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Pulse, and breath…

“Here we go round the mulberry bush on a cold and frosty morning…” I wonder if Van Gogh sang this in the asylum as he painted? “…painted during a time of great self-awareness and yet surrounded by chaos.” “On a cold and frosty morning…” is an action song my wife sings as she teaches infants […]

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Belts, not chains, a year on.

It’s been another year, and about ~3280 miles. Last September I switched from my old Specialized bike to a delightful Gazelle Ultimate S8. I’d consulted the guys at Future Cycles Leicester about a bike: with a quality belt drive, so in needn’t deal with chain wear and maintenance. with quality hub gears for the same reason as above. […]

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Just a person, on a bike…

This May it’s been 7 years, and roughly 25,000 miles, since I started using a bike to get to and from work daily. To the prospect of ‘cycling to work once a week?’, I recall adamantly thinking ‘never in a month of Sundays!‘ – it was seriously not an option. However, after a month or so […]

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Joy and meaning.

Joy and meaning…   I was recently sharing in one of Brian Draper’s helpful email series’.  This one mentioned Dr. Alastair McAlpine’s profound observations gained from working with seriously ill children: “What terminally ill children taught this doctor about how to live”. “…the so-called small things were the ones that turned out to have enormous significance at […]

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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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Save £585 a year?

Ahead of #cycletoworkday this year, I thought I’d just look at some figures, as I’ve biked ~3700miles commuting over the last year. Below is an update to my 2011 ‘Commute’ costs post. Current 2017 fuel costs: Driving ~9.6 miles @ 7.5mpl, £1.18p/litre, costs £1.51 each way, that’s £15.10/week. You can read about a previous bus, car, bike experience […]

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People on bikes – again

After the local press asked about my ‘person on a bike‘ experiences last week, they put a piece in the paper. I put a blog post together for the record – see ‘Simply Riding a Bike‘ Now the local BBC TV have (again) asked me, and some local campaign groups, about our experiences of ‘riding a […]

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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, […]