Onwards and Upwards

Yet again, thanks for the support and goodwill. In particular Lazy Bicycle Blog, Manchester Cycling, Biking Brits, i b i k e l o n d o n and everyone else in the blogosphere, twitterverse and email..er…globe. A special thank you must go to Anthony Cartmell for setting up the website and continual assistance. UnfortunatelyContinue reading “Onwards and Upwards”

Weekly Round Up & Dutch Lunch

Well, things seem to be going slowly but tickety-boo at the Embassy. The response has been wonderful.  From an idea that started out last week, we are now at this stage: Website up and, now I’ve been told how to confirm peoples accounts (I thought I knew computers. I was wrong), all people that haveContinue reading “Weekly Round Up & Dutch Lunch”

Why People In The UK Don’t Cycle No 4 – Driving is Easier

  ‘Driving a car is simpler than riding a bike, why that’s ridiculous!’ I hear you say dear reader. You’re right of course, but in the UK we persistently go out of our way to make the more complicated mode of transport simpler, and the simpler mode of transport more complicated. I received a thoughtContinue reading “Why People In The UK Don’t Cycle No 4 – Driving is Easier”

Why People In The UK Don’t Cycle No 3 – DANGER!

According to Wikipedia, a ‘Parallel universe or alternative reality is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with one’s own….Fantasy has long borrowed the idea of “another world” from myth, legend and religion. Heaven, Hell, Olympus, Valhalla are all “alternative universes” different from the familiar material realm’. I would also like to tentatively add cycling. To seasoned cyclists,Continue reading “Why People In The UK Don’t Cycle No 3 – DANGER!”

Why People In The UK Don’t Cycle No 2 – Culture of Fear

It would be fair to say that I had a very fortunate childhood. I was raised in a Surrey village with great community spirit. Everyone more or less knew each other and looked out for each other. If a crime was committed, the village bobby knew which door to knock on to conclude his enquires.Continue reading “Why People In The UK Don’t Cycle No 2 – Culture of Fear”

Why People Don’t Cycle In The UK No 1 – Class

Oh, it’s you. Well, come in, come in. Wipe your feet. I’ll just put some plastic down over the seats. We don’t want to get oil or grease marks on them do we? You know what some cyclists are like. I bet the only time some of them wash is when we get a rainContinue reading “Why People Don’t Cycle In The UK No 1 – Class”

Heads In The Sand

According to Wikipedia, ‘Contrary to popular belief, Ostriches do not bury their heads in sand. This myth likely began with Pliny the Elder(A.D. 23-79), who wrote that Ostriches “imagine, when they have thrust their head and neck into a bush, that the whole of their body is concealed.” It may not be true about Ostriches, but i’ve comeContinue reading “Heads In The Sand”

So What Do We Do Now?

A wonderfully apt sign in Blackheath, Surrey WARNING: CONTAINS STRANGE SEXY TALK (Strange in that it came from an Englishman) Had the Lo Fidelity Bicycle Club started 25 years ago, it would have been quite a quiet, pleasing and delightfully tatty newsletter with articles about such exotic things as that new Mountain Bike fad orContinue reading “So What Do We Do Now?”

Worthing Cycle Chic

Here is a picture of the thing I happily spend a couple of hours a day on come rain, wind or shine. I used to own a Specialized Tricross Sport until it got written off in a classic SMIDSY (‘Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You’) incident.  The incident occured in the laughably titled ‘Cycling Demonstration Town’, BrightonContinue reading “Worthing Cycle Chic”

Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 3 – The Cycling Action Travel Plan Strategy Solution

Sometimes a dog will gnaw away at something it shouldn’t. I’ve found that the best way to distract the dog is to find a nice stick and throw it, instantly releasing the thing that you don’t want gnawed. This is basically the same attitude that the Government & Local Authorities take with cycle campaigners. TheContinue reading “Cycle Campaigning Simplified No 3 – The Cycling Action Travel Plan Strategy Solution”