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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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Pre-dawn

The days are getting longer, the cycle commute home is now dusk, but the commute in is still dark when I leave c.6.45am. The trip in is an awakening one, the chill and the freshness awaken you on many levels. It really can be a great experience. As with anything it’s what you make it; yes, there […]

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A bike’s for life, not just for Christmas…

And so with a Christmas break coming up – I had it in mind to put the bike in for a good rub-down and refurb. As the Starwars droid said “Thank the maker! This oil bath is going to feel so good…” C-3PO, A New Hope It’s well overdue, the bike sees 18 miles a […]

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All we want for Christmas…

It’s been a year! A lot’s been learned about the nature of people and their passions, and also their poison. Together with a lot of you, we had a great ‘Goodbye to 2016’ in November. Thanks to all again, true friends are people that are just there sharing the same old shift! Hopefully, we can […]

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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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94% off main roads…

I knew it was a pretty good ride, but thought I’d look at the stats…   My 9-mile commute into Leicester turns out to be 62% on cycleway* separated from the road. It’s 75% off-road (includes a few terraced backstreets). And it’s… 94% off main roads! *Admittedly the separated cycleway is significantly in a poor state of […]

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New route, new horizons…

…and so after a spell in both the doldrums and some rough seas, the little red boat found harbour and anchored up for a while. After leaving the land that hope forsook, it’s a reminder; be mindful who you share your boat with… the last few months have been disturbing, worrying and transformative. I replenished provisions, took another look […]

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Two wheels on my bike…

Since March 2011, I’d been lucky to make the most of a relatively easy bike commute (7 miles each way) into Leicester, but since I’ve been hung out to dry by my previous employers, the wheels could have been left grumping in the garage – it’s easy to leave them there, as I did for […]

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Still riding a bike… (Melton Road)

It’s been a while since I wittered about simply “riding my bike” but before it comes to an end here’s a bit about Leicester’s Melton Road Cycleway… You will know from here: On yer bike! that I’ve taken the decision to ride an even more insouciant route. I have now moved off the main roads even more and […]

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I didn’t want to dedicate a page to simply “riding a bike” but as time goes on I think separating my bike riding experiences may be worthwhile, so I have started a separate page here for wheel based observations. You can find old related stuff here: search  bike, cycle, commute           And here’s […]