Archive for November 2010

Cometh a new bike, cometh the snow

Snow this afternoon. Yes, I probably should have stored the garden furniture for the winter. Last year I got a new bike for Christmas and we had the worst winter for years. On Friday I took possession – albeit possibly temporarily – of a fun little bike for a plan I've been thinking about for […]

Continued »

Its OK, follow me, I know where I am going… (Mountain biking Isle of Man)

Title is a Tina quote, in reference to a rather superb mountain bike ride we did today!

Continued »

Back on the Road

Today, I rode my bike for the first time since the 10th of November. This was a proper ride, not just riding our utility bike into the village and back. I managed all of 12.3 miles! I've not been well. Also, the Poppy Appeal has taken up a great deal of my time, and now […]

Continued »

Exposure Joystick (Mark 2) Front Light

I bought this at the end of 2008. It was a bit of an extravagance, I don't do that much night riding but Winstanleys Bikes had it at a particularly good price and I just couldn't resist it! The current model, the Mark 5, is even brighter but otherwise much the same. I use it […]

Continued »

Being car free

I've been car-free for six months now, counting from when Katie's gearbox failed. Things I miss: Comfort, especially being sheltered from the weather. Fast startup and shutdown time. The car took about 15 seconds. A bike takes a few minutes, including heaping on clothing, checking lights and tyres, strapping the crutch on and wheeling the […]

Continued »

Bike symbols

Bicycle symbol #1 in the image below is the one used on signs for the official cycle route network in the UK and which Cycling England refers to as cycle route waymarking. Someone, somewhere, was given the job of drawing the symbol and the pleasure of seeing their work reproduced tens of thousands or maybe […]

Continued »

'Louise Sutherland, Spinning the Globe'

As anyone who has read my earlier post will know, I am a great admirer of this remarkable woman. I was therefore very pleased to discover that a biography has just been published in her native New Zealand.

Continued »

Ireland 2010

On the way to Timoleague In May-June we did a tour of the Emerald Isle. I have copied below the text of our trip report, which was originally published on Mary's web site in September. Photos can be viewed here. (There are a few dropped links, but with patience you can view them all). Roscarbery […]

Continued »

Cycling Cork to Westport August 2010

Our son Tom and his lady wife, the lovely Tracey went to live in Westport Co.Mayo, recently, so we decided to cycle there to see them, having a short bike tour en route. We'd covered this territory some years ago and Listowel is the obvious first port of call, but on this occasion we decided […]

Continued »

Big Skies Bike Rides: Millington Dale and Warter from Pocklington

Big Skies Bike Rides is the name given to eight cycle loop rides 'launched' in 2010. They take their name from the phrase used by David Hockney when he compared the sky over the Yorkshire Wolds to 'the big sky' he experienced in the American West. This 17.5 mile route starts at Pocklington and has […]

Continued »

Remembering Instant Karma

I got on my bike yesterday for the first time in almost four weeks. The gap was on account of physical separation, not health, injury or illness (knock on wood, twice). I found myself consciously having to remember the morning routine – the pack-up of my office kit, the equipment checklist (tyres, chain, water, lights). […]

Continued »

Where am I?

Where am I? Where have I been? What have I been doing? My apologies for not coming on Cycle Seven very much recently, but I have been, and am, quite busy. As well as being quite busy, I’m down with the Winter Blues again. It doesn’t seem like five minutes since I was discussing S.A.D. […]

Continued »

Seize the day!

Its not been a good week for cycling. Gales and rain on Monday. Torrential rain and strong wind on Tuesday. Gales and rain on Thursday. But Wednesday, Wednesday was glorious. Cold, but glorious!

Continued »

Papworth Everard

Papworth Everard is a large village in South Cambridgeshire containing a hospital renowned for heart transplants.

Continued »

Bike, camera, and Autumn

An excellent combination, I think. One thing my Canon G9 compact camera does well is capture colour, and Autumn is the time for colour, this year especially, as late summer was warmer and wetter than usual. October is my favourite month, not just because of the gorgeous foliage but also the sense of darkness creeping […]

Continued »

Top Gear

Hospitals are like garages. I would take in my treasured old heap with a minor problem and they'd say, sure we can fix that, but the hoodgiewotsit is knackered and that's a teeth-sucking job.

Continued »

Traffic calming & Road Safety Audit chicanery

The Council's Highways & Engineering Department recently completed a road safety scheme in the main street of my local village. Most of it seems okay: building out the footways to enclose the rows of cars that have always parked along one side of the street. I can see how this makes it safer for pedestrians […]

Continued »

The Army Cyclist Corps

The Army Cyclist Corps was a corps of the British army active during the First World War, and controlling the army's bicycle infantry. The military use of cycles began in the mid 1880s when some of the Volunteer Battalions set up cycling sections as a sort of Home Guard in case of invasion. In the […]

Continued »

Scones and Honey

The Scone Run. For the past several weeks, I have cycled to Ballaugh and met up with Tina, and we have sped our hearts out to keep up with the peleton. The sun was out again, as it has been here on the Isle of Man for the past 4 weekends. How lucky is that!

Continued »

A day on the Col d'Izoard, watching the Giro d'Italia, 1994

In 1994, I and 5 or 6 friends cycled from Strasbourg to Nice. This is not a long account of that tour, or even a short account of it. It's just a memory of one particular day. A couple of the lads, Paul Harte and Mick Sweeney, I think, decided that after leaving Briancon, we […]

Continued »

Cycling West Yorkshire

A weekend cycle tour in the Yorkshire Dales In the June 30th, 1937 edition of 'The Cyclist' magazine L.G. Fothergill described this Yorkshire Dales week end route as "Embracing Some of Yorkshire's Finest Scenery" and reckoned 90 miles as its length. I think it's nearer to 100 miles. I've drawn it up in Google Earth […]

Continued »