Monthly Archives: September 2012

Blue Moon

Autumn is well and truly here with a snap in the air and a light frost forming on the grasses along the roadside on my ride across the marshes and over to Pevensey this morning. What caught my fancy though, as I pedalled along, wasn’t the autumnal chill but the glorious haunting spectacle of a…

Picturing a Ride

For some time now I have wanted to find a way of photographing – in a cycling sort of way – the ruins of the old Hastings fun pier, which forms a key part of the visual backdrop to my daily rides along the seafront. Until a few days ago, though, I could never really…

Photographing Your Bicycle

Bicycles are works of art, kinetic sculptures that literally and metaphorically transport us, and provide those of us who get about on two wheels, and identify ourselves as cyclists, with a means of personal artistic expression. Tourers, road bikes, hybrids, mixtes, MBT, porteurs, audax, whatever the breed, whatever the livery and choice of components, the…

Riding in the Rain

All the wind and chilly torrential rain this past week has underscored one of the great and often pointed-to drawbacks to relying on bicycles for your primary transportation – you’re going to get cold and wet. To be sure, if you’re out riding a bicycle in these sorts of conditions you’re going to be much…

A Taste of Commuting

As a journalist I’ve often thought I had a great face for radio and a wonderful voice for print, and so it was with trepidation and a little bashfulness that I found agreeing to a request by the powers-that-be at National Geographic to read aloud a story of mine for a podcast to go along…

Taking The Lane

On the subject of bicycle commuting, there is one commuting cyclist in Westminster the Government probably sincerely wishes had chosen another form of transport and that is the Tory’s chief party whip Andrew Mitchell. He and his bicycle have been cutting quite a swathe in the news this week, taking the lane so to speak,…

The £10,000 Question

I see in the news this week where our indefatigable politicians have set up an all-Parliamentary committee to look into reasons more people do not take up cycling, with News Limited apparently coming up with the £10,000 pounds to fund this worthy committee’s work. While it is always nice to see decision makers taking an…

Lighting Up Time

Today’s the big day – the autumnal equinox, that moment in time when the tilt of the earth’s axis is level with the plane of the sun, whose rays should be shining vertically over the equator at noon. What this means in non-astronomical terms is that for those of us in the northern hemisphere summer…

The Hard Life of A Winter Bike

Winter bikes certainly don’t have it easy. As I sat on the train this morning, with my old Thorn eXp I found myself passing the time looking over its very hard-used, high-mileage components and wishing I had the means to give the bike the makeover it deserves after all these years (13) and miles (well…

Insouciance

Being out on the road as much as I am, I’ve seen my share of bone-headed plays on bicycles – cyclists shooting through busy intersections against the lights, undertaking heavy goods vehicles that may or may not be about to turn left, and spinning along misty streets in the pre-dawn grey wearing sombre clothes and…