Pass a Test

Some people argue that cyclists should have a Cycling Licence and pass a test to be allowed to ride their bikes on the road. They hark back to Cycling Proficiency at school. I agree. Roads are dangerous places and people should have some training. Pedestrian training is handled by parents. That bit is ok, bit more of the green cross …

Licence Plate

People argue that cyclists should have a licence plate like cars if they use the roads. The main reason I think is so that if they do something wrong they can be tracked and traced. Yes; some cyclists break the rules when they are out. They ride on footpaths (which is wrong), they jump red lights. This is all true, …

Insurance

If you drive a car on the roads you are legally required to have 3rd Party Insurance as a minimum, cyclists are not. Why not? A cyclist could cause an accident and be at fault. Firstly – the fact a cyclist is not insured does not mean you can not claim damages in the event of an accident. They’ll just …

Road Tax

Something you hear a lot as a cyclist is that cyclists either shouldn’t be on the road as we don’t pay road tax, or that we should pay road tax if we are on the road. The UK budget for roads in 2018 was £4.8bn [ref] road tax raised over £6bn [ref]. Road tax goes into central taxation and is …

Strava Subscriptions

Recently, Strava made a big announcement that they were changing their subscription model and moving most of their features into the pay tier from the free tier. This would then allow them to “rededicate” Strava to their community. I logged my first ride on Strava in May 2011 (the Red Route at Sherwood Pines). That was fairly early in Strava’s …

The Cat and Fiddle

The Cat and Fiddle is a very popular road, it’s not only a really great, long, challenging cycling climb (listed in the 100 Greatest Climbs books too!) but it’s also a popular road with those on Motor Bikes. This means it can be a bit challenging with the traffic, but it’s an epic and you have to ride up it …

Polaris Tornado Jacket

Years ago, I bought a Polaris Tornado Jacket. For really cold days in the saddle, it’s still my go-to jacket. I think it’s awesome. Warm and very practical! The jacket has a wind proof layer on the front/arms/shoulders, whilst the back is a high vis yellow fabric that allows heat/moisture out. There are some really neat features of the jacket …

Foul Weather

The weather today was foul. That’s pretty much par for the course for a British February day. Grey. Wet. Cold. It was that kind of rain where you can’t see it raining on the puddles, but the water is pouring down your face. That fine rain that soaks you through. And it was 2-4°c most of the time. Bloody miserable. …

Pretty Places

I’d had a bad week at work when I put this route together. I wanted to ride through some of the prettiest places in the Peak District to cheer myself up. You really do go through some stunning places on this ride. Of course the problem with Pretty Places is that generally Pretty Views come up hills. So this is …

Sparrowfart #3

I’ve been riding with B&DCC for a few years, one of the regular weekly rides is the Sparrowfart, an early ride on a Saturday so people have the weekend free for family. Generally, Sparrow rides are tough hilly ones. But quite short, designed to start at 07:30 and be back a couple of hours later so most of the day …