Moving house by bike

I hate moving house, and yet I seem to do it pretty often. Back when I first came to Bristol I moved every 6 months to a year for about three or four years straight. I settled down for two, and then my stuff was back in boxes. It can be really stressful, trying to …

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#WednesdayWisdom: The Importance of Visibility

This isn't about visibility in the 'high-vis hero' sense. Last week's Groundswell event left me mulling a few things over. Numerous themes were raised that I felt deserved some exploration, and one of them was the importance of being visible. Not to traffic, but to other would-be riders who may relate to you on a …

Wye Valley Loop

I'm getting back on the Saturday Independence Rides, and today I had my first experience of cycling in Wales. If you've only joined the blog recently, basically, I'm using the Saturdays when my boyfriend is working, to get out and ride solo, in order to build my confidence and gain a sense of independence that …

Meet Dori

I have a shiny new toy! I’ve been hunting around for a touring bike for a while now, as I’d like to be able to pack up a tent and pedal off somewhere remote for a spot of wild camping whenever I feel like it. I also plan to cycle around the world some day. …

Square one wobbles, or, test-riding a YoBike

Riding around Bristol now, you can’t help but notice the flashes of yellow. Casually dressed cyclists pass by, sitting upright, Dutch-style, on these distinctive cruiser bikes with 26” solid rubber wheels, high handlebars and ‘join a Cycling Revolution’ printed on their frame signs. That’s right. YoBikes have come to Bristol. Naturally I had to have …

Saturday Independence Ride #1: Pill, Failand, Long Ashton loop

I said last time that I would start riding solo on Saturdays, as a way of building some independence and confidence on the roads. That’s exactly what I did at the weekend, though admittedly the ride wasn’t quite what I’d initially planned. A late night on Friday and afternoon plans for the Saturday meant that …