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Chris Bolton
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Everyday cyclist and long distance cycle tourist.
Everyday cyclist and long distance cycle tourist.

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Happy riders signing in today before heading off for Edinburgh tomorrow! Great organisation by the volunteers meant I was able to get back to crawling round the M25 in no time at all!
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29/07/2017
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A short clip from this year's Devils Punchbowl 200km Audax featuring control catering at its best from the legendary "El Supremo"!
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I came across this bag whilst look for something suitable for an upcoming 5 day tour. It was the first time I'd heard of the brand LOMO, it transpires they are a Glaswegian company who specialise in clothing and equipment for watersports. The first surprise is that this bag retails for just £29.99, less than a third of the smaller Ortileb Trunk Bag! Secondly, despite weighing in at only ~650g including fixings, the 15L LOMO has taken all of my kit for the ride including a full set of civvies, spare tubes and tools with ease.

I particularly like the method of attaching to the rack which utilises 2 Velcro webbing straps that attach to the rack independently of the bag which is then fastened to the straps with quick release fasteners attached to the bag, this allows the bag to easily and quickly removed from the rack.

There's a nice video on the website that shows how it all works. https://www.ewetsuits.com/acatalog/dry-bike-tail-bag.html

My photos show the bag fitted to a Tortec expedition rack which matches the footprint of the bag perfectly. Workmanship and quality appear to be very good and I have no doubt at all that the main compartment is 100% waterproof.

I am really impressed, the LOMO has the potential to be the do it all bag for commuter, audaxer, tourer and bikepacker alike.
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If you're thinking about buying a full carbon road bike and all the gear to go with it in pursuit of cycling pleasure, then read this book first. It'll save you a whole load of cash, pain and disappointment whilst showing you how to really enjoy cycling as a recreational pursuit. I've been cycling just about as long as the author has and have independently come to many of the same conclusions explained in this book. So save yourself 40+ years of trying to get it right and learn how much enjoyment there can be in not pretending to be like a road racing pro. The author Grant Petersen is a bicycle designer and the founder of Rivendell Bicycle Works. He was U.S. marketing director for Bridgestone Cycle (U.S.A.), Inc. during the 1980s and 1990s, where he designed the XO series of bicycles.
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A most excellent article for the many who complain about the lack of cycling infrastructure in Britain.
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A few photographs from our ride across London on New Year's Day spelling out the name of our Grandson Zeke across the Capital, raising funds for the childhood leukemia charity CLIC Sargent, who have been such a support to Zeke and his family since his recent diagnosis. Our sincere thanks to everyone who has donated so far.
https://www.justgiving.com/AliceBolton1/
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The Bike Show - Podcast
I stumbled across this series of podcasts this week and can't believe that I hadn't heard about it before now, it's been broadcast since 2004 and is a really well conceived show with extremely broad appeal!  Resonance 104.4fm's weekly radio show and podcast...
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Chris Bolton commented on a post on Blogger.
Hi Will, it's been a while but have just been catching up on my favourite blogs! This is a crazy lacing pattern that makes me feel admiration for your determination to build it and fearful for your safety at the same time!  I've a wheel to build this weekend and the only spokes I could source in the required length are 2.3mm thick so I definitely won't be making a flower;)
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What better day than the hottest of the year to cycle 100km exploring the best of our magnificent Capital City. Why spend £££'s in entry and sponsorship for the Prudential Ride London when you can ride all of this for a fiver! The next London Sightseer 100km Audax event will take place on Sunday 6 Sep 2015. Find out more at http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/15-559/  and take a look at the route on Strava https://www.strava.com/activities/337200842
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London Sightseer - 100km Audax - 2015
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For all you cycling Strava users out there here's an easy way to turn your time in the saddle into some pretty decent rewards for free. You are awarded 20 points for every 20 minute ride with the limitation that there must be 2 hours between each qualifying ride so this is ideal if you're a cycle commuter. Additional points can be earnt by linking to other activity tracking apps. It's all good fun and surprisingly motivating.

Bounts is a start-up company based in Oxford, UK funded by the University of Oxford's incubator ISIS Innovation.
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