About Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan once worked for a local newspaper, but swapped court stories and door-knocking for a new life working in the marketing department of a major cycle retailer. She enjoys riding down duel carriageways in silly helmets at 190bpm (Time Trialling), the odd bit of muddy cyclocrossing, and writing about anything any anything but mainly bicycle related topics at www.ridewriterepeat.com. For tweets and general two-wheeled ramble, follow: @michellearthurs.

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Gore Bike Wear Power Active Jacket

Waterproof Jackets: 3 of the best

Rain and wind are very rarely high on a cyclists list of “favourite conditions to ride in”, but there will always come a day when the heavens open and you find yourself pedalling through it. The best thing you can do is kit up and ride through the storm – so here’s our run down […]

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A turbo trainer allows you to ride indoors

Top tips for those thinking of hitting the turbo trainer

Training on a bicycle indoors is not everybody’s idea of a good use of time – and I know that some readers out there use their wheels to commute, and so pounding away on a static trainer isn’t going to do the job for them. However, if you’re using your bike for sport, or thinking […]

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Specialized Allez - one of the best selling alloy bike on the market

What is your bike made of? Bike frame materials and their properties

At the very core of every bicycle, there is a frame. The material that frame is made out of has a dramatic effect on the way it rides, its durability, and cost. Every frame tells a story, so we’ve delved into some of the rationale, motivations, and infatuations behind bicycle builders decisions… Alloy Alloy is […]

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Foska Pasta Di Bici

Stocking Fillers for Cyclists

I’ll say it quietly, so as not to upset those who don’t mutter the word until December 24th – but Christmas is getting a day closer every day. For those of us in cycling partnerships, Christmas gifting is quite simple – I’ll swap you a Garmin for a GoPro, then fill your stocking with the […]

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Elasticated waistband and belt

The Endura Gridlock II Waterproof Trousers

Waterproof trousers don’t immediately strike me as the perfect riding attire, but they are a fantastic and practical solution for short journeys by bike when you want to arrive looking presentable. Bad waterproof trousers will make you feel like a person dressed in a very hot plastic bag – they’ll cause you to swelter and […]

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The Exposure Diablo will make cycling in the dark easier and safer

I would cycle but it’s….

We’ve all been there: it’s 6am, the alarm goes off – and it’s blowing a gale out there, the rain is hammering down – you just don’t feel like riding your bike. You come up with a few excuses, and convince yourself to find other means of transport. Well – don’t – because here are […]

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Endura Gridlock II

Endura Gridlock II Women’s Waterproof Jacket review

I’ll admit I was a tiny bit dubious when the Endura Gridlock II first arrived at my desk. Firstly, I’m not really a winter jacket wearer – I get warm pretty easily and my winter attire consists of a good baselayer, long sleeved hincapie jersey and a rain cape in case of downpour. When it’s really […]

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An awesome mug always heels warmer

The five best things about winter riding

When you arrive home, with feet numb like swollen ice bricks, fingers white and brittle, or soaked to the skin, winter can seem a less than fabulous time to ride a bike. But we still keep on doing it, and there have to be some very good reasons for that. Here are a few to […]

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The Under Armour HearGear compression baselayer

Base layers to keep you warm this winter

Dressing to stay warm on a winter ride starts from the layer closest to your skin. A base layer is worn under a jersey and is used to keep sweat away from your skin (wicking) and to trap a cosy insulating layer of air to keep you warm. You want a base layer that you […]

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DHB Vaeon Set

Top rated arm and leg warmers

Arm and leg warmers are possibly one of the most useful inventions known to cyclists. Perhaps that is an exaggeration – the bike might take precedence, but they are in the top 10. I mentioned these lovely little pieces of gear recently in a piece about kit for autumn rides – but these deserve a […]

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Testing my limits with new  terrain has been fun

Could cyclocross be your next adventure?

There are tons of things you can do on two wheels. You can ride long, winding roads, ticking off the hills across the country; you could load up a touring steed like a snail shell and travel from place to place with all your belongings. You could speed down trails, or even pull some stunts […]

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Warming: could save your life

5 Cyclists I love to hate

The cycling community is almost like its own little nation. We all share one hobby, or ‘nationality’ – we’re all from Cyclocity (or Veloham?) – if you like. However, within Cyclocity there are a number of diverse groups. We tend to either ride alone, or in groups with our own demographic. On a weekend, roadies […]

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