Category Archives: Cycling

The joys and lessons of commuting with a bike

I’ve spent two weeks on holiday and two weeks on a course hence the lack of posts on FB and the blog.  The course required commuting.  It was near enough to my mum to allow me to stay with her … Continue reading

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Bike theft

Bike theft mostly affects the poorest in UK society (or at least in England and Wales).  This is the outcome of the latest survey on cycle theft.  Most people who have their bikes stolen have an income of less than … Continue reading

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Does cycling racing success encourage cycling?

Does cycling racing success encourage cycling in everyday life?  This is the question I’ve been thinking about since Geraint Thomas won the tour.  It seems to be question that not many people are either thinking about or have an answer … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – women won’t cycle

Women won’t cycle.  Or women women won’t cycle enough, that is the finding from a sustrans survey this week.  The survey was carried out in a number of British cites including Edinburgh.  12% 0f women cycle at least once compared … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – cycle to cut air pollution

Cycle to cut air pollution that’s the message this week from Sustrans.  Air pollution has been in the news a lot recently and is both a developed/developing problem although far worse in the developing world where there is a lot … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week- why are cyclists an oppressed minority

Are cyclists an oppressed minority ?  Perhaps oppressed is not quite the right word which I do not like to trivialise, but it does feel that way.  Let me just say cyclists are not always right.  I think the way … Continue reading

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40 years of cycling

Our local cycle lobbying group spokes is celebrating 40 years of cycling (or lobbying).  2017 being one of these years when there seem to be lots of anniversaries.  This is also coincidentally about the same time I have been cycling … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week- Happy birthday bicycle

Happy birthday bicycle.  Cycling is 200 years old this week and some celebration is taking place.  One Karl Drais invented the forerunner of the bicycle due to a rise in horse feed.  You sat on it and pushed it along … Continue reading

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Britain’s lost cycle network

Britain’s lost cycle network.  One thing I have always been impressed with was the cycle network in Germany.  This was much better than that in Holland.  Part of the reason for this is the need for drainage ditches which limits … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – cycling is good for you

The idea that cycling is good for you is up there with the status of the pope and what bears get up to in woods, but its nice to have proof.  The UK Biobank has done a huge study looking … Continue reading

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