Rise Of The Machines

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” So wrote John F Kennedy and millions around the world endorse this comment, it frees the mind and can heal all manner of ills unfortunately as road traffic increases so does conflict between cyclists and motorists making this simple pleasure a little more fraught. The…

A Taste of Audax

An entry to the Kennet Valley 200km Audax was to be my first serious venture into longer distance cycling, I had completed 100 km rides but this was a first step up to the longer distances.  For those that have not come across Audax before it is a cycling event where participants try to cycle…

On A Whim

Tuesday means a Fleet CTC morning ride of about 35 miles with a mid ride coffee stop. The forecast was for overnight temperatures near freezing and a beautiful sunny day to follow. Planning an 08-30 start to be at the meeting point for 09-30 and with no frost on the grass and an outside temperature…

On The Road Again

2014 saw my first full year of retirement and a certain trepidation of how I would fill my time. I should not have worried as a sailing challenge got ticked off the bucket list and a cycling milestone of pedalling ten thousand miles in the year. This left 2015 with an empty diary so with…

Leader Of The Pack

I try to get out on the bike most days and I especially like the company on CTC rides on two days a week but it came as a shock when an e-mail came through asking as there was nobody else in the world available could I lead a ride. I mentioned this to Mrs B…

Is There Still Space For Cycling In This Cash Strapped Land

The CTC have been promoting the “Space For Cycling” campaign and asking members to petition their MP and local councillors for change and given the recent spate of cycling deaths on London’s roads any pressure and improvements to get people cycling in a safe environment must be applauded but given the revenue generated by the…

Brothers In Arms

You can often identify with people of similar interests but a certain camaraderie seems to exist with cyclists especially when one is in trouble at the roadside  with a mechanical or puncture. On several occasions when I have been victim to the puncture fairy others have stopped to offer help so I was a bit…