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Bike build project (part 4): Buying the bits

I have now reached the point in my bike build project where I have (almost) bought all the new parts I need. When I was first given the frameset of a 2009 Genesis Croix de Fer, there were a few… Continue Reading →

Arthur’s Seat Challenge II

I first wrote about the Arthur’s Seat Challenge in November 2007, since then I have become aware of a couple more Arthur’s Seat Challenges. There is one in Australia which involves bimbling up some wee hill which is about 75… Continue Reading →

Bike build project (part 3): A new set of wheels

Time for a update on my bike build project (based on the frame of a 2009 Genesis Croix de Fer), in the last part I talked about spec-ing up the wheel set. Well, the wheels are now built and I… Continue Reading →

Coasts and Castles, a ride along the NCN1/76 (Part 3): Dunbar to Edinburgh

As a Scot, the concept of a healthy cooked breakfast is a novel concept, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed at the B&B in Dunbar. We had arrived in Dunbar the evening before after two days of riding along the… Continue Reading →

Coasts and Castles, a ride along the NCN1/76 (Part 2): Fenwick to Dunbar

After a pleasant breakfast we set out once again, I wasn’t feeling quite as fit as the day before, probably due to my only recent recovery from flu. As we didn’t have the official “Sustrans Coast & Castles South” route… Continue Reading →

Bike build project (part 2): Gathering bits

I thought it was time for an up-date on my bike build project, which is slowly making progress. Just to recap, my project bike is based on the frame and carbon fork of a Genesis Croix de Fer (2009), which… Continue Reading →

Bimbling through the Borders (Pt 2) – Galashiels to Edinburgh

Saturday morning: Galashiels. We had arrived by bicycle the evening before, having ridden along the NCN 1 from Berwick upon Tweed. The route had been well signed posted until we entered Galashiels along the old Tweedbank railway line and had… Continue Reading →

Bimbling through the Borders (Pt 1) – Berwick to Galashiels

After some effort, we managed to secure reservations for two bicycles on the train from Edinburgh Waverley to Berwick-upon-Tweed, that was the good news. The bad news was that it was on the 08:11 departure, and this was a Friday…. Continue Reading →

Gadding down to Gladhouse

As I said in a recent post, we have been looking for new routes to the south, to try and find quick and easy routes into the Borders. Mapping the route after returning from a previous ride, I had noticed… Continue Reading →

Biking about Bute – Day 2

Continued from Biking about Bute – Day 1 After a hearty breakfast we set out once again, it had been recommended that we visit Mount Stuart House. Now, country houses are not usually my sort of thing, but on this… Continue Reading →

Crisscrossing in the Lothians

Spring is definitely here, the spring cleaning has been done, the allotment tidied up, time to get some cycling in. We have been out a few times this year, there was the ride out to Linlithgow Park Bistro Bistro for… Continue Reading →

Bike build project (part 1): One and a half bikes

All my adult life (and most of my childhood) I have owned and ridden bicycles, yeah sure I drive, I learned to drive at 17 and was for a time in my twenties a fully qualified driving instructor, but driving… Continue Reading →

Cycle parking, please can we have more… part 2

Last year I wrote a post on the need for more cycle parking facilities in Edinburgh, so I am pleased to see the Scottish Government is giving a grant of £208,000 to the cycle charity Sustrans to increase cycle parking… Continue Reading →

Of tram tracks and cyclists

Edinburgh is currently in the process of getting a new tram system, this has not been without controversy, not least the issue of cycling and tram tracks. The early threat to the off road cycle network, the removal of on… Continue Reading →

Bright lights for dark nights

Way back in January I bought myself a new set of cycle lights for commuting in the dark, namely the Dinotte 400L Road Rider’s experience. It was a wee bit more than I really wanted to pay, due to the… Continue Reading →

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