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Sit up and breathe!

  My daughter says ‘there’s no such thing as perfection, only improvement’. I’m told, it’s what her teacher says.   You may remember my old ‘Specialized’ bike above gradually transformed from the standard off-the-self bike, to a more relaxed sit-up and breathe kind of thing.  My riding style gradually changed from: A. Trying to co-exist […]

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Gazelle Ultimate

And so it came to pass…  after six & and half years and roughly 20,000 miles the ‘old faithful’ has been exchanged –  I trust its new owner will enjoy it as I did. See the history of my old Specialised here: Bike (pre Sept 2017) One of the reasons for the upgrade – chain & […]

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The Call of a Calm sea in Summer

As you know, for 5 years now I have ridden a bike to and from work. This activity and perspective has seen many changes over time. It’s not for everyone I guess. It’s probably just me. As mentioned before, generally I have moved from a driverly, ‘get there’ quickest, arterial-route, cyclist-culture mode, to a more pedestrian, […]

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“simply riding a bike”

I’ve wittered about this before I know, but after this recent encounter below, when the local press asked me about my experience of ‘riding a bike’, I had to respond. Please look out for, and have a little due care and attention for, that person, simply riding their bike. I like many other mums, fathers, daughters, […]

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A crazy idea!

Five years ago this month, I posted about my ‘small on the outside, big on the inside’ local town shop.  Regrettably, ‘Cyclops’ in Syston are closing down this year – but the Serfas ‘True 250’ rechargeable bike light that I bought five years ago has been used week-daily through five winters, being used for ~2 hours a day, the […]

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New H bars

Alas I gave in… to the Jones’… Last July I moved from the a stock straight Specialized handlebars, to a too cheap not to try £12.50 (delivered)  XLC City + Trekking handlebar. They enabled a more upright sitting position that i was looking for. As said before, my riding style over the last few years, has changed from: i. Trying […]

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New handlebars

After two years of riding, slowly realising new perspectives, and challenging my own preconceptions and assumptions, I have made another change to the routine standard. Two years ago my bike came with a stock straight Specialized handlebars, with a 8° degree back sweep. They’ve been good, but I occasionally fancied a more relaxed position and over […]

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Have a heart…

It’s an ongoing, daily, or even hourly practice! Travelling, or indeed ‘being’, with a ‘mindful’ approach. Mindful of ‘yourself’, mindful of ‘the space you inhabit’, mindful of ‘what you share’, and mindful of the ‘conflictus differentia’ that one encounters! Where possible, I now cycle on the cycle-path if it’s available and usable. However, daily I […]

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Consider the birds of the air?

Yes, I’m occasionally guilty of unhealthy attitude, impaired perspective and disappointing reaction, aren’t we all? Consider the person in front and the one behind? Reconsidering one’s perspective can be a slow process. Perception can be blurred and clarity can be lost for a while. Perhaps that’s why sometimes it might be hard, seem not possible, or even not an […]