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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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If music be the food of love

If music be the food of love, we are spoilt for choice, and we should be pretty much loved-up to the dolly’s wax! – Perhaps that’s one of society’s problems, surfeit, sickness and death of true music/love? Anyway, don’t get me started. Over the last few years, I have unintentionally been through a sort of musical detox, and I’ve […]

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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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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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Con-text

Characters at play… I was going to write a load of waffle about browsing the campus library years ago as a student, looking for a play to explore and direct. I did write a few paragraphs about how our days are surrounded by the theatrics of our lives. How life’s stages are filled with sets, […]

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Brooks saddle ~12,000 miles

WOW, thanks Brooks Saddles. I treated myself back in 2013 to a ‘Brooks’ saddle. Alas, last month after about 12,000miles (been doing >3000 a year) I heard a snap. I had to switch my Brooks Flyer for the old off-the-self saddle that came with the bike that, yes, looked comfy but after a day my backside […]

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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, […]

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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 […]