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brake free

  • Posted by howies
  • 19 November 2008


This is me in the summer. I built my bike up the day before we left for france, it was last minute as the frame had only just come.  I didn't have any brakes (or a decent saddle). We spent two weeks cycling around brake free and it was awesome.

brake free: t-shirt of the week

i miss my bike

  • Posted by ruben
  • 18 November 2008

I haven't taken the bike into work for a while.

I've been driving in.

So I get up in the morning,
sit in my car,
drive to work,
sit at my desk,
sit in my car,
drive home,

A couple of weeks full of this much sitting and things get a little depressing.

I do have excuses (although I admit that they're not really all that good...)

But basically, I miss the ride.I miss the wind in my spokes and quiet lunchtimes by the river with my bike for company.

Spending money on petrol is depressing.

And food isn't so satisfying without the thought that you're fuelling your body for something fun and worthwhile.

So I'm going to stop being lazy and getting fat... I'm getting back on the bike.

middle age just started

  • Posted by ade
  • 18 November 2008

Dirty dirty shorts


dirty me protectors

Riding upto 100 miles a week to and from work can get a little boring at times. Especially when you've been doing it for 21 years.

I have done my time, and still love the challenge of with the wind, rain, cold, sun, ice and snow.

But getting wet and muddy when the weather is nice cause the tyres throw is up at you, I have now had enough of.

When I was a kid I joined the CTC and used to do their long rides. They had a law that you had to have mudguards so as not to spray everyone else. My Dad had them on a Holland hand built race bike and it killed the lines. I never fitted them because they made the bike look dour and old aged, and because I was so young they let me off due to arrogance of youth.

I worked 16 years in the bike trade and sold them to 1000's of commuters, knew their value and functionality but could never shift from my mind that they were the gateway to middle age.

I could never fit them because I worried that I would then embrace everything I railed against as a kid. Riser bars and bar ends, canvas saddle bags, tucking my trouser into my sock, toe clips, panniers and racks, a sam brown, hi viz jackets, comfortable wide saddles, a high rise stem, pedal reflectors, br end mirrors, a bell, puncture proof tape, microfibre trousers whose legs zip off into shorts and huge D cell battery lights.

But the 100 miles of muddy spray that is now a year long event ground me down. I tried to plough on guardless, I really did.

I am going to fit them, but just to one bike.

Next comes tucking my t-shirt into my jeans.

This is an Awareness Test

  • Posted by tim
  • 17 November 2008



We're not puddle dodgers

  • Posted by howies
  • 17 November 2008

Me wringing out my gloves!

This weekend I went riding with Dan Yeomans one of our team riders (check out his blog) and his mate Tom Gethin we rode a couple of trails up at Nant y Arian it rained the whole way you know that kind of really wet rain that soaks you to the bone! It was brilliant once you get that wet you can't get any wetter so you might as well keep riding and hit all the puddles at top speed, great weather for skids!

Gethin and Dan after a long climb!

Brake Free sweatshirts

  • Posted by pete
  • 14 November 2008


Brake Free – now available on sweats for men and women.

Fix up, look sharp.

and here's todays fix of fixies - a bit of Empire:


New T-shirt of the Week - Brake Free

  • Posted by pete
  • 13 November 2008

This week's T-shirt of the Week is 'Brake Free'.

    Dedicated to all those fearless fixed wheel riders, who bomb
    our hills with no brakes and scant regard for their own health.
    It's bare bones biking at its best. You gotta love 'em.

Just keep those fingers crossed when you get to a junction.

Prezzie for me

  • Posted by tomos
  • 12 November 2008

Matthew at middleburn sent me some very nice cranks today. I've heard some great things about these cranks and there made in Hampshire. Keep it British. Thanks guys.

moon ride

  • Posted by ade
  • 12 November 2008
tarmac lit by the sun from the moon

tarmac lit by the sun from the moon

Riding home thorough the lanes by the light of the moon is a great experience. Switch off the lights (you can see cars coming) and the road shines like scratched lead.

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