycling
Women cyclists
Throughout July 2017 Cycling UK will be celebrating the women who cycle and helping those who need extra encouragement to take up cycling. Whether you cycle 5 miles or 500, on or off-road be part of the Women's Festival of Cycling by registering a ride.
5 January 2017 - 4:26pm
Challenge Ride Series 2017 - a grand day out is guaranteed!
Cycling UK is delighted to announce a new Challenge Ride series throughout the country for 2017. Start adding them to your ride calendar now.
5 January 2017 - 12:39pm
Josie Dew's family cycle tour on the Isle of Wight
Josie Dew and her daughter pushing their bikes up a hill on the Isle of Wight
Cycling UK Vice President Josie Dew and her three young children took a ferry across the Solent to go cycle-camping on the Isle of Wight. It was the first time Josie attempted cycle touring with her children alone.
 
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