Category Archives: cycling

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 »

Finding the time

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One of the great things about the days getting longer is that, even after a full day’s work (or as close to that as I ever get these days) there’s still time to ride. Of course, having slaved over a hot word processor all day, you’d think that I’d be too tired to go cycling. And you’d be right, except… Read more »

Taking the time to stop

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Winter has been something of a surprise. It’s been astonishingly rainy, but not that cold. The surprising bit, though, has been how little cycling I’ve done. My first cold in several years has been the main culprit, but also a general disinclination. Normandy can be grey. Lowering skies and low light levels persuade you that being out on the roads… 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 »

Discovering home

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One of the revelations that has come from taking up cycling has been discovering more about the area in which we live. We’ve been in this quiet corner of Normandy for nearly two decades and thought we knew it pretty well. But riding the local roads on a bicycle brings you into a new, more intimate contact with the landscape as well as… Read more »

A flat world

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When describing to friends what it’s like riding e-bikes, the phrase “it’s like the world is flat” keeps coming to mind. And yet it’s not true. It’s much better than that. “Hills just don’t exist,” we keep saying. But they do. On steep upward inclines, you still have to work, even on an electric bike. Sometimes you have to pedal so… Read more »

Take it easy

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A friend recently posted (via Facebook) a link to a story as a warning to his dog-walking friends about a serious threat posed by cyclists. It’s a story about a cyclist who was seriously injured after tussling with a dog on a lead. The dog owner eventually wound up paying out £65,000, which was the point of my friend’s warning…. Read more »