Bikes everywhere…..

A venue with some 500 cyclists, all enthusiastic pedallers, many boasting more than 50 years turning cranks “in anger”, is going to throw up some surprises.

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I love strolling around the venue  checking the huge variety of machines. Unlike the world of racing and time trialling, where bikes and equipment tend to conform to commonly-held styles and standards, not so in the world of social and recreational cycling.

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At the CTC Birthday Rides, you will encounter anything from trikes and tandem trikes (see above), to childrens’ machines. In between there will be recumbents, semi-recumbents, tandems

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audax bikes

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small wheelers designed for many hours of comfort in the saddle

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Then there is the curious phenomenon of what people put on there bikes. Some (like me) like to ride bikes with minimal fittings and extras, whereas others like to make their bikes a “living environment”, like this bike

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which tells me the owner likes to travel with an abundance of familiar home comforts, bedecking the bike with all kinds of nonsense that will improve the bike-riding experience for them. I would be aggrieved at the useless extra kilos preventing me from climbing those hills at a moderately fast pace.
But then, that’s me…….and we are all different.

About Frank Burns

My journeys around the world are less about riding a bicycle, and more about what happens when I get off the bicycle. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on August 22, 2013, in Cycling UK and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. No, you are definitely the stripped to bare minimum type bike enthusiast.

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  2. I keep meaning to do a post on the weird and wonderful bikes I see around Amsterdam, Frank. Thanks for reminding me.

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  3. It’s sad really that I keep scrutinizing every gram…….

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  4. That would be endlessly fascinating Richard……

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