Should cycling be available on NHS prescription ?

The CTC weekly newsletter Cycle Clips arrived at my inbox today with the request to sign a petition, if 100,000 signatures are obtained it will trigger a parliamentary debate on the Get Britain Cycling report, which was published by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group on Wednesday 24th April. One aspect highlights the benefit of…

Binsteds cycle diary and my first 100 miler

After my recent Coast to Coast ride I had one day at home before a weeks holiday in Portugal. I had been on pain of death not to get injured and ruin the holiday so I was somewhat relieved to make the Easyjet flight and ensure matrimonial harmony. The format was a walking and sunbathing…

Coast to Coast Castleside to Sunderland

I woke at 3am with the sound of driving rain hitting the windows and a howling wind just as the forecast had predicted. I dropped back to sleep and when I awoke at 7-30 I opened the curtains to see the felt on next doors shed roof take flight, mercifully or miraculously the rain had stopped.…

Coast to Coast Greystoke to Castleside

The forecast for Saturday was unsettled with  showers so to be greeted with clear blue sky and a light westerly wind seemed like a lottery win. With Jeremy and Dave we quickly backtracked to the previous days finish line at Greystoke for our assault on the hills. All agreed at breakfast to take it steady…

Coast to Coast, Whitehaven to Greystoke

Our coast to coast ride was planned as a maximum three day trip because of work commitments and given a full days travelling to and from the Lake District it gave us a 48 hr window for the riding. After on overnight stay in Lincoln it was an 8am start for Whitehaven and a drive…

On Your Marks

A couple of days to go before our Coast to Coast ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland and time to service the bike and the last minute check of all the equipment for the trip. The bike I am using is my Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105. Sad as I am I actually enjoy a bit of bike…

SKS Commuter Mudguards

I bought my Boardman Hybrid in January 2012 and after only a couple of rides I could see that a pair of mudguards would be called for. The bike seemed to have been a trigger for a particularly wet spell and coming back from every ride with a muddy wet streak down my back was…