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The MAMIL’s Guide to the Art of Mindful Cycling

We cycling MAMILS live in an increasingly mindless world where the currency is one of speed and convenience. We are constantly besieged by a barrage of images, noise, adverts, social media, TV and screens. The garish and facile are celebrated, these days society craves quick wins and is addicted to hype. Don’t you just sometimes find it all a... Read More

How to choose the right bike for you – 10 factors to consider

When it’s time for an upgrade, choosing the perfect bike can get confusing for some of you. But that doesn’t mean you pick the first bike you find, especially when it’s your first bike. Looking for professional bikes with a solid design and additional features is never easy. That requires accurate knowledge and understanding about what type of bike... Read More

Digital disruption. Local Bike Shop survival in the internet age

“Digital disruption is the change that occurs when new digital technologies and business models affect the value proposition of existing goods and services”. It is not new, the coming of change started in 1974 when the term “internet” was first used. It became commercial in the late 1980’s with the rise of the ISP’s. Then in 1991 the World... Read More

Cycling: Follow the Tour de France pro’s on Strava

Most MAMILS love cycling data. Hundreds of World Tour cyclists and Tour de France competitors are on Strava and their data is easily accessible. Here’s a selection of our favourites, which will allow you to get in-depth analysis of their “suffer-score” after every stage of the Tour de France. Enjoy ! Click on the riders name to access their... Read More

STURDY CYCLES: BUILDING YOUR DREAM CUSTOM BIKE

At some point along our MAMIL cycling journey we will all dream of getting a ‘special’ bike. It will be your ultimate MAMIL machine that you’ll treasure and enjoy riding until you can no longer ride. It will be carefully stored away for a few months of the year to protect it from the ravages of winter. It will... Read More

Alfonsina Strada: The only woman to officially cycle a Grand Tour

When the flag drops on the 5th of May it will mark the 100th edition of the iconic Giro d’Italia. it will also mark 93 years since Alfonsina Strada became the only woman to smash through the gender barrier and officially ride a Grand Tour in 1924. The young Alfonsina Strada was 5ft 2in of muscular dynamism. Athletic and... Read More

HOW TO GROW OLD LIKE AN ATHLETE A MAMIL GUIDE

The question of how to maximise ‘health span’ – the period of life during which we are generally healthy and free from serious disease – is increasingly prevalent both in and out of sport and key importance to the active MAMIL. Global average lifespan doubled during the 20th Century, and this trend continues. Someone who is 50 today could... Read More

PARIS-ROUBAIX – THE HELL OF THE NORTH (VIDEO)

The most iconic one day bike race in the world, period. Paris-Roubaix. Famous for its cobbles, un-predictability, dirt/dust and that velodrome. The race usually leaves riders caked in mud and grit, from the cobbled roads and rutted tracks of northern France’s former coal-mining region. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the terrain places an unbelievable strain on the riders... Read More

MARK BEAUMONT: 80 DAYS AROUND THE WORLD CYCLING ATTEMPT

Cycling star Mark Beaumont, best known for cycling around the world in 194 days in 2008, will take ultra-endurance to another level by circumnavigating the globe in 80 days in the summer. As a warm up to the Artemis World Cycle, he will first cycle around the coastline of Britain, leaving on April 4. The 15-day training ride will... Read More

TOP 5 MAMIL TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST 100 MILE CYCLING SPORTIVE

Tackling your first 100 mile cycling sportive is not for the faint hearted but, once done, will give you and enormous sense of achievement. Proper preparation and training will allow you to enjoy the day and it’s an idea to follow a progressive and structured training program. On the day it’s good to have a cycling strategy to ensure... Read More