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Monthly Archives: December 2011

On Going A Bike Ride

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December 30, 2011
On Going A Bike Ride

"One of the pleasantest things in the world is going a journey; but I like to go by myself. I can enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me. I am then never less alone than when alone…" So begins my favourite of William Hazlitt's essays,On Going...
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Pillars of the Community

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December 26, 2011
Pillars of the Community

One of the many things I love about cycling through the English countryside is the breezy familiarity you acquire here with antiquity and tradition. By that I don't mean just the big-ticket items, the ruined castles, Norman churches and picturesque 15th century pubs, all of which by the way I see all the time...
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Rainy Mornings

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December 21, 2011
Rainy Mornings

Nothing like cold wind-blown rain splashing in your face at four-thirty on a dark December morning to wake you up and let you know you're alive - a double espresso should be half so bracing. And while I hardly consider myself a fair-weather cyclist I must admit there are mornings, like this one, when...
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Book Review: It’s All About The Bike

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December 16, 2011
Book Review: It’s All About The Bike

A fast fun read, this book's title is a cheeky play on the that of Lance Armstrong's best-selling account of his surviving cancer and wining the Tour de France. I enjoyed it, but over the course of its 208 pages, I found Penn's choice of title takes on an ironic truth - this...
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Picaresque Freedoms

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December 12, 2011
Picaresque Freedoms

As I was tooling down the seafront this morning,feeling bold and adventurous and not a little rebellious, I found myself thinking back to the time I hopped aboard my bicycle right here in Hastings and pedaled off to Istanbul, pretty much on the spur of the moment; how I rolled up in front of...
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‘Tis The Season

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December 9, 2011
‘Tis The Season

Last weekend was the big turning-on of municipal Christmas lights in the villages and towns in our corner of Sussex, as it probably was everywhere else in Britain as well. Consequently the past week has seen me detouring down all sorts of streets and byways on my morning rides, just for the pleasure of...
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My (First) Bicycle and I

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December 8, 2011
My (First) Bicycle and I

My first bicycle was a curvy Eisenhower-era Schwinn. I loved it. I only wish now I could remember it more clearly. The fact-loving journalist in me, always keen to provide that telling detail, would love to be able to pin it down, describe it as a Schwinn such-and-such and segue into a nostalgic riff...
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Thirty Miles By Lamplight

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December 7, 2011
Thirty Miles By Lamplight

It’s quarter to five on a dark and frosty December morning, and I’m spinning along the grand old Edwardian seafront at Bexhill, past the flood-lit coronation pavilion, with a waxing gibbous moon floating high over my left shoulder and the lights of Eastbourne twinkling in the distance, all still and solemn and slumbering in...
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Review: Shimano MT60 Touring Shoes

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December 4, 2011
Review: Shimano MT60 Touring Shoes

I may be a writer of prose but my feet are poets - Longfellows they are; long and skinny, and not always so easy to find footwear to fit, which is one of the many reasons I like these Shimano MT60 touring shoes. Not only are they durable, comfortable, highly water resistant and look...
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Mysteries in the Mist

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December 3, 2011
Mysteries in the Mist

A cold, clingy, ground mist was shrouding the marshes this morning on my ride over to the ruins of Pevensey Castle, throwing a note of caution in the air along with a nip of frost, but at the same time adding a pleasurable touch of misty, moody Hound-of-the-Baskervilles atmosphere.  I kind of like riding...
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