About Cranks

Cranks is a nationwide UK cycling club.

Conceived as an alternative to clubs that just ride the same local roads every weekend, we get together every now and then, in different places, to do different things.

Latest Posts

This Is Not A Tour

TINAT, oversimplified:  Crankers enter a new Audax inspired by the late Mike Hall and attempt to ride up its stupidly steep Welsh hills with varying degrees of failure.  Some complete their full ride distances, some cut theirs short.  All want to go back next year. (With apologies to Chad Haga).

My Bikepacking Toolkit

In many ways it’s the remoteness that makes bikepacking great.  Riding rough tracks, alone with nature, miles from anywhere.   That same remoteness makes it altogether less great if you have a mechanical that you can’t fix.  No mobile coverage to phone for a spousal taxi, no public transport options, no bike shop just down the …

Puff Puff Pass

Dear makers of generic blue inhalers, I’m afraid I need to make a formal, public complaint about your product. To start off, let me introduce myself. I’m a deeply average bike rider, someone who enjoys riding quickly but often find my old-codger legs unwilling to do the bidding of my boy-racer brain. Nevertheless, I persevere …