Category Archives: cycles

Owl together now

As I approached the Asbestos Barn today, I startled a barn owl that was, ironically, in the trees just before the said barn and not actually in it. It took off in rather leisurely swoops, through the ruins of the … Continue reading

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These are very small; those are far away

Today began with a morning in our own garden, then continued with an afternoon in the local farm museum, where I help out occasionally. Volunteers, including me, were taught how to help with the animals, and a few tweens had … Continue reading

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Driving the wildlife round the bend

Ages ago, we received the regular form through the post, requiring us to update our details on the electoral roll. There was a leaflet along with it from West Oxfordshire District Council advertising “West Oxfordshire Week.” This was indeed a … Continue reading

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It’ll be light soon, but I’m light now

My tendency over the years has been to move towards lighter and lighter bike frames (though not quite as expensive as carbon-fibre ones), but then acquire considerably more gear on top of them. The past two years I’ve ridden a … Continue reading

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Skidding on a bike is one of many ways to lose control

As the bad weather rolled in a bit more than a week ago, I started to abandon my bicycle. I’ve cycled to work one day this week, and that felt rather hairy. Most of my journey, if I so chose, … Continue reading

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Goodbye, blackberry ways

This time of year, if you spend time at either end of the day in natural light, over time you can feel the minutes peeling off each new day’s length compared to yesterday’s. These shards drop away like talus from … Continue reading

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Find out what it means to me

(I want to write – indeed, still intend to write – about nicer cycling experiences. But events require me to at least make a historical record of what happened today. I must also apologise if I have to revise any … Continue reading

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The opportunity to secure ourselves

A few weeks ago I finally decided to try out cleated shoes and pedals on my main commuter bicycle. My older, heavier bike had toeclips on it, which someone else had fitted; I had always felt that the big, fat, … Continue reading

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Hope is the thing with feathers that pecks at the sole

Yes, I know that much of London has been set on fire, and my local elected representative is now trying to finally turn the country into a police state. But, of far more interest to most people – certainly any … Continue reading

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That we should serve in newness of Yatt

The one cycle ride I’ve been able to make with the local CTC group showed me how much fun cycling could be for me once again, when divorced somehow from the drudgery of my regular commute. Cycling liberates in a … Continue reading

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