Monday, 5 October 2015

Cycling around the Isle of Wight anticlockwise

I know I’m always banging on about how much I love cycling around London but sometimes I need to put on my weekend pedals and find some roads that aren’t interrupted by traffic lights and roundabouts every few meters, where I’m not weaving between taxis and busses and where I can use some gears.
This weekend I took my bike, a pannier full of makeup and a wetsuit on a train and a boat and went to the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

My cycling shorts story

Eartha Kitt in my kind of cycling shorts
Ok, so I know I have always said I’d never wear cycling shorts. The Lycra, the padding, the way they look, it’s just not my thing. Is it?

I get that for races or triathlons they are uniform, but I know people who cycle really short distances and wouldn’t even dream of putting their bum near a saddle without a layer of Lycra and padding in-between. It’s just not for me. I cycled from London to Paris wearing jeans and my bum was just fine. I think a huge part of my aversion stems from the fear that if I tried it I might like it then never be able to cycle in my normal clothes again. My ass might soften and I’d have to invest in a whole other wardrobe of Lycra. Also I spend a lot of my time waiting in traffic behind dudes in very sheer faded Lycra and I don’t find it hot, especially the dude I see on Holland Park Road who wears those white ones. NO. Just no.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Eat, Sleep, Cycle: A Bike Around the Coast of Britain by Anna Hughes

When I was planning my solo, unsupported cycling trip from John O’Groats to Land’s End a friend of mine said “you should meet Anna, she cycled around the circumference of the island so if you think just doing the length is a big deal, she’ll put you straight.” Anna became my oracle and after just one phone call I turned my idea into a definite plan. When I met her she had just finished writing about her adventure and I was one of the first people to read Eat Sleep Cycle. I was lucky to have a friend like Anna on speed dial in case I needed advice or a pep talk. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Tour de France Art

Woo hoo. Well done Froome. As I adjust to life without stages to watch, I am lucky enough to have one of these beauts to look at every day to remind me of yesteryear's TDF. Simon Fitzmaurice created these beautiful illustrated maps depicting the first three stages of the 2014 Tour that took place here in the UK. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

JOGLE// End to End travel & accommodation

I had a conversation over the phone with a B&B owner who said all their rooms were for two people sharing. I said I was fine with that but they'd have to serve me two breakfasts. They hung up.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The End of my End to End JOGLE Adventure

So I cycled over 900 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End. One puncture, no injuries (except for sunburn & that time I zipped my nose up in my waterproof), no cycling shorts, no support crew & I nailed every hill.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Another year older, another bike cake

I swear these birthday things get even better every year.

Every year I prepare myself for an epic meltdown but it has not happened. Yet. Ok, there was that one time I ran away from my 27th birthday party in Lima and didn't stop for two hours and had to be picked up from the sketchiest part of town but I'm going to blame that on the altitude (alcohol) and living away from home. The only thing more stressful than organising your birthday is having someone else try and organise something for you. My biggest fear in life is a surprise party. I know I'd be wearing my running kit and no make up as all my glamorous friends jump out, shout 'SURPRISE' as I cry in their faces.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Cycling Essentials: Masking Tape

The second I put a banana in my bag it gets bruised and becomes poisonous. Stay where I can see you bike banana.
There are lots of things I forget when I'm going on bike rides like spare inner tubes, lights, where i'm going, my worries, but I always remember masking tape. It's ideal for taping maps and snacks to your handle bars without damaging your bike. I've also used it for minor repairs and was known to have had a back light taped to the back of my seat for a whole season.Also, I don't think i've had a pair of sunglasses that haven't benefited from a tape up à la Jack Duckworth.
Masking tape, I salute you.
An alternative to the carrot on the stick. I go so much faster with one of these taped to my bars.
Screw you Google Maps, screw you.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Richmond Park// Summer, the prequel

All the deer, no idea
To celebrate the sun showing its face and enjoying it before it disappears again until June (it's bluffing, don't put your gloves away yet), I followed in Charles I's plague escaping Stuart footsteps and fled to Richmond Park