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    Why You Should Join a Group, by a Novice Cyclist!

    Why You Should Join a Group, by a Novice Cyclist!

    Being a novice cyclist, I bought my first road bike 9 months ago at the ripe old age of 28! Throughout the autumn of 2015 I just used it for my 5km commute to and from work. Then January arrived and training needed to start for Ride London, so I began doing longer rides at the weekends, which consisted of laps around Richmond Park (3 was my maximum).

    I then managed to pick up a hand injury that stopped me cycling. I then tentatively got back on my bike, working on my hand strength and stamina. Over the past 5 weeks I have been building up my cycling mileage, strength and ability. As frustrating as it is feeling like the slowest rider in the world I cannot deny the progress I have made.

    Five weeks ago a 50km ride was tough; today I managed 92 hilly kilometres and didn’t find it as tough as that first group ride.  So what is it that has helped me get to this stage, and more importantly what will continue to help me grow and progress as a cyclist?

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    My First Cycling Holiday

    My First Cycling Holiday

    Going on my first cycling holiday was pretty daunting. There was just so much to think about. What are the other group members like? How many pairs of shorts? What if I don’t have the endurance to last a whole week? What about the hills? Hills. Hills. Hills. MOUNTAINS. How am I going to get the bike there? What actually is a bike box anyway? And so on. All these things sound silly now looking back, but it's enough to make you stop and think if the whole thing is worth it. Well I am so happy I threw caution to the wind and booked onto the trip of lifetime, because it was absolutely worth it!

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    Beginner Bike Packing In Vietnam, Cambodia And Thailand

    Beginner Bike Packing In Vietnam, Cambodia And Thailand

    What do you do once you’ve completed LEJOG, the ultimate cycling challenge...

    I hope my top tips for Ride Across Britain were useful for you if you are preparing for this year’s event. I was a complete novice cyclist when I started on my RAB challenge but I enjoyed the training and the event so much, I wasn’t prepared to hang up my cleats quite just yet...

    In less than two weeks after completing Ride Across Britain, I had an ‘out of office’ on my laptop for six months (yes, six months!), a 15 litre backpack on my back and my trusty cycling helmet.  My employers had given me six months off work and I decided to spend one month of it cycling through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and it was truly one of the best experiences of my life.  This is what happened when I cycled over 1,000km, through three countries, in one month...

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    Attacus 'Sweet Spot' Bib Shorts Review

    Attacus 'Sweet Spot' Bib Shorts Review

    Bib shorts are a very personal piece of cycling kit. Everyone has their favourite pair and brand. Most cyclists also have a story of buying a cheap pair, suffering through a long ride, upgrading to a more expensive pair and immediately regretting skimping on such an important piece of kit. Because really, apart from your helmet or bike, a good pair of shorts is the most fundamental piece of kit you can own. I promise I will get onto the review shortly, but first a little bib short background...

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    Cycling in Tokyo - A Tale of Two Rides

    Cycling in Tokyo - A Tale of Two Rides

    This blog was originally posted in April 2016, after Dirty Wknd founders David & Emma returned from a trip to Japan.

    Cycling in a new and interesting country is a special kind of riding. The possibility of experiencing something completely new really fuels the desire to get out on the road. With adventure travel and active weekends growing in popularity, getting a ride in whilst you’re away is becoming easier, and the chance to ride in an exotic and unfamiliar location should never be missed!

    How you go about researching, planning and executing that ride, however, is just as important as where you go. If you’re on holiday and are planning just one or two days riding, then it’s even more important to get it right. Recently I travelled to Japan for a two week tour of the country, and never has the importance of good planning been more apparent.

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    Local London Lockdown Cycling Routes

    Local London Lockdown Cycling Routes

    Another national lockdown sucks for many many reasons, a small one of those being not being able to meet up with mates for a group ride. However we can still ride in twos, and lockdown means that many busy London streets are now more car free than normal. We have to look for silver linings wherever we can folks!

    Cycling in London can be a real treat, especially when the traffic is low. With the government mandated 1 exercise session per day being suggested as 'local' (what that exactly means is pretty vague), we've put together a new lockdown collection to help you explore some great London cycling routes. Just click on the image below to access the routes:

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