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And she’s off!

March 21st, 2011 · 8 Comments · bike, biking, hayley, islabike, lucy, video, wheels

Last week, with a little help from Mummy, Lucy got straight up and running on a proper bike at the first attempt. She had been pestering Hayley all morning to let her have a go and when she got her chance she took it with some aplomb. So she is riding at exactly 3 years […]

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Nothing’s gonna stop us now

June 4th, 2010 · 11 Comments · bike, biking, charity, Fatherhood Friday, hayley, health, illness, medical

Oliver and Lucy at the start, Mummy in background with bike and fellow riders. Being a Dad is not just about what we do ourselves, it is sometimes about supporting the rest of our family in what they want to do. And with that excuse, this Fatherhood Friday I am turning the spotlight on my […]

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BBC NEWS | Africa | Malawi: A mother’s race against time

October 26th, 2009 · No Comments · bbc, bike, biking, health, news, pregnancy

BBC NEWS | Africa | Malawi: A mother's race against time Several years ago when Hayley was pregnant with Oliver, we saw a fireman’s bike in a mini museum in Prague. I’m not sure how much real use it saw, perhaps none at all. But here is a genuinely life-saving bicycle, used as an ambulance […]

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Time flies…

August 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · bike, islabike, lucy, oliver, wedding

If time flies when you are having fun then I am Funtime Franky from Chucklesville, Laughter County. Or more likely I am realising there is WAY too much to do before the wedding. Consequently posting to this blog is an activity that hasn’t been getting much of a look-in, which is a shame as there’s […]

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Initiation complete

July 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment · bike, oliver

Oliver shows off his injuries. Yesterday Oliver went through a rite of passage for all off-road cyclists. He had his first big crash. He hasn’t encountered many downhills on his pedal bike before, but on yesterday’s otherwise pancake-flat excursion along the Middlewood Way, he rode down a slope from a disused railway platform and lost […]

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So long and thanks for all the rides

July 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment · "strolli rider", bike, finance

In an attempt to stem the gushing torrent of money that is flowing out of our coffers in the run up to the wedding, I have started a new policy of selling one thing a week on eBay. This set me to thinking that as I say goodbye to some of these items, I should […]

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A bike ride made for two

July 5th, 2009 · No Comments · bike

Today, for the first time since before Oliver was born (Hayley assures me), we went on a bike ride: just the two of us! We had a babysitter for three hours so we headed for the Jackson’s Boat pub a few miles down the Trans Pennine Trail with the intention of having lunch there. As […]

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La dolce vita

July 4th, 2009 · No Comments · bike, islabike, lucy, oliver

There are plenty of reasons why I write this blog, but most of them can be distilled down to “for my kids”. But that’s a rather lazy description. I want the kids to be able to see themselves as they were, but also for them to see how Hayley and I were too. Perhaps that’s […]

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Mountain Mayhem 2009 (incorporating Father’s Day)

June 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · bike, camping, islabike, oliver

This year, after the wash-out of 12 months ago, I decided to sit out the racing at Mountain Mayhem 2009 and instead to go along for the spectacle. As well as offering a little encouragement to those friends who were still riding, it gave me the chance to take Oliver camping for the first time. […]

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Look what I ordered!

May 15th, 2009 · No Comments · bike, islabike, oliver

Having just celebrated my own birthday, I am as excited about ordering this for Oliver as I would be ordering a bike for myself. Hell, who am I kidding, I am more excited! It’s another offering from Islabikes, a company specialising in bikes for kids. This one is the Cnoc 14 (pronounced as in “knock”). […]

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