Winter light

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Taking a break from cycling can result in quite a shock when you get back in the saddle. For a variety of dull reasons, I haven’t ridden much lately. Then, just as I was ready to restart, we went on holiday. We took the bikes with us for our week in Brittany, knowing that the weather there is often surprisingly… Read more »

Review: Zéfal Arctica Isotherm water bottle

There’s nothing better than a cold drink on a hot day. And vice versa. Staying hydrated is obviously important. But you also want to feel refreshed on a blazing, dusty summer ride, and comforted with something warm when cycling through the chill of winter. That’s what led me to the Zéfal Arctica Isotherm water bottle. Its shell is a standard… Read more »

Green tunnels

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There are certain sections of the local voies vertes (greenways) that we ride frequently, but they never get boring. Every time is slightly different, depending on weather, light and – above all – season. In Summer, many sections of the voies vertes turn into green tunnels as the overhanging branches of trees fill up and bow down with the weight of their… Read more »

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 »

Dream rides

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Cycling gives you a lot of time to think. And given how we often ride around the local countryside almost at random, it also brings you into contact with some unexpected sights. This can be a dangerous mix. Today, riding a road we’d never travelled before, we came face to face with this abandoned mill. It still has its water… 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 »

Review: Thule EuroPower 916 bike carrier

We had always planned to do a significant amount of our riding on greenways, so we knew we’d need some way of getting to the voies vertes. A bike rack for the car was going to be essential. It quickly became apparent that we were in for an expensive time. The first rack I looked at cost only €40 or so. And… Read more »

Back on the tracks

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It’s been a while since we hit the voie verte, other than a stroll some weeks back without (gasp!) the bikes.  So it was great to be out on the trail again, on such a fantastic spring day and also on a stretch of voie verte we’ve not ridden before. There’s a Eurovélo route (marked EV4 provisoire on my map) that runs… Read more »

Spring light

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We had a lot of rain this winter. That meant grey skies – even more than are usual for Normandy. But now spring is here, and when the skies are clear they are an intense ceramic blue. Today, the More Significant Other and I rode together for the first time in a while. Trish had been out at the monthly… 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 »