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Inspired by “Free Wheeling” – Think again, and cycle again.

Inspired by “Free Wheeling” and the “thoughts of a welsh brummie” Another, celebration of cycling: Like many, I started cycling up and down along the kerb as a youngster in the early ‘70s. A Mini Moulton, a Grifter, a Chopper and then a Raleigh Sun Solo if my memory is correct. In my early teens I […]

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She lives…

…alas after a winter’s commute through snow ice and things not nice, it was time to give her a thorough going over. The team at LBS City Cycles Thurmo, City Cycles Leicester have done a good job. She lives: May 2011 – Purchased Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc 2011 Hybrid Bike (from a shop near a big lake). 7 months – […]

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Cycle Paths

The commute on bicycle from East Goscote to Leicester could be better (especially in the city-burbs!) but in parts it’s arguable not bad… If you travel from East Goscote to Leicester you have two good sections of ‘traffic-free’ shared walk/cycleway. The first is 1 mile from Goscote to Wreake Valley School. A good width of […]

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Traffic – what would you do?

After being eloquently reprimanded by a kind and gentle-person, I review my attitude and from henceforth, I aim to: …always employ due-care and attention. …stop behind vehicles when there is not room to pass. …only pass cars when it is clear and legal to do so. …stop appropriately behind red-lights etc. When in a queue of traffic, I previously […]

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last ‘bike’ post for a while…

I’m a tad tired of banging on about ‘riding my bike’ – and I expect u r too. And so, last ‘bike’ post for a while (perhaps). I use the phrase ‘riding my bike’ because the term ‘cycling’ has accumulated so much baggage over the last year.  I do not see myself as a cyclist any […]

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Kill cyclist’s enthusiasm? First weekend round of year…

Out for the first round trip of the year. (last weekend was just a trolly ride to the leisure Centre) Such a different ride to the daily commute – out in the country, on roads (actual roads!), letting your body drive the bike and ride! In comparison, “the daily commute” is a dodge-fest, a series of trolly […]

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Daily Bread…

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us… ? Today was a normal Saturday. Thankful to Em who did a 4 hour stint teaching swimming. We had dancing first thing, or at least thought we did (Doesn’t start till next week). So we did a small Tesco shop and a library visit to […]

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We cycle to know we are not alone…

As you know I cycle. However (bear with me),  cycling as a sport is not my thing. I don’t find the spin and whirl of the latest chrome or carbon gadgets specifically exciting, I don’t find the latest audacious audax or spritely sportif of interest, “different chevaux for different courses” I guess. Cycling for me […]

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Another way?

So we have found a possible alternative… not so pleasant but I guess it does the job… for now. Cycle commutes. http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/qzq6ypfydSY I guess the cars (& vans) win?!  I have been forced (for the sake of the children) to look for an alternative to the best route via road. So a different route in […]

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cyclists are foolish? raw rant…

Commuter cyclists are foolish? Jules Richards  ******, when a car passes toooo close & tooo fast on a narrow country road and the potential circumstances flash through your mind, you stop at the lights and ask could you give me more room next time… a verbal slanging match ensues, culminating being told to sod off! You […]