The curse of August

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It has occurred to me that we made a rooky error. We ordered French bikes via a French store … in August. For those of you not familiar with French ways, the country pretty much shuts down in August. It’s not as bad as it used to be, but you’ll still find many shops and factories either closed completely or… Read more »

Bloody cyclists!

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Yes, I confess that, on more than one occasion, I have been guilty of uttering the phrase ‘bloody cyclists’. My excuse is… well, no there really isn’t any excuse. But in mitigation of my offence, let me explain. I live in France, the land where cycling is a religion. It is the only place on Earth where ‘bothering a cyclist’… Read more »

Slow cycling

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There’s a lot of competitiveness and snobbery in cycling (as there is in car ownership, flying and so many other activities – ask me sometime what hackers are like). It seems as though, if you don’t know the precise gearing of your bike (and have modified it yourself), or ride anything costing less than £3,000, or have never done a… Read more »

It’s about enjoyment

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We’ve just bought new bikes. They’re not here yet (and we’ll tell you all about them when they arrive), but we’re very excited. We live in France, the home of the Tour de France. But that’s not the kind of cycling for us. We’re not interested in setting goals, or doing ‘centuries’ or worrying about cadence. We just want to enjoy… Read more »