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To Hell and back, for a crack at the title of toughest nut

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Letter: Off-pavement

Sir: "Lycra louts" is a misnomer: most pavement cyclists have never worn an item of cycling clothing in their lives (report, 14 January). Confirmed Lycra wearers like myself prefer to take our rightful place in the flow of traffic. Unfortunately, here in Cardiff there are so many people weaving among the pedestrians that some motorists don't seem to realise that cyclists are actually allowed on the road.

pounds 20 fines for `Lycra louts' who pedal on pavement

Cyclists face pounds 20 fines for riding on pavements as a result of a government strategy to double the number of cycle journeys by 2010.

Fashion: A Clean Start

Begin the New Year in a spirit of pure but sensual minimalism: look to the future in fresh white cotton, linen and softest cashmere. Your resolution? To keep life simple

The Investment Column: Courtaulds counts on Tencel

So it doesn't wrinkle, it's tough and it's as soft as silk. But can Courtaulds' "wonder-fibre", Tencel, revitalise the chemical group's flagging fortunes? Courtaulds shares have slumped to 270p, less than 50 per cent of their value five years ago, and 7.5p down on the day on the back of poor first-half results. Pre-tax profits in the six months to September were pounds 62m, 5 per cent down on last year.

Spare-Time: Rock without the roll

Indoor climbing may teach you the ropes, but how easy is it to translate that skill to the great outdoors? Eric Kendall finds a safe foothold on a course in Wales

A home-grown hero of the bold school

Suddenly, we are filled to our puffed-up chests with new heroes. Old foes are being stylishly trounced and we have found the confidence to stare menacingly at targets long avoided. The mocking visions of our frustrating vigil over those sporting arenas most precious to us may yet take some time to disperse but we are freshly delivered of several players of an inspirational sheen.

Is it worth it? Poseur or hosier?

A Rolls-Royce for your legs... We road-test Fogal tights, pounds 37.50 a pair

Chic to cheek

Under the Counter

Cross-country route to ski heaven

Forget the queues for lifts: strike out on your own, says Tina Stallard

enough to make bill blush...

Warren Beatty has it, JFK had it, every US politician wants it: that youthful, suntanned image. But how to get it (and how to keep it)? Liesl Schillinger reveals the secrets of the well-preserved American male

TIGHTS OF FANCY

Oooh yes. Lacy tights are the ringer-dinger in thing to wear on your legs this autumn. Thank Prada for this resurgence in 'tack' hosiery (although its cashmere version costs rather more at pounds 95). Lacy tights should be worn with the simplest of outfits to avoid pattern overload. The good news is that for a tenner or so, you can have this year's look: climb into a pair and you will instantly update last year's wardrobe. And those with blotchy legs that never quite got along with sheers will welcome the camouflage effect of all over lace. To complete the effect these tights should really be worn with big clumpy scuffed leather shoes, the sort the girl who never got picked for netball wore. Revenge is sweet.
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