Tag Archives: commuting

Tour de Haystacks


Over the months the landscape of the rural end of my commute has gradually cycled through a rustic colour wheel, from brown to gold via shades of green. In August this slow paced transition flips into a couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Missing the fun


Under the kitchen spotlights I went through the usual morning motions of the regular cycle commuter: looking outside and judging the forecast then choosing the thicker winter bib tights, tightening up winter boots against frozen toes and positioning my snood … Continue reading

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Psychosmogmatic?


Grey and hazy, the folds of the land, the trees and the hedgerows fade, step wise into the smoggy gloom. It is Friday and today, so the weather forecasters say, the smog should clear, but this morning it is still … Continue reading

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(When I became a) SMIDSY


The other day I did something I rarely do when I’m riding my bike; I had a word with someone driving a vehicle. Let me step back a bit first. Of the two river crossings into town, one was flooded … Continue reading

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Welcome diversion to a new commuting climb


For a few weeks now there have been road works on Grey’s Inn Road, opposite the Condor bike shop, my LBS at work. Thanks to these works I have been exploring diversions along some of the back roads leading to Clerkenwell … Continue reading

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Gathering Mists on a Morning Ride


Cycling to work has made me an avid follower of the late night news weather forecast. I had decided during the day to get up earlier the next morning to take a detour round Grafham on my commute. When the … Continue reading

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Perfect Commute?


A couple of weeks ago I had an email from Sustrans thanking me for completing their cycle to work survey. The email was also publicising a new Sustrans campaign for a national cycle to work standard and had a link … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Disorganisation 2: An Unexpected Strava KOM


After finishing Sunday with 78 miles in the legs, what I really needed for Monday morning was an easy recovery ride for the commute. Not this Monday. Somehow I again found I was running late. As the farm tracks are … Continue reading

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Priced off Boris Bikes?


I love Boris Bikes. Having suffered bike thefts and vandalism, nearly 18 months ago I decided to switch to Boris Bikes for the London end of my commute. I get into London early, so I don’t have a problem finding … Continue reading

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A tail wind across the farm tracks


To the north and to the south, the red lights of Morbonne and Sandy Heath transmitters twinkle against the pre-dawn sky. The stars are wrapped behind a blanket of cloud, shielded against the cold north wind. Blowing down from the … Continue reading

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