Category Archives: family

The Busway’s Reluctant Cyclist

  If you’re a regular user of the Luton & Dunstable Busway, or maybe the cycle track running alongside, you might have spotted the Reluctant Cyclist.  But who is she?  Well, she has been seen early on Sunday mornings in … Continue reading

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Times when only a run will do

This might seem strange for a cycling blog but this morning I needed a run, instead of a bike ride.  I set off for my familiar 7.3 mile run, which is a favourite of mine.  It involves pavements, hills, muddy … Continue reading

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50 reasons to be a cyclist

  It makes a statement about you, defines you.  You are not simply following the herd and driving everywhere in a steel box; instead you will be seen as independent and not afraid to make the effort An efficient means … Continue reading

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Today, a cycling medley

Today has been a real cycling medley.  I’ve taken a days’ annual leave to catch up on a few things at home.  Naturally cycling features amongst my ‘pottering’ around and what a strange mixture of cycling related things today! After … Continue reading

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Pedalling around Penestin, France

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  Recently we had a weeks holiday in Penestin which is in southern Brittany and on the coast.  I like this bit of France!  A really pleasant journey getting there, including the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo and … Continue reading

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DIY Cardboard bike frame

A while ago we thought we might have some fun and try to build our own cardboard bike frame.  Here’s how it went: Stage 1 Becky goes into our LBS and asks if they have a cardboard box she could … Continue reading

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How to encourage a reluctant cyclist

Do you know how to encourage a reluctant cyclist?  Someone you’re trying to convince about the joys of cycling?  Someone who always says “did I ever mention how much I hate cycling?” or perhaps “if you EVER suggest we go … Continue reading

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Flippin’ cheap bicycle lock

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Things didn’t quite to plan today but thankfully no great disasters.  Seeing as it was freezing cold this morning (brass monkeys spring to mind) Becky decided we’d cycle to church this morning.  We weren’t put off by the slippery frost … Continue reading

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“Must Do” bike rides

Tour de France, LEJOG, JOGLE, C2C and the list can go on.  Yes we must all do our own personal “must do” rides while we can.  At the tender age of 50 I have about 30 years of cycling left … Continue reading

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Becky’s bespoke bike repairs

Here’s my daughter Becky at work on our friend’s bike; it’s all about learning to be a little more self reliant, enterprising, entrepreneurial and something about learning how bikes work.  It is all leading towards her earning money towards a school … Continue reading

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Cycling alone, or in a group?

  Which do you prefer?  Riding your bike or maybe going with others?  By nature I tend to cycle (and run) on my own and I never yearn to have someone else alongside.  That’s not to say I don’t enjoy … Continue reading

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Upgrading brake cables

Becky learning about handlebar moustaches The main bug-bear with Becky’s bike, her Birthday Bike Project in the form of a vintage Argos 531c bike, is the brakes being too stiff and awkward.  Our first step was to replace the levers … Continue reading

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Cycling with children

Cycling with our two daughters is sometimes , shall we say, “interesting”.  It’s almost like their characters and outlook in life are being expressed through the way they cycle.  This can be seen from all kinds of different angles and … Continue reading

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Project Birthday Bike – next stage

Becky is still delighted with her new bike – the c1980s Argos fast tourer.  She had it on 25th July in the full knowledge that it needed some updating and a little TLC.  So far we’ve replaced the tyres and … Continue reading

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