Author Archives: Trish

Summer cycling

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I’ve been riding a lot over the course of the summer, but not posting – just haven’t got round to it. But it’s  been a lovely time and I’ve discovered some gorgeous little byways and sights along the way. It’s been between 28 and 36 degrees and sunny, so having enough water is important. I tend to take a 600ml… Read more »

Togging up for winter

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Mountain Warehouse Adrenaline jacket, £33 on Amazon

Since I mentioned togging up in my last post, I thought I’d do a quick blog about my winter cycling kit. This winter has been very mild but it’s still bloody cold bowling along on a bike. My average speed is about 21-21kmph and descents can easily get up to 45kmph, so wind protection is paramount. So is rain protection… Read more »

Back in the saddle

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I’m finally back in the saddle. I hope. God knows, it took long enough. It was on 8 December that I got my tailbone injury, and although I tried to cycle again some three weeks later, that was a big mistake and set me back quite a bit. Just as I thought I was out of the woods, and did… Read more »

Pedal power

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Well, it had to happen sometime… Last Sunday, we decided to take the boys for a ride down the voie verte. We strapped on our panniers, loaded the Doggyhut, got Zola into his coat, and made sure we had snacks and drinks and dog treats. We headed for the usual parking space, only to find that the voie was closed for… Read more »

Winter routine

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Enforced hiatus notwithstanding, cycling this autumn and winter has not so far been as difficult as I thought it would be. The weather’s been stupidly mild so the roads haven’t been icy, and my morning has fallen into a routine of get up, have breakfast, put lunch in the slow cooker, work/housework/etc till 11.00, then ride for an hour and… Read more »

Grounded

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I’ve been off the bike for a week now and I’m starting to get antsy. I hadn’t realised quite how much I rely on it now to keep my head straight. However insurmountable the day’s problems seem, the 20km or so that I put in most mornings irons out the psyche and reduces worries to manageable levels. This year is the first… Read more »

Autumn rides

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Fields

We’ve been blessed with amazing weather lately, considering it’s nearly November. September was a mostly dry month, as was October, and temperatures have been frankly balmy, which has meant we now have some fabulous autumn colours. Riding around the nearby lanes, I vary my journey each day to take in as many views, hills, valleys and bits of bocage as… Read more »

Review: Mountain Warehouse Adrenaline jacket

Mountain Warehouse Adrenaline jacket, £33 on Amazon

  The Adrenaline jacket from Mountain Warehouse is my basic cycling rainproof and one of the first things I bought when I started cycling. Here in Normandy, about the only thing you can really rely on is that it will rain. In winter, pretty much, it will rain every day. Even in the height of summer it’s rare to get three dry… Read more »

Review: Karrimor high-vis running jacket and gilet

This high-vis running jacket and gilet was part of my high-vis splurge from Karrimor. In fact, I didn’t know the gilet was available, but I liked the running jacket so much that when I found it was, I decided to buy it separately. I bought a size 14 in all my Karrimor items, but the running jacket was a little… Read more »

Review: Devold merino tops

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Devold Active zipneck

In my search for the perfect cycling jerseys, I’m exploring a number of options, but most of them involve merino, one way or another. Devold is a another Norwegian outdoor clothing company, so one suspects they know a thing or two about staying warm. They’re also a merino specialist. The items I chose were by way of experiment, but also… Read more »

The culprit

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Schwalbe Marathon Plus

Steve and I changed my tyres yesterday – I’ve swapped out the POS tyres the bike came with for Schwalbe Marathon Pluses. Lined with 5mm of India rubber, Kevlar and with age-resistant side walls, they are as close to bomb-proof as a bike tyre can get and are meant to resist even riding over a drawing pin (we’ll see….). Despite their… Read more »