ragtime cyclist

cycling, pro cycling, and the bits inbetween

Danger! Unprovoked Spider Attack!

A huge spider jumped out of one of our kitchen cupboards recently, in an apparently unprovoked attack on my wife. Living as we do here in the UK, the term … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 7 Comments

Lies, damned lies, statistics, and cyclists

Anyone with a passing interest in statistics, or Mark Twain, or even catchy one-liners for that matter, will have heard the phrase “lies, damned lies, and statistics.” The implication is … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · 6 Comments

It’ll all end in tears

Call it what you want – a misjudgment, an amateur mistake, a schoolboy error. It was a cold and torrentially wet Sunday morning in April. A friend and I had … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 10 Comments

If it’s good enough for Thibaut Pinot…

There is an old Flemish proverb which says that “what is said when drunk has been thought out beforehand.” If I’m honest, it’s not the most poetic sounding pearl of … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 7 Comments

The Fog

I’ve been studiously avoiding riding in the wet recently, to preserve the newness of my new bike, but I hadn’t reckoned on the fog. When I say fog, we’re not … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

How to house-train a bike

Regular readers may have picked up on the fact that I recently acquired a new bike. When I say acquired, I mean bought, of course. ‘Acquired’ sounds like a euphemism … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · 17 Comments

Wet cobbles and pre-race cuddles

Pro cycling is the self-styled ‘toughest sport in the world.’ Depending on who you ask there are plenty of other contenders for that particular title – boxing, mixed martial-arts, cross-country … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

Rage against the dying of the light

“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Dylan Thomas, 1914 – … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · 8 Comments

Cyclist or Terrorist?

It’s fair to say that the internet is full of opinion. When it comes to cyclists much of that opinion, as far as I can tell, seems to be on … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · 7 Comments

How to not go for a bike ride

Sometimes, tragically, it’s not possible to go for a bike ride. Perhaps work commitments and your innate professionalism mean you simply can’t find the time to get out on the … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · 5 Comments

cycl-images #11

Tour de France 1928. pic.twitter.com/D16ciKkq0J — vintage bike shop (@bike_parts_shop) February 1, 2015

March 11, 2015 · 5 Comments

A celebration of appalling road surfaces

I’ve written before about my love of riding my bike across a smooth pristine road surface – waxing lyrical about the swoosh of tyres on tarmac, and worrying my loved … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · 8 Comments

British Cycling Belgian Style

No-one can deny that in the UK cycling is more popular than it’s ever been. Here in Lancashire even a rough head count tells you that there are more commuters, … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 5 Comments

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