Author Archives: Trish

Review: Janus merino tops

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Janus hoody

When we first began cycling, I’d envisaged that my base layer for my top half would be my Eddy tees from Finisterre. I love these things, and have over a dozen. In ultra-fine merino mixed with polyamide, they’re flattering, and perfect for my life of desk work, dog walking, cooking and general outdoor but not too messy stuff (for yard… Read more »

Review: Ulvang merino training top

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Ulvang training top

This Ulvang merino training top is one of those test buys I got from SportPursuit, though curiously, because of their very weird delivery system, it’s been one of the first to arrive. A Norwegian brand, it is produced in collaboration with champion skier Vegard Ulvang. The training top is 300gsm, which was the main reason I decided on it. I… Read more »

Review: Lands’ End Marinac jacket

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Marinac jacket

My Marinac jacket from Lands’ End is something I’ve had for several years but hardly ever worn. When it arrived, I instantly regretted my choice of colour, which is the pale lilac at right (or, as Lands‘ End calls it, ‘Orchid Petal’), not the attractive green in the picture below. I bought it in this colour only because it was on… Read more »

Flat, out

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tyre

Oh well, it had to happen sometime – I just got my first flat. Of course, I didn’t have any sort of repair kit with me, and even if I had, I wouldn’t have known what to do with it. The idea of our rides is that we’ll do them together, so Steve has the repair kit and tools, but… Read more »

RTFM

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bike computer

So, I found out yesterday that I’ve been riding my bike all wrong since it arrived. The reason? I failed to Read The Fucking Manual. To be honest, I didn’t even know we HAD a manual. But on looking at it last night, Steve found that the reason I’d been feeling that the bike was sluggish lately wasn’t my tyres (which we’d… Read more »

Feeling the fear

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I broke through a barrier yesterday – I used my bike for actual transport for the first time. Until today, my riding has consisted entirely of recreational cycling. I’ve cycled down the voies vertes for fun, and on the local lanes for the same reason. Yesterday, however, I headed for a friend’s house to deliver apples and pick grapes – an… Read more »

Moving meditation

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  Before the clocks go back and our evenings disappear, I’ve been taking advantage of the wonderful autumn weather to enjoy some evening rides. It’s been eye-opening for me, going around by bike again after so many years. Since I moved to France in 1996, I’ve experienced the lanes around our home only in a car or on foot. In a car, you’re… Read more »

Review: Defeet Duraglove E-touch

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Defeet Duragloves e-touch

During the week, I experienced my first slightly cold ride. We’ve been blessed with superb weather so far this autumn, with temperatures in the high teens, but my cold hands at the end of that hour were a reminder that things are about to change. Since beginning cycling in August, I’ve been wearing a cheapo pair of Nakamura fingerless, padded gloves from… Read more »

Review: Sheila Moon winter knickers and Isis skort

Sheila Moon knickers red

Having ordered Sheila Moon’s winter tights and Artemis skort and found them fabulous but rather long, I decided to order the shorter knickers and Isis skort (basically the knickers with a skirt attached), figuring that at my height of 5’1″, the knickers would be more like a tight on me. These knickers and skort are made from the same brushed supplex… Read more »

Review: Sheila Moon fleece jackets and jerseys

Raglan jersey croquis

To confess all, I bought these Sheila Moon fleece jackets to match my new cycling bottoms. When I first got into cycling, I expected to do most of it in my ordinary outdoor gear – Crivit walking trousers from Lidl; Craghopper microfleeces, Eddy and Fiske merino wear from Finisterre and country jackets from Lands’ End and Rohan. And I still, at present, have… Read more »

Review: ergonomic bar grips

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Bar grips

The bar grips that came with my Gitane e-bike were ridged rubber and I realised quite quickly that the ridges on them were quite uncomfortable for my hands. It hadn’t occurred to me to change them, though, until I saw the DH’s Ergon Biokork ergonomic grips. These feel gorgeous and cost a fortune, but I am still on a pink… Read more »

Quiet evenings

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I’ve been having much better rides lately. Somewhat rattled by my tractor experience the other week, lately I have left it till early evening to go out, figuring that the farmers might all go home and have their tea before starting on the night harvest of the maize. The weather has been fabulous for the time of year and the long hot September we… Read more »

Review: Sawako Furuno Eye Candy Pink Flamingo helmet

My new helmet has arrived – this gorgeous Sawako in pink. I’ve wanted a Sawako helmet ever since the idea of cycling began to take root. I love the built-in peak and the visually lightweight styling that stops you looking so much like a big-headed alien when riding around. Sawako herself is a London commuter cyclist who came up with… Read more »

Review: Gitane Organ e-bike

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It’s now two weeks since I got my bike, so I feel comfortable at giving it a first review. I’ve ridden it on the Vélo Francette greenway, the Véloscénie and various other voies vertes around here, and on country lanes around my home – the kind of riding that I’ll typically be doing on it, and my journeys have graduated… Read more »

Hacking cycle clothing – raiding the closet

As someone who loves clothes but now feels deserted by fashion, I hardly needed an excuse to splash out on new gear when I took up cycling, but as a tightwad, I’m also keen to raid my existing wardrobe for the bike. Because I live a country life with some outdoor aspects (dog walking, rambling, gardening etc), I already own… Read more »