Take Up Cycling to Work as Your New Year’s Resolution

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It may be too early to start thinking about Christmas but, even though New Year is a little further away, it’s not too early to be thinking about your New Year’s Resolution. That’s because, if you want it to stick, you’re going to need to put in some serious preparation: a proper resolution that helps you make a powerful change is one that you think through and are well-equipped for.


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Five Cycling Secret Santa Gifts

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In our last post, we gave a comprehensive gift guide that should help anybody struggling to find a cycling themed product for their loved one. However, one thing we didn’t cover is the office Secret Santa. When you’re tasked with buying an affordable gift for a colleague that you don’t know all that well, things can get tricky. You’ve probably got a spending limit of around 5-10 pounds, and it can be a challenge to find an appropriate gift within the budget.

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Targetvelo’s Christmas Wishlist: Top 10 Cycling Gifts

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With less than two months to go, it may be too early to start putting the decorations up, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about finding the perfect gift. While there are plenty of gift guides out there giving suggestions for presents to suit everybody from gardeners to keen cooks, however we cyclists often get left off the list! If your struggling to buy a cycling gift for somebody who seems to love bikes more than just about anything else, then this top ten guide is for you…

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Christmas Fair Dates!

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We are pleased to annouce that we have two fair dates to announce!

Firstly, Farnham Maltings Chritsmas Fair on Wednesday 30th of November and Thursday the 1st of Decmeber.

and then we will be in Reigate for their Christmas Fayre on Saturday the 3rd of December.

We hope to see you there!

4 Great Cycling Museums for Your Next Day Out

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Keen to learn a little more about one of the world’s greatest hobbies and sports? If you want to venture out and about, then why not head to one of these great UK museums and start absorbing some of our great cycling culture…

National Cycle Museum, Llandrindod Wells, Wales

The UK’s only museum dedicated entirely to bicycling culture, the National Cycle Museum boasts a collection of cycles dating all the way back to 1816, and has received rave reviews from many cycling fans across the country. Perhaps their main area of focus is the history of both the hobby and the bikes themselves, so if you’ve got any sort of interest in cycle heritage this is undoubtedly the location for you.

And, for those with a passion for up-to-the-minute bicycle technology, the National Cycle Museum also proudly displays the latest carbon-fibres so that you can get a sense of where the sport is going, as well as all the developments that have brought us to where we are now. A great day out to get a full overview of cycling in all its glory.

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The Bicycle Gallery, Streetlife Museum, Hull

Although this is certainly smaller than the National Cycle Museum, we’ve heard rumours that it’s just as great for the true cycling fan, with a rich and rewarding collection that stands out because of the wealth of information provided about the social contexts of the items on display. This includes explaining how bikes have been linked to everything from feminism to wars. If you are headed to Hull, The Bicycle Gallery is an excellent learning experience.

London Transport Museum, London

While the London Transport Museum doesn’t currently have any exhibitions dedicated entirely to cycling (if any curators are reading this, it would be great to see one!), it does have plenty of information and display bikes dotted around its various galleries, such as the Transport for London Gallery. We recommend this museum for those who have an interest in all aspects of transportation, then, with bikes being just one among many.

At the moment, there is also a great exhibition all about Team GB and the Olympics, and with cycling being a sport that we’ve historically excelled in, you can expect to find plenty of great artefacts all about our role in the sport.

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The National Cycle Archive, Warwick Digital Archives

Okay, we cheated with this one since you definitely don’t have to leave the house to start exploring it. That said, the materials uploaded onto Warwick’s National Cycle Archive are simply so fascinating that we had to include them – and once you start reading through the cycling tour diaries (which date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries) we sincerely believe that you’ll be glued to them all day long.

With maps, photographs and exquisite illustrations scattered throughout the digitally uploaded journals, we found ourselves being drawn in almost instantly, so we dare you to try and tear yourselves away!

This just about covers all of our favourite spots, for now at least. If any of these have tickled your fancy then don’t forget to browse our online collections of unusual cycling gifts to get your next fix of cycling culture.


Targetvelo @ Eroica Britannia

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This year we will be taking part at this classic event in Bakewell in the Peak district this 3 day festival and classic bike rides are sure to be a Great British event and one we are all looking forward to.


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