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26 January 2017 - 4:42pm
Travellers' Tales: Cycling the Isle of Wight
Phil Beed and six friends took a ferry across the Solent for an island ride
26 January 2017 - 4:09pm
Travellers' Tales: Cycling From Belgium to Dunkirk
Barrie & Anne Whittamore rode across the Low Countries on a sentimental journey
26 January 2017 - 3:38pm
Travellers' Tales: Across the UK in 24 Hours
National 400km audax
Mike Wigley of Audax UK describes what it’s like to ride 400km in 24 hours
26 January 2017 - 3:29pm
Travellers' Tales: From Ardossan to Oban in spring
From Ardossan to Oban in spring
Tim Rumley and his companion cycled from Ardrossan to Oban in early spring
26 January 2017 - 3:17pm
Travellers' Tales: Touring Mongolia
John and Pat Ashwell of CTC Cycling Holidays led a tour of Mongolia
25 January 2017 - 12:38pm
Play on Pedals celebrates end of project, having enabled 7,148 children in Glasgow to ride a bike
The Play on Pedals Partnership celebrates the project's success
Play on Pedals, a project funded to enable every pre-school child in Glasgow to learn to ride a bike, marked the end of its current funding on Thursday at a celebratory event at the Glasgow Bike Station.
24 January 2017 - 5:29pm
Travellers' Tales: Cycling from Portugal to Norway
From Portugal to Norway
From early March to early May, David Woodward followed the spring north.
24 January 2017 - 4:50pm
Travellers' Tales: Biking the Brecon Beacons
Biking the Brecon Beacons
Neil Scarse and his ‘disagreeable’ friends headed to Wales for some summer sun
24 January 2017 - 4:40pm
Travellers' Tales: Cycling Across the Grand Canyon
Cycling Across the Grand Canyon
Steve Carr and his friend Guy cycled coast to coast across the southern United States
24 January 2017 - 4:12pm
Travellers' Tales: CTC's Veteran Triennial
The Veteran Triennial
In June 2016, Julie Rand took part in South West London CTC’s Triennial Veterans’ ride
24 January 2017 - 2:54pm
Travellers' Tales: Cycling Across the USA
Cycling coast to coast across the USA
Sandy D Franklin and husband Tim cycled coast to coast across America
23 January 2017 - 1:40pm
Cycling UK announces its new Chair and Vice Chair
Dan Howard
Cycling UK's Board of 12 Trustees elected Dan Howard as Chair of Cycling UK and Jaki Lowe as Vice Chair, at the Cycling UK Board meeting on Saturday 21 January 2016.
23 January 2017 - 12:17pm
Restoration problem
Mechanic adjusting the gears
I have a 1982 Mercian, which had a Regina 5-speed freewheel and double chainwheel until 2010, when the block fell to bits. The rear dropouts were 122mm or thereabouts. I had the stays opened out by a frame builder to 130mm to take a modern wheel, which it did perfectly. However, the chainwheels will no longer line up satisfactorily with an 8-speed cassette. On the outer rear sprockets, the chain line is so far out that it eventually pulled a side plate off the chain.
23 January 2017 - 11:38am
Saddlebag support
Mechanic adjusting the gears
I’ve bought an anatomical saddle after years riding on Brooks leather ones. It is comfortable but lacks eyes under the seat to support a saddlebag. I want these bag loops.
23 January 2017 - 11:32am
Double-leg cycle kick stand
Mechanic adjusting the gears
I am looking for a strong, stable but lightweight double-leg cycle stand. Can you recommend one?
23 January 2017 - 10:46am
Adjusting gears
Mechanic adjusting the gears
Is there a technique for setting the Shimano derailleur gears found on mountain bikes? With constant use, these gears often start to miss a cog or will not go in at all. I’m struggling to adjust them as I do not know which screw is which. Could they not be different colours?
20 January 2017 - 3:51pm
Better braking
Mechanic adjusting the gears
I have a Batribike 20 tricycle but am struggling to apply the rear brake effectively due to tenosynovitis in my left hand. This rarely causes trouble, except that I now live halfway up a steep hill and need to brake my trike fairly forcibly. In the last month, I have ridden the trike a lot in Holland where I had no trouble at all. Have you any helpful ideas?
20 January 2017 - 3:47pm
Shaft drive
Mechanic adjusting the gears
Are there any shaft-drive bicycles on the market today? I know several types were developed and sold in the 1890s and 1900s.
20 January 2017 - 3:45pm
Narrow-wide chainring
Mechanic adjusting the gears
On page 20 of the Oct/Nov issue of Cycle magazine, reference is made to mountain bike gearing ‘with a narrow-wide chainring’. I have not come across this phrase before. Can you explain?
20 January 2017 - 3:42pm
Diabetes and energy drinks
A doctor with a stethoscope
I’ve just had my annual blood tests done. The result was a slight impairment of glucose regulation. This did not show diabetes but could increase the risk in the future. This got me thinking about the energy drink I use (SIS Go Energy). Is this okay or should I consider changing? I don’t go hard and fast on my rides, generally a steady 50 miles at around 12.5mph.
 
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