Wheel builders and bike shops

Good wheels make a good ride. Good bike shops provide good advice! Local Bachory cycles Online https://www.evocycles.co.uk/ https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/ https://www.spacycles.co.uk/ These are large online retailers that have generally provided a good service. https://www.sigmasports.com/ https://www.merlincycles.com/ Wheels https://www.justridingalong.com/ Edco Places to try (as recommended on Singletrack): https://siltmtb.com/ https://www.blueflowwheels.com https://bikewheelsdirect.com/ https://www.stradawheels.co.uk/

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The hell of the north

Commentating on live bike racing is a dangerous business Is commenting in a foreign language a hindrance or a help? Watching the first womens Paris Roubaix is an amazing historic moment. That it is being broadcast is good, though perhaps if they had chosen to make a feed available for the whole race that would… Continue reading The hell of the north

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Grace and dignity

For anyone looking in on cycling there are multiple obsessions that must appear odd. Perhaps one of the oddest is that around socks. The sports governing body (the UCI) goes so far as to mandate length. While roadies would never dream of wearing socks that did not compliment their kit. But even socks have a… Continue reading Grace and dignity

Overlooked rarities

This list is in no ways definitive and certainly reflects my musical tastes rather then any sense of being canon. They also don’t necessarily represent records I’d like to add to my collection. Just tunes that deserve a listen now and then and perhaps a little more recognition. Reparata and The Delrons – I’m Nobody’s… Continue reading Overlooked rarities

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Two big names retire from racing

As the World Championships get into full swing Tony Martin, the German time trial specialist, has announced his retirement from racing. He is the second big name, big character rider to announce their retirement in recent weeks. “Crosswinds” Dan (Martin) announced his retirement on the eve of the Tour of Britain. Typically it would be… Continue reading Two big names retire from racing

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One Fine Day

“One Fine Day” is one of those songs that bounces you into feel good. The Chiffons have just the right amount of youthful joy to make this work. While Kings piano keeps the song moving forward. The story is that King and Goffin wrote the song for Little Eva and you can hear the connection… Continue reading One Fine Day

Are You Still My Baby

It seems safe to say that The Shirelles are best known for their rendition of the Carol King /Gerry Goffin song “Will you still love me tomorrow”. As a single “Are You Still My Baby” holds true to their almost naive sounding voice, perfect harmonies and all set off against what are sometimes highly charged… Continue reading Are You Still My Baby

Be My Baby

The opening to this song is timeless. The song is one of the greatest 3 minutes of pop ever. And it is the guilty pleasure that tells us that guilty pleasures should not be guilty but simple pleasures. Be My Baby is the first 45 I bought. It feels like a privilege to own such… Continue reading Be My Baby

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You should have seen the way he looked at me

The Dixie Cups were one of the original girl groups. Perhaps only remembered for their hits Chapel of Love and Iko Iko, this song is a reminder that it is always worth looking further at an artists catalogue. You Should Have Seen the Way He Looked at Me is my favourite. It encompasses the joyful,… Continue reading You should have seen the way he looked at me

(Sittin’ on) the dock of the bay

Dock of the bay is an eternal classic by Redding and Cropper. A song of contradictions. It is time spent together and alone. It is a song full of the eternal optimism of a youthful summer. Vinyl 45 Atlantic 10790, ITALY Unknown Arranged By –  Producer –  Atlantic Mint

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