Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Timeless Classic

When John Kemp Starley put down his brazing torch and stepped back to admire the new style of bicycle frame he created at his workshop in Coventry that long-ago day in 1885, he probably had no idea just how close to perfection he had come. His idea – a chain-driven bicycle with wheels of equal…

Mellow Johnny

How nice it was the other night to see three genuine champions on the podium at the Tour de France, men who have never been tainted by any drug scandals and or bad rumours. Between them they not only accounted for all three top place-getters in the General Classification but, in the person of Nairo…

On the Joys of Supple Shoulders

Today I had what I expect to be my last physiotherapy session on my shoulder which I injured when I slipped while riding over an invisible patch of black ice last February.  That was over five months ago. Long a period a time as that seems, I guess I am reasonably lucky that I was…

A Summer Flu

My apologies for neglecting the blog this past week but I have been down with a particularly nasty virus – fever, aches, chills, cold sweats, a throat that felt like I have been eating razor blades and a very deep chesty cough. It is apparently something going around in our little pocket of the world;…

Sounds of Long Ago

I heard a lovely sound the other morning when I was exploring one of the narrow country lanes up in the weald: the applause-like sound of rushing water coming up to me from a brook hidden away amongst the trees. It was a sound I hadn’t heard in years, one that took me straight back…

Cycling the Bexhill Seafront

For some time now I have not only been busily breaking the law many, if not most, mornings, I have been actually snapping photos of myself doing it for as signs along the Bexhill seafront clearly state: no cycling along the seafront promenade.  Never mind that I am doing this at an hour when nobody…

Bicycling along the South Downs

At long last some warm weather, with out temperatures skyrocketing into the mid-70s this weekend and even warmer weather predicted for the coming week. And with this belated arrival of summer and warm July nights the flower of Hastings youth comes into its own, helped along on this particular Friday-night/Saturday-morning combo by the Hastings beer…

No Finish Line

This past week I wrote a short piece for the National Geographic Newswatch website about a new scientific study into the physiology of extreme ultra-marathon mountain runners. Curiously enough it found that athletes who ran 200-mile races, such as the Tor des Geants in the Italian Alps tended to finish up fresher and with noticeably…

Instant Fitness

It is never easy to get back into shape once you have fallen out of it. Frustrations loom everywhere, and failing some sort of smart, positive feedback or result – wow! You’re looking thinner – early in the piece it can be hard to keep up the focus. For the past few weeks as I…