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You Should Know That…

I had a confrontation with a taxi driver the other day. Those of you who regularly ride bikes may well think that this is nothing new. But it was.This was a confrontation that wasn’t a confrontation. I was cycling along a cycle route, back towards Read More …

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Can Cycling Connect Communities?

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling has been on this week. One of the events I went to was a screening of ‘Why We Cycle’, a film about the impact of cycling on Dutch culture. As cyclists, most of us are aware of the Dutch approach Read More …

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Living The Dream?

Friday was day 3 of the snow days. It was time to venture out of the house. My eldest is very much an outdoor boy and he had been out every day sledging, throwing snowballs and launching himself into snowdrifts. My youngest is happy outdoors, Read More …

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Appearances Matter

I have a particular interest in getting more women and girls cycling and I have written before about why I believe there are not more women cycling. This is a complex subject and there are many reasons why there are not more women on bikes. In Read More …

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But That’s Cheating!

I was recently very fortunate to be given a free loan of an electric bike (e-bike) for a few days by Edinburgh Bike Cooperative and I have been having a great time trying it out. More posts to follow about riding an e-bike and the Read More …

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From the Other Side of the Steering Wheel

Today I woke up to some seriously icy conditions. When it comes to getting from A to B, I will cycle in most conditions. But not ice. Today I was going to have to be a driver. To be fair, I gave the bike a Read More …

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Safe as Houses?

Somebody tried to break into my garage a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t really seem that big a deal at the time. We were watching tv and thinking about going to bed when there was an almighty bang on the garage door. We looked Read More …

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Knowing my limits

I have now reached the age where I say things like “you feel immortal when you are in your teens and twenties”. The age where slight aches and pains make me wonder if I have some dreadful illness. The age where I sometimes look at Read More …

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Keeping up Appearances

Cycling and appearance has been making the news at the moment. Chris Hoy declared in his new GQ style article that: ‘professional cycling gear generally looks awful on pretty much anyone heavier than eight stone and with more than five per cent body aerodynamic fat’ Read More …

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Why having children is like having bikes

Today, I was reflecting on the fact that my bikes were my babies before I had babies. Then it came to me just how many similarities there are between being a mother and being a cyclist. Here is my reasoning: Some days with them are Read More …

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