Hampstead Pond

This, above all, is why I cycle

Ripples on the surface of the murky brown water reflect a kaleidoscope of colours – blue, from the almost cloudless sky above; green, from the leafy trees, bushes and rushes enveloping the pond; brilliant white where the sunlight catches on the water’s surface, and the occasional flash of red from the lifeguards’ bright shorts and…

No room at the inn?

Of bike storage and gyratories

I moved house last month. I mention this not merely to explain why things have been quite quiet on this blog lately; what with packing, organising the logistics of the actual move, unpacking, sleepless nights worrying about the move and then, in the new place, getting used to sleeping in a strange room, the subsequent…

A little light refreshment along the way

Tweed Run – 17 May 2014

In a narrow, winding street just off Clerkenwell Green, lined with shuttered shops and old warehouses converted into modern office space, all was quiet. Except for me and a man out walking his dog it was completely deserted. There was no indication that anything was going to happen to make this particular Saturday afternoon any…

Tulips at Kew - one of my destinations during 30 days of biking

30 days of biking? Easy

At least that’s what I thought at the beginning of the month. After all, I already cycle five days out of every seven. That’s about 22 out of 30 days. Adding another two per week – or another eight in total – would be no problem at all. Right? Wrong. 30 days of biking, for…