Category Archives: Suicide

Not Disco

So, the 103rd edition of the Tour de France has come to an end.The riders conquered mountain passes in the Alps and the Pyrenees before the procession to Paris. Kilometre after kilometre of climbing as the air thins, the oxygen supply … Continue reading

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Archipelago

For me, one of the most poetic – and there are many – sights in any cycling stage race is of the peleton moving together along the flat, in the mountains, across major road intersections, seen in profile, or from the … Continue reading

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Adjusting to Midnight

There are 3 positions on my bicycle. There is my impersonation of the sprinter in the final 200 metres, hunched over the handle bars, aerodynamic. There is me more upright, hands on the ‘hoods’ – that’s the drop handlebars by … Continue reading

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Bicycle Thieves (#2)

This is an updated version of an edition that first appeared in 2011 What more dispiriting experience is there for a cyclist than discovering that their bike has been nicked?  This has happened to me twice.  The first time it was the first bicycle I owned … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room (# 2)

This edition is an updated version of one I published in 2010 As the sun goes down this Wednesday evening the seven day Jewish festival of Succos will begin. Some of you may know this festival as The Feast of the … Continue reading

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Posthumous

It was in St Louis, Missouri in October 2003, after witnessing a motorist strike and kill a cyclist, that Patrick Van Der Tuin placed a white-painted bicycle with a sign saying ‘Cyclist Killed Here’ at the scene of the accident that Ghost … Continue reading

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614

How many parts does a bicycle have? ‘about 242’, ‘114, but it depends if you count each link in the chain as an individual part’, are just a couple of answers I have heard. It also depends on which kind … Continue reading

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