Blog: cycling

30 Oct 2016
As I was cycling to work recently, I had to stop and wait while a lollipop lady held up the traffic. After the first wave of kids had crossed, she stayed there, waiting for a few more to get to the crossing. A queue of traffic was starting to build behind me, frustration rising in all of us keen to clock on.
15 Sep 2016
Why do we put ourselves through the pain of riding bikes up hills, just to ride down them again? Is cycling a different form of masochism from running?
1 Jun 2016
What to do when your phone thinks you’ve run faster than any human in history
27 Jan 2016
I didn't plan on making any resolutions this year. Or rather, I didn't get round to making any, and the usual ones apply just like they do every year. Exercise more, drink less, think more, write more, be kinder to myself and others. That ought to cover it.
9 Jun 2015
I must confess to being mildly obsessed with my Strava statistics. I love knowing how steep the hills are that I've ridden up, and how many hundreds of people are faster or slower than me. One of the features I like is the ability to set yourself weekly goals for cycling and running.
16 Nov 2014
Sudden changes of direction are dangerous If you ride close to the kerb, you'll need to pull out sharply to go around obstacles. It's much better to see hazards early, and steer a gentle course around them. Also, it's much more efficient to plan a route that involves fewer turns.
29 Aug 2011
Not in any particular order, and far from finished, but here is my advice to cyclists in big cities:
16 Jun 2011
Everyone is selfish. That's the conclusion it's hard to avoid when cycling around a big city. Cyclists, taxi drivers, white van drivers, pedestrians, we're all guilty, and it poses some uncomfortable questions about human nature. We amber gamble, we cross the road wherever we feel like it, we do u-turns without indicating.