I have been contemplating doing a bit of cycle touring for a while now. It started with me looking at getting a touring bike, when I was contemplating the n+1 theory, having paid off half my Brompton. I ended up coming home, not with a touring bike as planned, but with a 2014 Specialized Ruby … Continue reading My latest mad cap idea
I have lot my mojo, my love of cycling. I know it's only temporary and that, from time to time, it happens to most cyclists. Sometimes you can put it down to actual things that happen to put you off; one too many close passes, one too many soakings, or, worst of all, that you … Continue reading Mojo – lost, reward of cake offered for return
I have to confess that since I bought my road bike I have neglected riding my Brompton. I guess it's partly the fun of a new toy, and partly down to finding the road bike so much easier and more exhilarating to ride. It's true, and anyone who says otherwise is a little bit dishonest. … Continue reading Giggling away to oneself – a year with a Brompton
Sometimes it is nice to be able to ride your bike without a care in the World. Thursday was one of those days. No time schedule, no place to be, no GPS bleeping directions or telling me I'm going this fast (or slow), this far, and how long I've been out. No camera for miscreant … Continue reading Riding without a care in the World
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?
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…