During my years at university I had a dream of visiting a certain bar in London. You might think visiting the bar is the dream and daily practise of most students, but this was a very particular bar, and I wasn’t planning to go there for the beer. No, this was Bob’s Blues Bar in … Continue reading On the Road!
I had an interview at Spurgeon’s for my college course on Monday and so after our weekly pastoral meeting I cycled into Cheshunt and took the opportunity to drop my bike in at the cycle shop at the Pond to have it serviced. The bike is a bit of a hybrid; the frame is a … Continue reading Time for a Service
On the Road Bike: The Search For a Nation's Cycling Soul by Ned Boulting My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the sequel to Boulting's 'How I Won the Yellow Jumper' (see my review here) which I devoured and loved. What is it? It's not really the story of how we came to win … Continue reading Review: On the Road Bike: The Search For a Nation’s Cycling Soul 5/5 stars
A few weeks ago I went for a ride with a couple of friends of mine. We hadn’t ridden together before, but had talked frequently about our love of cycling both as a sport to watch and as something to do. After months of saying we must go for a spin together, the alarm clock … Continue reading Faith on Two Wheels
Switched my bike pedals to clip-less pedals the other day and installed cleats on my cycling shoes. This means that my shoes click into the pedals a bit like skis and ski-boots. This gives security in knowing your foot won't slip off the pedal at a crucial moment and also greater efficiency in pedalling. Approached … Continue reading Clip-less pedals – I’ve now had ‘my moment’
The Man Who Cycled the World. Mark Beaumont by Mark Beaumont My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another recommendation for my friends who like either cycling or travel. This is the autobiographical account of Mark Beaumont's successful attempt to cycle around the world faster than anyone else had done before him. I recognise that this … Continue reading Review: The Man Who Cycled the World. Mark Beaumont
How I Won the Yellow Jumper: Dispatches from the Tour de France by Ned Boulting My rating: 5 of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book! Grew up watching the Tour de France with my Dad, and have seen virtually every stage televised in the 80s, 90s, 00s and 10's to date. Throughout this time … Continue reading Review: How I Won the Yellow Jumper: Dispatches from the Tour de France
As a cycling fan 2012 was fantastic. 2013 has got off to a mixed start. The good news? The route for the 2014 stages of the Tour de France in the UK has been announced, and on the third day it starts in Cambridge, comes down to the Olympic Park and ends on the Mall. … Continue reading The Fall and Rise of Lance Armstrong?
It's All about the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels by Robert Penn My rating: 5 of 5 stars I inherited a love of cycling from my Dad. I was encouraged to cycle as a child and found I thoroughly enjoyed the freedom and exercise. Living in the Fens at the time, you … Continue reading Review: It’s All about the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels