My time in London was coming to an end soon so I decided to take a break from packing and ride to Brighton. When I got there I was soon reminded how crazy Brighton can be on a hot summers day. This ride was also one of the longer rides I’ve done on the Specialized Ruby Expert.
Watch and see how what my first impressions of the Specialized Ruby Expert are.
I’ve been riding the Copenhagen Wheel for just over a month and thought I would share with you my thoughts on e-bikes (a video about the wheel is coming soon). Until you’ve ridden one it’s really hard to appreciate them and all the possibilities they offer. If you ever get the chance to give one a try do take it and give it a go, you’ll probably be surprised and you won’t be able to help smiling, they are a lot of fun.
On this ride I take you with me as I cycle around Richmond Park and share with you my thoughts on e-bikes.
I read about the Vätternrundan about a year ago, I’m not big on sportifs but there was something about this one, a 300km cycle around a lake in Sweden, that captured my imagination. So I read up on how to get a spot, marked my calendar with a reminder of the registration date and come the end of October Nathan and I had a spot in the Vätternrundan (which is Vättern for the lake and rundan for around, you ride around Lake Vättern).
This video is part 1 of my experience, getting there and getting ready. Prior to this many of an hour was spent in the saddle training and getting our bodies used to spending many hours in the saddle. We estimated it would take about 12 hours riding time 15 hours total.
The Vätternrundan on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/1642487823 Info about the ride: http://vatternrundan.se/sv/
So it was finally time, all the prep and training done past lunch had been had, we were off to the start for our 22:40 start time. Watch part 2 to see how it all went, see me in all my sleep deprived glory and find out if the ride is as well organised as the registration process.
I’m always keen to give a car free option a try when it exists and it’s of decent quality. I’d heard about the railway path between Bath and Bristol a few times, it’s 25km between the 2 cities so it’s a good stretch of a cycling path. Being an old railway line it’s pretty flat and it’s paved the whole way so it makes for a great ride for those of all abilities. Watch the video and see what it’s all about.
When I first started cycling like most I wasn’t a fan of hills, the ones near me in Surrey even scared me a little. However after cycling over three mountain ranges and many hills to get across Canada I found I enjoyed climbing hills on my bike and I now embrace the challenge. Watch the video to find out how to better deal with hills so you can learn to love them too.
Did you know you can rent Brompton bikes all around the UK? I didn’t either until recently and I decided to make the most of it to get a chance to take a new kind of bike for a spin. My first attempt at renting a Brompton on a visit to Manchester failed but there’s a Brompton rental locker (yes they live in lockers) near where I live here in London. So on a beautiful sunny day I went and picked up the Brompton I’d reserved online and headed home with it for the weekend. It turned out to be very handy to have a spare bike in the house because Nathan had a problem with the wheel of his commuter bike. It amazes me there’s a bike out there we can both ride. Check out the video to see what riding a Brompton is all about.
I thought it would be fun to make the Ride With Me style videos a monthly occurrence, a chance to pick a cycling subject, show various cycling routes and answer any questions you may have (feel free to ask questions in the comments below or in the comments of a video I read them all).
On this ride I take you on my longer cycling commute home via Richmond Park in West London and answer the question how I went from cycle commuting to cycling as a sport.
If you saw my previous video you will know I’ve been bike shopping. I managed to narrow down to 3 bikes, then had 2 of them eliminated for various reasons leaving me with the Canyon WMN Endurance AL 8.0 bike as my first choice bike, or so I thought until I went on a test ride at a Canyon weekend in Surrey. Find out what happened:
When you are new to cycling and heading out for a ride it’s hard to know what you need to bring. In the past this lead me to bring too much so in this week’s video I share the mistakes I’ve made and how I’ve gone from a large saddle bag to a compact one.
If you want to know what to bring with you when you go out for a ride from running errands, club rides, commuting, and bike touring. Below you will find the list I keep in my bike room for road rides, they can be early starts and this way I know I won’t forget anything 🙂
What to bring Road Cycling:
✔️bank card & cash (for an emergency cab)
✔️spare inner tube & tire patches
Extras depending on weather: