Sometimes it is worth getting soaked on the bike ride home from work. After our first major rainfall for weeks I could have been very grumpy about my very damp arrival home last night. But later the skies over our … Continue reading →
It seems in cycling there is a Dutch solution to everything. I am in need of a new position for riding my bike, and the answer as ever is – go Dutch. I have a recurrence of an old neck … Continue reading →
This is just a short thought piece about my experiences and observations of institutionalised pavement (sidewalk) cycling in Taipei. Because I was staying in a different part of the city on this year’s trip to the Taipei Cycle Show and … Continue reading →
Close followers of this blog will perhaps have noted that my “first day” blog post from Taipei Cycle Show was nearly 12 days ago and there has been nothing since. Yes, there were some memorable experiences on the following days … Continue reading →
I recently made a flying visit to Lisbon, capital of Portugal. It was what is called a “technical visit”, where I went for two days to work with some walking experts to advise the city about some local projects. That … Continue reading →
As I sat here this afternoon looking out at the driving cold rain and huddling a bit closer to the fire it was hard to imagine that just a few hours earlier I was feeling spring in the air. The … Continue reading →
This is a gallery of images from a trip to Palma de Mallorca in late November 2016 where a multi-national group of ECF visitors was hosted by Biciutat de Mallorca, the local cycle campaigning group for the largest of the … Continue reading →
Just before Christmas I stood with a group of people on a wooded hillside in England’s South Downs. It was a restful spot, the trees protecting us from the wind and impending rain. Which is fitting, because this was the … Continue reading →
I am now trying to get myself a bit fitter after a seasonal layoff from longer bike rides. As it is cold, damp and the visibility is poor the roads are not an attraction and I need a bit of … Continue reading →
I feel as if I have been away. Several weeks have passed without publishing anything on the blog, and almost as long since I rode a bike much more than the 15 minutes it takes to get to the station, … Continue reading →
A small gallery from Sunday – mountain bike ride and lunch, with ghostly shapes in the mist over the countryside and the frozen lake. The church spire of Plancenoit was like a space ship as it suddenly emerged from the … Continue reading →
Each year my New Year’s Day ride has a slightly different character and this year it was the result of three days of freezing fogs in the Brabant Wallon countryside in the centre of Belgium. No doubt that the mountain … Continue reading →
On January 1st 2012 I published the first, tentative post on Idonotdespair.com To celebrate my fifth anniversary I have gathered together a small collection of favourite posts. Firstly your top 5 – the posts that have gathered the most visitors,some … Continue reading →
If there is one sight I have become accustomed to over many years it is the image of one (or possibly both) of my brothers disappearing into the distance on one of our post Christmas bike rides.
This year it was Trevor’s turn to wait for big brother, but at least the stunning low sunshine set up a beautiful silhouette on a minor road near Ways. It was good to be out for the first time in a few days.