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 …

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#WednesdayWisdom – Long-distance riding advice from Emily Chappell, Lee Craigie and Rickie Cotter

I was really fortunate to get a ticket to a talk at Roll For The Soul last night, with three incredible women. Emily Chappell and Lee Craigie are the co-founders of The Adventure Syndicate, and Rickie Cotter was one of their seven-woman team to race around the North Coast 500 in 36 hours as part …

#WednesdayWisdom: Trust your judgement – you know more than you think

I'm happy to be writing a round-up of this week's volunteers' night at The Bristol Bike Project, with a genuine smile on my face! I started off the evening having a chat with a female mechanic who has agreed to be interviewed for the blog*. We both agreed that most people (particularly women) have a …

#WednesdayWisdom – Don’t believe everything you read

You may remember shortly before Christmas I went to the Volunteers' Night at The Bristol Bike Project and had a massive disaster with an uncooperative Raleigh. I'm ashamed to say that until last night, I hadn't actually been back, through fear of having another stressful evening and walking away whilst fighting back the tears. Volunteers' …

Project Regina

I'm going to keep this short and sweet. I just want to introduce you to Project Regina, which will be dominating my Thursdays for the next few weeks, potentially months! I bought the Orange RX9, named her Regina and tonight I'm taking her to The Bristol Bike Project's Bike Kitchen to start stripping her (gasp!) and …

#ThrowbackThursday – My first bike, or, Why I’ll never be a fearless rider

As I've said before, I'm not your average bike blogger. Bikes didn't play a large role in my formative years. I have an awful habit of setting myself impossibly high expectations, planning to be better at things than I actually am, which always leads to disappointment and frustration. What's worse is that I have a …