May 31, 2017

This piece is a response, or an opinion, provoked by this in the Guardian by Dave Hill

I write this as a Londoner who uses many forms of transport – train, tube, car, bi...

April 17, 2017

Spring sportive time is kicking in, and we're getting behind our local one - Cotswold Cogfest. This is only its second year, but there was a healthy number of riders last year, and we've been told, it looks like being a bigger ride out this time around. Here at JRtB we...

March 23, 2017

In 2008 Boris Johnson got off to a bad start on cycling. He reduced London's congestion charge zone and focused on increased traffic flow. Despite this poor start by the end of his second term things were looking quite different. Andrew Gilligan’s influence was in full...

When you have three young children and use a bike instead of a car to get around, you get used to hearing a lot of myths.

  • You must have lots of spare time (nope)

  • You must be really fit (nope)

  • You must get very sweaty (nope, just take it slow and/or look...

I’ll be honest, I still don’t consider commuter cycling to be proper cycling.

As someone, who began racing aged 12, I guess I’ve still got to shake off my hang-ups about commuter cyclists: they’re not proper cyclists, they don’t know how to ride and so on. Too many fixe...

March 10, 2017

(With thanks to Mark Wagenbuur @BicycleDutch, for this image) 

Well that was fun. The first part of the ride, along empty roads with distant views of hills and sea, gave that useful real time to dwell on the topics for the meeting ahead. Even that rainstorm on entering...

January 23, 2017

Mass produced modern carbon bikes are formed in moulds. They are almost all made in factories in the Far East, and one factory might well make moulds and frames for a range of different bike brands. So far so what, we know this. And actually it doesn't make for bad fra...

January 23, 2017

I’m putting it down to the brakes being the ‘wrong’ way round. I was picking myself up on the floor, trying to resist the temptation to take the glove off for a look at what was causing the pain. There was something about my left thigh as well. The adrenaline would wea...

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