Monthly Archives: August 2013

Breaking in a Brooks Saddle

I’ve been an avid fan of Brooks saddles for a good thirty years now and given the incredible durability of their leather saddles it isn’t often I find myself having to break in a new one, but having damaged the rails on one of my trusty old B-17 Specials when I wiped out on the…

Home Again!

I am home again, back in the saddle and will resume posting again after my lengthy dereliction on assignment. At least for some of that time I was riding – the story of that trip to be appearing in a magazine in the next couple of months. For the rest of the time I was…

Back to Back Assignments!

Sorry! I am on the road again, having had only a day back home. This time I am in Orkney – no bicycle, alas –  one if my favourite places in the world. I am very sorry for the dereliction of my blog posting duties, but I have only my iPad with me (no laptop…

Organised Bicycle Tours

Well I have returned from the wilds of wherever somewhat lighter and somewhat browner for having cycled a couple hundred miles in 40C degree heat and sweltering humidity. Despite all the heat thirst and sweat it was a good ride, with plenty of lovely scenery, all of which I will be more than pleased to…

On Assignment

This morning I am off on an assignment for a travel magazine and, incredibly enough, an assignment that involves my cycling somewhere. Just exactly where that somewhere is, I cannot say, magazine editors having a not unreasonable expectation that people should read the details of their writers’ assignments in the magazine first rather than on…

Blue Sky Dreaming

It is a gorgeous day here today on the south coast – the first of August, hazy blue summer skies and the temperature is nearly 30C. The clarity of the mid-afternoon light seems to liven up the colours of the flowers in the garden and the greens in the leaves and grasses seem more interesting…