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Four wheels good – two wheels better?

While I’m not quite at the stage where I change my mind about Johnson and the Tories, I am slightly heartened to read about the proposed investment in healthy travel and “Ofsted for cycling infrastructure”. If I don’t think about the proposals too much I could almost believe something might really… happen… this… time. I […]

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bastards cycling Podcasts

Seven Short Stories About Staying Alert

During this lockdown period, I have enjoyed my bike rides sans helmet and wearing clothing that looks (to the untrained eye at least) like ordinary clothes. I do this (unironically) pour encourager les autres, because I want some of the “new” cyclists out there to see that you don’t have to dress in the Full […]

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cycling musings Podcasts

The cycle of memory

I’ve been out on my bike quite a bit lately; yes, because of lockdown, but mostly because the weather has been so good. I’ve certainly cycled more this April than I did last year. I rediscovered the joy of listening to music on my rides, because it had been mostly my habit in recent times […]

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cycling

The Electric Bicycle – its moment has come

As I’ve tweeted a few times lately, it is cycling heaven out there on the lanes at the moment. What does cycling heaven look like? Sunshine, but not too hot; not much wind; hardly any cars.  The real trick is not so much that there is less motor traffic, but that the ratio of motor […]

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cycling musings

Things I’d have tweeted etc. and thoughts on Mastodon

West Northamptonshire and North Northamptonshire? Are they on drugs?* Too depressed to be on Mastodon much today.** Spotted a tiny, tiny lizard at the front of the house And this is what happened when Oscar caught sight of it Today’s bike ride was up to St. Antoine again, an old favourite.*** Found a terrifying bug […]

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bastards cycling Travel

Car bore: 80

I’ll start by saying that I don’t really mind the new 80 kph speed limit. I’m rational enough to know that in terms of journey time and arrival time, taking into account 50 kph villages, acceleration and deceleration, tractors, lorries, the timid and the hesitant, it’s not going to make much difference. We’re not travelling […]

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bastards cycling Travel

Prenez-le à la limite

  My wife drew my attention to this news, which I missed when the Guardian covered it a month ago. In short: from 1 July 2018, the speed limit on a two-lane French N- or D- road is being lowered from 90kph to 80. This is a reaction to an increase in road deaths in […]

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cycling Review

Raleigh Stow-E-Way e-bike

As a replacement for the disappointing and unreliable B’Twin Hoptown 500, my wife ordered a Raleigh Stow-e-Way, which is still a folding model, but a step up in terms of quality and (hopefully) technology. This bike costs £1100, which means (once you’ve paid a £100 deposit) it’s possible to buy it under the UK’s Cycle […]

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Buckingham-Winslow Cycle Path

It was heartening to see this cycling infrastructure being put in a couple of years ago. It was a shame, in a way, that I had changed jobs and would have no real reason to use it. It’s a cycle/pedestrian path which has been installed all the way from the Tesco roundabout in Buckingham to […]

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cycling Review

B’TWIN HOPTOWN 500 FOLDING ELECTRIC BIKE

UPDATE: DO NOT BUY. Although replaced by a later model, I would not recommend a B’Twin electric folder. You cannot get reliability and range at this price. The bike has gone back to the shop for a refund. See below for why. The other electric bicycle As a counterbalance to the snarking from people concerning […]