Well, Fancy That! No 3: Riding a Bicycle Doesn’t Always Have to be ‘FUN!’

Here’s a challenge for you – go to any shop selling newspapers and magazines and try to find anything of substance regarding bicycles as transport. Sure, you’ll find lots on the subject of cycle sport from time trialling to triathlon to mountain biking to leisure riding but nothing on just riding to the shops. That’sContinue reading “Well, Fancy That! No 3: Riding a Bicycle Doesn’t Always Have to be ‘FUN!’”

Why People In the UK Don’t Cycle No 5 – Bicycle Maintenance

Last Monday night I was sat on the floor in my Kitchen putting a new inner tube and front tyre on my Brompton. I set a new personal best by only swearing twice as I put all my ‘manly’ effort into levering the tyre over the rim – which felt like my attempt to push overContinue reading “Why People In the UK Don’t Cycle No 5 – Bicycle Maintenance”

Bicycle Film Scenes 2 – The Sixth Sense

Alternate scene from ‘The Sixth Sense’ by M Night Shyamalan COLE I want to tell you my secret now. Malcolm blinks very slowly. MALCOLM Okay. Cole takes an eternal pause.  A silent tension engulfs them both. COLE …I see people. MALCOLM just gazes quietly. COLE I see people on bicycles…  Some of them scare me. Beat.Continue reading “Bicycle Film Scenes 2 – The Sixth Sense”

Work in Progress

This week has been a real reward for those of us that ride our bicycles through all seasons. The clocks went forward to usher in British Summertime meaning no need for lights anymore and we had the sort of sunshine and warmth that made you insane if you weren’t on a bicycle. Continuing on fromContinue reading “Work in Progress”

A Dutch Bike in Britain: A Square Peg in a Round Hole

It is now a year since I bought my Dutch Bike from the good folk of Amsterdammers in Brighton. Here are some thoughts. It has been used consistently throughout the year come rain, wind or shine on a 24 mile commute from Worthing to Brighton and back. When the trains have permitted, I have riddenContinue reading “A Dutch Bike in Britain: A Square Peg in a Round Hole”

A Very British Revolution

It is now over a month since I returned from the Cycling Embassy Study Tour to The Netherlands. It has taken this long for it all to really sink in and I advise any of you who have any interest in cycling, transport policy, planning, or you just want to see what a country canContinue reading “A Very British Revolution”

An Embassy in the Netherlands and an Embassy of the Netherlands

Last Friday I returned from the Cycling Embassy Study Tour to Assen and Groningen in the Netherlands, led by David Hembrow. I am quite deliberately leaving it a while before I even attempt to blog more thoroughly about it as I want to allow some time for it all to sink in. It really wasContinue reading “An Embassy in the Netherlands and an Embassy of the Netherlands”

My Dutch Bike – The Test of Time

It’s now been about two months since the Batavus Old Dutch entered my life. It has therefore been through pretty much everything a British winter can chuck at it as well as the salty sea air of the south coast. It would be fair to say that my cycling life has been transformed as thisContinue reading “My Dutch Bike – The Test of Time”

Riding a First World Bike through the Third World [of Cycling]

As you are probably aware, I recently decided to put my money where my mouth is and purchased a Dutch bike (Batavus Old Dutch) for my daily commute between Worthing & Brighton. Here are some initial thoughts from my notepad into riding a utility bike for utility purposes; One of the first things a BritonContinue reading “Riding a First World Bike through the Third World [of Cycling]”

The Last Bike I Shall Ever Own. Probably.

Here is a sign. A beautiful sign. But I wonder what treats lie inside? Yes, it’s Amsterdammers located under Brighton railway station! The magnetic pull of their range of second hand and new Dutch bikes proved irresistable. The shop is run by the very knowledgeable (and tall) Stefan Petursson who shares my bemusement at theContinue reading “The Last Bike I Shall Ever Own. Probably.”