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…

Cycle in London, help people like Zarri in Pakistan

So many charity rides, so little time

Now that spring is upon us and cycling is once more a pleasure – as opposed to a cold and sodden endurance test – my thoughts are turning to doing another bike ride for charity. But which one? I don’t want to do the Nightrider again, that much I know. Don’t get me wrong –…

On a dull, overcast day the canal was all but deserted

A Sunday morning pootle

It’s not often I’m happy when the weather forecast predicts rain – but on a recent Sunday morning I was. I’d arranged to meet friends for lunch at a restaurant near Paddington. A quick check of Google maps revealed that the venue for our get-together was located right next to the Paddington Basin, and that…

Trusty Steed is 7

The seven-year itch

Sorting through some old papers recently, I came across the receipt for the Trusty Steed. The date on this now extremely faded scrap of paper was 31 March 2007 – which means the Trusty Steed is now seven years old. (OK, technically you could argue that he’s slightly older as he’s a 2006 model, but…

Enjoying the sunshine by the Regent's Canal

Saturday afternoon by the canal

“They shouldn’t allow cycling along here.  There’s just no room.” I was out for a Saturday afternoon stroll with my friend Mark when I overheard this remark. It was a gloriously sunny day – one of the first real days of spring this year – and we’d decided the Regent’s Canal was the perfect spot…