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Anna tours Bath on vintage bikes and grabs designer cycle bargains!

Jole Rider (pronounced Jolly Rider) is a charity that targets Africa to improve education and wellbeing in young people. This is mainly done by fixing up donated bikes and shipping them to Africa for kids to use for cycling to school. So to find out more, I met their lead mechanic for a bike ride.
David with his vintage Raleigh in 'cafe racer' style

The charity receives old bikes from the police and recycling companies, some of which are absolute vintage gems. Thanks to in-house know-it-all mechanic, David McKinven, these are often pulled out for refurbishment and sold to shops and individuals in England.

I had the privilege of borrowing a classic Malborough in 'café racer' style and touring around Bath in Somerset with David to find out more about the charity.

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A guide to child bike seats

If you want to cycle with one child aged 6 months - 4 years one of the best things you can buy is a child seat for your bike. This cycle child seat guide will help you choose the right child seat and enable your little one to be happy, safe and comfortable on your bike.
CTC Vice President Josie Dew and her daughters

Most child seats are suitable for children between the ages of about nine months and four years. The lower limit is dependent on the ability of your child to sit up unsupported – that is, on the floor rather than propped up with cushions.

Some seats recline and children as young as six months – those who can sit up when propped up – can go in those. A reclining seat is better anyway because it allows your little one to drift off to sleep without slumping sideways or forwards.

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CTC members' mobile phone apps survey results

CTC asked its members what cycling related mobile phone apps they use.
The Fill That Hole iPhone app

A survey completed in June has shown what cycling related mobile phone apps CTC members use. 

The top 5 apps used by CTC members from the iTunes top selling cycling apps were:

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CTC web chat - your questions answered

CTC’s Chief Exec, Gordon Seabright, and other staff responded to your questions during a live web chat on 21 June. Questions were sent in through Twitter, Facebook and emails. Answers can be found below.

Thanks to all those who sent in questions. In some cases we've responded to you directly.

Among those answering your questions were:

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Family cycling adventures

Going for a family bike ride with your children can be a real pleasure - and planning it well could make all the difference between success and disappointment.
Happy child out cycling

If you're keen to encourage your children to take up cycling, making their early cycling experiences enjoyable is a good start. If they enjoy it, they'll want to do more and more bike rides and will gain confidence with every revolution of the pedals.

When you plan your first cycle ride with them, whether they're riding their own bikes, are on a tag-along cycle or in a trailer, these tips might help:

Lower gears on a road bike

Question Detail: 
I am recovering from a recent heart attack and need to lower the gears on my Specialized Roubaix. Current drivetrain is Shimano 105 with compact double chainset. I’ve looked at the option of using a 10-speed 12–36 cassette with a 9-speed mountain bike mech. Would smaller rings be another possibility? Or a triple chainset? From CTC supporter, John Plant
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