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Basics of bike maintenance

Jose helping to fix my bike and teaching me basic maintenance

One of the things that puts many people off cycling is fear of having a mechanical issue. However, it is easy to learn the basics of bicycle maintenance. I’ve rounded up a few key videos that will help you to learn the skills that you need. The most important maintenance Read more…


Planning for 2018

Planner with the words 'Make it happen'

I usually spend some time on New Year’s Eve planning my races for the following season, but of course, I start thinking about what I want to achieve before then. This year was no different, but I’ve been so busy that it’s taken until now for me to write down Read more…


I managed a sprint tri in the space of a week

Fitness instructor course materials.

I really thought that I was going to get back into a routine of work, training and blogging with M starting nursery… but three weeks in and her attendance is 25% 🙁 The poor thing has picked up every illness going and shared it with the household, so I’ve not Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation – London to Holyhead 1964

Finish of London to Holyhead race

53 years ago, people were getting up to incredible feats. This short documentary shows the longest unpaced single day classic cycling race. It took place in 1964 (not 1962 as the caption says). The incredible cyclists pedalled all of the way from London to Holyhead! Does that inspire you to Read more…


Garmin RideOut

Garmin Rideout jerseys 2017

.I was really pleased that Stu managed to get us places in the Garmin RideOut. I’ve done this event twice before and had a place in last year’s event, but had to give it away as we didn’t think it was safe for me to take part. Stu organised for Read more…


Chariots of fire – my review of the Thule Chariot Lite

Tamsyn on her bike with the Thule Chariot Cross as a bike trailer

.It’s coming up to 1 year since Baby M was born and so I’m planning my return to work. In the past, I loved my daily cycle commute. It’s not a long ride, but it’s just long enough for me to feel like I’ve had some exercise and fresh air Read more…


What now?

Inez talking to Baby M in her buggy

So, although I’m not feeling like things have been going well this year, I’ve now done my ‘A’ races. This year has not been the year for me to do an Ironman (not least for financial reasons), but I have managed to do a 5km (3.1 miles) swim, a 100 Read more…


Fear of failure at RideLondon-Surrey 100

Selfie at the start of RideLondon

I spent a long time dithering about whether I should take part in RideLondon-Surrey 100 this year. I got my place in 2016, but as I was pregnant, I did not feel that it would be advisable to take part in the event. (Physically, I was fit enough, but I Read more…


Monday Morning Motivation: Julián Molina Shreds Harder Than You

Julián Molina doing a Wallride 180 (trick on a BMX bike)

After a collision with one of the local buses when he was younger, Julián Molina was left with a completely destroyed foot. Later his foot became infected with gangrene, traumatically resulting in the amputation of his entire leg. Most would quit here, but not Julián. Despite his situation, the man Read more…


First and last long ride before RideLondon

Close up of the handlebars on a bike

I deferred my place in RideLondon last year and had hoped that I would be able to train and take part this year. Sadly, things have not gone as smoothly as I had hoped. I am unable to defer my place again, so I can either take part in the Read more…