My late father was a cyclist all his life, going up the hill to work in the morning, down the hill at lunchtime, back up for the afternoon shift, and down again for tea. He liked hills, which was useful, given we lived quite a way down one from where he worked. At the weekends … Continue reading Joining the cycling revolution
I have a confession to make: I bought another bike. What is worse, is that I bought a road bike. I have succumbed to a mid-life crisis and bought a sports bike, a carbon framed, very light, and very fast, road bike. And she's beautiful. I've called her Tuesday, because she's a Specialized Ruby. And … Continue reading I have a confession to make…
In my post Birthday cake world I intended on having a good cycle ride today, to work off some of the large quantity of excess calories consumed yesterday. This was all going to plan, in respect that I got up, dressed, and ready to cycle, but on stepping out the door the wind knocked me … Continue reading We’re on the road to nowhere…the tale of the disappearing cycle path
That wasn't actually the plan. The plan was to go down to the seafront, and then along the seafront on the cycle paths, until I got to Musselburgh and come back through town and home. The thing is with Edinburgh's cycle routes is that the signposting, once you're on them, is great, but if you … Continue reading Up the (Edinburgh) Castle
75% of fatal or serious accidents involving cyclists, in 2018, occurred in urban areas 80% of incidents occur during daylight 75% of incidents occur at road junctions In 2018 - 99 cyclists were killed, 5 of them children Also in 2018 - 4, 106 were seriously injured These statistics* are only those reported to the … Continue reading Damning Statistics – cycling in the UK
There is a little cycle ride I've been wanting to do ever since I moved to Edinburgh two years ago. It is a trip made pleasantly possible by the failure of transport infrastructure, well it's a failure of roads infrastructure. The world famous Forth Bridge actually refers to the rail bridge. This was opened in … Continue reading Over the Bridge(s)
I, like many others, made an official complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation regarding the comments by the Sunday Times 'journalist' where he expressed a view that 'stretching a piano wire at neck height' was 'tempting' when it came to dealing with cyclists. Since this was published there has been an attack on a … Continue reading Sunday Times threats to cyclists perfectly acceptable?
Ok, I am going to have a rant this morning. I have just come back from a lovely cycle ride into the city centre on the main arterial route in and then back out again using the main route and the main cycle network. I'm not going to say that all of the cycle route … Continue reading Edinburgh Cycle Paths – fit for purpose?
As I promised in my last post (I always hear trumpets when I say that), here is my review of the new 2020 release Brompton Borough roll-top bag, small, in navy (which at the moment is the only colour available for this model). Ordered the day after release, it arrived with me on Saturday and … Continue reading 2020 Brompton Borough roll-top small review
Brompton have released the new 2020 bag range, further adding to the choices for riders, or the confusion if you want to look at it another way. The new range (seen here) features a number of 100% waterproof bags showing they've broken from their partnership with Ortlieb and branched off into their own direction. … Continue reading Brompton releases new 2020 bag range
It is a beautiful day for a cycle ride here in Edinburgh. The sun is shining, the air is clean, the sea and the sky are both blue, and there is very little to spoil the view. You can watch the highlights video on my Facebook page as always here But I did want to … Continue reading The revolution has started…
Covid-19, Coronavirus, CV19, whatever you want to call it has brought to global attention the need to swap our transport systems from our polluting vehicles to more sustainable transport where this possible, and for those able to use these alternative means. Of course, not everyone can make the transition, be that because they are simply … Continue reading Do you have room for a bicycle in your life?
I've been very popular on Twitter for the last few days, and hopefully some of you reading my blog now will have found it from my Twitter feed, if so then welcome. For those not following me on Twitter, and obviously I suggest you do, the subject has been cycling infrastructure. With the easing of … Continue reading Is cycle infrastructure fit for purpose?