Book review: We were young and carefree

Book review: We were young and carefree

A very short review of We were young and carefree by Laurent Fignon I have read this entire book whilst on the train. This is unusual. It will be of interest to those who, like me, watched the Tour de France on the television during the late 1980s and were then inspired to take up…

Bike

Bike

No cartoons on the blog at the moment, but here is the next best thing, an off-duty cartoonist in cycling garb. Picture (below) in black and white, perhaps to disguise out-of-breathness from having just tackled the Col de Langdon Hills. Also (bottom of page) new bike, which is finally set up with new pedals. I…

Fantasy Tour de France

Fantasy Tour de France

I’m doing the Fantasy Tour de France at road.cc if anyone wants to join me. Just a bit of fun now that I’m knocked out of my own world cup sweepstake (how is everyone else doing?). If you do sign up feel free to join me in my league – it is number 1577, entitled…

Small widget competition answer

Small widget competition answer

I’ve really enjoyed all of your competition answers – thank you. Kennedy Fraser got the answer right, although most of you were winners too with your entertaining answers. Here’s the widget in its final resting place: The widget was the piece I was missing to make the gears work on one of my bicycles, hence…

Sustrans Connect2 wins the People’s £50 Million

I’ve posted about the Sustrans Connect2 project a couple of times over the last week – I’m very pleased to say that it has won the competition for £50million which will go towards new cycle and walking paths. From the Sustrans Connect 2 site: £50 million won and we couldn’t have done it without you!…

Sustrans Connect2 wins the People's £50 Million

I’ve posted about the Sustrans Connect2 project a couple of times over the last week – I’m very pleased to say that it has won the competition for £50million which will go towards new cycle and walking paths. From the Sustrans Connect 2 site: £50 million won and we couldn’t have done it without you!…

Folding bikes (continued)

Folding bikes (continued)

As I have said before (hence the continued’) I love the idea of getting a folding bike. The picture above is me test riding a ‘Brompton’, the ultimate in folding bikes, at the Cycle Show. Bromptons cost about £600 once you have bought all the trimmings. As you can see I am blurred owing to…

The A-bike Evangelist

The A-bike Evangelist

I have discovered that one of the people who was up against me in the Creative Blog Category in the Christian Blog Awards is an evangelist who navigates around Britain in a sailing boat, stopping here and there to evangelise riding a Sinclair A-bike whilst dressed as John Wesley. You don’t believe me do you?…

Tour de France stage 1 2007

Tour de France stage 1 2007

We made a last minute spur of the moment to go down to Kent today to see stage one of the Tour de France, and I’m very glad we did. Rather than attempting to see (or not see) the finish in Canterbury we made our way to an obscure stretch of road somewhere in the…

Lambeth Palace

Lambeth Palace

I happened to be loitering outside Lambeth Palace this afternoon, and noticed this sign next to the door. There are several observations one could make, but the one that particularly came to mind is that the safe arrival of guests at the Palace depends entirely upon the correct placing of six coloured drawing pins. It…

The Tour de France in London

The Tour de France in London

The world’s greatest bicycling race the Tour de France is coming to London and Kent next weekend, the 6th to the 8th of July. There are two websites which tell you all about it – the Tour in London site, which focuses on next weekend’s events, and the official main Tour de France site. In…

Brief report from the environment conference

Brief report from the environment conference

Today I went unexpectedly to the Chelmsford Diocesan environment conference. I did not intend to go, but owing to various circumstances I ended up there. It is a not-that-long but not-that-interesting story, so I will not tell it. And very good the conference was too. For me the need to take action on environmental and…

Cycling petition

Cycling petition

The government here in the UK is revising the Highway Code. The Highway Code, for those who don’t know, is the booklet which tells you how to behave on the roads in the UK. It always used to look a bit like the famous evangelistic booklet ‘Journey into Life’, but was more expensive. There is…

Upside down bicycle

Upside down bicycle

People come to this blog to hear the latest in-depth analysis on the religious stories of the day, so I thought today I would talk about my latest invention, the upside down bicycle. This off-topic item will be a disappointment to everyone, I know, but such is the price of technological innovation. The blueprint is…

Responding to climate change

Responding to climate change

I sat in a coffee shop today reading the Independent and feeling unhappy. I know we have known for a long time that the lifestyles we choose to lead are having a disastrous effect on our planet, but it now seems even more definite and even more real. A lot of the things that usually…

Folding bicycles

Folding bicycles

I am thinking of buying a folding bicycle so that when I get bored of cycling around these housing estates I can nip onto the train and cycle around some other housing estates. I went to the Cycle Show at the weekend to see what is on offer. This is the ‘A bike‘, the lightest…