A New Year a new ride

https://youtu.be/ugsYEbfnZxo It has been far too long since I last rode my bike.  It is all far too easy to fall for the lure of the sofa in winter when it is cold, raining and windy outside.  Today was a very mild and sunny winter morning, if breezy.  It turns out that today was the … Continue reading A New Year a new ride

Never think twice about a bike service

Have you ever wondered if a bike service is worth the money?  Have you ever thought your bike will be fine if you keep it clean and lube the chain occasionally?  Well, think again. A few years back, I had a bad experience with a bike service.  I paid for what should have been a … Continue reading Never think twice about a bike service

5k run after a three month break

https://youtu.be/RkAOnME-AaQ Having not run since the end of July, for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to run 5k today.

Lost Lanes #25 The Joy of Essex

https://youtu.be/Wsgh8QEMsFI Today’s route is in the northeast of Essex.  The day’s themes are picturesque villages, windmills and quiet lanes lined with rare wildflowers.  It is a 38 mile (62km) circular route with a total ascent of 243 meters.  It is mainly along country lanes, although there are some short sections of B roads. Komoot: http://www.komoot.com/collection/1302724/-lost-lanes-rides

Lost lanes # 23 empty Essex

https://youtu.be/XV_A7VDwR1I Another great ride from Jack Thurston's Lost Lanes book.

London to Southend 2021

https://youtu.be/4ZkwI5vf8DM I was so excited that the London to Southend bike ride was back this year after its brief hiatus because of the pandemic.  I have ridden it every year since 2007, except for 2019. Unfortunately, it had had to be rearranged twice this year for various reasons – one being the tail end of … Continue reading London to Southend 2021

Lost Lanes #24 The Oyster Run

https://youtu.be/Ne54QsLJBno Lost Lanes is a series of books with guides to what the author, Jack Thurston, says are the most beautiful bike rides in Britain. I have been meaning to try these out and as it was such a beautiful day today it seemed only right to give one a try. This is a video … Continue reading Lost Lanes #24 The Oyster Run