Journal

The Training Diet

Fish & Chips-1

Greetings all from deepest Cornwall where the Smith family has retreated for the half-term bucket-and-spade holiday and where I am engaged in improving my fitness through diet – specifically cream teas, fish & chips, fudge, ice cream and the full Cornish breakfast, otherwise known as heart-attack-on-a-plate. I feel as though I am making great progress.…

Palmyra

Palmyra

They say that in the final analysis we often regret more the things that we did not do than the things we did. That is certainly the case with my cycling jaunt to Istanbul which I did fifteen years ago and have written about else where on this site. At the time I toyed quite…

Springtime on a Pegoretti

A spin on a Pegoretti Luigino through the Sussex countryside

A thirty-mile jaunt on my Pegoretti Luigino the other morning proved to be a wonderfully rejuvenating experience. I’d forgotten just how beautifully quick and responsive a bicycle that one is, even to commands issued through the stodgy legs of an ageing tourer like me.  Whatever magic it is Dario Pegoretti puts into his frames, I…

Paris-Brest-Paris?

Gilles Berthoud bar bag

Six days in a row now I’ve been out each morning, tooling along the Hastings seafront on my old Thorn tourer and it feels like my comfortable old habit is starting to reassert itself. No great distances as yet – just modest ten-mile rides for now, but perhaps on the weekend I might venture over…

A Bicycle Ride

a cyclist pedals along the seafront at Hastings, East Sussex, UK in a cool damp mist on the first day of summer

After a very long break I went out for a ride this morning and almost immediately, as soon as I felt that old familiar sense of motion and liberation my brain began conjuring up all sorts of interesting adventures, possibilities and ambitions. I’d forgotten.

Attractive Nuisance!

Touring bicycle on the shingle beach at Bexhill-on-Sea

I was busy beavering away sat my desk this morning, working on a feature I need to wrap up by the 15th if possible, and some unhelpful friend of mine e-mailed me a link to an on-line auction of some truly fabulous old bicycles – among them original tourers built by the likes of Alex…

Bicycles vs Cars

Cycling and the Sublime

This weekend saw the London premier of a documentary called Bikes vs Cars, by Swedish environmentalist and film maker Fredrik Gertten, who achieved some distinction a while back with a provocative documentary into the banana industry which he then followed up with an equally engaging film – Bananas! – about being sued by the banana…

Bicycles as Art

New Yorker 1928

For some time now I have been a regular subscriber to The New Yorker. Not only to I get the magazine every week, delivered electronically to my iPad with a little ‘ping’ every Monday evening, but I even have an external New Yorker hard-drive, given to me by my wife some years ago, containing their…

Nineteen Years…

Photo © Ian Lloyd

Take a look at us in this old photograph in Western Australia’s giant karri forest – nineteen years ago when I was cycling around Australia on what was the adventure of a lifetime and, as it turned out, the start of a long and colourful career writing for National Geographic. Ian Lloyd, the photographer who…

My Town

Hastings East Sussex England

Not so very long ago I wrote an essay for the National Geographic website about Hastings, England. It was published this weekend. You can read it here. Somehow the photo editor bobbled the illustrative side of things.  Since the essay links to my blog I thought I would put a short gallery of images together…