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Riding skills: Filtering

MCN, 23 June 2014 16:17

It’s not queue jumpingFiltering is always a contentious topic as those not on a bike often look upon it as queue jumping. That of course is rubbish; it’s what bikes were built to do. What the law saysThe Highway Code says “when filtering in slow-moving traffic, take care and keep your speed low” which appears to me to be tacit ...

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How to register a bike in Spain

Marc Abbott, 08 December 2011 10:54

I am going over to live in Spain and I want to re-register my bike over there? Is this possible? Marc Tinney, London Yes it is, but it is a lengthy and potentially expensive process. Anyone importing a bike to Spain has to be aware that there are 17 autonomous communities (kind of regional governments) who can and do make ...

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Riding in strong winds

MCN, 07 December 2011 16:28

The UK is likely to be hit with very strong winds over the next couple of days, with gusts of over 90mph expected in parts of Scotland and Northern England. Below are a couple of tips to help you ride in strong winds. Obviously, if the winds are too strong and you don't feel confident riding in such conditions, leave the ...

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Ride like King Kenny Roberts

Guy Procter, 11 July 2011 16:46

Inspired by Kenny Roberts' still-got-it performance at the Festival of 1000 Bikes at Mallory? You couldn't fail to be. So if you fancy benefiting from the tiniest shard of genius thrown from the master, you could do worse than watch this. We trust Babelgum has full licensing clearance to screen the classic Champions: Kenny Roberts doc in full (a quick ...

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Riding skills: Top three learner rider complaints

Rupert Paul, 11 July 2011 15:45

It’s tempting to go for the cheapest bike training course you can find. Here are three reasons why that might not be a good idea. 1. The bikes Training school bikes have a hard life. But they should still be reliable, of good quality, and come with a reasonable spares backup in the event of a drop. Many riders who’ve ...

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128 ways to dump your bike

MCN Riding Skills, 08 July 2011 16:23

An oldie but a goodie, this list of 128 ways to drop your bike isn’t just worth a laugh, it raises some useful points too. Obviously the writer has a bit of an issue with side-stands (around a third of the drops are failing-to-deploy-support-stand related), but the rest cover everything from pillion activity to poor road surfaces and just plain ...

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BikePlus - advanced rider training in East Midlands

MCN, 30 June 2011 16:04

BikePlus is a new advanced training initiative in the East Midlands subsidised by Derbyshire County Council. Thanks to a scheme run by the road safety partnership they will provide £80 towards post test training for any rider in Derbyshire or a neighbouring county from a list of approved trainers. BikePlus meets the Enhanced Rider Scheme, so at the end of the ...

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Riding Skills: Stunting. In Reverse.

Dan Aspel, 30 June 2011 12:39

Lithuanian stunt rider Virginijus Zukauskas has either: 1. Managed to bend time and physics to his will Or 2. Put his stunt video in reverse Either way, this clip makes some freaky viewing.

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Riding skills: Turning from a stop

Guy Procter, 24 June 2011 16:07

The ever-watchable Captain Crash has some useful advice on how to pull away from a standstill turning, rather than straying too far into (potentially) harm's way.

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Riding skills: Why your brain makes you ride like you do

Rupert Paul, 24 June 2011 15:41

I'm writing this on a beautiful English summer's day. The birds are twittering, the sun is hot, and for the past couple of hours I've been listening bike after bike burble up the street before hitting the edge of town and howling into the open countryside beyond. I've been welding up a trailer, but the urge to drop everything and ...

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