Thursday, December 30, 2004

Ken supports scrapping of legislation that would allow bike removal

Ken supports scrapping of legislation that would allow bike removal - "This legislation would give Councils the power to remove any cycles in the vicinity of posted notices where, in their opinion, bikes are a 'nuisance' or offend against 'good management of the highway'."

Hopefully this never comes to Darlington.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Jill doesn't just dance, she cycles too

"Perhaps Strictly Come Dancing winner Jill Halfpenny will cycle to her new job as one of the two female leads in Chicago in London's West End? She's just one of the cycling celebs in our irregular look at who's whom on two wheels. For instance, Condor Cycles can confirm Mick Jagger rides and Chris Tarrant does so with his wife (Tarrant's wife, that is, they've just bought a tandem...)"

And there are some surprises in the list too...

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Cyclocross Photos

The cyclocross race I entered the other month must rate as the hardest hour I ever spent on a bike. These cyclocross photos brought some of it back.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Planned bike-related activities in Darlington

Just stumbled across this and thought I'd share it. I'm not sure how up-to-date it is.

Activities planned or underway to improve facilities for cyclists include:
  • Construction of new traffic free cycle paths (former Barnard Castle and Darlington – Stockton rail lines).
  • New pedestrian/cycle/equestrian bridge crossing the A66.
  • Upgrading of traffic free cycle paths (Eastbourne cycle path).
  • Installation of toucan crossings (Yarm Road, West Auckland Road).
  • Work with Sustrans to link Darlington to the National Cycle Network.
  • Input into the joint publication of a Tees Valley cycle map.
  • Publication of a free Darlington cycle map and guide
  • Installation of cycle parking at rail stations.
  • Revision of the Darlington Cycling Strategy.
  • On road cycle training for year 5 and 6 school pupils.
  • Installation of cycle parking facilities at schools.
  • 2004 Programme of cycling events.
from Cycling in Darlington on the Darlington Borough Council website.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Monday, November 08, 2004

Are you alright dude?

milescrash-500k.mpeg (video/mpeg Object) (Large MPEG file, obviously...).

That is one hell of a drop, dude! Was everything connected?

Treehugger: Sahalie Self Powered Bike Pedals

Treehugger: Sahalie Self Powered Bike Pedals

Public backs cycle network in lottery funding vote

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Public backs cycle network in lottery funding vote: "In a rare examination of public views on how lottery money should be spent, the �43.5m national cycle network - said to have saved 38m car journeys - was picked as the project which had made the biggest overall impact on UK life during the first decade of lottery funding."

Not that it comes anywhere near Darlington.

Hopefully, we'll get some useful bike lanes when the North Road project is completed (or be able to use the bus lanes) and the Central Park project off Haughton Road has a planned pedestrian/bike bridge over the railway which runs parallel to the too-narrow road bridge.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Back (again)

Just to let eveyone know: I'm going to be using Fred's Ears to blog thoughts and links again. (Links are over on the left-hand-side.)

I'll probably still post bike- and/or Darlington-related bits and pieces here, but more personal bike stuff over at my personal site, with a link to it from here.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

muddy Hell 2


muddy Hell 2
Originally uploaded by Mike Mc.

This photo was taken on the first ride with my new On-One Inbred. This is Percy Lane, heading south, about here.

As you can see, it was a fairly muddy ride, but the Inbred coped much better with the mud than my other bikes. The 2.25" Panaracer Cinder tyres shed even Darlington's clay well, and the huge clearances on the frame (particularly between the rear tyre and the front mech) stopped everything getting too clagged up, even with leaves on the ground.

I took a lot of photos which, when I get around to uploading them all, will be found on Flickr tagged as ride20041031.

My New Bike: On-One Inbred


My Bike: On-One Inbred
Originally uploaded by Mike Mc.

Well, here it is, eventually; my new On-One Inbred.

I'm really pleased with it so far, though had to replace the dodgy inner tubes ("Woods" valves - eh?) with some Slime-filled presta-valved ones, and have added a chainstay protector, Crud Catcher and Crud Guard. (And, the front V -brake has a broken piece that I need to email Brant about.)

More (muddier) photos to follow...

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Iron Horse News

Local bike shop, the Iron Horse Cyclery, now have their own blog. Makes me feel guilty that I just bought a load of stuff at a different Darlington bike shop...

Thursday, October 14, 2004

New bike!

I just bought myself a new bike!

It's a fully built-up geared On-One Inbred (photo). All Shimano Deore and On-one/Planet-X components. Quite a bargain, too, as they're selling off a load from a cancelled order; £525, reduced from £899!

Photos (garden and muddy) when it arrives...

Update: According to the On-One website, they're in stock tomorrow, not Friday as Brant originally thought, so my new bike could arrive even earlier than I expected. I'm currently making important decisions, like whether to use cable ties or electrical tape to tidy up the cable outers along the top tube, and which colour ties or tape to go for.

Oh, can anyone tell if it's presta or schraeder valves in the picture? I need lots of spare tubes - I got two flats on one short ride the other day.

Update 2: I got worried yesterday when Brant from On-One phoned, but it was just because they thought my credit card details had been lost when their secure server died. They recovered them.

The bikes are due at On-One's Doncaster (DN6) warehouse this morning and will be getting dispatched this afternoon. I could have my bike tomorrow (depending on whether anyone's in and what the courier does if no one's in)!

Monday, September 20, 2004

North East Cyclo Cross Round 2 Results

North East Cyclo Cross Round Two results are out. The good news is I have 165 points in the overall championship having come 36th in this, my first ever race. The bad news is there were only 37 riders, and one didn't finish...

More (here) later.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Cyclo Cross in Darlington!

This from the Singletrack forum:

SUNDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER - CYCLO CROSS AT DARLINGTON

ROUND 2 OF NORTH EAST CYCLO CROSS LEAGUE

BRANKSOME SCHOOL, DARLINGTON

The course is a good mixture of some fast singletrack, river crossings and some parkland. There is a good prize list thanks to sponsorship from local businesses House to Homes, and Halfords in Darlington. There are races for all ages and abilties so if you want a good day out, to ride a fast and exciting race or simply to watch feel free to come along.

Under 12's : 10:00
Under 16's: 10:30
Seniors/Juniors/Vets/Women : 12:00

You can get more info by emailing the guy via the forum. I'm going to email and put more up here.

Update: I've found The North East Cyclo Cross League website

Thursday, September 02, 2004

63xc.com--The Offroad Fixed Gear Site

63xc.com--The Offroad Fixed Gear Site: "63xc.com enters its third year. Loud huzzahs. More stuff."

A new edition of the site for lunatics that run a fixed gear off road.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Darlington Pedestrian Heart Project

Pedestrian Heart Project: "The Pedestrian Heart project signals the start of a programme of Town Centre improvements in Darlington. The scheme will include a redesign of the traffic system in the Town Centre, the development of a pedestrianised zone and environmental improvements. This website explains the project in more detail and will continue to report on news and progress as the scheme is developed."

This 'website' includes a link to the Cycle Access and Parking Plan.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Darlingtons First Ever Walking Festival

Darlingtons First Ever Walking Festival: "Walkers in Darlington are getting set to step out for the first ever Darlington Walking Festival Taking place from Saturday 21 August until Sunday 22 August"

Not bikes, but some people might be interested. You might also want to avoid the walks taking place, so you don't get stuck behing a huge line of people being introduced to walking...

Lest I forget

BBC SPORT | Olympics 2004 | Cycling | Schedule | Mountain bike schedule

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Amusing places close to you

Amusing places close to Darlington. A ride based around these?

Good Darlington bridleways

I also found a new bridleway (which is sort of two bridleways). This runs from Whinfield House (note: After leaving the road, the BW takes a sharp left, through a gate) to Aycliffe Village and then on to The Blacksmith's Arms.

The first part of the track is slightly overgrown, broken tarmac, which is singletrack in places, becoming more open and dirt-road after the motorway bridge. The second half is a farm track running past a farm building and through fields. The Blacksmith's Arms sells Black Sheep ale and has a large beer garden. The tracks seem like they'll cope with a lot of rain, and could be good for local rides through the autumn and winter.

Darlington bridleways to avoid

Over the last few rides I've discovered a couple of bridleways in or near Darlington that are best avoided. I discovered some excellent ones as well, that look like they'll even stand up to a lots of rain (which could be useful at the moment), but more on those later.

Wildgoose Lane On the map this looks like it follows a disused railway line, but it actually runs just to the south of it. The railway line has been turned into what looks like a running track for horses (soft, sandy, private). The bridleway is seriously overgrown with nettles, thistles and brambles. I tried riding a little further into the field, but the freshly harvested remains just cut my shins rather thans stinging and scratching them. Result: lots of stings and cuts on my legs, which actually swelled up (despite taking antihistamines before and after the ride) and were still tingling two days later.

Catkill Lane I believe the cat droned, after getting stuck in the mud. I've got clagged up with mud on this track in the past, but thought I'd give it another go after all the warm dry weather we've had, but that just seems to have made the mud stickier. Perhaps passable on a disk-brake equipped bike, with wide clearances and mud-tyres, but otherwise avoid.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

BBC - BBC Four Storyville - A Sunday in Hell

BBC - BBC Four Storyville - A Sunday in Hell: "A SUNDAY IN HELL
Jorgen Leth, Denmark, 1976
Monday 2 August 2004 9.30pm-11.20pm; rpt 12.20am-2.05am

Considered one of the best cycling films ever made, A Sunday in Hell focuses on the 1976 Paris-Roubaix single-day bike race. "

Monday, July 26, 2004

Local ride

I got out for a short local ride in the failing light of yesterday evening. I rode three local trails, one of which I'd ridden before, plus two other new ones. I'm building up a collection of local trails, so that I can eventually link them into an uber-Darlington-ride.

I started out along Patches Lane bridleway, from Whesso Road to Coatham Lane, which I'd ridden before. It starts off as a gravelly track, but eventually becomes a mud track. It was pretty muddy on the top, but the mud was fairly hardened by the recent dry weather, so wasn't too bad; there were hoof-prints about 8 inches deep in places, however, so it could be bad in wet weather. This is about 2km long climb/decent. Tyre marks showed someone else had ridden it recently.

An unnamed bridleway starts only a hundred metres or so from the end of Patches Lane, just the other side of the motorway bridge and leads to a track around Filtronic's factory. The start is pretty difficult to find (it's next to the bridleway sign, not through the gate) and I had to push through some undergrowth to get on the track. The bridleway itself is pretty uninspiring, just a slog through a grassy field, though the track around the factory is well defined and quite fast. I got spiked on my arm by a loose branch. About 3km in total.

To avoid the grassy slog on the way home, I took a short bridle way from nearby, to the A167. This was just a short 1km track, but it avoided a bit of road-time.

From the A167, I used the minor road through Brafferton to loop around the Coatham Mundeville again, and rerode Patches Lane in reverse, though there are a couple of bridleways from Brafferton itself which link in with those behind Barmpton village and Salter's Lane, and eventually up as far as Sedgefield and Trimdon. In fact, there are some very long stretches of bridleway out that way.

From Newton Aycliffe, I've found a few BWs on the map, leading over to Shildon, and there are some interesting looking BWs west of Shildon/south of Bishop Auckland, which could be linked to the disused railway lines to create an almost off-road route to Durham.

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Anger Management

A Dutch 11-year-old boy, angry after a row at home, has copied his Tour de France heroes with his own mini tour of the Netherlands, cycling 175 kms instead of going to school, a newspaper reports.

Dutch boy skips school for bike tour.

Friday, July 09, 2004

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

M2 RACER - Wrap & Roll

M2RACER - Wrap & Roll: "the Wrap & Roll; a simple, silicone rubber wrap that secures your favorite gadget to your handlebars in seconds."

Phones power bike rental scheme

Phones power bike rental scheme: "Oybike, a new mobile phone-operated bicycle rental scheme designed to make getting around easier and faster."

Friday, June 18, 2004

Why don't we do it in the road?

Salon.com Technology | Why don't we do it in the road?: "A new school of traffic design says we should get rid of stop signs and red lights and let cars, bikes and people mingle together. It sounds insane, but it works."

Kottke has some commentary on this.

This does make a lot of sense, though the examples of 'no rules roads' given are all in places that have never had rules. Simply getting rid of the rules would lead to chaos. However, cyclists who take their space on the road are much safer than the cyclists in the gutter.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Darlington Midsummer Bike Ride

I set off for the Darlington Midsummer Bike Ride in some trepadation. It's marked up as a "2-bike" ride in the leaflet. The next hardest is the 50 mile Tourist Trial. Just in case the going was too tough, I'd packed a map and encouraged AndyRoo to go along as well; we could always drop off the back and make our own way home, leaving the shaven-legged roadies to carry on their relentless chain gang.

I needn't have worried. The pace was, erm, leisurely; we took 2-and-a-half hours to travel around 10 miles and everyone managed to keep up. We even had an ice cream stop half-way.

Though the pace was slower than I'd have liked, it was an enjoyable ride out and very well attended - the biggest turn-out yet for a guided ride in Darlington with around twenty riders. There was a huge range of bikes, from me on my 'jumpy' GT, to women with baskets on the bars, to a shaft-drive bike to a Dawes Galaxy, almost all manner of bike was represented.

We travelled out past the Darlington College to Nunnery Lane, where we took a bridleway out onto one of the roads behind Cockerton, then along a bridleway by the motorway (over an old railway line) and finally to Walworth Grange. From Walworth, we headed back into Darlington via the Brinkburn Nature Reserve and Greenbank Road.

Many thanks to Own Wilson for leading the ride, despite his bad knee.

Given the pace of this ride, I'd considered entering the 50 mile Tourist Trial, but it was last Sunday. The 70 mile ride on the fourth of July may be a touch too far for me.

If you'd like to have a go on one of the guided rides remaining this year, there are still a few to go. Next up is the Cycle Treasure Trail through Skerningham Woods, meeting at Asda, 11:00am on Sunday July 25th, for a ride of around 1.5 hours. Free entrey, with prizes for all.

Midsummer Bike Ride in Darlington tonight

Both contributors to Bike Darlington will be taking part in the Midsummer Bike Ride, starting tonight, Wednesday 16th June, at 7pm outside the Dolphin Centre.

A report and, possibly, pictures tomorrow.

BBC News: Cyclists win rush-hour challenge

BBC News: Cyclists win rush-hour challenge: "Cyclists have proved the fastest rush-hour commuters in a city centre challenge between walkers, drivers, cyclists, a bus and a wheelchair."

A less scientific experiment last month discovered thatbikes are faster than cars in Darlington.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Google Blog

Google Blog: Pedal Power: "Even though the Mountain View, CA Googleplex is close by several freeways, it seems quite a number of us managed to make our way in on spokes."

Even at Google, people can cycle to work.

Update: AndyRoo provides an image:

Trek 4700 mountain bike with Google 'o's for wheels

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

House of Commons debates - Friday, 23 April 2004 - Protective Headgear for Young Cyclists Bill

House of Commons debates - Friday, 23 April 2004 - Protective Headgear for Young Cyclists Bill.

Lots of debate between MPs here, some of which makes you wonder how old they are. Basically, this is a debate about a Private Member's Bill to make wearing of helmets while cycling compulsory for under 16s.

Personally, I always wear a helmet while riding my bike, but I'm sure this bill would have reduce participation in cycling in under 16s if made law. I'm also fairly sure it would be pretty difficult to enforce.

There are better ways of reducing road deaths among cyclists: traffic calming, awareness, tougher penalties for drivers and improved road layouts to name a few.

Do you wear a helmet while riding your bike? Do you support this bill? Would you support extending the bill to cover all cyclists?

Darlington Cycle Forum

The next meeting of the Darlington Cycle Forum will be at the Town Hall on Tuesday July 27th at 6:15pm. It's an opportunity to get involved with the development of cycling in the town.

NB: A new link for the links panel perhaps?: DoItByCycle.com

Cycle Maps Available

Darlington Council has produced a couple of cycling maps: one of Darlington and another of the Tees Valley. I'm not sure if they are free but an article in the Town Crier magazine implies it. To get a copy of The Darlington Cycle Map or Tees Valley Cycle Map call Sue Dobson on 01325 388277 or email sue.dobson (at) darlington.gov.uk.

Guided Cycle Rides In And Around Darlington

In this months Town Crier magazine Owen Wilson is offering guided cycle rides in and around Darlington. You can get a copy of an event leaflet by calling 01325 388652 or emailing owen.wilson (at) darlington.gov.uk I've sent off for a copy.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Midsummer Cycle Ride

Part of the Darlington Cycle Festival, the Midsummer Cycle Ride takes place next Wednesday, 16th June, starting at 7pm at the Dolphin Centre and taking around two and a half hours. It is a gentle midsummer's evening cycle ride through some of the borough's most attractive countryside, according to the Darlington Cycling Festival programme.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a website for the festival, the news section of the council website is lacking in information, and I can't find any more information online via Google, so that's all the information I can give.

I'm planning on going along; any other takers?

Magic Roundabouts

Lets hope nobody builds one of these roundabouts in Darlington: Swindon's Magic Roundabout, or slightly worse Hemel Hempstead's Plough Roundabout

How To Run a Weblog on Behalf of Your MP

How To Run a Weblog on Behalf of Your MP: "Why/When Stalk an MP?

# If they don't have a website.
# If their website isn't updated frequently enough to be useful.
# If you want to shine a torch up their arse and see if the light comes out of their ears."

Any takers for Mr Milburn? Or we could blog about the entire council/town (though Darlington Town sort of does that already).

Monday, June 07, 2004

Head Case

Do you like your helmet? If so I'd like to know about it! I'm thinking about buying a brain bucket but what to buy and what are the pros and cons?

Since I'm skint it'll have to be quite cheap so my budget is something like a miserly £35 :-(

I've heard that the best advice is to actually try out models in one of those ye olde shoppe things, so I'll probably do that if I can make a shortlist of models beforehand. I've heard that a badly-fitting helmet can do more damage in an accident than not wearing one at all so this seems excellent advice.

Apparently Specialised head cases are better for folks with narrower heads and Giros are better for folks with round ones. I'll be looking for a Giro then :-)

Helmets I've seen that I liked were: Specialized 03 Enduro Pro and Giro Animas.

What helmet would you recommend or what should I know about or avoid?

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Singlespeed conversion

My old Kona was looking sad and unused, in the garage gathering dust ad cobwebs, so I took a few parts off it. It's not a proper singlespeed conversion, but it forces me to ride it one-geared; and, a full conversion can be completed eventually.

Kona Hahanna conversion to singlespeed - starting point

The starting point. Rigid Konas just look good. Unfortunately, this one has a flat front tyre and the gearing is rather worn.

Kona Hahanna conversion to singlespeed - the bits taken off

A box o' bits!

Kona Hahanna conversion to singlespeed - no gears side view

The bike with all the extraneous parts removed. I got rid of the bottle cage, pump mount and crud guard as well, but they may return at some point. It still looks like a geared bike for the moment, but I have no cash to spend on bits to properly singlespeed it.

Kona Hahanna conversion to singlespeed - chainset view - no front mech

The chainset with no front mech. An advantage of keeping the rear mech and the chainset is that I can manually change between three gears, for road use, or big hills. Eventually, the three rings will be reduced to just one.

Kona Hahanna conversion to singlespeed - rear wheel - still a mech and cassette, but no gear cable

I'm using the rear mech to tension the chain, and still have the seven sprocket cassette. A single sprocket will be added at some point. The mech is aligned with the cog using the high and low adjuster screws.

Kona Hahanna conversion to singlespeed - front view - simplified handlebars

It might not be a proper singlespeed yet, but it looks like one from the front.

One of the pedals creaks a lot, so I'm going to have to share a pair of flats between my two bikes, and it now has a rear puncture, but it was fun to ride on it's first outing.

34:19, by the way.

Monday, May 31, 2004

IMBA-UK blog

IMBA-UK: "UNOFFICIAL record of the activities of IMBA-UK, an organisation set up in the UK to represent to interests of mountain bikers. IMBA UK promotes environmentally sound and socially responsible mountainbiking, and works to keep trails and public access open for mountain biking by encouraging responsible riding, supporting volunteer trail work and co-operating with trail user groups, land managers and public bodies."

Monday, May 24, 2004

Oh, it's all gone quiet...

Very busy at work this week, so little web activity, or bike riding. I've a week off next week, and will be commuting by bike after that, including some long rides home, hopefully, so more updates soon. Bike Darlington's other contributer will be returning from holiday soon.

Oh, I may soon be joining the singlespeed clique.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Bush bruised after bicycle bang

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Bush bruised after bicycle bang: "George Bush fell off his mountain bike on Saturday, grazing his chin, upper lip, nose, both knees, and his right hand, a White House spokesman said."

Oops. Snigger.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Singletrack - The Big Thrash

Singletrack - The Big Thrash: "On Friday, May 28th, a group of mountain bikers led by Andy Armstrong will set off from Edinburgh on a journey that will take them through the Scottish Borders, Northumberland and the Yorkshire Dales, finishing in Todmorden on the Yorkshire-Lancashire frontier seven days later. They are doing this for two reasons: to have a fantastic time, and to raise money for Epilepsy Scotland."

Taking the long way home

After getting to the Dolphin Centre faster by bike than by car, I took slightly longer to get home. About 2 1/2 hours, in fact.

I left the town centre along Coniscliffe Road, to the Baydale Beck, where I took a bridleway north to Archdeacon Newton. From there I followed a set of three bridleways to Burtree Gate, followed by a quick spin along the dual carriageway to find the entrance to the bridleway starting near the roundabout (hint: enter the lay-by from the northern end, the other end is chocked with nettles), which I followed to Coatham Lane, before heading south down Patches Lane and then across to the A167. From the A167, I headed to Barmpton Village, via Ketton Farms, and from there home.

Lots more animal life was disturbed, including loads of butterflies who were sunning themselves on the trail (so, sorry for all the hurricanes).

Very roughly, I estimate I covered about 20 miles, in about 2 1/2 hours, mostly off road. All of it was rideable, though there was some very long grass to ride through in places.

During the ride, I saw way markers for three of Darlington's way-marked trails: the Heighton Boot, Salters Circular and Catkill Trail. I'm going to call into a bike shop in town to see if I can get another copy of the leaflet detailing the rides, so I can attempt each of them as intended, then I might attempt a combination of all three.

This ride was brought to you in association with Benadryl Plus+, Taking the Long Way Home and sunny Sunday afternoons. I think I've found my summer homeward-bound commute.

Test results in: Bikes are faster than cars in Darlington

Yesterday afternoon, I rode my bike form home to the Dolphin Centre while my wife drove. We set off at the same time, but I beat her to the entrance of the Dolphin Centre by a minute or so.

Of course, she had to park in the Town Hall car park whilst I could lock up my bike outside the Dolphin Centre. Oh, and she had a baby to sort out. But it was almost faster.

While locking up my bike, I had a chat with one of Darlington's Community Wardens about the chainset, as he has the same bike. I don't think any Clio owners chatted to my wife. Bikes: faster (sometimes), friendlier (always).

Cycle tours of the town

Cycle tours of the town: "12/05/04 - This summer join Darlington Council's Transport Policy Officer Owen Wilson for an easy-going cycle ride along some of Darlington's network of cycle paths and quieter roads."

The first ride was yesterday, so I missed it, but it looks like there are more rides planned.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Inbred 456 in final arduous stages of testing

Top secret photo shows Inbred 456 in final arduous stages of testing

Join in!

What's that? How can you join in with Bike Darlington? Why, it's easy! You can reply to any one of the posts already added by clicking on the comments link. Occasionally I may post a question seeking replies in answer, but feel free to comment on any post, even if it's just to say hello and to let me know you're reading Bike Darlington.

Additionally, I'm looking to add some other bloggers to the site, so if you live in Darlington, ride a bike, use the net a lot and want to get involved, reply to this post and I may add you.

Weird cycle lanes of Brighton

Weird cycle lanes of Brighton: "This website grew out of an article in the Guardian long long ago claiming that some cyclelane up north was the shortest in Britain. What! I thought, we have many many much shorter lanes!!"

Singletrack - Get Your Boss to Save You Money on a Bike

Singletrack - Get Your Boss to Save You Money on a Bike: "Want to know more about the Government's tax-free scheme for getting your employer to buy you a bike?"

Monday, May 10, 2004

Darlington Cycle Forum

There was a meeting of the Darlington Cycle Forum on 10th February, minutes are available online.

According to the same webpage, another meeting was held on 27th April, but no minutes are available online as yet.

I wasn't at the meetings, but I'm going to email the address given to find out how to get involved.

A quick ride

Just got back from a quick local ride. Just up the bridleway from Barmpton Village, then along to Peartree Farm and down the farm track/road to the A167, but I was out for about an hour.

This is one of the reasons why Darlington is good for cycling; you can be out in the countryside and away from roads very quickly. I put up two pheasants, was examined by some curious cows and rode through a field of sheep. All just 15 minutes from my front door.

Of course, there are loads of reasons why Darlington is bad for cycling - the busy roads, clingy clay, poor drainage and lack of good trails - but today, with a blue sky and slight breeze, it was good.

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