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…

Wadjda and the beautiful green bike

Film review – Wadjda

“Don’t you know that girls don’t ride bikes?” “Losing to a girl will be a double loss.” I had every intention of writing a review of Wadjda when it first came out in the cinema last year. I’d had the release date marked in my diary for months. When it opened, I investigated exactly which…