Is cycling floating on air for kids who never got a hovercraft?
Friday, 21 May 2021
When I was a kid, maybe 8,9,10, I was fascinated by those ads in the back of American comics, eg Caspar the Ghost, Batman, Superman, etc that promised you x-ray specs, or bodybuilding devices that made you Mr Universe in one week, but, most excitingly, ones that said you could build your own hovercraft. I never did send off for a hovercraft but now hovering around middle age I have written a pop punk…
The Finish Line
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Apologies for the quietness. I've been in my bike cave putting the last touches to Mind is the Ride which is coming out May 2019.
The illustrator is the wonderful Dawn Painter, She has handdrawn thirty bike parts with a human line and real delicacy and we've used some of those drawings for the front jacket:
The last chance to pledge for an advance copy and get your name…
One Hundred Percent Funded!
Monday, 19 December 2016
with the help of a generous pledge from a "secret admirer" we've been able to take "Mind is the Ride" to its crowdfunding target just before Christmas. I must offer deepest thanks to that "secret admirer" and to every single one of you.
It's been a long and interesting journey, that in many ways echoes the original ride from Bristol to India; the generosity of friends and strangers…
Rock n Roll Tour (Part 3)
Saturday, 22 October 2016
This autumn I have been to the "Rapha cc" cycling cafe in Manchester, "Pedalling Ideas," a hive of cycling conversation in Leeds and "Magazine Brighton," an ace indie magazine shop in, you guessed it, Brighton.
Magazine Brighton - photo by Stuart Langridge
As a result of all this touring, and with your support, "Mind is the Ride" is nearly seventy per cent funded. The blog below is a journal…
Rock n' Roll Tour (Part 2)
Thursday, 21 July 2016
Having left the story of my Rock n Roll cycling and philosophy tour (do those words really all fit together?) at the Manchester Spin Festival we ride on to the next stage; the bucolic setting of inner Wales and the lost in time, but somehow right on the button, market town of Lllanidoes.
In fact this really was verging on Rock n Roll, given that I was performing an actual music gig in The Old…
Rock n' Roll Tour (Part 1)
Saturday, 11 June 2016
I’ve been storming around the country by bicycle and train spreading the word about “Mind is the Ride.”
First stop was planet “Look Mum No Hands,” the stylish and uber friendly bike café in central London run by Alex, events organiser supremo, nervous speaker mentor and all round excellent lady. Alex and I and the bike mechanic lumbered across the café with a HEAVY duty bike stand, plonked it up…
Fifty per cent funded!
Saturday, 11 June 2016
Half way there my fellow riders through the imagination. Thanks so much to everyone who has pledged. I’ve been talking around the country to so many different people about Mind is the Ride and the momentum is really beginning to roll towards that one hundred per cent finishing line.
(Look out for a Shed blog entry any time soon documenting my rock n roll speaking tour by bicycle. I meet Olympic…
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
This is the second in a series of articles written for Boneshaker magazine.
Cyclists. Watch your ankles. Dogs. Watch out for those bike pumps.
"Let sleeping dogs lie. Well, I would do, if they didn’t want to bite my bleedin’ ankles off. In doggie dreams there is only one thing higher on the list of treats than rabbits, and that’s bikes, or, to be more target focused, ankles. …
"Mind is the Ride" Goes On Tour
Friday, 1 April 2016
I'll be talking cycling and philosophy at all these events around the UK.
Tell your friends! And if you've got any ideas for other places I can speak / spread the word do let me know.
(For those of my supporters overseas I do hope to be able to come and visit you all one day...hopefully by bike...:))
Look Mum No Hands Cafe London April 14th https://www.facebook.com/events/968748703215453…
How to begin cycling to India
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
I've written for seventeen issues of Boneshaker cycling magazine and I'm going to regularly start posting articles from the magazine in the shed. This short piece is one of the first, written longhand on a piece of notepaper as I leant against the wall of a cramped, "Formula 1", motel in St Dizier in North Eastern France. The room was just big enough for two touring bikes and all our panniers (we…
Pedal Pedal Pedal
Sunday, 14 February 2016
“Mind is the Ride” continues to climb towards its funding target thanks to all your support.
Now well past the thirty per cent signpost I can feel my legs getting stronger, my upper body more supple, my eyes fixed on the next milestone.
It’s been an adventure getting this far; all the new people I’ve met in person and online who can see the potential in the book; all the opportunities that…
Friday, 18 December 2015
You probably shouldn't blow your own trumpet. But sometimes you do need to ring your own bike bell. At least to let someone know that you're charging through a pedestrianised area with a copy of the latest Boneshaker cycling magazine (hot off the press issue 17)
I mainly use my bell when I'm rolling down an unbelievably steep hill with the wind busting the freckles off my nose. Not to tell anyone…