What do you tell yourself ?

Strong mind

When it’s too cold to get out of bed and even colder outside? When you look out of the window and all you see is, well nothing, except the rain? When you’re yo-yoing off the back and there’s…

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Be prepared. Avoiding puncture rage in 4 (or 5) easy steps.

There’s nothing worse than hearing that tell-tale hissing sound while you’re out for a spin. Even worse if it’s raining. Altogether rage inducing  if it’s both wheels. So, in the words of those boys with the weird hand-shakes…

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5 ways to save energy and finish stronger

There’s nothing worse than seeing your local cycling group, slowly ease away from you. For a while you try and stick with them, yo-yoing off the back, until eventually they creep away at such a seemingly slow pace,…

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Is it rude to use that word this soon ?

The days are short, and for most, that means hopping on the old IDT to “keep the legs going” I’m not sure I can call myself lucky, but I’ve never had too much of a problem motivating myself to use…

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Gift ideas for your inner cyclist.

With the (sorry) Christmas period speeding towards us, people are naturally thinking of possible gifts for their family, friends or even themselves :-) There are some very unusual and useful cycling related items out there and I’ll be posting…

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Where did the name come from ?

Gianni Ponzi - Optimistic Cyclist

I always feel as if I can accomplish something on the bike even when clearly, I can’t. Go for a spin of 30km (almost) after 5+ years with zero exercise and a fat belly form eating too many jambons …

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Staying dry (ish) in the rain.

I don’t really like the rain. I’m fine with a downpour but that non-stop drizzle that gets in everywhere and goes on for weeks (feels like weeks anyway), really bugs me. Strangely though, I don’t mind cycling in…

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Making the most of wind

Not the dodgy kind coming out of your behind :-D. The one created by mother nature. It would be very difficult to find a cyclist who hasn’t experienced a day when they’ve had to crawl their way home…

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Do you have a power meter ?

I work in the IT industry and I’m a bit of a gadget freak. I think I was one of the first to try out a power meter in this neck of the woods back in 2008. A PowerTap, which…

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My stupid earphones keep falling out..

I’m not a fan of listening to music while out cycling, for a few reason really. I get bombarded every day with music, tv programs and constant messaging from online sources, that I just like to “switch off” ,…

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