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Past/Present/Future cycling goals

  • 31st October 2015

I feel like I have come a long way since my first post in July! I have ticked off a lot of my goals for 2015. Many a Sunday morning have I spent setting my alarm for an insanely early hour and loading my bike and kit into my car. Training for Ride London helped to build up my fitness and learn how to ride in a group and in a sportive scenario. I never thought I would be fit enough to cycle 100 miles so it was a huge landmark. Since then I feel my cycling has gone from strength to...

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A Few Reasons to Cycle in Cornwall

  • 21st September 2015
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1. Scenery like this... 2. and this... 3. and then this... 4. Amazing downhills  5. And a fair few cheeky uphills 6. The COFFEE and CAKE stops Bike Chain Bissoe Cafe 7. Friendly and helpful bike shops where you can have a coffee and a chat, get some cycling tips and get your bike fixed in the workshop. (You can’t get that experience online!) 8. The beautiful coastline 9. The Bissoe and Camel Trails...

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Trek Emonda - A picture paints a thousand words

  • 31st August 2015
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Trek Emonda - A picture paints a thousand words Photos taken at Hell's Mouth, Cornwall

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Zero to Ride London One Hundred (in five weeks)

  • 11th August 2015

So I did it! From zero miles on a road bike to one hundred miles on a road bike in five weeks of training. I have lots of people to thank but I couldn't have done it without Ricci and everyone at BCR. Walking into Bike Chain Ricci for the first time to purchase my first road bike and get a bike fit seems a million years ago. I have learnt a lot in a short space of time but mostly that there is a lot still left to learn (as I discovered this morning when I had my first puncture!) Cue a...

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Clipless Pedals – Facing fears and Overcoming Challenges

  • 22nd July 2015

Once you switch to clipless pedals, you’ll never go back. Maybe that’s a bold statement but, from my own experience and chatting to many other cyclists, it’s a reality. Now I’m clipped into my Look pedals, I’m a ‘proper’ cyclist so there is no going back. Despite (and because of) everything you read below, I would encourage all cyclists to make the change! Switching to clipless hasn’t come particularly easily to me. Having whizzed...

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Cycling Solo vs. Cycling Buddy vs. Cycling Group

  • 8th July 2015
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I have always been somewhat of a solo cyclist. There are advantages to cycling on your own. You get to make all the decisions. You decide what time to go. You decide how far and how fast you cycle. You decide whether or not to stop for coffee and cake. If you’re feeling great, you can hit a fast pace or go those extra miles. If you’re feeling rubbish and Wimbledon is on TV, you can go home early if you fancy it. It allows flexibility. However, like any individual sport, it can...

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BBC Radio Cornwall interview - 100 healthy days and Bike Chain Ricci

  • 5th July 2015

On Wednesday 1st July I was interview by David White on BBC Radio Cornwall about my blogging.  To listen to the full interview, skip to 1 hour 12 minutes  here . In the interview I talk about my 100 healthy day challenge. I talk about my eating philosophy and following the 80/20 rules. I discuss how I wanted the original 100 days to be the start of a whole life change. Then I get onto the interesting stuff - EXERCISE! Me: Exercise is crucially important. I always advocate...

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Le Col Sport Ladies Short Sleeve Jersey

  • 4th July 2015

No exaggeration, this top is perhaps my all-time favourite addition to my wardrobe. The Le Col short sleeve jersey fits and feels like a dream. The fit is snug and as a UK 10/12 I opted for the XL – mostly because I am quite tall and wanted the extra length. Little details demonstrate quality such as the full length zip with a zip guard at the top for comfort. I am also a fan of the roomy 3 pockets on the back. I can easily fit my bananas, gels and phone with room to...

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Le Col Ladies Waist Shorts

  • 3rd July 2015

Today I’m writing a review of a product that has made me very happy on long bike rides recently. Le Col Ladies Waist shorts  I am currently training for RideLondon which is 100 mile sportive on 2 nd August. That means lots of hours on the saddle and that is why I am so grateful for my Le Col Ladies Waist Shorts. I only have 4 weeks to go so anything to boost my confidence makes me happy. The right bike is important, but so are the right clothes! I hadn’t...

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Training for RideLondon Part 1 – It all starts with a bike fit!

  • 2nd July 2015

What do you do when you come home from a 5 month trip abroad and realise you only have 5 weeks to train for your first 100 mile cycling sportive? You panic! Panic a little bit more. Panic some more. Then take a deep breath and ask someone for help! I was a bit apprehensive when I walked into Ricci’s impressive bike shop, Bike Chain Ricci, in Redruth. It is a treasure trove of all things cycling – enough shiny, beautiful, dazzling bikes and equipment and...

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Introduction

  • 1st July 2015

I’m Sophie and I will be writing blog posts for Bike Chain Ricci alongside my personal blog 100-healthy-days.com . I began writing about health and fitness in order to make some positive changes in my own life. Now I hope to motivate others to do the same and here I will be talking about all things BICYCLES! Ricci is passionate about creating a strong inclusive platform for enjoying cycling. His vision for the future focuses on shop and supported rides, clothing, sportive...

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