Cambridge Cycling Club

Hints & Tips

Hot Hands hand warmers

These hand warmers produce heat for 10 hours. Rather than discard them after a ride, store them for future use in an air-tight bag. When subsequently exposed to the atmosphere they will again produce heat. (If there is sufficient space in your shoes use them in preference to HotHands foot warmers.) Get them from Amazon at less than £1 per pair. Thanks to Ed Ecob for this tip.

Read Cycling Weekly for free
Cycling Weekly

Read Cycling Weekly free of charge courtesy of Cambridgeshire Libraries. Firstly, join your local library if not already a member and register for on-line access. Access to the on-line library is via the Libby App. Having installed the app you will be asked to identify your library - which is Cambridgeshire County Council (at Huntingdon). You will need your library card number and PIN to register.

Café Lock Conundrum

We know of three makes of café locks that do not come with instructions on changing the combination. This can be an issue when trying to release the lock and discovering the combination has changed!

The problem is storing the lock with the cable fully retracted as Fig 1 (it clicks into this position), as this is the position that frees the tumblers allowing the combination to be changed.

Café lock Fig 1
Fig 1

The solution is to either store the lock as Fig 2, or check the combination hasn't changed before locking your bike and spinning the tumblers.

Café lock Fig 2
Fig 2

Credit: - Roger Langworth

Stick-On Bifocals
Stick-On Bifocals

If your eyesight is not as good as it used to be and consequently you require reading glasses, here is a solution that enables you to wear sunglasses and read your Garmin. Stick-on bifocals by Zcifi. Applied simply by wetting the lens. Re-usable by peeling off and re-applying. Google Zcifi and get them direct or from Amazon for less than $20 or get them ready made from or google Voltx safety glasses.

Group Riding Skills

Bike Radar video

Replacement Track Pump Head
Track Pump Head

Is your combined Presta/Schrader track pump head playing up? Does your pump head not stay on the valve when inflating your tyres?

Try the BBB BFP-93 replacement pump head available from Amazon.

CCC Bottles
CCC Bottle

Our Club bottle is a quality item that will last if looked after. Unusually, the valve is sufficiently flexible to allow removal for cleaning.