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Bikes racing, at high speed, lightweight frames, skinny tyres and bodies fully-kitted in lycra. It’s not the type of bike-riding that I do. In fact, it’s quite the opposite to the slow, leisurely rides on my touring bike’s sturdy frame bearing stable tyres and weighty pannier bags, with me donning ‘dress for my destination’ clothing. Yet, as different as racing bikes are, I quite like watching them. And this weekend, I had the opportunity to watch some… Read More

The afternoon was moving to a close and I needed to organise something for dinner. I grab four calico shopping bags, my wallet, glasses and mobile, drop them into my pannier, attach the second pannier to my bicycle and ride out for a spot of quaxing. Over the next ten minutes, my neighbourhood bicycle-scape criss-crosses my ride: A young man, no helmet, shoots through the narrow path under the highway, riding a weathered bike… returning from the… Read More