I’m always keen to reflect on some of the popular myths and expressions that float around amongst the general public, and I don’t say this in a conceited or patronising way, it’s a subject that really fascinates me and I rack my brains as I wonder where these ideas come from.
Christmas at the Bike Shop
I’d always vowed to kill the next person who would say in all innocence: “you’re coming up to your busy time!” in the months running to Christmas. It was up there with; “It had a saddle like a razor blade”, “you could buy a car for that”, and “It must be a design fault”. The latter was usually uttered by a half-wit who could barely write his name, never mind cast opinions about design.
This week I’m dealing with getting youngsters mobile on their own bikes.
As you’d imagine, there are swarms of tiny bikes equipped with stabilisers out there. These quickly let a child get the idea of pedalling and braking without too much adult supervision. While this is fine as a stopgap, eventually kids have to develop their balance.
This is an excerpt from my latest book, which I wrote with my eldest son Matthew: Matt goes in search of water while I remove myself to a decent distance away from ‘les sanitaires’. This puts me just across the road from the church and the inevitable war memorial, and arguably the only roundabout for miles around. I do not see the actual impact but … Continue reading An excerpt from ‘Rides of Passage’
I’ve been a member of the CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club) for almost 20 years, and one of the many benefits the club offers members is a bi-monthly magazine entitled ‘Cycle’. One thing that I’m fond of, and which has remained in the magazine, is the obituaries column.
Tall enough to be interesting but small enough to be manageable
Wowed by Wiggins and encouraged by the Olympics?
You’d like to cycle, but for whatever reason you don’t want to try it in your own backyard?
Earlier this week, The States of Jersey – the island’s parliament – voted to make it compulsory for every cyclist under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. The motion had been tabled by Deputy Andrew Green MBE, founder of the Jersey branch of the brain injury charity Headway, and currently national chairman of Headway UK. Deputy Green has campaigned for greater awareness since his son, Christopher, suffered brain injuries as a child of nine, in a cycling accident 21 years ago.