One of my work colleagues is starting to ride to work on her mountainbike, and has asked for suggestions for suitable tyres that she can ride both on singletrack (once we get her up to speed) and to commute on. Having been a cycle commuter for several years now, i should know what should be suitable so will explain my suggestions.

The thing is with having a bike you want to use on mud as well as tarmac is getting the grip/resistance balance right.
Whilst you need knobs on the sides to hook up for grip when cornering on the singletrack there doesnt need to be an aggressive tread over the the centre of the tyre.

I have always relied on Schwalbe tyres for my commuting duties due to their puncture resistance as well as the longevity. Whilst they are not the cheapest tyres you could buy they are good value if they last as long as mine have!

The Schwalbe Landcruisers are a good balance for both duties and i have used these on several of my bikes so i have grip on the dirt paths etc that my commute has. The last set that i replaced were replaced only because they were down to the canvas on the centre of the tyre! It was then when replacing them i noticed two thorns that would have burst the tube with most other tyres.

The other thing that Mel needs for the bike is a new brake cable inner & outer as the old one is rusted up and frayed. I replaced the front one last year and should really have done the rear one at the same time.

I have listed the links for the items mentioned above so Mel can get them ordered and i will fit them when they turn up!

So go on get them ordered Mel!!

Hooky signing off for now


Cyclo Bottom Bracket Tool review

September 22, 2013

As posted previously this is the tool that i used to remove my stubborn bottom bracket recently. You could be mistaken for thinking that a tool available for such a low price might be sub-standard, and not up to the job! Well let me put your mind at ease as this tool is definately up […]

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Time for some rebuilding

September 22, 2013

Well what can i say other than i have been so busy doing all the mundane stuff that life throws at us, that i have neglected the blog. Starting now i will be spending more time trying to put my thoughts into words & pictures. This week has been a cause for much spannering on […]

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3rd Day of Biking

April 3, 2013

Well I only managed a quick ride around the block in the dark last night. Today is another matter as its my first day of commuting into Bristol in 30Days of Biking. The 12 miles in were cold but very bright and I thoroughly enjoyed my ride in today. I am very lucky in that […]

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1st Day of Biking

April 1, 2013

Well, I took the opportunity to go down the Strawberry line with my son James on his balance bike. We rode a couple of miles(albeit at James pace) stopping regularly to look at livestock/wildlife. As it is very cold still we had to take a detour into the Strawberry line cafe for a hot chocolate […]

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The calling of my soul

January 18, 2013

simplifyyourlife: Answer the callings of your soul.

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Worry less-Ride more

January 16, 2013

simplifyyourlife: Worry less. Ride more. Thats my philosophy!

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Choose wisely my friends

January 11, 2013

Choose wisely my friends.

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Unstash Manifesto

January 7, 2013

unconsumption: The manifesto from Unstash, a new collaborative consumption site (in beta; sign up for an invite here). From their About page: Unstash is a peer-to-peer platform for collaborative consumption. In other words, we exist to facilitate and enhance the sharing experience. Every social circle has a huge overlap in consumer goods that don’t all need […]

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A Fresh Start

January 1, 2013

Well, I think its safe to say we are into 2013 and the world hasnt ended! Now i am guessing by now at least several million people have broken their new years resolutions. This isnt a surprise to me as i have broken many myself over the years. However the ones that really mattered like […]

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