09 Dec 18
3 mile ride

Traditional saddlebags have stood the test of time for good reason: thanks to their top loading, wide shape, they really are supremely practical. For the most part, they’re well made and stand the test of time, often lasting a decade or more. What’s more, they soften up, fade, and weather well. On a more emotive […]

28 Nov 18
Bharat Book Bureau -Market Research Reports

Bharat Book Bureau Provides the Trending Market Research Report on “Global Pannier Market Study 2015-2025, by Segment (Nylon, Polyester, Cordura), by Market (Travel, Commuting, Commercial), by Company (Altura, Arkel, Axiom)” under Retail category. The report offers a collection of superior market research, market analysis, competitive intelligence and industry reports. The Global Pannier Market will reach xxx Million USD […]

12 Nov 18
Let's go and do fun stuff...

We HAD to do it! Yes, yes, every cycle-tourer does a kit list and we all think we’re special… SPOILER: they’re all preeeeeetty similar – although, did you see our 5 things you wouldn’t expect in our panniers? Anyway, here’s our list – there are a few bits that we may now ditch having done […]

11 Nov 18
you don't choose your family

As the world commemorates 100 years since the end of the First World War here is a list of brave men from my family and my wife’s family who fought in either WW1 or WW2. Some made the ultimate sacrifice and some survived and returned home but I’m sure their lives were forever haunted by […]

02 Nov 18

Turnings of the Years  33 Tales and Poems , including contributions by blog regulars Graham Watkins, Sally Spedding, David Thorpe, Kate Glanville, Phil Carradice, John Thompson, Colin Parsons and Will Macmillan Jones An eclectic collection of short stories and tales from Wales exploring the human condition, humorous tales, short stories with a twist and stories […]

24 Oct 18

In the past 18 months I’ve made two trips to the reasonably small, politically divided island nation of Cyprus. That may not seem like such a fantastical disclosure but up until Marco Baghdatis’ thrilling, surprising run to the Australian Open final in 2006 I’m not 100% sure I knew Cyprus existed. Okay, so that may […]

03 Oct 18
Urban Adventure League

Oh, Northwest weather, you got all contrary again. The autumnal equinox hit, and what do you do? Give us summer like weather, dry and highs in the 80’s F. Okay, fine. As long as it doesn’t come with all that haze and smoke, I think I can survive. 😉 But no, weather like this is […]

08 Sep 18
Biking in a Big City

This morning, Toronto Brompton owners were invited for a social ride, starting downtown at Inukshuk Park. The ride went along the lakeshore to Marie Curtis park where there would be a BYO picnic as well as some games. Here is the gathering crowd. The ride was organized by Heather (in purple) as well as Klaudia […]

01 Sep 18
All You READ Is Love

Today was a new experience for me. I have never been to a book fair before, and I have to say I absolutely enjoyed myself. I left with a bag of books, that actually killed me while trying to carry it, so many books were bought. The Rhondda book fair has happened for the past […]

01 Sep 18
Urban Adventure League

Panniers. Probably the most basic “bag on bike” seen today, yet something I’ve largely eschewed over the past decade. Oh yeah, I started using panniers on my bikes around 2003, but since I got back from the Big Tour in 2011, I started moving towards Carradice styled saddlebags, handlebar bags, and baskets. Why? Well, I […]

23 Aug 18
Live In The Big Ring

When someone is killed in a terrible accident a normal and completely human reaction would be to get angry and look for someone to blame for the terrible grief and loss that you feel. Except that isn’t what happened after the death of Mike Hall. His friends and family pulled together to ensure that his […]

21 Aug 18
Britain Alphabetically

Welcome back to the blog! It’s been a really long time since the last episode, for which I apologise. For a while I have been quite tired and demotivated, and just when I got back into the blogging mood I went on holiday to New Zealand for my brother’s wedding. But now I have returned. […]

19 Aug 18

Using many rarely seen images, Phil Carradice tells the story of 1940: The War at Sea.

17 Aug 18

Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

17 Aug 18
my tester

Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

11 Aug 18
It's a 30's thing

I still have urges of wanting to do normal things with people….go shopping or go get a brew……i just won’t do it with a twat.