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Paramedic

It was the summer of 2001. I was riding the 60 mile route from London to Brighton, on the south coast, for the first time. I had started cycling, as an adult at least, the previous summer (a fund – raiser … Continue reading

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‘I don’t know what to say.’

Yes, I know I should cycle more. Yes, I know I should prioritise it. I think about it, I talk about it, and, of course, I write about it. I don’t know what to say. Last week I rode 25 … 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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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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In the Begining

‘Everything must have a beginning … and that beginning must be linked to something that went before.’ — Mary Shelley, introduction to Frankenstein, 1831 Recently a friend gave me a photograph of me in a group of cyclists on the day, … Continue reading

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