Tag: bicycle

We’re huge fans of utility and practical cycling here at Velophile HQ. Some may be surprised to find out, but converting the humble bicycle into a versatile workhorse that is capable of carrying a week’s worth of groceries really isn’t …

How to: Ditch your car and carry cargo with a bicycle Read More »

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In a number of my other articles I promote the idea of owning your own bicycle-specific tool kit so that you are empowered to undertake basic bicycle repairs, maintenance and upgrades yourself without having to be reliant on your bike store and …

How to: Bicycle repair tools demystified! Read More »

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How to correctly secure your bicycle

This information was created to be given to participants of bicycle information workshops that I have been running at work and with friends at home. The take-home message here is that it is important to keep your bike in a clean, …

Essential information for new bicycle riders Read More »

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The truth

A few months ago I came across a highly readable and practical financial advice blog called Mr Money Mustache (or MMM for short). MMM advocates people to take control of their finances and spending, as well as maximising their return …

How to: Become an unimaginably frugal bike-riding superhero‏ Read More »

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As I mentioned in a previous review of my Walz Caps’ moisture wicking cap, I am a big fan of cycling caps due to their multiple benefits while cycling – no matter what type of ride and no matter what type of weather you …

Owner review: Walz Cycling Caps’ cotton cap – a stylish solution for cooler weather rides! Read More »

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I’ve always wanted a mirror for my bike that would allow me to easily see what is approaching from behind while riding my bike without obstructing my handlebars or be difficult to fit/swap sides. After a bit of reading and testing I finally settled …

Owner review: Mirrycle Road Mirror for Shimano STI levers Read More »

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French Rhone-Alps region in the background

As I have alluded in several of my previous posts, I had been in preparation for a 9 week trip to Europe earlier this year during August and September. It all started back in 2009 when I first stumbled on …

Beer and baguettes: A wrap up of my trip from Bonn (Germany) to Marseille (France) Read More »

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Over the years I have tried a number of chain lubricants, ranging from Teflon infused sprays, to chain wax and the traditional ‘wet’ chain oils/lubes. However I’ve never really been overjoyed by the performance of these products, plus most of them were …

An environmentally friendly way to keep your bicycle chain smooth and quiet? Introducing Green Oil ‘Ecological Chain Lube’ Read More »

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My BWR locked up at my work's 'secure' bike storage area.

I often have friends or colleagues ask me about how they can better secure their bicycle so that they can stop their bike from being stolen. The first thing I tell them is that it is near on impossible to make your bike 100% …

Bicycle security: General advice on keeping your ride safe and secure! Read More »

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2012 Vivente World Randonneur (drop bar STI version) - modified

The Background: (Scroll down to the ‘review’ section below if you aren’t interested in my journey to find the perfect touring and all-season commuting bike) I had been thinking about getting a good quality all-season commuting and long-distance touring bike for …

Owner review: Vivente World Randonneur touring and commuting bicycle (drop bars with STI levers, 2012 version) Read More »

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