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Which bike?

We have speculated in past columns about what happens to people who have started riding bikes during the present pandemic, but surveys find that a majority do not wish to go back to how the world was before the Virus. … Continue reading

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What happens to cycling after Covid 19?

At the time of writing, we have been in lockdown for three weeks. People have permission to exercise once a day. A maximum of two people – if they are in the same household – can ride together, but group … Continue reading

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Cyclists or people on bikes?

I am not a cyclist. As Mikael Coalville-Anderson, author of Copenhagenize said:  “I am just a modern city dweller, who happens to use a bicycle to get around because it is safe and efficient”. I suspect that different countries and … Continue reading

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Bike Tourism – An opportunity missed in Oxford

My partner and I are recent Oxford residents and we love the city. We moved from Bath at the beginning of August 2019. One of the main reasons for the move was that Oxford is flat. Also we were impressed … Continue reading

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Chew Valley Lake Recreational Trail

In October 2013 I published a highly critical blog post about Bristol Water’s (BW) attitude towards constructing a shared path round the perimeter of Chew Valley Lake, available to people on foot and on bikes. I had been taken on … Continue reading

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Trains and Bikes and Planes – a cautionary tale of taking bikes to Italy

It must be the travelling cyclists’ worst nightmare – to arrive at a foreign airport with a damaged and unrideable bike. That’s what happened to my partner Nic and I in Bologna in 2004. One bicycle had no stem or … Continue reading

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Scrutiny report on 20mph Speed limits is premature

The Government has just published a “Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy” and within this strategy is a notification of a report into speed limits is to be published at the end of this year. The strategy states: “In order to … Continue reading

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Recovering from a hip operation

Although not directly linked to cycling my recent hip replacement has an indirect connection to when I fell off my bike and broke my left femur, nearly 4 years ago.  I then had a “dynamic hip screw” inserted, pinning the … Continue reading

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Travelling by train with Brompton folders

About 10 years ago I bought a Brompton from a friend who had won it in a raffle and didn’t want it.  I love the Brompton, but up until this year I had used the two gear folder for visits … Continue reading

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Bike Contra Flows on one way streets

When I mention contraflows to non cyclists in the UK, I often get comments such as “that’s very dangerous” or “why do anything so silly”. In a country where highways engineers’ first thoughts on traffic control are barriers and traffic … Continue reading

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