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?
There is nothing more fun than seeing the look on road cyclist faces when they see you take a Brompton on their favourite circular road route. Today I had that pleasure several times, and a few were even encouraging, although I think at least one thought I was lost. I didn't start with the intention … Continue reading North West Edinburgh, Kirkliston, and the Airport
My new Gore Phantom GWS Zip-Off Jacket arrived on Saturday, from the Cycle Surgery's closing down sale (which is about the only time I could possibly afford to buy Gore clothing if I'm honest). The jacket is made from Gore Windstopper™ fabric, in black and Hi-Vis yellow, which as you can see, is an absolutely … Continue reading Windproof and waterproof jackets – some first thoughts
The Edinburgh City Council have made a tentative start on closing roads and creating more space for walking, cycling, and socially distanced exercise. So far, there are three closed roads; Silverknowes Road, a section of Braid Road, and a section of Links Gardens. The backlash, mainly from or driven by Tory councillors it has to … Continue reading Edinburgh’s Closed Roads Bliss
I have now found the best GoPro positioning for my Brompton bike; on my handlebars with a handy bracket I picked up as part of a kit. This gives me a realistic ride position, a clear view of the other road users, and also allows me to see the camera whilst I ride. I did … Continue reading Blast of lockdown fresh air
Ok, so I'm a numpty*. I thought that my tyres had plenty of air in them, but on my last ride the handling was bit off when I was at anything approaching speed. I decided to get myself a track pump, with a gauge, and actually do it properly rather than relying on the mini-pump … Continue reading Put air in your tyres you numpty!
As you know if you read my last blog post, there was a lot of excitement about my GoPro Session arriving, and the prospect of being able to take you on a tour of Edinburgh in the lockdown. All those nice empty streets and traffic free routes...well, it didn't quite work out like out. Firstly, … Continue reading Edinburgh by GoPro – well sort of
There is much excitement in camp today as I await the arrival of my GoPro Session, ordered on Easter Monday, and with which I hope to fulfil two ambitions; firstly, to have the security of recording my rides in case of accidents or worse, and secondly, to be able to share with you some of … Continue reading Much excitement
It is a difficult one isn't it, the decision on whether to ride or not whilst we are under lockdown for Coronavirus or Covid-19. We are allowed to take daily exercise, and the roads are emptier than they would ever be under normal circumstances. But, and here is the big but, the cars that are … Continue reading To ride or not to ride, in the days of Covid-19?
I recently fitted a B17S (ladies standard) Brooks saddle to my Brompton, and these are my initial thoughts: It looks great. It's very British, like the bike, and seems in keeping with it. The caramel colour looks like it will age nicely too. Having to put the special cream on the underside is a pain, … Continue reading Some initial thoughts on my Brooks’ saddle