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Happy New Year – 2012

Saturday December 31, 2011

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve, the 31st of December 2011.  It’s 1730 and the countdown to the new year is under way with countries in the eastern hemisphere having already marked the occasion.

Hopefully 2012 will be a great year for everyone reading this post and that it brings all you want/need/desire.  I’m going to get back out cycling and enjoy the open roads a bit more in the new year.  I hope you all have a great cycling year ahead.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Christmas: all done…

Thursday December 29, 2011

Well, that’s Christmas over with for another year.  A little heavier after all the food, I’m now looking at the Dahon and thinking that 2012 has to be a more active cycling year!

I’ve got my eye on a new cycle rack for the car – a Thule roof-mounted system – so that should help.  The ‘future-wife’ (!) is keen to break her bike free from the shed too so having the rack on the car will give us more options to explore other parts of the country on the bikes.

The Dahon was running well before Christmas but today still has the puncture which it got on my last ride.  That’s going to be repaired this week whilst I’m off work for the Christmas/New Year period.  I still enjoy the Dahon and riding it makes me smile even when the stress and pressures of work  are getting me down.

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Merry Christmas!

Friday December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Image From HowLongUntil.net

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Early New Year’s Resolution?

Saturday December 3, 2011

I’ve got a New Year’s resolution already: get out on the bikes more in 2012!  This year has been VERY quiet on the cycling front for me and I feel very guilty that the bikes haven’t really been out much at all.  This has to change next year.

Work and other things have limited my cycling this year, but I have to not let that happen in 2012.

I’m stating this resolution now so that I have a month to get it into my little head before January 1st and the resolution comes into force!

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Cyclists

Monday October 24, 2011

Okay, so I am a cyclist. I enjoy cycling. However, some cyclists just don’t help themselves nor the cycling community.

Lights: They’re not expensive. They benefit you (and only you!). Buy some! Buy some good ones!

The number of cyclists I pass (as a car driver) with inadequate, or no lighting at all(!), still continues to surprise me. As a vulnerable road user, why wouldn’t you do as much as possible to make yourself visible after dark?!

Many of these ‘unlit’ riders appear to have spent many hundreds of pounds on the lightest, fastest bikes and the most high-tech of lycra clothing but either fail to buy any lights or spend a token amount on pathetic small and dim lighting. Reflective and/or high-vis clothing also appears to be avoided by these people!

Fellow cyclists, buy yourself some quality lights. Buy quality front and rear lights. Make sure that you’re visible to other traffic!

Be safe on the roads. Keep cycling!

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A New Me?

Sunday August 7, 2011

Time for a change?  I think so.

We’ve just come back from a week in Burgundy and I’m suitably relaxed despite the many miles of driving around the region and drive there and back.  With a hectic and busy few months now behind me, it’s time to force myself to change and get out of the rut that I’m in.  The bikes must once more be freed from the confides of the house!

Viva la liberté!  Viva la vélo!

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DoD: Three Years Old

Tuesday July 26, 2011

Today, the 26th of July 2011, marks this blog’s third birthday!

Three years ago today I posted the very first post in my blog, a blog to provide other riders with information on Dahon bikes and primarily my experiences with these great machines.

Although I’ve so far failed to cycle this year (I know, it’s bad!!!) I still have the passion for cycling and my love of my Dahon is still strong – it’s just work is getting in the way more often! I just need to change things and readdress my work-life balance! (Don’t we all?!).

I hope the blog continues to help other cyclists.

Keep riding!

Dave

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