I had my first long cycle in the dark tonight after a series of events that ment I had been using the car. It is amazing how much faster things seem when the path is lit only by the lights from the bike.
I was involved in a crash this morning. As I was cycling to the shops, a slight detour on my way to work, I was turning right at a roundabout. As the person on the roundabout, I am supposed to have right of way. But you only truly have right …
I attempted to get on with some deep work today, trying to get my head around some concepts and work out what the best way to approach a certain problem is. I don't manage to get very far. Despite several attempts to focus on the problem, my brain wasn't having …
On my way home tonight I was involved in a road rage incident. Annoyingly I don't have video of the first part of the encounter, I had forgotten to turn the recorder on until after the first horn blasts.
Some driver decided that he needed to be ahead of me …
Usually, I prefer to commute by bike. On days that the boys are in nursery, I will cycle for about half an hour after work to get to the nursery, then cycle for another half hour home towing a trailer carrying the kids.
This morning I went to the park with my eldest son and had him practice cycling his bike while I trotted along beside him. He has only recently learnt how to cycle (with pedals and without stabilisers) and hasn’t had that many opportunities to practice.
The weather over the last few weeks has been lovely and has made the cycle commuting much more pleasant. In particular the cycling with the kids in the trailer on the way home from nursery has been a pleasure.
A green wave is when you manage to travel through a built up area arriving at junctions just after the lights have turned green to let you continue. In some places the lights are actually engineered to work like that for the majority of traffic. If they are traveling at …
This weekend will host numerous Pedal on Parliament protests around the country. Pedal on Parliament is a campaign to improve facilities for active travel, that is walking as well as cycling. The theory being that if there are better facilities, safer and faster paths, more people will travel by active …
My bike is truly bust this time. After the chain broke previously, I tried replacing it but it still didn’t work, the chain just kept jumping. There was also more work required and the bike shop I took it to have recommended that to get a new bike will …
Tonight's plans were slightly upset when this happened:
As I was trying to cycle onto and around a roundabout, my chain snapped leaving me effectively standing in the middle of a busy junction.
What was worse was that there was no pedestrian pavement at that …
There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.
The above quote is often used by cyclists to encourage others to venture out during the wetter and colder times of the year.
After tonight's commute home I call BS on that quote. Tonight was definitely bad weather.
For a number of years now my preferred cycling bag has been a messenger bag but with clips built into it so it can be attached to a bicycle rack.
I prefer this style over the traditional pannier bag style because it is more convenient to carry when you get …
I recently bought a Basil Urban Fold Messenger bag from
Shortly after receiving the bag, they sent an email requesting a review of their
site however the place to review it is their facebook page (and I am not
currently using facebook).
So cycling home up Clarke street and car decides to turn left (with no
indicators cos as we all know indicators don't work in the rain). In turning
left the car proceeded to take me out and I don't mean for a drink. Whilst I can
admit it wasn't the …
I have avoided writing notes on Wednesday nights because they would all involve
cycling through Hollyrood Park and nearly getting killed or complaining about
the cycle lanes/paths that are death traps.
This evening this problem was solved by getting the timing wrong, hitting the
kerb harder than I had …
Car horns, if you look at your highway code, are to make other road users aware
of your presence. If a cyclist is making their way to the cycle bay at the
front of traffic lights (like they are supposed to), the light turns green and
you happen to nudge …